2016 Four Lakes 100K Trail Ultramarathon

Posted in Uncategorized on July 9, 2015 by Jonel C Mendoza

 

 

 

 

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Four Lakes 100k 

Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Start: Kayapa Town Hall 

Finish: Kayapa Central School

Date and Time: April 2, 2016 3:00 AM

Race Briefing, Drop Bag Collection and Race Kit distribution: 2:00 PM, April 1 Kayapa Central School*

*(A duly-signed and -accomplished medical certificate not older than fifteen days from date of issuance(Med Cert) must be submitted in hard copy(NO soft copies, in any form, will be accepted) upon claiming of race kits. Failure to do so will mean non-inclusion in the race without the benefit of a refund. There will be no exemptions.)

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: 2016 FL100)
  • Foreigners may pay their fees through http://www.ultrasignup.com
  • NO slot reservation allowed
  • Size Chart LS

 

 

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)
  • Foreign runners may register through http://www.ultrasignup.com
  • Registration starts on NOVEMBER 1, 2015 and on March 16, 2016. 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 is a 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(Participant must be 18 years of age at the time of the event);

  1. FL prospects must have finished, within the official cutoff time, at least one 50-kilometer or more ultramarathon*(road or trail) within 24 moths prior to the event. Results must be verifiable in the internet.
  2. Previous Official Finishers of H1, Pulag and Four Lakes 100 and Old Spanish Trail, regardless of the year, are automatic qualifiers.
  3. *Fat Ass 24-hour event results are acceptable for as long as the participant finished at least 50 kilometers(the more, the better) in 12 hours or less. Results must be verifiable in the internet.*Multi-sport official finishes, 70.3, Full or longer, are acceptable*Official Finish at the 2013-2014 Clark-Miyamit 50 Miles Ultra(CM50)

OFFICIAL RESULTS

2012: http://frontrunnermagph.com/2012/05/27/official-results-2012-king-of-the-mountain-trail-ultramarathon-100k60k/

2013: http://frontrunnermagph.com/2013/05/27/official-results-four-lakes-100-old-spanish-trail-60/

2014: http://frontrunnermagph.com/2014/05/26/official-results-2014-four-lakes-100old-spanish-trail-65/

2015: http://frontrunnermagph.com/2015/03/30/official-results-2015-four-lakes-100old-spanish-trail-50/

 

COURSE RECORDS

  • Matthieu Rabiller(FRANCE), 13:35:10(2014)
  • Katja Fink (SWITZERLAND), 19:57:55(2013) Women

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

  • CUTOFF 1 @ Kayapa Proper East Market ~35k (8:00:00 hours)
  • CUTOFF 2 @ DAYAP Aid Station ~ 56k (14:00:00 hours)

THE ROUTE

For technical data, additional references and race reports;

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 MAP

 

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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

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2013 4L sunrise 2nd morning by rodelyn guidaben

2013 four lakes 100 participants

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kotm 2013 sunset by lai fo sang

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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.

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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.

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.

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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. Only water will be available here.

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  FOURTEEN HOURS (14:00:00) 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 kilometerss of concrete path for FL100. 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 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, muling and bandits allowed

Evacuation costs for runners who will declare themselves as DNF(Did Not Finish)will be at the said runner’s account/expense.

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
  10. Cash

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*14:00:00 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

 

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.

 

2016 Hardcore Hundred Miles Trail Ultramarathon

Posted in Uncategorized on July 9, 2015 by Jonel C Mendoza

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2016 HARDCORE HUNDRED MILES TRAIL ULTRAMARATHON (H1)

Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines

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Finisher’s Buckle

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Finisher’s Trophy

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Member, International Trail Running Association

 

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Race Qualifier

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)

DATE: May 20-21, 2016

Start Time: 12:01 AM, Friday, May 20

Cutoff Time: 40:00:00 Hours Saturday, May 21

Race Briefing and Race Kit distribution: 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 19 Kayapa Central School*

*(A duly-signed and -accomplished medical certificate not older than fifteen days from date of issuance(Med Cert) must be submitted in hard copy(NO soft copies, in any form, will be accepted) upon claiming of race kits. Failure to do so will mean non-inclusion in the race without the benefit of a refund. There will be no exemptions.)

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(The race that qualifies you to join H1) on the deposit slip, scan and email deposit slip to frontrunnermag@gmail.com (Subject: 2016 Hardcore Hundred Miles)
  • Foreigners may pay their fees through http://www.ultrasignup.com
  • NO slot reservation allowed
  • Size Chart LS

REGISTRATION FEES

  • H1-Locals 7,000 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)
  • Registration period starts on November 1, 2015 and ends May 2, 2016. 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(Participant must be 18 years of age at the time of the event);

  1. H1 prospects must have finished, within the official cutoff time, at least one single stage 100-kilometer or more ultramarathon*(road or trail) within 24 months prior to the event. Results must be verifiable in the internet.
  2. Official finishers of  H1, Pulag and Four Lakes 100, regardless of year, are automatic qualifiers.
  3. 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.
  4. Official Finishers of Clark-Miyamit 50 Miles Ultra(CM50)

ROUTE

(Given the terrain and area characteristics, and varying weather conditions, allow for discrepancies in distances/recorded data during raceday.  Technical Data and GPX File, courtesy of Patrick Aquino, 2015 H1 finisher: https://connect.garmin.com/activity/784029383

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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) CUTOFF 1: 11:00:00 Hours. 

 –  Mount Pulag Grasslands marker(Km52/2747 masl)TURN LEFT TO BABADAK following the stone path to Camps 2 and 1 onwards. DO NOT proceed to any of the four peaks.

–  Babadak Ranger Station(Km62) CUTOFF 2: 16:00:00 Hours. Runners not able to make the cut in this station will be ferried to Kayapa Central School. Qualified runners have only until 5:00 PM after which they are required to set off for the rest of the race. Anyone staying beyond 5:00 PM will be deemed as DNF and not be allowed to continue.

–  Balete Barangay Hall(Km74/1531 masl)

–  Cabayo Elementary School

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–  Ambasa

–  Dayap Primary School(Km102/1596 masl) CUTOFF 3: 26:00:00 Hours. Qualified runners have only until 3:00 AM after which they are required to set off for the rest of the race. Anyone staying beyond 3:00 AM will be deemed as DNF and not be allowed to continue.

–   Castillo Village Waiting Shed(Km109/1283 masl)

 –  Amelong Labeng(Km122/1431 masl)

 –  Kayapa Proper East Market(Km125/890 masl) CUTOFF 3: 33:00:00 Hours. Qualified runners have only until 10:00 AM after which they are required to set off for the rest of the race. Anyone staying beyond 10:00 AM will be deemed as DNF and not be allowed to continue.

