OFFICIAL RESULTS: 2014 Warrior 50

Posted in Uncategorized on October 1, 2014 by jonel c mendoza

2014 Warrior 50K

12:00 AM – 10:00 AM September 28, 2014

BE Resorts- Mactan, Cebu

 

I wish to thank BE Resorts-Mactan for being our co-presenter for the fourth straight year and its General Manager, Ms. Remedona Ravina, and staff.  My gratitude goes to Smart Communications through Ms. Grace Ruperto, The Superfoods Grocer, BSI Medicated Spray and Gatorade for their generous support.

 

I also want to express my appreciation to Team SK led by Ms. Lulu Valiente (Nora Rosete, Cora Quiamco, Phindy Honasan, Josephine Mejala, Jingle and Jenny Salinas, Ermin and Arlene Pepito, Melchora Quimbo, Jean Dalumpines and Ranel Torreon), Philippine National Red Cross and Team Mactan Runners Club. And same goes to the local government units of Lapu-lapu City, Mandaue City, Consolacion, Liloan and Compostela.

 

Lastly, I thank all the participants for their hardcore support and congratulate all the finishers. To the first-timers, welcome to the wonderful world of ultramarathon.

 

Daghang Salamat!

 

Roster of Finishers

 

  1. Romulo Rosell, 4:19:56 Overall Champion
  2. Gregorio Ocampo, 4:23:21 First Runner-up
  3. Brian Lou Guillen, 4:43:45 Second Runner-up
  4. Robert Watson, 5:02:30
  5. Preciosa Sanchez, 5:03:32 Female Champion
  6. Jun Larida, 5:07:29
  7. Melchomilda Kitane, 5:17:41 First Runner-up, Female
  8. Francis Brent Costillas, 5:19:57
  9. Wendell Kwan, 5:24:40
  10. Ronald Entrolezo, 5:25:48
  11. June Ocaña, 5:32:00, Second Runner-up, Female
  12. Elmer Abing, 5:40:05
  13. Arniel Mercado, 5:40:32
  14. Alex Dalusong, 5:43:11
  15. Ryan Capuno, 5:46:25
  16. Edgar Canoy, 5:47:21
  17. Joel Jumapao, 5:48:30
  18. Jennefer Catublas, 5:55:11
  19. Benedict Balaba, 5:55:12
  20. Mark Modesto, 5:57:05
  21. Jun Mahusay,6:03:43
  22. Hamdi Abdulbayan, 6:04:09
  23. Arlan Bueza, 6:04:12
  24. Excel Canque, 6:04:41
  25. Ronnie Tragantin, 6:09:45
  26. Peri Pevida, 6:09:46
  27. Raffy Olayao, 6:13:46
  28. Grace Diocampo, 6:17:26
  29. Victor Tingson, 6:17:27
  30. Jussel Ramirez, 6:18:13
  31. Jurein Roy Tacoloy, 6:19:05
  32. Timogene Ocampo, 6:21:25
  33. Fritzie Bontilao, 6:21:42
  34. Anthony Galon, 6:21:43
  35. Beverly Canag, 6:22:35
  36. Ken Flores, 6:26:15
  37. Edwin Patenio, 6:27:40
  38. Zusette Co, 6:35:40
  39. Dhunve Dela Cerna, 6:39:50
  40. Jose Nelson Laude, 6:40:49
  41. Jessica Arevalo, 6:42:39
  42. Jessica Perales, 6:48:23
  43. Marcelino Apas, 6:49:05
  44. Lorena Samoy, 6:52:36
  45. Roderick Sia, 6:55:47
  46. Mary Anne Mares, 6:57:54
  47. Roy Lansang, 7:02:37
  48. Ian Mitchelle Pinzon, 7:05:35
  49. Mary Joyce Solomon, 7:05:56
  50. Rosemarie Paras, 7:05:57
  51. Marlon Clark Dadulo, 7:08:41
  52. Paultom Paras, 7:13:41
  53. Maydelane Tacaldo, 7:14:10
  54. Nikka Khu, 7:14:11
  55. Christopher Dignos, 7:14:12
  56. Ian Santos, 7:15:40
  57. Marigen Arribas, 7:17:00
  58. Adrian Sabanpan, 7:20:17
  59. Susan Gentapa, 7:22:11
  60. Jose Rey Tagalog, 7:25:46
  61. Toto Padilla, 7:27:30
  62. Tonypet Juanico, 7:28:49
  63. Flordeliza Rotersos, 7:36:40
  64. Alma Escolar, 7:40:26
  65. Carrabelle Baguio, 7:40:41
  66. Verni Lopez, 7:41:19
  67. Alex Tanoy, 7:41:20
  68. Joselito Tajanlangit, 7:42:10
  69. Reylyn Esoy, 7:42:21
  70. John Rosal, 7:42:32
  71. Katrina Catingub, 7:42:45
  72. Richard Anania, 7:49:22
  73. Ariel Pellejera, 7:50:59
  74. Dennis Igloria, 7:52:31
  75. Elvira Igloria, 7:52:32
  76. Kenvi Suan, 7:54:25
  77. Janet Delez, 7:54:59
  78. Abicer Doroja, 7:58:01
  79. Marcial Lumayag, 8:05:28
  80. Kevin Hacey Camacho, 8:05:41
  81. Hector Cuizon, 8:19:36
  82. Haide Flores, 8:19:48
  83. Anton John Jugalbot, 8:20:56
  84. Francis Guanzon, 8:21:08
  85. Mark Albo, 8:22:49
  86. Jose Wee, 8:24:24
  87. Jessie Cuyos, 8:30:11
  88. Liberty Canubida, 8:33:13
  89. Aquiles Ymbong, 8:35:40
  90. Henry Cabahug, 8:35:41
  91. Ulysses Cena, 8:47:16
  92. Momie Irojo, 8:49:50
  93. Jennifer Rose Savellon, 8:49:52
  94. Marvin Dela Peña, 8:53:10
  95. Billy belecario, 8:53:11
  96. Ben Ryan Tan, 8:55:28
  97. Francis Del Rosario, 8:56:45
  98. Jez Ramos, 8:56:29
  99. Paola Joyce Ronquillo, 8:56:30
  100. Nelson Judilla, 8:57:40
  101. Frederick Angalot, 9:14:14
  102. Jing Sente, 9:14:16
  103. Glenn Tibus, 9:17:38
  104. Alfie Aranda, 9:17:49
  105. Radney Castel, 9:22:48
  106. Jovan Ybanez, 9:26:40
  107. Keenan Samsuya, 9:28:18
  108. Hanna Caunda, 9:32:28
  109. Menchu Lyn Dagode, 9:38:20
  110. Joanne Blanche Domingo, 9:38:35 Youngest participant, 15 y.o.
  111. Anthony John Domingo, 9:38:36
  112. Yang Ybanez, 9:41:36
  113. Enrique Tapere, Jr., 11:12:00

Urban Trail Run 15K

Posted in Uncategorized on September 10, 2014 by jonel c mendoza

 

 

 

 

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URBAN TRAIL RUN 15K

Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa

5:30 AM, Sunday, October 26, 2014

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Registration Period: September 12 – October 16,  2014

 Limited slots only.

Registrants will be entitled to the following:  Sublimated Technical Event Shirt and Race Number  to be claimed before the event. Finisher’s Medal, frontRUNNER Magazine, Sling bag with goodies (post-race)

 Finisher’s Medal by Suarez Bros. 

 

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:

Register at the following venues:

  • 100 Miles Cafe (2nd Floor, Pointe 2 Bldg, 28th St., BGC, Taguig)
  • ARC-Manila (A Runner’s Circle, Unit H, Aloha Hotel, 2150 Roxas Boulevard
    Cor. Quirino Ave., Malate, Manila, 1004 Philippines)
  • Royal Sporting House (2nd Floor Glorietta 4, Ayala Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati City)
  1. Deposit 850.00 Pesos to BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands) Account Number 2371 0034 71/Account Name Hardcore Publishing House, Inc.
  2. Write your full name, gender, contact number and shirt size on deposit slip and together with fully-accomplished  race-waiver UTR15K  and email to  utr15k@gmail.com with the subject UTR15K. (For shirt sizing, please refer to the chart below.)
  3. Confirmation email will be sent after receipt of all requirements.
  4. Distribution of pre-race items will be conducted at 100 Miles Cafe/Galileia Events Place (2nd Floor, Pointe 2 Bldg, 28th St., BGC, Taguig) on October 18, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Claimants must bring their identification cards (ID), original deposit slips and race waiver forms when claiming their kits. Those who will send representatives must send a photocopy of their ID AND an authorization letter.
  5. Please email or call(0922 822 9342) the organizers if you are unable to claim your race kits on the said date.

 RACE DETAILS AND GUIDELINES. Please read and understand all details thoroughly.

  1. Start/Finish Line: Pacific Rim, Filinvest City, Alabang.
  2. UT15 How to get thereGun Start is at 5:30 A.M.  Assembly Time: 4:30 AM, RAIN or SHINE. Please be on time. Latecomers will NOT be allowed to officially join the race anymore. However, they are still entitled to post-race items except the Official Finisher’s medal.
  3. Runners will run two identical loops of 7.5 kilometers each. The route is a combination of concrete roads and single track trails. The trails make up the vast majority of the course. The Race route will be marked by ribbons and/or directional tarpaulins. No time credits will be given for runners who get lost, therefore all runners are encouraged to pay attention to race markers/signs.
  4. There will be an aid station located at Km 7.5 where all runners are free to refill.
  5. ALL RUNNERS ARE REQUIRED TO BRING THEIR OWN HYDRATION BOTTLES/PACKS. YOU ARE FREE TO REFILL IN ALL STATIONS. THERE WILL BE NO CUPS AVAILABLE IN ALL AID STATIONS IN KEEPING WITH THE “LEAVE NO TRACE” theme.
  6. Littering is absolutely prohibited. Violation of this rule will merit outright disqualification. Garbage bags will be available in the aid station.
  7. All runners must wear their race numbers in front, pinned on the shirt or shorts.
  8. Runners who decide not to continue the race must contact the Race Director or inform the nearest aid station marshals for proper accounting.
  9. There is NO shuttle service provided to and from FILINVEST CITY.
  10. FREE parking is available at designated parking areas adjacent to the event site. While security will be provided, runners will be solely responsible for securing their belongings. Race organizers and management will not be held liable for any damage or loss to personal items.
  11. Baggage deposit counters will be available at the same site.
  12. The Race Director may, at any time, make revisions on the course and race details/rules for the benefit of all runners and reserves the right to use pictures and videos taken by any participant for publication in any form of media without any consideration, monetary or otherwise. Owners of published photos/videos will be duly recognized.
  13. Race Director’s decision is final.
  14. For additional inquiries, please email utr15k@gmail.com or call/text 0922-822-9342.

