Runners set history in Mindanao’s longest foot race

At least 36 ultra runners nationwide bested the longest ultra marathon event in Mindanao last August 3-6, 2017. Formally titled as DUC300  with  a distance of 300 kilometer in which runners had to finished solely by foot up to finish line in Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City.

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Route Map of  300km Race Event

From their starting line in Butuan City Hall, Agusan del Sur on August 3 at 2 PM, the 26 male and 10 female runners had to crossed boarders of two regions of Davao and Caraga with 13 towns and cities and with a given cut of time of 72 hours or equivalent to three days. But due to bad weather condition and road widening across the route, the race director extended the COT to 78 hours by benefit of all runners. The participants were allowed with their support vehicle in the entire race while others had opted to run by their own even without a support team with them. But the event otherwise had provided marshals, aid and food station along the route.

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Coach Roel Ano in the center, and the 36 brave runners at the Starting Line in Butuan City

On August 6 at about 10:56 in the evening, the first runner to tap the finish line was Jonathan Pido of Team PNP/TTD/DUC with his strongest time of 56 hours 56 minutes and 35 seconds. He topped among the runners and unanimously declared as overall champion. Pido was also a 260km ultramarathon champion back in 2016.

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Jonathan Pido in his finish line photo

And the female champion clocked 62 hours 47 minutes and 23 seconds in the name of Hedda Riola of Team Hekhek. Riola was a 3rd placer of this year’s Hardcore Hundred Miles commonly referred as H1 which took place in mountainous area  of Kayapa,  Nueva Vizcaya in Luzon.

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Hedda Riola in her finish line photo

See full official results below;

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There were also side events, the SPMC100 and DUC50. SPMC100 was out and back route from SPMC to Tagum City and DUC50 from Tagum City to SPMC.

See full official results below;

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All finishers received finisher’s trophy, finisher’s medal, finisher’s shirts, a cash prize for podium and a Soleus watch, a podium trophy, a finisher’s buckle for 300km participants and other freebies.

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The race event was presented by BBG Run Events with Coach Roel Ano and Davao Ultrarunners Club and sponsored by Southern Philippines Medical Center of Davao City in celebration to their centennial year in service.

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