 –  Domolpos Waiting Shed(Km136/Km143/1763 masl

 –  Mount Ugo Summit(Km141/2150 masl)

– Domolpos Waiting Shed(Km143/1763 masl)

–  Domolpos Village

–  Ansipsip Waiting Shed(1935 masl)

–  Bundao Waiting Shed(Km151/1835 masl)

 –  Indupit

–  Talecabcab

FINISH: Kayapa Central School (Km 160/1121 masl) Cutoff 4: 40:00:00 Hours Official Finishers will receive a Buckle, Medal, Trophy and Shirt

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

 

COURSE RECORD

  • Manolito Divina,  (PHILIPPINES) 31:06:16, 2015
  • Maria Josephine Liao(PHILIPPINES) 38:25:34, 2014 Women

HALL OF FAME

Participants who are able to officially finish three H1s in any given year are entered into the all-exclusive Hardcore Hundred Hall Of Fame roster.

Class of 2015

  1. Jonnifer Lacanlale, PHI(2013/2014/2015)
  2. Aldean Lim, PHI(2013/2014/2105)
  3. Yee Chuan Teh, MAS(2013, 2014, 2015)

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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 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 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 *Hot meal will be served
  8. Castillo Village Waiting Shed WATER STATION ONLY Km 109
  9. Kayapa Proper East Market Km 125  DROP BAG STATION-33:00:00 hours *Hot meal will be served
  10. Domolpos Waiting Shed Km 136
  11. Domolpos Waiting Shed Km 143*Last Aid Station until the Finish Line 

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OTHER ROUTE INFORMATION

    • Highest Elevation of the course-2747 masl-Mount Pulag  Grasslands(KM 52)
    • 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 ~ 37,098 feet
    • Elevation Loss ~ 37,112 feet
    • Three drop bag stations(H1)
    • 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 five kilometers of concrete path in the entire course

 

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 and GPX File(Courtesy of Patrick Aquino, 2015 H1 finisher): http://connect.garmin.com/activity/784029383

4. Race testimony by 3-time finisher, Jonnifer Lacanlale

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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 9:30 AM up to 12:00 PM ONLY on May 19 at the Kayapa Central School. This is to be strictly followed as the drop bags bound for Babadak will have to be transported.
  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, Kayapa Proper East Market, Domolpos and Bundao only.
  5. No porters, guides or unregistered pacers allowed. Violation will mean outright disqualification. Pacers are to be responsible about their runner’s location and for bringing themselves to Dayap. Only one pacer is allowed per runner. If a pacer drops out, runner must finish the race on his own. Registered pacers are only allowed from DAYAP PRIMARY SCHOOL Km 102 onwards. Runners are solely responsible for their pacers at all times. 
  6. No muling allowed.
  7. Cutoff stations will be located at NAPO-TUYAK INTEGRATED SCHOOL(KM 44-11:00 hours)BABADAK RANGER STATION(KM 62-16:00 hours), DAYAP PRIMARY SCHOOL(KM 102-26:00 hours) and KAYAPA PROPER EAST MARKET(KM 125-33 hours). H1 participants NOT able to meet the designated times at these points will be declared Did Not Finish(DNF). No one is allowed to bargain with the designated Cutoff  “terminators”. The only official time recognized is the Race Director’s time.
  8. 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.
  9. Participants must take extra caution and care when passing through rice terraces/paddies and vegetable gardens.
  10. Participants must close all gates along the route after passing.
  11. 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.
  12. Participants must observe and apply the Leave No Trace(LNT) principle at all times.
  13. 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.
  14. Evacuation costs for runners who will declare themselves as DNF(Did Not Finish)will be at the said runner’s account/expense.  Mode of evacutation is via motorcycles one can hire at negotiated rates.
  15. Participants must conduct themselves properly at all times and are requested to treat all marshals with utmost courtesy.
  16. Runners who will declare themselves as DNF must contact the Race Director or nearest race marshal informing him of such status. Evacuation of such will be at the personal expense of runners.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Absolutely No Whining.
  21. 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
  9. Cash

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, Tessie Baltazar-0947 172 8752 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

2016 Mount Ugo Marathon

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 8, 2015 by Jonel C Mendoza

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2016 Mount Ugo Trail Marathon

4:00 AM-2:00 PM February 21, 2016

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 21, 2016

Race Briefing and Race Kit distribution: 2:00 PM, February 20 Kayapa Central School*

*(A duly-signed and -accomplished medical certificate not older than fifteen days from date of issuance(Med Cert) must be submitted in hard copy(NO soft copies, in any form, will be accepted) upon claiming of race kits. Failure to do so will mean non-inclusion in the race without the benefit of a refund. There will be no exemptions.)

CUTOFF TIMES

  • Marathon: 2:00 PM, February 21(10:00:00 hours), Turnaround: Mount Ugo Summit
  • Half Marathon: 9:00 AM, February 21(5:00:00 hours), Turnaround: Mount Samento Waiting Shed

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: 2016 MUM)
  • NO slot reservation allowed
  • Prospective participants must have officially finished a 21-kilometer road race.
  • Size Chart LS

 

 

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, 2015 and ends on February 1, 2016. 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: http://frontrunnermagph.com/2012/04/02/2980/

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

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

2015: http://frontrunnermagph.com/2015/02/23/official-results-2015-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 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.

 

THE ROUTE and TECHNICAL DATA

(Map courtesy of Robert Watson)

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

 

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, 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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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 (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 another 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.

domolpos aid station

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”.

bacuyan junction the terminator

bacuyan trail

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.

ugo summit

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(~ 38 kilometers).

kayapa central school

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
  9. Cash

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, (Tessie-0921 988 8803/0947 172 8752, Barangay Pangpang Hall-0929 844 8481, Edna Camilo-0928 989 9608, Kayapa Parish Hall-0909 675 4618 and Boulevard Inn-0909 439 5425) 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

 

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS: Valley Trail Challenge 5 and Race Director’s Report

Posted in Uncategorized on July 1, 2015 by Jonel C Mendoza

Congratulations to all the participants!

Thank you very much to all the event partners and supporters:  NUVALI, our official venue, REEBOK, SMART, UNIVERSAL ROBINA CORPORATION-makers and distributors of Nissin Cup Noodles, Hunt’s Pork and Beans, Refresh Water, Cloud 9, Jack ‘n Jill, C2 Green Tea , Great Taste Coffee, Magic Flakes, B’LUE Water, CONDURA,  DOLE Philipppines, PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA, GATORADE, PHARMATON, GU energy gels, GREEN POWER, 100 MILES CAFE, GALILEA EVENTS PLACE, GARMIN, our official timer, LAGUNA WATER, Philippine National Police Regional Office 4A under P/Chief Superintendent Richard Albano and P/Senior Superintendent Ed Garado, INSIGHTS TEES, MULTISPORT HUB and Junrox Roque, Kharl Ocampo, James Roldan, A RUNNER’S CIRCLE-Manila, PINOY FITNESS and TAKBO.PH.