 

 

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2015 Mount Ugo Trail Marathon

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 26, 2014 by jonel c mendoza

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2015 Mount Ugo Trail Marathon/Half Marathon

4:00 AM-1:00 PM February 22, 2015

Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, PHILIPPINES

Brought to you by frontRUNNER Magazine in cooperation with the Province of Nueva Vizcaya, Municipalities of Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya and Itogon, Benguet and Brgy. Tinongdan

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SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Start: Kayapa Town Hall 

Finish: Kayapa Central School

Date and Time: 4:00 AM, February 22, 2015

Race Briefing and Race Kit distribution: 2:00 PM, February 21 Kayapa Central School

 

 

 

 

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

  • Bank Deposit: Bank of the Philippine Islands 2379 0362 39 under the account name of Constante C Mendoza Jr
  • Write name and shirt size(Asian sizing) AND qualifying race on the deposit slip, scan and email deposit slip to frontrunnermag@gmail.com (Subject: 2015 MUM)
  • NO slot reservation allowed

 

 

REGISTRATION FEES

  • Marathon: 1,500.00 Pesos (Inclusive of Trail Fees, Event Long-sleeved Shirt, Finisher’s Medal and Pre-Race Snacks and Post-Race Meal) / USD 50.00 for foreign entrant
  • Half Marathon: 1,000.00 Pesos (Same as above) / USD 35.00 for foreign entrants
  • Registration starts on NOVEMBER 1, 2014 and ends on February 1, 2015. There will be no extensions. 
  • No slot reservations allowed.
  • No event-switching(downgrading of distance) is allowed once the race is in progress. It is allowed only and strictly BEFORE gun start.
  • THERE WILL BE NO TRANSFER OF ENTRY FEES(event or person) AND NO REFUNDS(full or partial).  “Finally – please remember that there will be NO refunds – NO transfers – NO exceptions. Do not ask for a refund or a transfer to another date or event – the answer is a polite NO. There will be no refunds even if your cat ate your homework or your dog ate your cat or your grandmother ran over your dog or your grandfather ran over your grandmother or you can’t find a babysitter or your girlfriend is cheating on you or you are cheating on your girlfriend or you get shot in the head during an unfortunate piñata incident, or if you become injured or if you don’t have time to train or if you contract poison oak, syphilis, herpes simplex, chapped lips, the heart break of psoriasis or any other communicable disease or you get bit by a lizard, you have a hangover or you got shot in the neck with a poison dart or your trailer gets destroyed by a tornado or you get deported or your daughter gets married, or any other reason – your registration will not, under any circumstances, no way, no how, ain’t gonna happen, be refunded. Comprende? Don’t like that idea? Don’t register.” – Luis Escobar of Born to Run Ultra Marathons in California

 

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

2012 Official Results: http://frontrunnermagph.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/2980/

2013 Official Results: http://frontrunnermagph.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/official-results-2nd-mount-ugo-trail-marathon/

2014 Official Results: http://frontrunnermagph.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/official-results-3rd-mount-ugo-trail-marathon/

 

COURSE RECORDS

Marathon: Dino Mantilez(PHILIPPINES) 4:07:38, 2013

Marathon(Women): Sandi Menchi Abahan(PHILIPPINES)  5:29:41, 2014

Half Marathon: Marcelo Bautista(PHILIPPINES)  1:55:23, 2014

Half Marathon(Women): Sandy Menchi Abahan(PHILIPPINES)  2:14:08, 2013

 

 

 

THE RACE

If you want freedom and love the outdoors, this race is for you. If you want solitude, serenity, peace and quiet, this is it.

NO FRILLS. Just lifetime memories, bliss and blisters, and a peaceful, easy feeling. Personal satisfaction guaranteed.

Here, you don’t have to worry about toxic car fumes, bully drivers and incessant car horns blowing in your face. There are no man-made obstacles to obstruct your path. Instead, indulge in an all-natural setting which offers fresh, unpolluted air, majestic views of pine tree-filled mountains, vegetable gardens set in terraces, switchbacks, open, single track trails, and rocks, fallen pine trees and slippery trails that will serve as natural obstacles. Cliché as it may sound, you only have the sounds of the wind, your footsteps and breathing, and insects to provide the melody as you go along.

Here, you breathe the natural scent of pine trees and free yourself from the confines of a cramped, artificially pine-scented, air freshener-filled car whose smell seemingly clings eternally to your clothes, and choking smog, you get to relive your lost youth and once again, embrace the wide and open world, and yesteryears you once truly enjoyed.

WHILE WE WILL EXERT EFFORTS TO MAINTAIN THE CLEANLINESS AND PRE-RACE CONDITION OF THE ROUTE, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT EACH PARTICIPANT DO HIS OWN SHARE BY BEING A RESPONSIBLE TRAIL RUNNER. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THE ADAGE, TAKE NOTHING BUT PICTURES AND LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS.

Not only will the organizers and locals truly appreciate your efforts but also Mother Nature herself. Be kind to everyone and everything along the path.

And for a better appreciation of trail running etiquette, you may want to look at this link; http://baldrunner.com/2012/01/18/trail-running-101-part-2-rules-on-the-run/.

And where else can this trailblazing endurance event be appropriately held but in a town aptly named, KAYAPA!

Experience sweet, uncomplicated satisfaction right here. It’s time to feed your senses.

 

CUTOFF TIMES

  • Marathon: 1:00 PM, February 22(9:00:00 hours), Turnaround: Mount Ugo Summit
  • Half Marathon: 8:30 AM, February 22(4:30:00 hours), Turnaround: Mount Samento Waiting Shed

 

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THE ROUTE and TECHNICAL DATA

(Map courtesy of Robert Watson)

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/471961010 (Courtesy of Ronnel Go)

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The race takes an out and back route which starts at the Kayapa Municipal Hall and ends at the Kayapa Central School(1121 masl).

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Runners will run along a concrete two-way road for about two hundred meters and into the trailhead going to TALECABCAB.

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Natural spring water is our ONLY water supply source(it’s the town’s, too!) so if it is not your thing, make sure to bring your own water or tablet purifier.

PLEASE MIND YOUR TRASH AT ALL TIMES. And to further reduce trash, NO cups of any kind will be available in any of the water stations. All runners are advised to bring their own cups. Garbage bags will also be available in each water station. It won’t take too much of an effort to drop your trashes into it properly, thank you.

Runners then run up farther and pass through a mix of dirt/muddy(if rainy) roads and intermittent stretches of concrete tire paths until they reach TALECABCAB WAITING SHED(First Aid Station, assorted food/snacks/drinks will be available,  ~ 4 kilometers), after which they shall proceed going up the winding dirt road towards INDUPIT(1866 masl, 8 kilometers) which is marked by a small settlement and a waiting shed.

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Runners will run along ascending, slippery trails covered with leaves, pine tree needles and cones, and under canopies of trees at times. MAKE SURE TO CHECK YOUR LEGS FOR BLOOD-SUCKING CREATURES(limatik, small but very terrible). Simply remove them and clean with antiseptic or rub with salt. It sometimes gets messy but no need to worry.

Slower runners are advised to step aside for overtaking runners. And since this is an open, public trail, you will meet a few locals and pass through small hamlets along the route as well. Take time to greet the people you meet. ALWAYS make way for runners going up an incline. PRACTICE TRAIL COURTESY. There will be dogs, goats, cows and horses, too. Be careful.

You shall be passing through gates so please close them after going through each time, thank you.

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Proceed to the next landmark which is BUNDAO (Second Aid Station, 1835 masl, ~ 10 kilometers) which is marked by 2 structures – a shed and a house. Assorted food/snacks/drinks will be available. The open, flat trails stretch farther ahead and the views get only better. It’s pine trees and super nice views galore onwards.

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For the 21-kilometer runners, proceed about 500 meters more until you will reach the MOUNT SAMENTO WAITING SHED where a marshal shall await and record your numbers,  make a turnaround back to the finish via INDUPIT/ANSIPSIP trail and TALECABCAB Trail while marathon runners tackle the wide-open trails from this point.

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BUNDAO station is your LAST aid station until you reach SADDLE/DOMOLPOS station(8 kilometers of trails away) so it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that you fill up your bladders/bottles and eat.

Next landmark will be the ANSIPSIP WAITING SHED (1935 masl, 12 kilometers). More mountain side, open, flat single track trails greet the runner. There will be lots of downhill running and switchbacks here as well, and the summit turnaround will be seen from here for as long as no fog will obstruct the view. As usual, ultra nice trails to die for.

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DOMOLPOS Village (1700 masl) where locals reside, is the next landmark. From here, runners run up a single track trail until the SADDLE.

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SADDLE/DOMOLPOS WAITING SHED JUNCTION(1763 masl, 17 kilometers) is where the third aid station is located. At this junction, spring water and assorted trail food will be available. It is advised that runners refill and eat. A very appropriate message is written on the shed’s wall. Be sure to take time to read it. Can’t miss, the shed is painted in pink.

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From the aid station above, runners will proceed for about 3 kilometers towards the LUSOD AREA/BACUYAN JUNCTION(1770 masl, 20 kilometers) via a single track trail. At BACUYAN, runners will make a U-TURN towards the MT. UGO SUMMIT MARKER via a 1-kilometer climb aptly named, “The Terminator”.

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MT. UGO SUMMIT MARKER(2170 masl, 21.2 kilometers) is where a marshal shall record the names or bib numbers and arrival time. The marshals will take pictures of each runner at the summit.

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From the summit, runners will proceed back the SADDLE/DOMOLPOS WAITING SHED via Bacuyan. refill or eat at the said aid station then proceed back to DOMOLPOS Village.

From the DOMOLPOS Village, runners pass through ANSIPSIP WAITING SHED, BUNDAO AID STATION  and INDUPIT JUNCTION/ANSIPSIP trail again and from where they will make their finish at the Kayapa Central School via the TALECABCAB Trail(last aid station until the finish line, ~ 38 kilometers).

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In total, there is only one kilometer or less of concrete, winding roads that comprises the marathon and half marathon route and the rest is all dirt roads/trails. There is significant altitude gain and loss as well.

All waiting sheds/junctions/forks will be marked by ribbons or manned by marshals. Whenever you reach a junction/fork, make sure to look for ribbons tied on grass, trees or fences, and proceed from there. If you happen to enter a junction/fork and you do not see a confidence marker after running about 300 meters, return to the area where you last saw a ribbon and locate the area where subsequent ribbons are. NO time credits will be given for any runner lost. It is the personal responsibility of each runner to familiarize himself with the route. BE ATTENTIVE to markers.

Wooden KOTM kilometer markers are also in place and planted every about one kilometer until the summit, to include permanent wooden directional signs at strategic forks.

Again, to help preserve the area, please DO NOT LITTER. The only “authorized” trashes are horse and cow dung which are abundant along the route so beware. If you need to go, there are lots of grassy areas and tree trunks are wide enough to cover your behind. Beware of staying too close to ravines, though. Dispose off your wet wipes properly.

Strong winds buffet the area from time to time and the weather is unpredictable, so it is wise to bring warm and dry clothing/accessories.

There will be NO drop bag stations. Also, NO support vehicles are allowed at any point of the race.

A baggage counter at the start/finish line will be available.

