A 33 years old stunner from Quezon, Bukidnon. An inspirational runner to all. A certified hardcore athlete. A founding member of Sugarcane Trail Ultra Runners (STUR). Her race bib has been known to us as PRETTY AZENITH, but a lot of friends call her “JOY”and her real name is AZENITH BALBUTIN. She is truly at the zenith and humbly but unanimously dubbed as Ultramarathon Queen of Bukidnon, with no other.
Her record? Just take this down, a hardcore finisher of 2nd Cebu Southwest 210K Ultramarathon last June 9-11 2017. She clocked 47 hours and 59 minutes with no support team with her. She was among of the brave four ladies who partaken the event, but her gender is a no excuse to bring the golden buckle home.
Trivia: Cebu Southwest 210 km Ultramarathon en route the highly elevated Transcentral Highway in Cebu, with estimated elevation of 975 meters and with total elevation of 3,913 m. It is one of the difficult route in any ultramarathon event in Cebu like TCU55 and TCU105. The uphill and downhill is a steep as Kenon Road in Baguio plus the cold wind and heat that strikes anytime along entire route.
Recently she completed the longest foot race in Mindanao. The DUC300, she conquered herself from Butuan City to Davao City where she bagged the 2nd runner up in female category, ranking her 13th place over all. She clocked 76 hours 48 minutes and 57 seconds bested other 14 runners.
Trivia: The longest foot race in Mindanao to date, the longest ultra marathon event presented by BBG Run events and Davao Ultrarunners Club. Their batch is the first ever and the original finishers of the said longest that will truly inked their stories and history in media. The race covered two regions of Mindanao,the Caraga and Davao.
Others, she was also the female champion of 5th Kasadya 60k Ultramarathon 2017 in General Santos City last May 2017. She also bagged the 2nd runner up in female category of the recently concluded PRC75 Ultramarathon from Montevista in Compostela Valley to Panabo City in Davao del Norte. A lot to mention on her podium finished especially in ultra marathon events. She had attended numerous local fun runs, marathons and ultra marathon events around Mindanao and nationwide and even in Thailand, shortly she is experienced and a veteran in running. She also does obstacle races, virtual races and trail running. She is one of what we call “mamaw” in the running community.
You should meet her personally and enjoy her company. We’ll “it’s for you to find out” as she stated in her Facebook intro but definitely she is friendly, down to earth and bubbly. She has good sense of humor. You should take time to chit chat with her and be inspired.
And she is no less, the Ultramarathon Queen of Bukidnon.