My deepest gratitude goes to all my friends: the aid station marshals led by the members of Climb Against Cancer under Ms. Nini Sacro and volunteer race officials-Rollie Dela Cruz, Jeffrey Poblete, Bren Bulso and Adel Laking, Lyra Ocampo, Bethel Gozar, Paola Joyce Ronquillo, Alex Jones, Yammie Vicera, Joma Sison, CJ Paran, Glairold Recella, George Dolores, Patrick Aquino, Raffy Gabotero and Jonnifer Lacanlale. Special mention goes to “marksmen” and race sweepers, Rod Gotos and Marlon Zarate.

VTC 5 would not have been a success without your generosity and selfless dedication, may God bless all of you!

And finally, thank you to all the runners for taking on the challenge and appreciating our set-up no matter how simple. I hope that for the first-timers, VTC 5 has eased you nicely into the world of trail running and that you will embrace its no-frills culture from hereon. Always bear the lessons learned along the trails and in the dark, these will make you better and stronger. Take getting lost as part of the learning curve because trail running never throws a straight ball at you. To the repeaters, you know the drill.

As we go along, frontRUNNER wishes to invite you to its events. Please check my Facebook wall, https://www.facebook.com/frmagazine  and event site http://www.kotmtrailrun.com for updates. AND finally, I wish to invite you for our forthcoming frontRUNNER 100k, 42k and 21k Trail races to be held in the same venue this coming 3rd quarter of 2015.

Happy trails!

Race Photos(Credit to the contributors, Running Photographers, Rai Cabanig and Nini Sacro)

  1. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.953433131385957.1073744880.335412279854715&type=3&pnref=story
  2. https://www.facebook.com/insightstees/media_set?set=a.1631334770417045.1073741848.100006216136732&type=3&pnref=story
  3. https://www.facebook.com/niniandrada.sacro/media_set?set=a.854736654564237.1073742097.100000837327444&type=3&pnref=story
  4. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.954181274644476.1073744881.335412279854715&type=3

OFFICIAL RESULTS

15 Kilometers

Cutoff Time: 3:00:00 Hours

  1. Ryan Maranan 1:10:09 Champion
  2. Mike Mira 1:12:48 First Runner-up
  3. Marvin Lacsa 1:18:15 Second Runner-up
  4. John Israel Lucero 1:18:20
  5. Jeric Occiano 1:19:28
  6. (DISQUALIFIED Unauthorized Bib Use 1:20:07)
  7. Marco Paolo Acosta 1:21:18
  8. Niño Ladoing 1:22:41
  9. Jonathan Daza 1:27:30
  10. Ryan Moral 1:28:23
  11. Paul John Dingcol 1:29:31
  12. Eugene Bueno 1:30:05
  13. Jonathan Gopaco 1:30:07
  14. Camilla Brooks-Chua 1:30:32 Champion/Women
  15. Raffy Ian Pamittan 1:31:21
  16. Edwin Fernandez 1:36:11
  17. Joseph San Pablo 1:37:08
  18. Jaja Solmeo 1:37:08 First Runner-up/Women
  19. Pam Sanchez 1:37:09 Second Runner-up/Women
  20. Don Armand Gutierrez 1:37:20
  21. Joselito Rosales 1:38:42
  22. Johann Cay Geronimo 1:39:56
  23. Charlie Chua 1:40:00
  24. Gerald Catamora 1:40:15
  25. Sharone Rodriguez 1:40:20
  26. Mark Frandsen 1:42:05
  27. Volt Astudillo 1:42:16
  28. Gualberto Inalisan 1:43:03
  29. Nerissa Jane Golondrina 1:43:42
  30. Kian Llanda 1:43:43
  31. Julius Gregor Arenas 1:45:12
  32. Wilfredo Daza 1:45:48
  33. Mark Joseph Arroyo 1:47:31
  34. Angelo Magampon 1:48:04
  35. Josephine Anne Wolcott 1:48:41
  36. Daniel Antido 1:49:01
  37. Srimanoy Suphanat 1:49:46
  38. Danica Linda Mantenido 1:50:04
  39. Raymond Dongeto 1:51:40
  40. Dominador Songa 1:51:45
  41. Erica Dueger 1:52:30
  42. Jose Leal 1:52:31
  43. Patricia Anne Cruz 1:52:54
  44. Sid Angelo Bautista 1:52:55
  45. *1:53:14
  46. Diana Jane Occiano 1:53:16
  47. Dennis Racho 1:53:36
  48. Vanj Endaya 1:54:44
  49. Alistair John Mallari 1:54:51
  50. Melanie Armovit 1:55:16
  51. Jem Armovit 1:55:17
  52. Emy Omampang 1:56:34
  53. Grace Salmo 1:56:36
  54. Jules Calaycay 1:56:52
  55. Carlos Pineda, Jr. 1:58:09
  56. Jun Angcaya 1:58:40
  57. Allan Ray Enriquez 1:59:41
  58. Joseph Macabuhay 2:00:20
  59. James Ryan Ilagan 2:00:25
  60. Alvin Pisig 2:00:27
  61. Garry Lelis Lorre 2:00:46
  62. Lorry Awi Cada 2:00:58
  63. Daisy Mae Soan 2:01:10
  64. Mosib Palao 2:01:41
  65. Miguel Vea 2:01:50
  66. Raffy Silario 2:01:51
  67. John Quitong 2:02:20
  68. Danilo Victor Torio 2:03:31
  69. Janella Andrea Gundran 2:03:40
  70. Serafin Badua 2:03:50
  71. Danila Nebrida 2:03:52
  72. Je Antenor 2:04:03
  73. Mark Anthony Erpilo 2:04:10
  74. Eileen Germar 2:04:24
  75. Paola de Guzman 2:04:53
  76. Joselito Magnaye 2:04:57
  77. Jayson Brizuela 2:05:08
  78. Norberto Caldit, Jr. 2:05:16
  79. Alinah Joyce Palino 2:05:38
  80. Kurt King John Tador 2:05:39
  81. Romil Francis Elizalde 2:06:41
  82. Gloria Labao 2:07:01
  83. Napoleon Venturina 2:07:24
  84. Duncan Gregory Alberto 2:07:31
  85. Daniel Pedro 2:07:54
  86. Gerwin Andrew Nable 2:08:49
  87. Jezreel Salinas 2:08:50
  88. Maryjane Santos 2:09:01
  89. JC Ladion 2:09:10
  90. Marc Punzalan 2:09:12
  91. Corrine Wenceslao 2:09:28
  92. Jael Wenceslao 2:09:29
  93. Jennifer Racho 2:11:34
  94. Rizza Joergensen 2:11:50
  95. Abigail Deabanico 2:11:55
  96. Jesse Daliling 2:12:08
  97. Gerardette Batay 2:12:09
  98. Pia Raquedan 2:12:41
  99. Carl Hector Rustia 2:13:09
  100. Angelo Apacible 2:13:10
  101. Jehn Gutierrez 2:13:24
  102. James Hernandez 2:13:46
  103. Marianne Casili 2:14:11
  104. Arvin Navarro 2:14:48
  105. Patrick Forbes 2:14:49
  106. Adrian Pacia 2:16:11
  107. Benito Acuña 2:16:45
  108. Aileen Manat 2:17:01
  109. Jessamyn Leigh Belda 2:18:01
  110. Elenita Diga 2:18:25
  111. Ezra Tendero 2:18:27
  112. Cherie Dela Cruz 2:18:34
  113. Ryan Balais 2:18:38
  114. Simfronio Fostanes 2:18:41
  115. Jay-Arr Cabrigas 2:18:52
  116. Lenny Ibañez 2:19:18
  117. Evelyn Silao 2:19:22
  118. Krilenko Geslani 2:19:26
  119. Olivia Ramirez 2:19:58
  120. Ferdinand Ronidel 2:21:02
  121. Emmanuel Ramirez 2:21:47
  122. Jessica Tiu Laurel 2:22:22
  123. Franc Ramon 2:23:09
  124. Jerome Tenorio 2:23:18
  125. Dominique Alcantara 2:24:38
  126. Joshua James Bentillo 2:24:47
  127. Jonard Narciso 2:25:56
  128. Jeah Torres 2:26:50
  129. Iza Geron 2:27:04
  130. Chierly Chavez 2:27:06
  131. Amahlia Andal 2:27:08
  132. Jessrael Torres 2:27:16
  133. Leeyhan Frank Dizon 2:27:39
  134. Stella Male 2:28:47
  135. Restie Male 2:28:50
  136. Jose Gabriel Dimalanta 2:29:15
  137. Mari Vincent Peñalba 2:29:16
  138. Pol Españo 2:29:28
  139. Antionette Lavilla 2:31:04
  140. Luisa Beltran 2:31:09
  141. Luishie Beltran 2:31:12
  142. Benjamin Posadas 2:31:40
  143. Sheri Anne Endaya 2:32:06
  144. Mary Lynn Valdez 2:33:56
  145. Donnie Gutierrez 2:34:54
  146. Kathleen Fresnido 2:34:56
  147. John Jeric Camero 2:35:01
  148. Yves Paolo Ronidel 2:35:56
  149. Uldarico Sol, Jr. 2:36:12
  150. Maria Carmelita Sol 2:36:22
  151. Don Rivada 2:36:35
  152. Jestoni Cardano 2:36:40
  153. Marinel Ibasco 2:36:41
  154. Jhoel Raquedan 2:37:09
  155. Maricar Carpio 2:37:35
  156. Daisy Ortines 2:37:37
  157. Anna Marie Jose 2:37:54
  158. Keeshia Cuello 2:38:04
  159. Melissa Mae Chua 2:38:55
  160. Rufino Natividad, Jr. 2:39:43
  161. Rolan Alan Ilustrisimo 2:39:45
  162. Jay Bacsal 2:39:49
  163. Francis Gopez 2:39:57
  164. Ralph Ryan Antigua 2:40:02
  165. Abby Pacquing 2:40:24
  166. Janice Dee Patio 2:40:36
  167. Samuel Narcise 2:41:03
  168. *2:41:08
  169. Babette Narcise 2:41:13
  170. May Hernandez 2:41:23
  171. Vladimir Hernandez 2:41:30
  172. Franz Darren Francisco 2:41:40
  173. Rochelle Guazon 2:42:00
  174. Racquel Ros 2:42:18
  175. Lizette Ann Balangue 2:42:43
  176. Gail Madrilejos 2:42:49
  177. Angelyne Calica 2:42:54
  178. *2:42:58
  179. Nalaine Briones 2:43:05
  180. Hazel Phiwee Cuan 2:43:09
  181. Eduard Miral 2:44:01
  182. John Patrick Carlos 2:45:10
  183. Florie Anne Carlos 2:45:11
  184. Cristina Belizario 2:45:18
  185. Marites Flores 2:45:22
  186. Stephanie Aquino 2:50:25
  187. Rommel Aquino 2:50:26
  188. Christie Bermudez 2:51:22
  189. Annalyn Lumotan 2:51:23
  190. Celito Mago 2:57:54
  191. Mary Jane San Andres 2:57:55
  192. Nelaine Capalad 2:57:56
  193. Magdalena Venezuela 2:58:10
  194. Carla Baful 2:59:12
  195. Kris Ching 2:59:34
  196. Richel Cabradilla 3:00:51
  197. Iyanne Bacatan 3:01:12
  198. Rene Villarta 3:03:59
  199. Luz Limun 3:07:51
  200. Almira Gaviola 3:08:14
  201. Arianne Ramos 3:09:12
  202. Michelle de Ocampo 3:09:21
  203. Elizabeth Feurstein 3:11:12
  204. Lorrita Michael 3:11:18
  205. Emily Rose Nery 3:19:25