For best traction, trail shoes are highly advised.

Cellphone signals exist(Smart and Globe only) but are intermittent. You may contact these numbers for any concerns; 0917 803 0664, 0922 822 9342 and 0999 998 7654.

Music players are allowed but NOT recommended. Cameras are! The designated cutoff times are such that runners may be afforded the luxury and time to take pictures and savor the moment and surroundings.

NO registration fee refunds will be given for WHATEVER reason.

NO unregistered pacers, guides and bandits allowed.

NO cheating, please. I sincerely wish that this will be the last race ever that I will be reminding participants of this matter. After all, we are all decent, mature and responsible individuals, aren’t we? Besides, the route was designed in such a way that any “shortcuts” will only make the route longer.

Any complaint on cheating must be made WITHIN 24 hours after the close of the race and must be made in writing, signed and submitted to the RO/RD for proper action. This must also be accompanied by a visual proof/s of the alleged cheating. Any complaints after the 24-hour period will NOT be entertained.

The Race Organizer and Director reserve the right to modify race rules and cancel the remainder of the race while it is in progress at any time for the benefit, safety and welfare of the participants.

RECOMMENDED GEAR for all events 

  1. Cellphone (fully charged and with load)
  2. Light jacket or arm warmers and head covers
  3. Functioning flashlight or headlamps
  4. At least 1.5 liter capacity hydration bag or belt bottles
  5. Whistle
  6. First aid kit(antiseptic, band aid, cotton, salt, loperamide tablets)
  7. Extra food or energy gels
  8. Wet wipes

Trekking poles allowed but NOT mandatory.

ROUTE LANDMARKS: Kayapa-Mt Ugo-Kayapa

(Owing to the terrain, distances are just approximations based on GPS measurements)

  • Kayapa Town Hall (1121 masl) to Talecabcab Waiting Shed( ~ 4 kilometers)
  • Indupit junction/Ansipsip foot trail (1866 masl, ~ 8 kilometers
  • Bundao (1835 masl) ~ 10 kilometers
  • Mount Samento Waiting Shed ~ 10.5 kilometers*TURNAROUND 21K
  • Ansipsip waiting shed (1935 masl) ~ 15 kilometers
  • Domolpos Village (1770 masl)
  • Saddle/Domolpos waiting shed (1763 masl) ~ 17 kilometers
  • Bacuyan junction (1844 masl) ~ 20 kilometers
  • Mt. Ugo Summit marker (2170 masl) ~ 21 kilometers *TURNAROUND 42k
  • Indupit junction/Ansipsip foot trail (1866 masl) ~ 34 kilometers (from here, 42k runners will proceed to the Finish Line via the Talecabcab Trail
  • Kayapa Central School (1121 masl) ~ 42 kilometers

THE SUB-3 HOUR CHALLENGE

A special award awaits any runner who will finish the marathon in 2:59:59 hours or better.

How to get there: KAYAPA

Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya is a small and quaint, peaceful and serene, and vegetable-producing mountain town nestled about 1121 meters above sea level, 80 kilometers away and a comfortable 2-hour drive from Baguio City through the Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road (also known as Ambuklao Road).The town is located at the boundary between Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya and is the gateway to Region 2 if coming from the west.

The zigzag road is completely paved and offers spectacular views of Ambuklao and Binga Dams, rivers, lakes, pine tree-clad mountain sides, vegetable garden terraces and very cool and unpolluted weather. In fact, the abundance of pine trees will give you the chance to breathe real pine tree-scented air.

If you are flying to the Philippines, the main entry point to Manila is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport(NAIA) and from there, you may take the VICTORY regular and air-conditioned buses with terminals in Pasay, Cubao, Caloocan and Sampaloc in Metro Manila. Take those bound for Baguio or Nueva Vizcaya. Buses are available on a 24-hour basis.

Alternatively, you may fly in via Diosdado Macapagal International Airport(DMIA) in Clark Field, Pampanga and take any bus bound for Baguio at the Dau Terminal.

From Baguio, you may take the buses and vans that regularly ply the route. Old school buses (Bambang/Belance/Dupax-bound) and vans are either located at the Dangwa Terminal or Slaughter House compound. Bus trips start at 8AM up.  Fares vary from 115php to 150php.

Should you miss the regular trips, you may hire a van or taxi for a ride to Kayapa.

Car rentals are also available from NAIA/DMIA to Baguio/Kayapa.

If you are traveling by car, take the North Luzon Expressway(NLEX) then merge with the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway(SCTEX) and the Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway(TPLEX). Proceed to the Rosales exit and take the main highway(MacArthur Highway) all the way to Baguio via Kennon Road, a 4-hour drive or through San Jose City(Maharlika Highway), the historic Dalton Pass, Sta. Fe, Aritao.

From Aritao, Kayapa is less than an hour away via a 29-kilometer concrete zigzag drive, the Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road which connects the 2 provinces. Ample road directions guide the travelers.

Aritao is about 220 kilometers and 5 hours away from Manila through NLEX, SCTEX, TPLEX  via San Jose City or Bulacan(Plaridel)/Nueva Ecija(Gapan-Cabanatuan-San Jose City) if exiting at Santa Rita in NLEX.

Another option is to stop in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya which is 15 kilometers after Aritao and take the buses or vans bound for Baguio at the bus parking area near a gasoline station along Maharlika Highway. From Bambang, Kayapa is an hour or so away.

There are only a few bed and breakfast type lodgings, homestays to be exact, (Barangay Pangpang Hall-0929 844 8481, Edna Camilo-0928 989 9608, Kayapa Parish Hall-0909 675 4618 and Boulevard Inn-0910 444 3123) in Kayapa which offer only basic necessities. Rates start at 200php per bed and cooked meals of your choice may be arranged with the landlord. You may want to reserve EARLY by contacting the said numbers directly as there are only limited bed spaces. Room-sharing is the norm. All are walking distances to the starting and finish line.

Or you may want to camp out for free at the Parish Church area where you can also park your vehicles some 200 meters away from the start or even sleep inside Kayapa Town Hall, also for free, provided you bring your own beddings.

Food is not a problem as there are a number of small eateries at the town center. There are also a number of stores from where you can buy bottled water, snacks and other food, and other personal necessities. Practically everything you will need is within walking distance.

And before you head for home, be sure to buy fresh produce at giveaway farm prices and local products at the market.

There are NO water refilling stations, cable television and internet connections in Kayapa. An FM radio signal from Baguio exists.

Lastly, a strict NO SMOKING policy exists in ALL of Nueva Vizcaya, You have been forewarned.

Again, please respect the environment, locals, rules and guidelines at all times, thank you.

I am hoping that some runners will find Kayapa to their liking, enough to make it their kind of refuge and Eden. Perhaps, not a few will be coming back for a private visit.

Kayapa is perfectly isolated somewhat but in a nice way.

Kayapa is my kind of town. Make it yours, too.

P.S.

And with all due respect, the Race Organizer’s and Director’s word is final.

 

For inquiries, send email to frontrunnermag@gmail.com or call/text 0917 803 0664. 022 822 9342 or 0999 998 7654

 

 

2015 Four Lakes 100/Old Spanish Trail 50

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26, 2014 by jonel c mendoza

 

 

 

KOTM Logo

 

Four Lakes 100k and Old Spanish Trail 50k Trail Ultramarathon

Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines

 

CourseQualificative2016_ENhttp://www.ultratrailmb.com/

Qualifying Race for 2016 UTMB, 3 Points

 

 

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Start: Kayapa Town Hall 

Finish: Kayapa Central School

Date and Time: March 28, 4:00 AM – March 29, 2014, 8:00 AM 

Race Briefing, Drop Bag Collection and Race Kit distribution: 2:00 PM, March 27 Kayapa Central School

 

 

 

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

  • Bank Deposit: Bank of the Philippine Islands 2379 0362 39 under the account name of Constante C Mendoza Jr
  • Write name and shirt size(Asian sizing) AND qualifying race on the deposit slip, scan and email deposit slip to frontrunnermag@gmail.com (Subject: 2015 FL100 or OST50)
  • Foreigners may pay their fees through http://www.ultrasignup.com
  • NO slot reservation allowed

 

 

REGISTRATION FEES

  • 100k: PHP 3500.00 for locals / USD 100.00 for foreign entrants (Inclusive of TrailFees, Pre-race Snacks and Post-race Meal, Event Long-sleeves Shirt and Finisher’s Shirt, Medal and Trophy)
  • 50k: PHP 2000.00 (for locals) / USD 60.00 for foreign entrants (Inclusive of Trail Fees, Pre-race Snacks and Post-race Meal, Event Long-sleeves Shirt and Finisher’s Shirt, Medal and Trophy)
  • Foreign runners may register through http://www.ultrasignup.com
  • Registration starts on NOVEMBER 1, 2014 and on March 1, 2015. There will be no extensions. 
  • No slot reservations allowed.
  • No event-switching(downgrading of distance) is allowed once the race is in progress. It is allowed only and strictly BEFORE gun start.
  • THERE WILL BE NO TRANSFER OF ENTRY FEES(event or person) AND NO REFUNDS(full or partial).  “Finally – please remember that there will be NO refunds – NO transfers – NO exceptions. Do not ask for a refund or a transfer to another date or event – the answer is a polite NO. There will be no refunds even if your cat ate your homework or your dog ate your cat or your grandmother ran over your dog or your grandfather ran over your grandmother or you can’t find a babysitter or your girlfriend is cheating on you or you are cheating on your girlfriend or you get shot in the head during an unfortunate piñata incident, or if you become injured or if you don’t have time to train or if you contract poison oak, syphilis, herpes simplex, chapped lips, or any other communicable disease or you get bit by a lizard, you have a hangover or you got shot in the neck with a poison dart or your trailer gets destroyed by a tornado or you get deported or your daughter gets married, or any other reason – your registration will not, under any circumstances, no way, no how, ain’t gonna happen, be refunded. Comprende? Don’t like that idea? Don’t register.” – Luis Escobar of Born to Run Ultra Marathons in California

 

 

ENTRY GUIDELINES

(adapted from Hardrock Hundred and edited to suit local conditions)

At the outset, everyone must understand very well that Four Lakes/Old Spanish Trail are high altitude trail races. Given the innate challenges such as physical and mental fatigue which are to be expected in doing a race of these distances and for no other reason but the safety and welfare of all those involved in the event, runners without the adequate entry requirements will not be allowed participation and without exception. Hereunder are some of the risks, but not only limited to such, involved in doing the events;

  • High Elevation
  • Long, steep climbs
  • Extended distance and time between aid stations
  • Severe weather, including heat, cold, rain, and lightning
  • Water crossings
  • Exposure to potential for falls especially along the fragile rice paddies

Any runner attempting these races must understand that these challenges exist and they must be prepared to make decisions for his or her own safety under uncertain conditions without any expectation of assistance due to the inaccesibility to any type of motor vehicle, remoteness of the race route and the distance between villages/households. While there is no guarantee that the runner is prepared for every eventuality, finishing a qualifying event gives some evidence of being prepared for the races. Additionally, it also improves the chances for a runner to finish the events.

