One of my favorite and remarkable ultramarathon events in my entire running career was that I able to finish the 4th UP Diliman to UP Los Baños 80K Ultramarathon last July 15-16 . I would have to say that this race event is notable. Prestige by the name of its university. Though it’s a no connection event with the school but utmost formally acknowledged and permitted by their university chancellor. The race stretched 80 Kilometer challenge from Diliman to Los Baños via Jamboree Road with an 18 hours cut off time. This event is the 2nd Leg Ultramarathon 2017 to be followed by the last leg which is Mt Banahaw 360 100K Ultramarathon happening on October 14th.
Starting Line. It all commenced at the famous Oblation Statue of University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City. Prior the race, runners were briefed by some important details especially with routes. Runners were notably equipped with gears like reflectors and blinkers. The race formally started at 10:30 PM amidst the wet road.
The Runners. At least 40 ultra runners accepted the challenge to run end to end. No newbies this time, all are fans of ultra. Two foreign Japanese also in attendance. All are new faces to me, and I’m glad to meet them all. I’m only the one from Cebu and met one from Palawan.
The Race Route. The puzzling streets of Metro Manila will challenge you really. Push you not to stay with the lead pack to prevent you from losing the race, and the traffic will pressure you to speed up ahead to save your time. The heavy rains poured down in Lower Bicutan. Runners soaked themselves including me and stay running to save time. Here is the entire route; Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Valle Verde7, C-5 Pasig City (Plaza), Mcdo San Juaquin Pateros, Taguig (Lower Bicutan)
Sucat, Alabang (NO Service Road), National Road from Alabang, San Pedro, Biñan, Sta.Rosa, Cabuyao, Calamba, UP Los Baños (Finishline).
The Finish Line. Finished strong. 40 runners stepped the finish line of Oblation Statue of University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna. It was a surprised to all runners, especially to new entrants like me to passed the four kilometer uphill Jamboree Road, but in the end, no spicy road to a determined athlete.
The Race Directors/ the Organizers. Innovated by Prince Multisport Events Inc. Led by Juden Thaddy “Prince” Baltazar, he is one of the known race directors in the country today. He also directs “Leyte Island Ultramarathon Series 2017”. For more of his races and events, check on their Facebook pages Prince Multisport Events.
Honorable Mentions. Salute to the overall and male champion, Flavio Enricoso with official time of 9:48:43. To the female champion from Japan, Sayuri Imanishi with the official time of 10:26:05. And to Race Director, Sir Prince, you’re awesome! Two thumps up to these all honorable mentions.
Evaluation. Per se, it’s a traditional event. So far it’s fine, no lapses. Considering it is an ultra, self-relying, endurance, self-tests. I give 8/ 10. See you in 2018!