Did Not Start/Finish: 56

Official Recorder and Timer:  Paola Joyce Ronquillo

30 Kilometers

Cutoff Time: 6:00:00 Hours

  1. Kristian Joergensen 3:14:48 Champion
  2. Christopher Iblan 3:24:15 First Runner-up
  3. Joseph Gentileo 3:26:55 Second Runner-up
  4. Jairus Agang-ang 3:30:59
  5. Shuji Nakano 3:31:09
  6. Silamie Apolistar 3:38:51 Champion/Women
  7. Rafael Mabale, Jr. 3:46:17
  8. Joelle Reyes II 3:50:51`
  9. Mercy Go 3:51:13 First Runner-up/Women
  10. Patrick Concepcion 3:56:28
  11. Roel Iglesia 4:00:16
  12. Nathan Shapiro 4:02:21
  13. Judith Paula Bellosillo 4:04:12 Second Runner-up/Women
  14. Edd Sangalang 3:16:04
  15. Annaliza Kawabata 3:16:05
  16. Adlai Asturiano 4:19:41
  17. Girley Gutierrez 4:20:24
  18. Harvey Gutierrez 4:21:33
  19. Jose Federico Cruz 4:23:14
  20. Anthony Pelera 4:28:15
  21. Gerardo Mombay 4:30:09
  22. Mark Kendall Arevalo 4:30:34
  23. Johnny Borlagdan 4:34:12
  24. Yuki Nakano 4:35:27
  25. Paolo Duran 4:36:34
  26. Aurelio Bantigue 4:41:37
  27. Florante Parilla 4:42:06
  28. Jett San Juan 4:44:26
  29. Clark Castro 4:46:05
  30. Vicente Mozar, Jr. 4:48:06
  31. Dezerel Mendoza 4:48:53
  32. Julio Villegas 4:48:54
  33. Michael Aparante 4:49:56
  34. Gian Carlo Rodil 4:50:52
  35. Mark Joseph Atas 4:52:46
  36. Melvin Rufin 4:53:09
  37. Roldan Luzara 4:53:12
  38. Martina Abiera 4:53:14
  39. Ryan Redillas 4:53:58
  40. Ernesto Mendoza, Jr. 4:54:04
  41. Rebecca Cauilan 4:57:10
  42. Carelyn Seming 4:57:18
  43. Luzviminda Buffe 4:57:57
  44. Dexter Cruz 5:00:53
  45. Angel Provido 5:01:43
  46. Marites Pausal 5:02:18
  47. Leroy Oliver Ramos 5:02:59
  48. Imelo Cucal 5:04:56
  49. Hernando Gabriel 5:08:19
  50. Jake Ray Cornelio 5:08:20
  51. Cyd Charice Iglesia 5:08:31
  52. Joelito Orias 5:08:38
  53. Jayrone Rivera 5:09:32
  54. Arnel Distor 5:12:15
  55. Alain Bernard Andal 5:12:44
  56. Monette De Leon 5:12:56
  57. Rowell Cuan 5:13:00
  58. Geonard Aldave 5:13:41
  59. Andrea Llena 5:13:42
  60. Elordino Piodos 5:16:36
  61. Davis Pagayon 5:17:12
  62. Michael Curiba 5:17:13
  63. Jayson Agudong 5:17:14
  64. Christian Pabatao 5:19:49
  65. Lex Cusay 5:19:50
  66. Jen Eleccion 5:20:04
  67. Beverly Benaid 5:20:26
  68. Edwin Cruz 5:20:27
  69. Salvador Grajo, Jr. 5:20:59
  70. Magiting Bellosillo 5:21:52
  71. Noel Austria 5:22:27
  72. Billy Bandolin 5:22:29
  73. Venice Velasquez 5:22:32
  74. Rob Perez 5:24:48
  75. Maricel Bautista 5:25:26
  76. Roedin Jeric Abutazil 5:25:28
  77. Waldin Hernandez 5:26:15
  78. JM Ballesteros 5:26:16
  79. Reyna Fabregas 5:26:29
  80. Bien Bacarra 5:26:30
  81. Angelo Barrameda 5:27:17
  82. Raymundo Bautista 5:27:22
  83. Mina Suzette Lim 5:27:44
  84. Jake Pescador 5:28:01
  85. Conrado Abuel 5:35:18
  86. Lilet Abuel 5:35:19
  87. Rhea Aguilar 5:36:30
  88. Gerald Kress Balayugan 5:37:03
  89. Ervin Reyes 5:37:46
  90. Tristan John Castro 5:38:32
  91. Irene Abating 5:38:39
  92. Maila Bustamante 5:38:40
  93. Eribert Padilla 5:39:01
  94. Ricky Francisco 5:39:21
  95. Gerome Marius De Castro5:39:28
  96. Jeffrey Dator 5:40:59
  97. Sheena Mae Sison 5:41:14
  98. Mark Nikolai Laueras5:41:15
  99. Manuel Paolo Domingo 5:43:08
  100. Marvic Mendoza 5:50:27
  101. * 5:51:22
  102. Emerey Abating 5:51:24
  103. Rommel Elgincolin 5:52:28
  104. Ricky Malipot 5:53:16
  105. Allen Gaspar 5:56:04
  106. Joseph Soriao 5:56:05
  107. Junar Layug 5:56:07
  108. Jean-Michel Pedroso 5:56:36
  109. John Aubrey Cantal 5:56:41
  110. Edwin Gallor 5:57:07
  111. Carla Raymundo 5:57:08
  112. Rachelle Mandar 5:57:18
  113. Twilla Starr 6:00:08
  114. Dante Lapus 6:04:39
  115. Monica Diaz 6:07:15
  116. Blanch Sarvida 6:18:05
  117. Wellington Wong 6:31:33
  118. May Vergel De Dios 6:31:34
  119. Analie Sagum 6:34:29
  120. Larry Sagum 6:34:40
  121. Arius Thomas Padilla 6:39:03
  122. Johanna Lee 6:46:22