Thus, any of the following requirements must be adhered to by all means;

  1. FL prospects must have finished, within the official cutoff time, at least one 50-kilometer or more ultramarathon*(road or trail) in the inclusive period indicated, February 2013 – May 22, 2015. Results must be verifiable in the internet. For OST, at least one road or trail marathon finished officially.

*Fat Ass 24-hour event results are acceptable for as long as the participant finished at least 50 kilometers(the more, the better) in 10 hours or less. Results must be verifiable in the internet.

*Multi-sport official finishes regardless of distance covered are NOT acceptable

*Official Finish at the 2013-2014 Clark-Miyamit 50 Miles Ultra(CM50)

2.   Participant must be 18 years of age at the time of the event.

3.   Official finishers of 2013-2014 Pulag and Four Lakes 100 and Old Spanish Trail 80 are automatic qualifiers.

4.   Previous Official Finishers of H1, regardless of the year, are automatic qualifiers.

 

 

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

2012

2013:

2014:

 

 

 

COURSE RECORDS

FOUR LAKES 100kMatthieu Rabiller(FRANCE), 13:35:10(2014)

FOUR LAKES 100(Women)Katja Fink (SWITZERLAND), 19:57:55(2013)

 OLD SPANISH TRAIL 50k: N/A

 OLD SPANISH TRAIL 50k(Women): N/A

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK9axymIEfU&feature=plcp

 

 

THE RACE

If you want freedom and love the outdoors, this race is for you. If you want solitude, serenity, peace and quiet, this is it.

NO FRILLS. Just lifetime memories, bliss and blisters, and a peaceful, easy feeling. Personal satisfaction guaranteed.

Here, you don’t have to worry about toxic car fumes, bully drivers and incessant car horns blowing in your face. There are no man-made obstacles to obstruct your path. Instead, indulge in an all-natural setting which offers fresh, unpolluted air, majestic views of pine tree-filled mountains, vegetable gardens set in terraces, switchbacks, open, single track trails, and rocks, fallen pine trees and slippery trails that will serve as natural obstacles. Cliché as it may sound, you only have the sounds of the wind, your footsteps and breathing, and insects to provide the melody as you go along.

Here, you breathe the natural scent of pine trees and free yourself from the confines of a cramped, artificially pine-scented, air freshener-filled car whose smell seemingly clings eternally to your clothes, and choking smog, you get to relive your lost youth and once again, embrace the wide and open world, and yesteryears you once truly enjoyed.

WHILE WE WILL EXERT EFFORTS TO MAINTAIN THE CLEANLINESS AND PRE-RACE CONDITION OF THE ROUTE, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT EACH PARTICIPANT DO HIS OWN SHARE BY BEING A RESPONSIBLE TRAIL RUNNER. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THE ADAGE, TAKE NOTHING BUT PICTURES AND LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS.

Not only will the organizers and locals truly appreciate your efforts but also Mother Nature herself. Be kind to everyone and everything along the path.

And for a better appreciation of trail running etiquette, you may want to look at this link; http://baldrunner.com/2012/01/18/trail-running-101-part-2-rules-on-the-run/.

And where else can this trailblazing endurance event be appropriately held but in a town aptly named, KAYAPA!

Experience sweet, uncomplicated satisfaction right here. It’s time to feed your senses.

 

 

CUTOFF TIMES

  • 100k: 8:00 AM, March 29(28:00:00 hours)/CUTOFF 1 @ Kayapa Proper East Market ~35k (8:00:00 hours)   CUTOFF 2 @ DAYAP Aid Station ~ 56k (13:00:00 hours)
  • 50k: 6:00 PM, March 29(14:00:00 hours)/CUTOFF 1 @ Kayapa Proper East Market ~35k (8:00:00 hours)   

 

 

THE ROUTE

For technical data, additional references and race reports;

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/320314627#.UafQWbWkLvM.facebook  Old Spanish Trail 65

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/318667029 Four Lakes 100

http://jon-ultra.blogspot.com/2013/05/four-lakes-100k-race-report.html

http://anappetiteforrunning.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/four-lakes-100km-race-day/

http://boypraning.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/notes-to-four-lakes-100kold-spanish-trail-60k/

https://www.facebook.com/notes/leslie-ho/four-lakes-100-ultramarathon-kayapa-philippines-25-may-2013/10151380932626594

 

 

ROUTE MAPS

 

four lakes final

 

Race Route on youtube(by Jacob Ong)

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O44YqmM-ok0&noredirect=1

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q-Sn6Udpg8

 

 

(Elevation Profile and Race Photos by KOTM participants Aldean Lim, Rodelyn Guidaben, George Javier, Leslie Ho, Lai Fong Sang, Yim Heng Fatt, Jun Kagaoan)

FL100 elevation profile - Copy

yhf mud

2013 4L sunrise 2nd morning by rodelyn guidaben

2013 four lakes 100 participants

george j

joshua

jun kagaoan

kotm 2013 by cath mariano

kotm 2013 sunset by lai fo sang

kotm sunrise lfs

lai fo sang

lai fong sang..

lai fong sang.

leslie ho.

lfs...

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lfs2

lfs3

trail shit LFS

The race starts at the Kayapa Town Hall (1121 masl) and ends at the Kayapa Central School.

For the 100k event, there will be four summits and four lakes to conquer, not to mention endless climbs and descents. The 50k event passes through the picturesque Old Spanish Trail.

Runners start by heading towards the trailhead in Talecabcab(photos by joe/edith salazar, toto mina, jun kagaoan and cheryl bihag. thanks!) and proceed farther and pass through a mix of dirt/gravel/muddy(if rainy) roads and intermittent stretches of concrete tire paths with views of vegetable gardens. The intial section is an eight-kilometer ascent towards Indupit.

talecabcab

indupit by tm

kotm..

kayapa kiddos cheering squad

Natural spring water is our ONLY water supply source (it’s the town’s, too!) so if it is not your thing, make sure to bring your own water or tablet purifier.

PLEASE MIND YOUR TRASH AT ALL TIMES. And to further reduce trash, NO cups of any kind will be available in any of the water stations. All runners are advised to bring their own cups. Garbage bags will also be available in each water station. It won’t take too much of an effort to drop your trashes into it properly, thank you.

In some sections of the route, runners will run along single track slippery trails covered with leaves, pine tree needles and cones, and under canopies of trees. Beware of the grounds which barely see sunshine due to the heavy overhead foliage. The ground and rocks are full of moss(hence, the name) which makes them slippery. Also, beware of hanging overgrowth of vines, ferns, bamboos and other forest plants, protruding roots, loose rocks and ravines cleverly covered by thick forest growth. AND MAKE SURE TO CHECK YOUR LEGS FOR BLOOD-SUCKING CREATURES (limatik, small but very terrible). Simply remove them and clean with antiseptic or rub with salt. It sometimes gets messy but no need to worry. This is true when it is raining.

Slower runners are advised to step aside for overtaking runners. And since this is an open, public trail, you will meet a few locals and day hikers along the route as well. Take time to greet them. PRACTICE TRAIL COURTESY. There will be dogs, wild pigs, goats, cows and horses, too. Be careful.

You shall be passing through gates so please close them after going through each time, thank you.

The climb ends where the INDUPIT JUNCTION/ANSIPSIP foot trail is and starts (1866 masl). Proceed to the next landmark.

Next landmark is BUNDAO (1835 masl, ~10 kilometers) which is marked by 2 structures, a shed and house.

BUNDAO is where the FIRST aid station will be located. Trail food will be available. The open, flat, single track trails stretch farther ahead and the views get only better. It’s pine trees and super nice views galore onwards.

BUNDAO station is your LAST aid station until you reach SADDLE/DOMOLPOS station (~7 kilometers of trails away) so it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that you fill up your bladders/bottles and eat.

Next landmark will be the ANSIPSIP WAITING SHED/ELEMENTARY SCHOOL marker (1935 masl, 15 kilometers). More mountain side, open, flat, single track trails greet the runner. There will be lots of downhill running and switchbacks here as well, and the summit turnaround will be seen from here for as long as no fog will obstruct the view. As usual, ultra nice trails to die for.

DOMOLPOS Village (1700 masl) where locals reside, is the next landmark. From here, runners run up a single track trail until the SADDLE.

SADDLE/DOMOLPOS WAITING SHED JUNCTION (1763 masl, ~ kilometers) is where the SECOND aid station is located. At this junction, spring water/trail food will be served. It is advised that runners refill and eat. A very appropriate message is written on the shed’s wall. Be sure to take time to read it. Can’t miss, the shed is painted in pink.

From the aid station above, runners will proceed for about 3 kilometers towards the LUSOD AREA/BACUYAN JUNCTION (marked, 1770 masl, ~ kilometers) via a single track trail. At BACUYAN, make a sharp left turn towards the MT. UGO SUMMIT MARKER via a 2-kilometer climb.

MT. UGO SUMMIT MARKER(2170 masl,~ kilometers) is where a marshal shall record the names or bib numbers and times of each runner. You may want to take your picture at the marker. This is the FIRST SUMMIT.

From the summit, runners will proceed towards the SADDLE/DOMOLPOS WAITING SHED exit via a steep downhill dotted with switchbacks for another 2 kilometers, refill or eat again at the said aid station.

After passing by the SADDLE/DOMOLPOS WAITING SHED again,  all runners will take to the picturesque OLD SPANISH TRAIL, a 11-kilometer long trail (mostly downhill) that will lead them to the next aid/hot food/drop bag station 1 located at the KAYAPA PROPER Market (vehicle accessible). This is CUTOFF 1(8:00:00 Hours) for the 100k and 50k runners. ALL RUNNERS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO EAT, DRINK AND REFILL HERE FOR THE LONG GRIND AHEAD. This is also the last food station until Dayap. You have been forewarned.

There are a number of hanging bridges along the way. Take the necessary precautions when crossing one.

From this point, runners will pass by rice paddies and a hanging bridge on their way to Barangay AMELONG LABENG which is marked by its Barangay(village) Hall, school, worship place and basketball court. You will be passing through a cellular phone site tower which is the SECOND SUMMIT.

the ultraman

amelong

Runners will then exit at the Nueva Vizcaya-Benguet Road, turn left  and proceed uphill on a concrete road to the entrance of CASTILLO VILLAGE(vehicle accessible) which is marked by a huge welcome sign,waiting shed and a World War 2 Memorial. Water will be available here. At this point, 50k runners will take the concrete road of about four kilometers in distance going to the finish line.

From the village trailhead, 100k runners will trek up for about two kilometers to BUACA LAKE (Lake 1) and a few hundred meters away will be the second lake (if not dry). This is your THIRD SUMMIT.

 

On the way to DAYAP, runners will pass by the house of spouses ENWAY and PASIONA TOMAS, a few hundred meters away from BUACA LAKE.

From the house, runners will proceed to DAYAP PRIMARY SCHOOL(vehicle accessible). It is mostly uphill after you reach a garden/farm along the way at a “saddle” area. DAYAP PRIMARY SCHOOL is the 2nd drop bag station. Hot food/water will be available.

This is also the Cutoff Point 2 for the 100k  runners. A cutoff time of  THIRTEEN HOURS (13:00:00) will be implemented here where runners not able to meet the said time will be considered DNF (did not finish). A vehicle will be provided to ferry runners to the finish line.

Qualified 100k runners will turn RIGHT towards the twin NAYAO LAKES (Lakes 3 and 4) and the trail that leads farther up AMBASA/BANAO (FOURTH SUMMIT).  The turnaround will be at the Banao Elementary School(water/trail food station) where  names and bib numbers shall be recorded.

Upon reaching DAYAP PRIMARY SCHOOL again (LAST AID STATION going to the finish), 100k runners will proceed for about 3 kilometers towards PANGAWAN/BOUNDARY trailhead , enter the trail that leads to INDUPIT Village Junction and from this point, take the TALECABCAB TRAIL towards the finish line.

In total, there are only a few hundred meters of concrete road for FL100 and about  four kilometers for OST.  The rest of the route is all dirt roads/trails. There is significant altitude gain and loss as well.

There will be eight aid stations (100k) and five aid stations (50k), and one drop bag station(Dayap) for FL only. Drop bags will be ready for retrieval at the finish line after the race.

All waiting sheds/junctions/forks will be marked by ribbons or manned by marshals. Whenever you reach a junction/fork, make sure to look for ribbons tied on grass, trees or fences, and proceed from there. If you happen to enter a junction/fork and you do not see a confidence marker after running about 300 meters, return to the area where you last saw a ribbon and locate the area where subsequent ribbons are. Additionally, there will be paint markers on stones, rocks, trees and the ground in critical junctions.

NO time credits will be given for any runner lost. It is the personal responsibility of each runner to familiarize himself with the route. BE ATTENTIVE to markers, listen intently during the race briefing and carry the official map during the race proper.

Again, to help preserve the area, please DO NOT LITTER nor TAKE/CUT ANYTHING except pictures. The only “authorized” trashes are horse and cow dung which are abundant along the route so beware. If you need to go, there are lots of grassy areas and tree trunks are wide enough to cover your behind. Beware of staying too close to ravines, though. Dispose off your wet wipes properly. All energy gel/food packs/bottles must be thrown in the garbage bags provided for at each food station and if you happen to be taking such where no adequate disposal is available, please keep the wrappers with you until such a time that a garbage bag is available.

Drop bags must be properly marked with name, bib number and event and will be collected during the briefing. They must be properly secured. Breakages will not be the responsibility of the organizer.

Strong winds buffet the area from time to time and the weather is unpredictable, so it is wise to bring warm and dry clothing/accessories.

For best traction, trail shoes are highly advised.

Cellphone signals exist(Smart, Sun and Globe) but are intermittent. You may contact these numbers for any concerns; 0917 803 0664, 0922 822 9342 and 0999 998 7654.

Music players are allowed but NOT recommended. Cameras are! The designated cutoff times are such that runners may be afforded the luxury and time to take pictures and savor the moment and surroundings.

NO registration fee refunds or transfers will be given for WHATEVER reason.

NO unregistered pacers, guides and bandits allowed.

NO cheating, please. I sincerely wish that this will be the last race ever that I will be reminding participants of this matter. After all, we are all decent, mature and responsible individuals, aren’t we? Besides, the route was designed in such a way that any “shortcuts” will only make the route longer.

Any complaint on cheating must be made WITHIN one hour after crossing the finish line and must be made in writing, signed and submitted to the RO/RD for proper action. This must also be accompanied by a visual proof/s of the alleged cheating. Any complaints after the one-hour period will NOT be entertained.

The Race Organizer and Director reserve the right to modify race rules and cancel the remainder of the race while it is in progress at any time for the benefit, safety and welfare of the participants.

 

 

RECOMMENDED GEAR for all events 

  1. Cellular phone (fully charged and with load)
  2. Light jacket or arm warmers and head covers
  3. Functioning flashlight or headlamps
  4. At least 1.5 liter capacity hydration bag or belt bottles
  5. Whistle
  6. First aid kit(antiseptic, band aid, cotton, salt, loperamide tablets)
  7. Extra food or energy gels
  8. Wet wipes
  9. Light poncho

Trekking poles allowed but NOT mandatory.

 

 

ROUTE LANDMARKS

Kayapa-Mt Ugo-Kayapa via Indupit/Ansipsip/Domolpos/Kayapa Proper/Amelong Labeng/Castillo Village/Dayap/Ambasa/Banao/Pangawan/Indupit/Talecabcab

FL100 elevation profile

(Distances are based on GPS measurements)

FOUR LAKES 100K

  • Start/Kayapa Town Hall (1121 masl)
  • Bundao  AS 1 ~ 10KM (1835 masl)
  • Ansipsip Waiting Shed (1935 masl)
  • Domolpos Village (1700 masl) ~ 15.8KM
  • Domolpos Waiting Shed  AS2 ~ 17KM
  • Bacuyan junction (1844 masl) ~ 20 kilometers
  • Mount Ugo Summit (2170 masl) ~ 22KM HIGHEST POINT OF THE COURSE
  • Domolpos Waiting Shed  AS3 ~ 24KM
  • Kayapa Proper East Market (912 masl)  AS4 ~ 35KM LOWEST POINT OF THE COURSE/VEHICLE ACCESSIBLE/CUTOFF POINT 1*8:00:00 hours
  • Amelong Labeng (1431 masl)~ 37KM
  • Castillo Village Waiting Shed (1283 masl) AS5 WATER(only) STATION~ 49KM VEHICLE ACCESSIBLE
  •  Buaca Lake(1570 masl)
  • Dayap Primary School AS6~ 56KM DROP BAG STATION/VEHICLE ACCESSIBLE/CUTOFF POINT 2*13:00:00 hours
  • Banao Elementary School AS7~ 69KM
  • Dayap Primary School AS8~ 82KM*LAST AID STATION TO FINISH
  • Pangawan/Boundary Waiting Shed  ~ 85KM
  • Indupit (1866 masl) ~ 92KM /VEHICLE ACCESSIBLE
  • Finish/Kayapa Central School~ 100KM

 

Old Spanish Trail 50K(~55 kilometers)

  • Start/Kayapa Town Hall (1121 masl)
  • Bundao  AS 1 ~ 10KM (1835 masl)
  • Ansipsip Waiting Shed (1935 masl)
  • Domolpos Village (1700 masl) ~ 15.8KM
  • Domolpos Waiting Shed  AS2 ~ 17KM
  • Bacuyan junction (1844 masl) ~ 20 kilometers
  • Mount Ugo Summit (2170 masl) ~ 22KM HIGHEST POINT OF THE COURSE
  • Domolpos Waiting Shed  AS3 ~ 24KM
  • Kayapa Proper East Market (912 masl)  AS4 ~ 35KM/CUTOFF POINT*8:00:00 hours LOWEST POINT OF THE COURSE/VEHICLE ACCESSIBLE
  • Amelong Labeng (1431 masl) ~ 37KM
  • Castillo Village Waiting Shed (1283 masl) AS5 WATER(only) STATION-49KM/VEHICLE ACCESSIBLE
  • Finish/Kayapa Central School~ 55KM

 

 

How to get there: KAYAPA

Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya is a small and quaint, peaceful and serene, and vegetable-producing mountain town nestled about 1121 meters above sea level, 80 kilometers away and a comfortable 2-hour drive from Baguio City through the Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road (also known as Ambuklao Road).The town is located at the boundary between Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya and is the gateway to Region 2 if coming from the west.

The zigzag road is completely paved and offers spectacular views of Ambuklao and Binga Dams, rivers, lakes, pine tree-clad mountain sides, vegetable garden terraces and very cool and unpolluted weather. In fact, the abundance of pine trees will give you the chance to breathe real pine tree-scented air.

If you are flying to the Philippines, the main entry point to Manila is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport(NAIA) and from there, you may take the VICTORY regular and air-conditioned buses with terminals in Pasay, Cubao, Caloocan and Sampaloc in Metro Manila. Take those bound for Baguio or Nueva Vizcaya. Buses are available on a 24-hour basis.

Alternatively, you may fly in via Diosdado Macapagal International Airport(DMIA) in Clark Field, Pampanga and take any bus bound for Baguio at the Dau Terminal.

From Baguio, you may take the buses and vans that regularly ply the route. Old school buses (Bambang/Belance/Dupax-bound) and vans are either located at the Dangwa Terminal or Slaughter House compound. Bus trips start at 8AM up.  Fares vary from 115php to 150php.

Should you miss the regular trips, you may hire a van or taxi for a ride to Kayapa.

Car rentals are also available from NAIA/DMIA to Baguio/Kayapa.

If you are traveling by car, take the North Luzon Expressway(NLEX) then merge with the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway(SCTEX) and the Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway(TPLEX). Proceed to the Rosales exit and take the main highway(MacArthur Highway) all the way to Baguio via Kennon Road, a 4-hour drive or through San Jose City(Maharlika Highway), the historic Dalton Pass, Sta. Fe, Aritao.

From Aritao, Kayapa is less than an hour away via a 29-kilometer concrete zigzag drive, the Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road which connects the 2 provinces. Ample road directions guide the travelers.

Aritao is about 220 kilometers and 5 hours away from Manila through NLEX, SCTEX, TPLEX  via San Jose City or Bulacan(Plaridel)/Nueva Ecija(Gapan-Cabanatuan-San Jose City) if exiting at Santa Rita in NLEX.

Another option is to stop in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya which is 15 kilometers after Aritao and take the buses or vans bound for Baguio at the bus parking area near a gasoline station along Maharlika Highway. From Bambang, Kayapa is an hour or so away.

There are only a few bed and breakfast type lodgings, homestays to be exact, (Barangay Pangpang Hall-0929 844 8481, Edna Camilo-0928 989 9608, Kayapa Parish Hall-0909 675 4618 and Boulevard Inn-0910 444 3123) in Kayapa which offer only basic necessities. Rates start at 200php per bed and cooked meals of your choice may be arranged with the landlord. You may want to reserve EARLY by contacting the said numbers directly as there are only limited bed spaces. Room-sharing is the norm. All are walking distances to the starting and finish line.

Or you may want to camp out for free at the Parish Church area where you can also park your vehicles some 200 meters away from the start or even sleep inside Kayapa Town Hall, also for free, provided you bring your own beddings.

Food is not a problem as there are a number of small eateries at the town center. There are also a number of stores from where you can buy bottled water, snacks and other food, and other personal necessities. Practically everything you will need is within walking distance.

And before you head for home, be sure to buy fresh produce at giveaway farm prices and local products at the market.

There are NO water refilling stations, cable television and internet connections in Kayapa. An FM radio signal from Baguio exists.

Lastly, a strict NO SMOKING policy exists in ALL of Nueva Vizcaya, You have been forewarned.

Again, please respect the environment, locals, rules and guidelines at all times, thank you.