  123. Divine Calalo 6:46:34
  124. Wilson de Jesus 6:54:27
  125. Mark Agbulos 6:54:28
  126. Jenel Redada 7:08:58
  127. Mark Tierro 7:09:16
  128. Danilo Aparis 7:18:59
  129. Juariza Aparis 7:19:01
  130. Billie Moreno 7:26:12
  131. Belle Manansala 7:26:13
  132. Pie Beltran 7:40:46
  133. Eric Orate 7:40:47
  134. Marvin Cabatana 7:41:52
  135. Fernando Mendoza 7:48:04
  136. Mark Chico 7:50:54
  137. Gladysma Jane Giron 7:50:55

Did Not Start/Finish: 34

Official Recorders and Timers: Lyra Ocampo and Beth Gozar

50 Kilometers

Cutoff Time: 10:00:00 Hours

  1. Thomas Combisen 5:47:32 Champion
  2. Lou delos Reyes 5:59:50 First Runner-up
  3. Wilnar Iglesia 6:00:00 Second Runner-up
  4. Jojo Mendoza 6:33:47
  5. Raffy Barolo 6:43:57
  6. David Asuelo 6:48:08
  7. Alfred delos Reyes 7:08:52
  8. Graciano Santos 7:08:53
  9. Aumelio Pascua 7:10:35
  10. Jared Baliguat 7:19:20
  11. Takashi Hisatomi 7:27:28
  12. Matthew David 7:34:53
  13. Arlene Agulto 7:35:05 Champion/Women
  14. Aldrin Pallera 7:38:58
  15. Jose Lorenzo Mina Jr. 7:40:53
  16. Michelle Mercurio 7:41:30 First Runner-up/Women
  17. Mac kearn Ricafort 7:41:49
  18. Raymund Tuazon 7:45:34
  19. Yuki Naotori 7:55:46
  20. Irrol Novenario 7:56:28
  21. Minnie Rosario 7:58:18 Second Runner-up/Women
  22. Rolan Cera 8:03:00
  23. Tess Leono 8:03:01
  24. Herald Feurstein 8:04:59
  25. Edzel Drilo 8:05:19
  26. Donald Boc 8:09:24
  27. Raymond Geloca 8:09:59
  28. Jeffrey Garcia 8:10:00
  29. Barney Mamaril 8:11:46
  30. Glenn Rosales 8:14:01
  31. Ron Illana 8:16:20
  32. Deo Jaravata 8:22:47
  33. Niño Guerra 8:23:16
  34. Michael Dauz 8:24:11
  35. Elmer Caballes 8:24:23
  36. Dave Bulaklak 8:24:50
  37. Chris Louie Fernadez 8:27:38
  38. Irene Ramos 8:29:19
  39. James Roldan 8:34:30
  40. Dindo Diaz 8:34:51
  41. Hernani Marasigan 8:35:40
  42. Alwyn Sy 8:37:24
  43. Rhina Sison 8:37:41
  44. Mon Iti 8:38:57
  45. Christopher Custodio 8:40:30
  46. Orlando Ortines 8:40:58
  47. Gil Zuñiga, Jr. 8:41:34
  48. Eden Pagsolingan 8:42:07
  49. Hector Pajimula 8:43:19
  50. Jeri Ramos 8:43:35
  51. Ryan Almanza 8:45:26
  52. Christine Salazar 8:46:58
  53. Richard Akol 8:46:59
  54. Ronnie Laureta 8:48:29
  55. Ceejay De Leon 8:49:03
  56. Kristel Pechon 8:49:17
  57. Van Denn Cruz 8:49:18
  58. Marie Joyce Negapatan 8:49:36
  59. Carlos Napoleon Ocampo 8:52:50
  60. Dario Carpio 8:54:24
  61. Jeffrey Velasco 8:54:40
  62. Reesa Solidum 8:54:46
  63. Manny Ocampo 8:54:55
  64. Homer del Rosario 8:55:01
  65. Stephenson Avanzado 8:55:12
  66. Doodsie Mallari 8:55:25
  67. Simon Miranda 8:55:35
  68. Mark Valencia 9:00:40
  69. Errol Flynn Regaya 9:02:59
  70. Tina Aldaya 9:03:40
  71. Oliver Balbanida 9:03:53
  72. Robert Gervacio 9:06:02
  73. Richard Green 9:10:39
  74. Julius Villegas 9:14:35
  75. Ryan Lee Lapaz 9:19:17
  76. Philipp Erestain 9:19:46
  77. Jonalyn Acosta 9:20:11
  78. Philippides Cayetano 9:24:27
  79. Arzen Cayetano 9:24:28
  80. Januarius Padilla 9:25:04
  81. Julius Magnaye 9:30:23
  82. Joyce Anne Regalado 9:38:32
  83. Ronnel Go 9:38:33
  84. Francisco Dumangeng, Jr. 9:38:49
  85. Marie Nelle Guerrero 9:38:53
  86. Eric Wiesen 9:38:54
  87. Nica Lorraine Tanjutco 9:39:28
  88. Henson Casalem 9:39:37
  89. John Rosario 9:41:40
  90. Gina Medes 9:41:47
  91. Darell Padolina 9:43:20
  92. Adel Oabel 9:45:38
  93. Adrian Onod 9:46:08
  94. Ryan Caronongan 9:46:58
  95. Joyce Llanda 9:49:08
  96. Paolo Agbulos 9:49:33
  97. Ryan Aguilar 9:51:52
  98. Segundo Lapiguera III 9:52:00
  99. Rosalyn Valeroso 9:52:58
  100. Charity Tomangan 10:12:30
  101. Ramon Tomangan 10:12:31
  102. James Mora 10:29:52
  103. Ted Araullo 10:47:00
  104. Jose Nelson Laude 10:47:50
  105. Bhrein Salazar 10:47:51
  106. Rachel Maranan 10:47:52
  107. Jet Ballesteros 11:23:28
  108. Rhett Del Rosario 11:51:13
  109. Napoleon Ocampo 11:51:18

Did Not Start/Finish: 37

Official Recorders andTimers: Bren Bulso and Adel Laking

*For corrections, please email 2015valleytc@gmail.com

2016 Old Spanish Trail 50K

Posted in Uncategorized on June 6, 2015 by Jonel C Mendoza

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Old Spanish Trail 50k Trail Ultramarathon

Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Start: Kayapa Town Hall 

Finish: Kayapa Central School

Date and Time: April 2, 2016 3:00 AM

Race Briefing, Drop Bag Collection and Race Kit distribution: 2:00 PM, April 1 Kayapa Central School*

*(A duly-signed and -accomplished medical certificate not older than fifteen days from date of issuance(Med Cert) must be submitted in hard copy(NO soft copies, in any form, will be accepted) upon claiming of race kits. Failure to do so will mean non-inclusion in the race without the benefit of a refund. There will be no exemptions.)

 

 

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(race that qualifies you to join) on the deposit slip, scan and email deposit slip to frontrunnermag@gmail.com (Subject: 2016 OST50)
  • Foreigners may pay their fees through http://www.ultrasignup.com
  • NO slot reservation allowed
  • Size Chart LS

 

 

REGISTRATION FEES

  • 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, 2015 and on March 16, 2016. 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 Old Spanish Trail is a high altitude trail race. 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(Participant must be 18 years of age at the time of the event);

    1. OST prospects must have finished, within the official cutoff time, at least one 42-kilometer or longer races(road or trail) within 24 months prior to the event day. Results must be verifiable in the internet.
    2. Fat Ass 24-hour event results are acceptable for as long as the participant finished at least 50 kilometers(the longer, the better) in 12 hours or less. Results must be verifiable in the internet.
    3. Multi-sport official finishes – 70.3, Full or longer – are acceptable.
    4. Official Finish at the 2014-2015 Clark-Miyamit 50 Miles or 42 Kilometers.
    5. Official finishers of H1, Pulag and Four Lakes 100, Old Spanish Trail 50 and Mount Ugo Marathon, regardless of the year, are automatic qualifiers.

 

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

2012: http://frontrunnermagph.com/2012/05/27/official-results-2012-king-of-the-mountain-trail-ultramarathon-100k60k/

2013: http://frontrunnermagph.com/2013/05/27/official-results-four-lakes-100-old-spanish-trail-60/

2014: http://frontrunnermagph.com/2014/05/26/official-results-2014-four-lakes-100old-spanish-trail-65/

2015: http://frontrunnermagph.com/2015/03/30/official-results-2015-four-lakes-100old-spanish-trail-50/

COURSE RECORDS
(New Course 2015)

 OLD SPANISH TRAIL 50k: 6:46:45 Dino Mantilez(Philippines), 2015

 OLD SPANISH TRAIL 50k-Women: 11:22:12 Michelle Mercurio(Philippines), 2015

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 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.

CUTOFFS: Kayapa Proper East Market ~35k (8:00:00 hours) and Kayapa Central School ~55k (14:00:00 hours)

THE ROUTE

For technical data, additional references and race reports;

https://connect.garmin.com/activity/733372943 ( Courtesy of Ronald Declarador, Offcial OST finisher)

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

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

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

 

 

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

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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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lfs3

trail shit LFS

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

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. Cross one person at a time.

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.

There will be five aid stations.

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 500 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.

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, muling and bandits allowed.

Evacuation costs for runners who will declare themselves as DNF(Did Not Finish)will be at the said runner’s account/expense.

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
      10. Cash

Trekking poles allowed but NOT mandatory.

 

 

ROUTE LANDMARKS

Kayapa-Mt Ugo-Kayapa via Indupit/Ansipsip/Domolpos/Kayapa Proper/Amelong Labeng/Castillo Village

 

(Distances are based on GPS measurements)

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.