I am hoping that some runners will find Kayapa to their liking, enough to make it their kind of refuge and Eden. Perhaps, not a few will be coming back for a private visit.

Kayapa is perfectly isolated somewhat but in a nice way.

Kayapa is my kind of town. Make it yours, too.

P.S.

And with all due respect, the Race Organizer’s and Director’s word is final.

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Hardcore Hundred Miles (2015H1)

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26, 2014 by jonel c mendoza

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2015 HARDCORE HUNDRED MILES TRAIL ULTRAMARATHON (H1)

Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines

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  http://www.ultratrailmb.com

Qualifying Race for 2016 UTMB, 4 Points

 

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2013 Hardcore Hundred Miles finisher Jonnifer Lacanlale’s race testimony as published in frontRUNNER Magazine

 

Race route pictures/images, courtesy of  KOTM participants Nick Pasiken, Lai Fong Sang, Leslie Ho, Rodelyn Guidaben, George Javier, Yim Heng Fatt

1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ooVQ2h7Iug

2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJrXYMJQN1o

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SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

START: Kayapa Town Hall

FINISH: Kayapa Central School(H1)/Dayap Primary School(P1)

DATE: May 22-23, 2015

Start Time: 12:01 AM, Friday, May 22, 2015(H1 and P1)

Cutoff Times: 40:00:00 Hours Saturday, May 23(H1)/26:00:00 Hours Saturday, May 23(P1)

Race Briefing and Race Kit distribution: 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 21 Kayapa Central School

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK9axymIEfU&feature=plcp

 

 

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

  • Bank Deposit: Bank of the Philippine Islands 2379 0362 39 under the account name of Constante C Mendoza Jr
  • Write name and shirt size(Asian sizing) AND qualifying race on the deposit slip, scan and email deposit slip to frontrunnermag@gmail.com (Subject: 2015 Hardcore Hundred Miles)
  • Foreigners may pay their fees through http://www.ultrasignup.com
  • NO slot reservation allowed

REGISTRATION FEES

  • H1-Locals 6,000 Php (Inclusive of Race and Pacer bibs, Trail fees, Race map, Event Long-sleeved shirt, Pre-race Snacks and Post-race Meals. Official Finishers will receive a Medal, Buckle, Trophy and Shirt.)
  • H1-Foreign Entrants 200.00 USD (via http://www.ultrasignup.com)
  • PULAG 100-Locals 3,500 Php((Inclusive of Race bibs, Trail fees, Race map, Event Long-sleeved shirt, Pre-race Snacks and Post-race Meals. Official Finishers will receive a Medal, Trophy and Shirt.)
  • PULAG 100-Foreign Entrants 100.00 USD (via http://www.ultrasignup.com)
  • Registration period starts on November 1, 2014 and ends May 2, 2015. There will be NO extensions.

THERE WILL BE NO TRANSFER OF ENTRY FEES(event or person) AND NO REFUNDS(full or partial).  “Finally – please remember that there will be NO refunds – NO transfers – NO exceptions. Do not ask for a refund or a transfer to another date or event – the answer is a polite NO. There will be no refunds even if your cat ate your homework or your dog ate your cat or your grandmother ran over your dog or your grandfather ran over your grandmother or you can’t find a babysitter or your girlfriend is cheating on you or you are cheating on your girlfriend or you get shot in the head during an unfortunate piñata incident, or if you become injured or if you don’t have time to train or if you contract poison oak, syphilis, herpes simplex, chapped lips, or any other communicable disease or you get bit by a lizard, you have a hangover or you got shot in the neck with a poison dart or your trailer gets destroyed by a tornado or you get deported or your daughter gets married, or any other reason – your registration will not, under any circumstances, no way, no how, ain’t gonna happen, be refunded. Comprende? Don’t like that idea? Don’t register.” – Luis Escobar of Born to Run Ultra Marathons in California

 

 

ENTRY GUIDELINES

(adapted from Hardrock Hundred and edited to suit local conditions)

At the outset, everyone must understand very well that Hardcore Hundred is a “post-graduate” race(you may ask those who finished one or those who have nailed two-doctorate). Given the innate challenges such as physical and mental fatigue which are to be expected in doing a 100-mile race and for no other reason but the safety and welfare of all those involved in the event, runners without the adequate entry requirements will not be allowed participation and without exception. Hereunder are some of the risks, but not only limited to such, involved in doing the event;

  • High Elevation
  • Long, steep climbs
  • Extended distance and time between aid stations
  • Severe weather, including heat, cold, rain, and lightning
  • Water crossings
  • Exposure to potential for falls especially along the fragile rice paddies

Any runner attempting the H1 must understand that these challenges exist and they must be prepared to make decisions for his or her own safety under uncertain conditions without any expectation of assistance due to the inaccessibility to any type of motor vehicle, remoteness of the race route and the distance between villages/households. While there is no guarantee that the runner is prepared for every eventuality, finishing a qualifying event gives some evidence of being prepared for the H1. Additionally, it also improves the chances for a runner to finish the event.

Thus, any of the following requirements must be adhered to by all means;

  1. H1 prospects must have finished, within the official cutoff time, at least one single stage 100-kilometer or more ultramarathon*(road or trail) in the inclusive period indicated, February 2013 – May 22, 2015. Results must be verifiable in the internet. P1 prospects must have officially finished any one ultramarathon(road or trail) within the prescribed period aforementioned.

*Fat Ass 24-hour event results are acceptable for as long as the participant finished at least 100 kilometers(the more, the better) in 24 hours or less. Results must be verifiable in the internet.

*Multi-sport official finishes regardless of distance covered are NOT acceptable

*Official Finish at the 2013-2014 Clark-Miyamit 50 Miles Ultra(CM50)

2.   Participant must be 18 years of age at the time of the event.

3.   Official finishers of 2013-2014 Pulag and Four Lakes 100 are automatic qualifiers.

4.   Previous Official Finishers of H1, regardless of the year, are automatic qualifiers.

 

 

 

ROUTE

(P1 participants will take the same route and observe the same cutoff times at the designated stations-Babadak/Dayap-as H1, but finish in Dayap)

 

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START: Kayapa Town Hall(Km 0/1121 masl)

 –  Talecabcab

–  Indupit(1866 masl)

-  Pangawan/Boundary(Km14/1484 masl)

–  Dayap

-  Ambasa

–  Banao Elementary School(Km28)

 –  Cabayo Elementary School

–  Napo/Tuyak Integrated School(Km44)

 -  Mount Pulag Grasslands(Km50/2747 masl)

-  Babadak Ranger Station(Km62)

–  Balete Barangay Hall(Km74/1531 masl)

–  Cabayo Elementary School

- Banao Elementary School(Km 91)

-  Ambasa

-  Dayap Primary School(Km102/1596 masl)*P1 Finish Line

-   Castillo Village Waiting Shed(Km109/1283 masl)

 -  Amelong Labeng(Km122/1431 masl)

 -  Kayapa Proper East Market(Km125/890 masl)

 –  Domolpos Waiting Shed(Km136/Km143/1763 masl)

 –  Mount Ugo Summit(Km141/2150 masl)

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–  Domolpos Village

–  Ansipsip Waiting Shed(1935 masl)

-  Bundao Waiting Shed(Km151/1835 masl)

 –  Indupit

-  Talecabcab

FINISH: Kayapa Central School (Km 160/1121 masl)

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

 

COURSE RECORDS

Hardcore Hundred: Marcelo Bautista(PHILIPPINES) 32:08:24, 2014

Hardcore Hundred(Women): Maria Josephine Liao(PHILIPPINES) 38:25:34, 2014

Pulag 100: Dino Mantilez(PHILIPPINES) 17:49:00, 2014

Pulag 100(Women): N/A

 

 

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AID STATION Locations

*Hot noodle soup, Peanut Butter/Strawberry Sandwiches, Water, Coffee, Chocolate drinks, Chocolates, Boiled Eggs, Fresh fruits, Electrolyte drinks and soda drinks will be alternately served in aid stations. Hot rice meals will be served in 3 selected stations. Final station contents will be announced during the race briefing.

  1. Pangawan/Boundary Km 14
  2. Banao Elementary School Km 28
  3. Napo/Tuyak Integrated School Km 44
  4. Babadak Ranger Station Km 62 DROP BAG/CUTOFF STATION-16:00 hours Friday, May 22, 2015 *Hot rice meal will be served
  5. Balete Barangay Hall Km 74
  6. Banao Elementary School Km 91
  7. Dayap Primary School Km 102 DROP BAG/CUTOFF STATION- 26:00 hours Saturday, May 23, 2015 *Hot rice meal will be served
  8. Castillo Village Waiting Shed WATER STATION ONLY Km 109
  9. Kayapa Proper East Market Km 125  DROP BAG STATION*Hot rice meal will be served
  10. Domolpos Waiting Shed Km 136
  11. Domolpos Waiting Shed Km 143*Last Aid Station until the Finish Line 

 

OTHER ROUTE INFORMATION

    • Highest Elevation of the course-2747 masl-Mount Pulag  Grasslands(KM 50)
    • Lowest Elevation of the course-890 masl-Kayapa Proper East Market(KM 125)
    • Other Notable Elevations-2150 masl-Mount Ugo(KM 141)
    • Temperature Range-12 degrees Celsius(possibly lower at the Mount Pulag area) to 30 degrees Celsius
    • Elevation of Start/Finish – 1121 masl –Kayapa Town Hall/Kayapa Central School
    • Elevation Gain ~ 11,000 meters
    • Elevation Loss ~ 11,000 meters
    • Three drop bag stations(H1)/Two drop bag stations(P1)
    • The route is a mix of single track trails, dirt paths, loose gravel paths, concrete tire paths, muddy paths, hanging bridges and dry stream beds. In total, there is only less than a kilometer of concrete road in the entire course
    • For some area and route pictures, please go to this link; http://frontrunnermagph.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/2013-four-lakes-100kold-spanish-trail-60k-ultramarathon/

 

 

ADDITIONAL REFERENCES

1). Race Director’s Report: http://frontrunnermagph.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/the-call-of-the-wild-from-this-side-of-the-ultra-trail-world-race-directors-report-2014-h1p1/

2. http://jon-ultra.blogspot.com/2013/02/hardcore-100-race-report-unedited.html (The author has already done GNW 100 in Australia, Western States 100, UTMB, TNF100 and Big Horn 100. He was the 2013 H1 first runner up,  2012 BDM 102 champion and first runner up of the 2011 BDM 160 among many other conquests)

3. Technical Data(courtesy of 2014 Finisher, Mark Jolin, USA) http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2676953

4. For some area and route pictures, please go to this link; http://frontrunnermagph.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/2013-four-lakes-100kold-spanish-trail-60k-ultramarathon

 

 


GUIDELINES

  1. While the organizers have exerted their best efforts to mark the course, it is the participant’s responsibility to be familiar with the route and is REQUIRED to carry with him the official race map at all times during the event. This will be provided in the race kit.
  2. Drop bags will be collected starting at 8:30 AM up to 12:00 PM ONLY on May 21 at the Kayapa Central School. This is to be strictly followed as the drop bags bound for Babadak will have to be transported no later than 1:00 PM, May 21.
  3. The race is conducted in high elevation areas. Participants are strongly advised to bring and wear the proper clothing.
  4. Support crews/vehicles are allowed in Babadak, Dayap, Castillo Village and Kayapa Proper East Market only.
  5. No porters, guides or unregistered pacers allowed. Violation will mean outright disqualification. Registered pacers are only allowed from DAYAP PRIMARY SCHOOL Km 102 onwards. 
  6. Cutoff stations will be located at BABADAK RANGER STATION(KM62-16:00 hours) and DAYAP PRIMARY SCHOOL(KM102-26:00 hours). Cutoff times in Babadak and Dayap shall apply to P1 participants. H1 and P1 participants NOT able to meet the designated times at these points will be declared Did Not Finish(DNF) and brought to the finish line. No one is allowed to bargain with the designated Cutoff  “terminators”. The only official time recognized is the Race Director’s time. HOWEVER, H1 runners who will reach the prescribed cutoff time at this stage and decide not to continue for whatever reason with the race will get the Pulag 100 Finisher’s Tokens instead and will be officially recognized as a Pulag 100 Official Finisher. H1 participants are not eligible for P1 podium finishes.  
  7. There will be bib and time recorders at the different aid stations so all participants must report to the stationed race marshal to have his name and bib recorded.
  8. Participants must take extra caution and care when passing through rice terraces/paddies and vegetable gardens.
  9. Participants must close all gates along the route after passing.
  10. Participants are strictly prohibited to run in all the hanging bridges and must pass each bridge maintaining at least a 30-meter gap between participants.
  11. Participants must observe and apply the Leave No Trace(LNT) principle at all times.
  12. Given the distances between and inaccessibility to motorized vehicles of most aid stations, all runners are REQUIRED to have at least a 1.5-liter capacity hydration bladder(more capacity, the better) or its equivalent in handheld bottles including enough food to last the distance/time between aid stations. Potable spring water sources along the route will be properly identified. These sources are self-service.
  13. Evacuation costs for runners who will declare themselves as DNF(Did Not Finish)will be at the said runner’s account/expense.
  14. Participants must conduct themselves properly at all times and are requested to treat all marshals with utmost courtesy.
  15. Runners who will declare themselves as DNF must contact the Race Director or nearest race marshal informing him of such status.
  16. Some of the areas along the route have hamlets so everyone is encouraged to say a word or two of greetings to the locals. Steer clear of animals especially those with their young.
  17. There will be NO registration fee refunds for whatever reason, legitimate or imagined. Said fee is not transferable to another person and event. This is strictly implemented so please do not contact the Race Director for any consideration regarding this matter.
  18. The Race Director, at any given time, reserves the right to modify and alter the race rules and course or cancel the event for the benefit of the participants.
  19. Absolutely No Whining.
  20. And with all due respect, the Race Director’s decision is final, thank you.


MANDATORY GEAR

  1. Cellular Phone (fully charged and with load)
  2. Functioning flashlights or headlamps(extra batteries suggested)
  3. Whistle
  4. First Aid kit (antiseptic, bandage, cotton, salt, loperamide tablets)
  5. Extra food or energy gels
  6. Wet wipes
  7. Light poncho or Waterproof jacket
  8. Official Race Map


 

HOW TO GET THERE: KAYAPA, Nueva Vizcaya

(For some area and route pictures, please go to this link; http://frontrunnermagph.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/2013-four-lakes-100kold-spanish-trail-60k-ultramarathon/)

Kayapa is a small and quaint, peaceful and serene, and vegetable-producing mountain town(valley) nestled about 1121 meters above sea level, 80 kilometers away and a comfortable 2-hour drive from Baguio City through the Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road(also known as Ambuklao Road).

The zigzag road from Baguio to Kayapa is completely paved and offers spectacular views of Ambuklao and Binga Dams, rivers, lakes, pine tree-clad mountain sides, vegetable garden terraces and very cool and unpolluted weather. In fact, the abundance of pine trees will give you the chance to breathe real pine tree-scented air.

Kayapa is in the northern part of the Philippines in the island of Luzon and lies in the vast Cordillera mountain range. The town is located at the boundary between Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya and is the gateway to Region 2/Cagayan Valley if coming from the west.

Its upland location provides for cool temperatures on a yearlong basis.

If you are flying to the Philippines, the main entry point to Manila is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport(NAIA) and from there, you may take regular and air-conditioned buses with terminals in Pasay, Cubao, Caloocan and Sampaloc in Metro Manila. Take those bound for Baguio or Nueva Vizcaya. Buses are available on a 24-hour basis.

Alternatively, you may fly in at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport(DMIA) in Clark Field, Pampanga and take a bus bound for Baguio at the Dau Terminal.

From Baguio, you may take the buses and vans that regularly ply the route. Old school type buses (Bambang/Belance/Dupax-bound) and vans are either located at the Dangwa Terminal or Slaughter House compound. Bus trips start at 8AM onwards.  Fares vary from 120php to 150php.

Should you miss the regular trips, you may hire a van or taxi for a ride to Kayapa.

Car rentals are also available from NAIA/DMIA to Baguio/Kayapa and from Baguio to Kayapa.

If you are traveling by car, take the North Luzon Expressway(NLEX) then merge with the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway(SCTEX), Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway(TPLEX), take the Rosales exit, MacArthur Highway, then proceed all the way to Baguio via the historic Kennon Road, a 4-hour drive in total.

Another option to Kayapa is via Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya by passing through the Maharlika Highway and the historic Dalton Pass in Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya. This, after exiting in Rosales and going to San Jose City.

Aritao is about 220 kilometers and 6 hours away from Manila through NLEX, SCTEX, TPLEX and Nueva Ecija(Guimba-SanJose City) or Bulacan(Plaridel)/Nueva Ecija(Gapan-Cabanatuan-San Jose City) if exiting at Santa Rita in NLEX.

From Aritao, Kayapa is an hour or so away and a 29-kilometer zigzag drive up via Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road which connects the 2 provinces. Ample road directions guide the travelers.

Another option, if traveling by bus, is to alight in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya which is 15 kilometers after Aritao and take the buses or vans bound for Baguio at the bus parking area near a gasoline station alongMaharlika Highway. From Bambang, Kayapa is an hour or so away.

There are only a few bed and breakfast type lodgings, homestays to be exact, (Barangay Pangpang Hall-0929 844 8481, Edna Camilo-0928 989 9608, Kayapa Parish Hall-0909 675 4618 and Boulevard Inn-0910 444 3123) in Kayapa which offer only basic necessities. Rates start at 200php per bed and cooked meals of your choice may be arranged with the landlord. You may want to reserve EARLY by contacting the said numbers directly as there are only limited bed spaces. Room-sharing is the norm. All are walking distances to the starting and finish line.

Or you may want to camp out for free at the Parish Church area where you can also park your vehicles some 200 meters away from the start or even sleep inside Kayapa Town Hall, also for free, provided you bring your own beddings.

Food is not a problem as there are a number of small eateries at the town center. There are also a number of stores from where you can buy bottled water, snacks and other food, and other personal necessities. Practically everything you will need is within walking distance.

And before you head for home, be sure to buy fresh produce at giveaway farm prices and local products/souvenirs at the market.

There are NO water refilling stations, cable television and internet connections in Kayapa. An FM radio signal from Baguio exists. This is a perfect set up so you can rest well before the race.

Lastly, a strict NO SMOKING policy exists in ALL of Nueva Vizcaya, You have been forewarned.

Again, please respect the environment, locals, animals, rules and guidelines at all times, thank you.

I am hoping that some runners will find Kayapa to their liking, enough to make it their kind of refuge andEden. Perhaps, not a few will be coming back for a private visit.

Kayapa is perfectly isolated somewhat but in a nice way.

Kayapa is my kind of town. Make it yours, too.

 

FOR INQUIRIES

Call: 0917 803 06 64 / 0999 998 7654 / 0922 822 9342 / 0632 843 2487

Email: frontrunnermag@gmail.com (Subject: Hardcore Hundred)

Race Organizer and Director: Jonel Mendoza

Technical Director and Head Marshal: Isko Lapira

Technical Adviser: MGEN Jovenal Narcise AFP (Ret) aka Bald Runner

Race Management: Frontrunner Magazine

PURGATORY 30K

Posted in Uncategorized on August 12, 2014 by jonel c mendoza

 

*****REGISTRATION IS CLOSED******

PURGATORY 30K

5:00 AM – 3:00 PM November 16, 2014

Start: Japas, Bobok-Bisal, Bokod, Benguet

Finish: Bokod Municipal Hall

Cutoff Time: 10:00:00 Hours

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REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

LIMITED SLOTS ONLY

  • Accomplish registration form REGISTRATION 
  • Deposit registration fee to BPI 2379 0362 39 Constante C Mendoza Jr. Print name and shirt size on the slip. No shirt substitution will be allowed once registration is confirmed

 

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  • Scan and email both documents to frontrunnermag@gmail.com with the subject PURGATORY30  (Please do NOT post on my Facebook wall or send through private messages)
  • Wait for confirmation email
  • Claiming of race kits will be from 3:30 AM onwards, November 16 at the Starting Line
  • Registration Fee P1,250.00 (Inclusive of Bib Number, Long-Sleeved Event Shirt, Trail Fee, Finisher’s Medal, Post-race Meal and Drinks)
  • Registration Period: August 15-October 10, 2014 ********REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

 

RACE ROUTE INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES

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All participants joining this event must understand that innate challenges exist and therefore, must be prepared to make decisions for their own safety without any expectation of assistance due to the inaccessibility to any type of motor vehicle, remoteness of the route and the distance between villages/households. And given the event’s nature, the conditions normally experienced in similar activities are entirely different from what is to be encountered here.

While there is no guarantee that the participant is prepared for any eventuality, proper and adequate training and information about the event will increase the chances for a prticipant to finish the event successfully. That said, please read the details carefully before you sign up.  You have been forewarned.

  • This is a point to point event that will have 27 kilometers of dirt roads and single track trails which are clearly visible. The last 4 kilometers will be on a concrete downhill road leading to the finish(See map for details). There will be streams at some points so be prepared to get wet as well.
  • On a scale of difficulty from 1 to 10, I will rate this as a 9 owing to the fact that the first 17 kilometers are all climbs, and that there are slippery and muddy sections, fallen trees, protruding roots, rocks and branches especially in the 12-kilometer long mossy forest. As such, an ENTRY REQUIREMENT – Official finish in a 21K event – is needed. 
  • Along the trail are villages where you will also see vegetable gardens and terraces but for the most part, the route is uninhabited. Please do your best to avoid stepping on the plants.
  • Starting at the Cabayo Junction/Mt Purgatory Marker, you will enter a 12-kilometer long mossy forest that will end in Tinengan. It is STRICTLY prohibited to gather any kind of vegetation/insect/living thing for souvenir at any point of the course. Violation of such will result to outright disqualification. You may however take pictures.
  • Throwing of thrash at any point of the route is strictly prohibited and is a ground for immediate disqualification.
  • Everyone must stay only along the designated path and not create new paths(no bushwacking) at all times.
  • All participants must maintain a single file formation(if moving along with somebody else) upon entering the trailhead proper in the Mount Purgatory marker up to the trail exit in Ekip.