 

 

2016 Pulag 100K Trail Ultramarathon

Posted in Uncategorized on June 6, 2015 by Jonel C Mendoza

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2016 PULAG 100K Trail Ultramarathon
Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

START: Kayapa Town Hall

FINISH: Kayapa Central School

DATE: May 20-21, 2016

Start Time: 12:01 AM, Friday, May 20

Cutoff Times: 27:00:00 Hours Saturday, May 21

Distance: 112 kilometers

Elevation Gain: 5,628 meters Elevation Loss: 5,169 meters

Race Briefing, Drop Bag Collection and Race Kit distribution: 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 19 Kayapa Central School

Race route pictures/images/videos, 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

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

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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(THE RACE THAT QUALIFIES YOU TO JOIN P1) on the deposit slip, scan and email deposit slip to frontrunnermag@gmail.com (Subject: 2016 PULAG 100K)
  • Foreigners may pay their fees through http://www.ultrasignup.com
  • NO slot reservation allowed
  • Size Chart LS

*(A duly-signed and -accomplished medical certificate not older than fifteen days from date of issuance(Med Cert) must be submitted in hard copy(NO soft copies, in any form, will be accepted) upon claiming of race kits. Failure to do so will mean non-inclusion in the race without the benefit of a refund. There will be no exemptions except for 2016 Mount Ugo Marathon and/or 2016 Old Spanish Trail/Four Lakes participants)

REGISTRATION FEES

  • 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 December 1, 2015 and ends May 2, 2016. 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 Pulag 100K 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-Kilometer 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 P1 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 P1. Additionally, it also improves the chances for a runner to finish the event.

Thus, any of the following requirements(Participants must be at least 18 years of age during event day) must be adhered to by all means;

1. P1 prospects must have officially finished any one ultramarathon(road or trail) within the last 24 months prior to P1. Results must be verifiable in the internet.

2. Fat Ass event results are acceptable for as long as the participant finished at least 50 kilometers(the more, the better) in 12 hours or less.

3. Multi-sport official finishes – 70.3, Full or longer – are acceptable.

4. Official Finishers of H1, Pulag and Four Lakes 100, Old Spanish Trail 50, regardless of the year, are automatic qualifiers.

 

 

 

 

RACE ROUTE
(Given the terrain and area characteristics, and varying weather conditions, allow for discrepancies in distances/recorded data during raceday)

GPS TRACK and TECHNICAL DATA courtesy of Romeo Cordova, 2015 finisher: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/783946450

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) CUTOFF 1: 11:00:00 Hours. Runners not able to make the cut in this station will be ferried to Babadak.

 –  Mount Pulag Grasslands marker(Km52/2747 masl)-TURN LEFT TO BABADAK following the stone path to Camps 2 and 1 onwards. DO NOT proceed to any of the four peaks.

–  Babadak Ranger Station(Km62) CUTOFF 2: 16:00:00 Hours. Runners not able to make the cut in this station will be ferried to Kayapa Central School. Qualified runners have only until 5:00 PM after which they are required to set off for the rest of the race. Anyone staying beyond 5:00 PM will be deemed as DNF and not be allowed to continue.

–  Balete Barangay Hall(Km74/1531 masl)

–  Cabayo Elementary School

Banao Elementary School(Km 91)

–  Ambasa

–  Dayap Primary School(Km102/1596 masl)

FINISH: Kayapa Central School (Km 112/1121 masl) Cutoff 3: 27:00:00 Official Finishers will receive a Medal, Trophy and Shirt

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

2014 Official Results:  http://frontrunnermagph.com/2014/02/24/official-results-2014-hardcore-hundred-milespulag-100-trail-ultramarathon/

2015 Official Results: http://frontrunnermagph.com/2015/05/25/official-results-2015-hardcore-hundred-milespulag-100k/

 

COURSE RECORD

Dino Mantilez (PHILIPPINES) 17:49, 2014

Women: Julie Ann Luchana (PHILIPPINES), 25:56:30, 2015

 

AID STATION Locations

  1. Pangawan/Boundary Km 14
  2. Banao Elementary School Km 28
  3. Napo/Tuyak Integrated School Km 44 CUTOFF STATION-11:00 hours Friday, May 20, 2016
  4. Babadak Ranger Station Km 62 DROP BAG/CUTOFF STATION-16:00 hours Friday, May 20, 2016 Hot meal will be served
  5. Balete Barangay Hall Km 74
  6. Banao Elementary School Km 91
  7. Dayap Primary School Km 102
  8. Kayapa Central School Km 112 Finish Line Cutoff 27:00:00, May 21 Hot meal will be served

 

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OTHER ROUTE INFORMATION

    • Highest Elevation of the course-2747 masl-Mount Pulag  Grasslands(KM 52)
    • Lowest Elevation of the course-1121 masl-Kayapa Central School (KM 112)
    • Temperature Range-12 degrees Celsius(possibly lower at the Mount Pulag area) to 30 degrees Celsius
    • Elevation Gain ~ 5,628 meters
    • Elevation Loss ~ 5,169 meters
    • One drop bag allowed
    • 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 five kilometers of concrete paths 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 Romeo Meyux Cordova) https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/783946450

 

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 9:30 AM up to 12:00 PM ONLY on May 19 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 on the same day.
  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 and Dayap only.
  5. Cutoff stations will be located at NAPO-TUYAK INTEGRATED SCHOOL(KM 44-11:00 hours) and BABADAK RANGER STATION(KM62-16:00 hours) Participants NOT able to meet the designated times at these points will be declared DiNot Finish(DNF). No one is allowed to bargain with the designated Cutoff  “terminators”. The only official time recognized is the Race Director’s time
  6. Evacuation costs for runners who will declare themselves as DNF(Did Not Finish)will be at the said runner’s account/expense.  Mode of evacutation is via motorcycles one can hire at negotiated rates.
  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 are available. These sources are self-service.
  13. Participants must conduct themselves properly at all times and are requested to treat all marshals with utmost courtesy.
  14. Runners who will declare themselves as DNF must contact the Race Director or nearest race marshal informing him of such status.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Absolutely No Whining.
  19. And with all due respect, the Race Director’s decision is final, thank you.


MANDATORY GEAR

  • Cellular Phone (fully charged and with load)
  • Functioning flashlights or headlamps(extra batteries suggested)
  • Whistle
  • First Aid kit (antiseptic, bandage, cotton, salt, loperamide tablets)
  • Extra food or energy gels
  • Wet wipes
  • Light poncho or Waterproof jacket
  • Official Race Map
  • Cash

HOW TO GET THERE: KAYAPA, Nueva Vizcaya

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, Tessie Baltazar-0947 172 8752 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. EVERYONE IS STRONGLY ADVISED TO OBSERVE PROPER CONDUCT AND DECORUM IN ALL THE RESTING PLACES AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY IN CONSIDERATION TO THE LOCALS AND OTHER TENANTS. Rowdy and boisterous behavior is higly unnaceptable.

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS: 2015 Hardcore Hundred Miles/Pulag 100K

Posted in Uncategorized on May 25, 2015 by Jonel C Mendoza

2015 HARDCORE HUNDRED MILES/PULAG 100K
May 22-23, 2015
Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines

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First of all, I wish to congratulate all the finishers and thank all the participants of this year’s edition.