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  • THIS IS A SEMI-SELF SUPPORT EVENT. All participants are required to bring with them at least 1.5 liters worth of water(in bottles or hydration bags) as there will be NO aid stations along the route. There will be natural spring water sources along the way for your free and unlimited consumption. There is a stretch of about 12-14 kilometers without any water source starting at Kilometer 5 up to Kilometer 19. Everyone is also required to bring with them food to last them all of 31 kilometers. There are no stores along the route. There will be a gear check upon checking-in at the start. Anyone without the necessary items will not be allowed to proceed.
  • Given the altitude and characteristics of the area and time it is being held, there are chances of rain and sudden dips in temperature at times. It is therefore a must for all to bring the necessary clothing-waterproof raincoat/jacket and the like. Whistles are required as well.
  • Participantss must also bring with them first aid kit consisting of cotton balls, loperamide tablets, antiseptic solution, gauze bandages and the like and wet wipes.
  • There is a possibility of leech bites(limatik) therefore, you are encouraged to bring salt with you to rub on the bite. Check on your body from time to time especially when passing through grassy sections.
  • The course will be marked with ribbons and permanent markers which we will donate for use by other trail users. There will also be some local guides(ABADEG members) acting as marshals along the route. Other than that, you will have to rely on your navigational skills, good judgment and common sense. Please take time to study the route pictures and map.
  • THERE WILL BE NO TRANSFER OF ENTRY FEES(event or person) AND NO REFUNDS(full or partial). “Finally – please remember that there will be NO refunds – NO transfers – NO exceptions. Do not ask for a refund or a transfer to another date or event – the answer is a polite NO. There will be no refunds even if your cat ate your homework or your dog ate your cat or your grandmother ran over your dog or your grandfather ran over your grandmother or you can’t find a babysitter or your girlfriend is cheating on you or you are cheating on your girlfriend or you get shot in the head during an unfortunate piñata incident, or if you become injured or if you don’t have time to train or if you contract poison oak, syphilis, herpes simplex, chapped lips, or any other communicable disease or you get bit by a lizard, you have a hangover or you got shot in the neck with a poison dart or your trailer gets destroyed by a tornado or you get deported or your daughter gets married, or any other reason – your registration will not, under any circumstances, no way, no how, ain’t gonna happen, be refunded. Comprende? Don’t like that idea? Don’t register.” – Luis Escobar of Born to Run Ultra Marathons in California
  • For proper accounting, there will be bib and time recorders at the different aid stations so all participants must report to the stationed marshal to have his name and bib recorded.
  • Participants are strictly prohibited to run in all the hanging bridges and must pass each bridge maintaining at least a 30-meter gap between participants.
  • Evacuation costs for participants who will declare themselves as DNF(Did Not Finish)will be at the concerned’s account/expense.
  • Participants must conduct themselves properly at all times and are requested to treat all marshals with utmost courtesy.
  • Participants who will declare themselves as DNF must contact the Race Director or nearest race marshal informing him of such status.
  • Some of the areas along the route have hamlets so everyone is encouraged to say a word or two of greetings to the locals. Steer clear of animals especially those with their young.
  • A vehicle will be available to bring all drop bags from the start to the finish. Participants must properly mark and secure their belongings. The organizers will not be responsible for any loss, damages or breakages whatsoever.
  • At ALL times, everybody must practice the Leave No Trace(LNT) credo.
  • Please cooperate by following and doing only what is right. Remember that we are all visitors to the place and as such, we must respect it, the people and their culture. Your full cooperation will be highly appreciated by all.
  • And with all due respect, the Race Director’s decision is final, thank you.

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MANDATORY GEAR

  1. 1.5 liters or more worth of water(in bottles or hydration bags)
  2. Cellular Phone (fully charged and with load)
  3. Functioning flashlights or headlamps
  4. Whistle
  5. First Aid kit (antiseptic, bandage, cotton, salt, loperamide tablets)
  6. Extra food or energy gels to last 31 hours
  7. Light poncho or Waterproof jacket

*Strongly advised for inclusion in the packing list: Wet Wipes or equivalent, in the absence of portable toilets along the route. Please be discreet and watch your back always when doing IT. And please dispose of your litter properly.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

The zigzag road from Baguio to Japas, Bobok-Bisal, Bokod is completely paved and offers spectacular views of Ambuklao and Binga Dams, rivers, lakes, pine tree-clad mountain sides, vegetable garden terraces and very cool and unpolluted weather. In fact, the abundance of pine trees will give you the chance to breathe real pine tree-scented air.

If you are flying to the Philippines, the main entry point to Manila is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport(NAIA) and from there, you may take regular and air-conditioned buses with terminals in Pasay, Cubao, Caloocan and Sampaloc in Metro Manila. Take those bound for Baguio or Nueva Vizcaya. Buses are available on a 24-hour basis.

Alternatively, you may fly in at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport(DMIA) in Clark Field, Pampanga and take a bus bound for Baguio at the Dau Terminal.

From Baguio, you may take the buses and vans that regularly ply the route. Old school type buses (Bambang/Belance/Dupax-bound) and vans are either located at the Dangwa Terminal or Slaughter House compound. Bus trips start at 8AM onwards.  Fares vary from 120php to 150php.

Should you miss the regular trips, you may hire a van or taxi for a ride to Japas which is located between Kayapa Kilometer Posts 16-15. You cannot miss it as a prominent sign can be seen.

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Car rentals are also available from NAIA/DMIA to Baguio and from Baguio to Japas.

If you are traveling by car, take the North Luzon Expressway(NLEX) then merge with the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway(SCTEX), Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway(TPLEX), take the Rosales exit, MacArthur Highway, then proceed all the way to Baguio via the historic Kennon Road, a 4-hour drive in total.

An alternative to get to Japas is via Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya by passing through the Maharlika Highway and the historic Dalton Pass in Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya. This, after exiting in Rosales and going to San Jose City.

Aritao is about 220 kilometers and 6 hours away from Manila through NLEX, SCTEX, TPLEX and Nueva Ecija(Guimba-SanJose City) or Bulacan(Plaridel)/Nueva Ecija(Gapan-Cabanatuan-San Jose City) if exiting at Santa Rita in NLEX.

From Aritao, Japas is an hour or so away and a 45-kilometer zigzag drive up via Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road which connects the 2 provinces. Ample road directions guide the travelers.

Another option, if traveling by bus, is to alight in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya which is 15 kilometers after Aritao and take the buses or vans bound for Baguio at the bus parking area near a gasoline station along Maharlika Highway. From Bambang, Japas is about two hours away.

Since there are no inns in Bokod, I suggest you either sleep in Baguio(about 65 kilometers to the starting line) where there are countless hotels and inns or stay in Kayapa(where the starting line is just sixteen kilometers away).

There are only a few bed and breakfast type lodgings, homestays to be exact, (Barangay Pangpang Hall-0929 844 8481, Edna Camilo-0928 989 9608, Kayapa Parish Hall-0909 675 4618 and Boulevard Inn-0910 444 3123) in Kayapa which offer only basic necessities. Rates start at 200php per bed and cooked meals of your choice may be arranged with the landlord. You may want to reserve EARLY by contacting the said numbers directly as there are only limited bed spaces. Room-sharing is the norm.

 

 

 

 

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2014 WARRIOR 50K

Posted in Uncategorized on August 1, 2014 by jonel c mendoza

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September 28, 2014

Start/Finish: BE Resorts, Mactan, Cebu

Start: 12:01 AM, September 28, 2014

Finish: 10:01 AM, September 28, 2014

Cutoff  Time: TEN hours (10:00:00)

 

Brought to you in partnership with  BE RESORTS-Mactan

 

 

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Pre-race briefing/Claiming of race kits: BE Resorts parking lot, 11:00 PM onwards, September 27, 2014

Race Route: BE Resorts-Liloan (via Fernan and Cansaga Bridges)-Compostela (turnaround) and back to BE Resorts via same route

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REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
  1. Bank Deposit: Bank of the Philippine Islands: CONSTANTE C MENDOZA JR 2379 0362 39. Print name and shirt size on deposit slip. Shirt size can no longer be changed once registration is acknowledged. Please check sizing chart below. Scan deposit slip and email to frontrunnermag@gmail.com (SUBJECT: The Warrior 50) together with your duly-accomplished registration form(see below). PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR DEPOSIT DETAILS ON MY FACEBOOK WALL. Upon receipt of your email, the organizer will acknowledge the same and send an email to confirm acceptance.
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  3. Claiming of race kits: BE Resorts parking lot, 11:00 PM onwards, September 27, 2014
  4. NO refunds or transfer will be allowed once registration is acknowledged.

Registration Fee: One Thousand Five Hundred Pesos

  • Pre-race: Bib number and Drifit Long-sleeved Event Shirt. Discounted room rates at BE Resorts during the weekend of the event(3,700.00 Pesos)
  • Post-race: Commemorative FINISHER’S MEDAL, and post-race meal and drinks at the finish line. Free use of bathroom and swimming facilities of Be Resorts for registered runners
Registration Period:  AUGUST 15-SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

ENTRY REQUIREMENT: Participant MUST have finished at least one 21-kilometer race(trail or road) within the official cutoff time 

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RACE GUIDELINES

  1. Runners have the option for crew support or carry their own provisions for the duration of the race
  2. No unregistered pacers or bandits allowed
  3. This is an open roads race, that is, no roads will be closed. Therefore, runners must take utmost precaution in crossing intersections and navigating the roads and stay left of the road(facing the traffic) whenever applicable and safe
  4. There will be four aid stations at Kilometers 12/38(hosted by SMART COMMUNICATIONS), 25 and finish line(hosted by BE RESORTS). Ice-cold water, electrolyte and cola drinks, and assorted snacks will be available. NO cups will be available in all aid stations. Runners are required to bring their own hydration bags/bottles and are free to refill in all stations
  5. Runners are allowed to buy food or drinks in any establishment at any time
  6. All runners must have the mandatory night running gear such as headlamps/reflectorized vest that must be worn at the appropriate times
  7. It is the the responsibility of the runners to be familiar with the race route and to look after the safety and welfare of their support crew, if any
  8. Protests must be submitted within one hour after the end of the cutoff time accompanied by sworn and signed statement and documentary evidence(video or picture)
  9. Runners must familiarize themselves with the official race map and are encouraged to carry the same with them for the duration of the race
  10. Once the official time reaches 10:00:00, all aid stations will pack up and the race will be officially declared closed
  11. The Race Director may, at any time, modify the race rules and/or course with the welfare of the runners as the utmost consideration
  12. With all due respect, the Race Director’s word is final

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