I wish to extend to extend my appreciation to our different partners who made this possible through their generosity and kindness: UNIVERSAL ROBINA CORPORATION, SMART, BROOKS, GU, POLAR, GATORADE, PEPSI-COLA, MOUNTAIN DEW, SUPERFOODS GROCER, INSIGHTS TEES, AHON, SANDUGO, CLIMB AGAINST CANCER and NINI SACRO, CORDILLERA CONSERVATION TRUST, TERRIE FUCANAN-YU, JAMES ROLDAN, DENNIS UY, JONNIFER LACANLALE, JERIC OCCIANO, KHARL OCAMPO, ROBERT WATSON, JEFFREY POBLETE, LCOL RONALD ILLANA PA, and MGEN SAMUEL NARCISE AFP(Ret).

I want to sincerely thank my friends who came forward to volunteer as race officials led by NICK PASIKEN, GAY ZERINE BANIWAS, ALEX TUMBAGA, GLENN ANTHONY MAGNAYON, DIVINE CALALO, ALEX JONES, MARCELO BAUTISTA, CJ PARAN, PAOLA JOYCE RONQUILLO and GLAIROLD RECELLA. And to the locals who acted as race marshals, please accept my recognition for your deeds.

My heartfelt gratitude goes to the Municipalities of Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, Kabayan and Itogon, Benguet, DENR and Mount Pulag Park Superintendent EMERITA ALBAS and her personnel, KAYAPA CENTRAL SCHOOL under WILHELMINA CASTRO and to the men of 54th INFANTRY BATTALION PHILIPPINE ARMY under LCOL EDDIE PILAPIL for their invaluable support.

This year marked the first time that H1 and P1 were held in May instead of the usual February. This edition also saw a significant increase in participation for both events, 69 for H1 and 49 for P1, up from 29 and 12, respectively, from the preceeding year. The attendance of runners from MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA, UNITED KINGDOM, JAPAN, FRANCE, TAIWAN, UNITED STATES, DENMARK and the PHILIPPINES is an indication that somehow and inspite of the limited marketing exposure, KING OF THE MOUNTAIN has caught the attention of those who do trail running seriously.

Recognition is also bestowed upon the first three recipients of the KOTM Hall Of Fame: Jonnifer Lacanlale, Aldean Lim and Yee Chuan Teh for officially finishing three H1s. Additionally, those who officially completed the 2015 Mount Ugo Marathon, Four Lakes 100K and Hardcore Hundred Miles, collectively known as K300, are duly-recognized: Thumbie Remigio, Jeric Occiano, Patrick Aquino, Marvin Evasco, Rai Cabanig, Alex Lacsama and Rollie Dela Cruz.

Not only a series of trail races but a gathering of friends who hold the same ideals and thoughts, KOTM has become a test and battleground for one’s spirit in more ways than one.

Given the varying and unpredictable conditions that the unforgiving environment presents at different times of the day, I cannot but overemphasize the need to prepare and train properly and wisely for this. As always, I leave it to the fair and good judgement of all the participants to find out for themselves the answers to their lingering questions: “How hard is it?, Can I do it?”.

Now that you have seen why there is a list of mandatory gear and an entry requirement, all I can say is, come well-prepared, gear-and training-wise, and never ever take this for granted. There are other races which you may take less seriously, this is not one of them. Just ask those who have gone through the experience.

I commiserate with those whose aspirations were shattered but I urge you to be proud for giving it your best and facing up to the challenge. A DNF happens even to the best. Do not sulk and wallow in sorrow. Instead, rest, recover and focus on the task ahead should you decide to come back. Not a few of those who failed previously came back and successfully conquered this time around. I advise you to learn the lessons and take them to heart and come out better trail runners.

There will be a few important changes next year to be executed for everyone’s own good. In time, I will announce this in our event website together with the 2016 schedule.

To everyone whose unwavering kindness and continued support of KOTM made it possible for us to touch more lives, maraming-maraming salamat po for making us instruments of your good deeds!

Thank you for embracing KOTM as your own inspite of its simplicty. It is my wish that we all continue to gather around and keep the KOTM community alive and kicking in the many years to come.

MABUHAY!

2015 PULAG 100K
Cutoff: 26:00:00 Hours
Registrants: 49
Starters:45
Finishers: 16/45
Success Rate: 35.6%
(Philippines, unless otherwise stated)

1. Jerome Bautista, CHAMPION 19:09:30
2. Roland Wangwang, 1st RUNNER-UP 19:36:40
3. Jones Mortega, 2nd RUNNER-UP 21:33:02
4. Kristian Joergensen 22:01:00 DENMARK
5. Rod Gotos, 22:17:01
6. Jess Magat, 22:46:03
7. Jonas Borja 23:39:01
8. Zen Chew 23:47:01 SINGAPORE
9. Ho Yuen Loong 24:02:01 MALAYSIA
10. Romeo Cordova 24:44:00
11. George Ventayen 24:50:00
12. Jordan Dacanay 25:07:00
13. Ceejay De Leon 25:41:00
14. Allan Ordaniel 25:42:00
15. Neil De Leon 25:56:00
16. Julie Ann Luchana, FEMALE CHAMPION and COURSE RECORD HOLDER 25:56:30

2015 HARDCORE HUNDRED MILES
Cutoff: 40:00:00 Hours
Registrants: 71
Starters:69
Finishers: 32/69
Success Rate: 46.4%
(Philippines, unless otherwise stated)

1. Manolito Divina, CHAMPION and COURSE RECORD 31:06:16
2. Gene Olvis, 1st RUNNER-UP 33:09:39
3. Thumbie Remigio, 2nd RUNNER-UP 35:51:15
4. JonLas Bruce 36:21:30
5. Yim Heng Fatt 36:28:51 MALAYSIA
6. Jeric Occiano 36:49:51
7. Patrick Aquino 37:02:59
8. Jhonley Ballesteros 37:08:33
9. Fintan West 37:16:33 UNITED KINGDOM
10. Raffy Gabotero 37:41:44
11. Marvin Evasco 37:44:30
12. Taddy Llaneta 37:50:16
13. Yu Hwan Lin 38:01:27 TAIWAN
14. Chun Liang Lin 38:02:55 TAIWAN
15. Efraim Manzano 38:16:41 UNITED STATES
16. Rai Cabanig 38:22:07
17. Wen Hsiao Chiu 38:25:00 TAIWAN
18. Maria Josephine Liao, FEMALE CHAMPION 38:34:44
19. Aldean Lim, HALL OF FAME 38:52:37
20. Barry Red 38:53:00
21. Amos Adalim 38:53:50
22. Elmer Parazo 39:12:02
23. Jonnifer Lacanlale, HALL OF FAME 39:15:37
24. Yee Chuan Teh, HALL OF FAME 39:15:37 MALAYSIA
25. Khairul Abdul Rahim 39:19:35 MALAYSIA
26. Mark Bryan Grey 39:23:32
27. Rodelyn Guidaben, FEMALE FIRST RUNNER-UP 39:23:33
28. Rollie Dela Cruz 39:23:34
29. Alex Lacsama 39:26:10
30. Marlon Zarate 39:26:10
31. George Javier 39:31:50
32. Chun Lin Yang 39:41:10 TAIWAN
33. Leo Ano 42:10:00*
34. Retzel Orquiza 43:09:20*

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