Posts Tagged ‘SCTEX

15
Nov
13

Global Gateway Logistics City Sets Very First Aerotropolis Half Marathon

(Press Release) Clark Freeport – Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC) will host the very first GGLC Aerotropolis Half Marathon dubbed as “SCTEX Challenge: Run Beyond Your Limits.”  The Half Marathon will start at the GGLC grounds extending to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) on January 19, 2014.  An estimated 2,000 participants will join the marathon composed of 3K, 5K, 10K and 21K distances.

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25
Jun
13

Exploring Porac with Explorac

When you least expect it, a race comes along that would just give you a weekend you won’t soon forget.  Such is the case of AyalaLand’s EXPLORAC: an invitational trail run which was unexpectedly free!  Here’s my long overdue story of my great weekend in Porac, Pampanga.

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10
Jun
13

EXPLORAC: Run, Explore, and Experience Earth Like Never Before

(Press Release) Beyond progress and technological breakthroughs enclosed within the urban landscape is a rich and diverse outdoor geography, most often unexplored.  As AyalaLand and ROX, the country’s premier outdoor provider, aims to encourage people to discover the magnificent glory of nature.

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27
May
13

Teaser: AyalaLand’s EXPLORAC Invitational Trail Run

AyalaLand will be having a trail run very, very soon (as in Saturday, June 08, 2013) to be held for the first time in Porac, Pampanga, called EXPLORAC Invitational Trail Run.  More details to come very soon!

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08
Nov
09

Spontaneity at the Philippine International Marathon (Part 1)

Just about every plan I had with this race didn’t come to fruition—from registration to meeting targets.  At the same time some of the unexpected came to be, both pleasant and repulsive, making this one of the most stressful but interesting races I’ve had.

Decision at the 11th Hour

The previous “prestigious” event that I was really preparing for found me flabbergasted—with so much disappointment at that race I felt like I had to get redemption somehow.  Prior to the said event I wasn’t really thinking of sweeping all the “International Marathons”—all I was aiming for was to support our city’s initiative (QCIM) without sacrificing my dream of running at the SCTEX in a decent manner.  For the latter the goal was simple: aim to run my marathon with hardly any walk breaks.  Unfortunately even though I got a new PR I didn’t fulfill my “simple” goal.

By the time I truly decided on joining the race registration was already closed.  It really took me a while to decide to sign up because the day of PIM was the day after my birthday—would you run a marathon the day after your birthday after you had just finished two marathons back to back?

Desperate Runner

Knowing that registration was already closed I was seriously considering a last resort—yes it’s doing the “B” word that I don’t encourage.  It’s not a matter of not wanting to register; it’s just that I can’t.  I was so desperate to join that I event filed a leave from the office to go to ABS-CBN Foundation to try to register, but failed.  So when life gives you lemons make lemonade—in this case if I was to run as a “bandit” might as well make it a more purposeful act—be a pacer… again!

Meant to be

Heaven was hearing my prayers—I found a “legal’ work-around to my “B” problem by getting the race number of a fellow runner who registered double, one for the full marathon and one for the marathon relay with Team Logan (more on this later).  Although race bibs are not transferrable it at least allows me to join the race “legally.”   At that moment I was just ecstatic!  Finally just a few days before the race I’m “legal.”

Another “But Wait, There’s More” Moment

Barely 48 hours before the race I was offered complimentary race kits by Sir Rene courtesy of Quezon City Hall—at first I was reluctant because I already have a kit and didn’t know it was complimentary but due to the urge of fellow runners I again signed up with the idea that I’ll have a kit under my name—full legality and not just a workaround.  But wait, there’s a catch.

Continued: [ Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 ]

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my friends who greeted me for my birthday yesterday, November 07.  I was really overwhelmed and am sorry if I wasn’t able to respond to your greetings individually (greetings on my Facebook wall exceeded way beyond what can be conveniently displayed) but rest assured I read them all (through my email).  I’d like to thank as well Microsoft Philippines for giving me a licensed copy of Windows 7 Professional as a birthday present.

To my takbo.ph family as usual I’m deeply honored to have known you guys and one again was overwhelmed with the overflowing support you give me, fellow runners, and the running community as well.  I really appreciate all the efforts and the love you gave us earlier during the race.

To Craig, Michelle, and Justin of Team Logan once again you truly are an inspiration to a lot people, myself included, and thank you for giving me the honor of letting me run with the team.  We’ll miss you for the time being and have a safe trip!

God bless!

02
Nov
09

2-Day Coverage of Subic International Marathon

Subic International Marathon was a unique event that it spans two days and was two races in one—aside from the main SIM events the Nike Human Race were also simultaneously held.

Day 01: Marathon and Nike Human Race

SIM distinct itself from other events by featuring a sundown race for its main event and Nike Human Race also inherited this trait, both of which were held on Day 01.  Here was my partake on the events that transpired during the main event.

Day 02: Side Events

The main event during the first day of SIM served as a precursor for the following day during the side events.  The second day was another higgledy-piggledy event—despite the very narrow confines of the track and the number of runners, the organizers still decided on a mass start! Thankfully there was no stampede.

The assembly area, 5:23AM

Before gun time, the crowd at the staring area…

…going all the way to the back of the track

Because of the huge number of combined runners from all side categories (3K, 5K, 10K, and 21K) being funneled through the narrow tracks it took a very long time before all runners were able to get out of the area.  In fact the winners of the 3K event already crossed the finish line and the starting area was yet to be cleared!

Not only was starting congested, finishing was as well.  Eventually the huge crowd of runners arrived at the finish line and with that the people manning the line was overwhelmed!  This caused a very long line of runners waiting to finish.

The long line to the finish…

…extends way beyond the arch

Can you spot the 21K winner? This was how crowded it was when he crossed the finish.

01
Nov
09

Subic International Marathon 2009’s “Prestige” (Part 2)

I got pictures for as long as sunlight permits me.  Once darkness fell onto us, bad things started to happen—and it was anything but supernatural.

The Count of SCTEX

Slowly but surely darkness covered the beautiful sceneries that I sought for with this race, and with that came boredom—yes I got bored!  Running practically in a straight line with nothing no see was boring.  I never had the habit of listening to music as I want to experience the great outdoors fully when I run.  To make matters worse was that there were no lights for most part of SCTEX so you’re virtually running blind!  So what can you do to ease the burden?  Count kilometers!

Water you looking for?

The organizers promised runners that water stations would be stationed every two and a half kilometers.  As I was counting down the meters out of boredom (with the aid of my GF405 of course since there was no distance markers, and if there were it won’t be seen in the dark) I was eagerly waiting for that next water station.  Being “the most prestigious marathon in the Philippines,” I decided to bring only a 500mL of my trusted hydration fluid and rely on the water station as my primary source of water (note: I wasn’t demanding any special drinks, just plain water).  Slowly but surely water stations started getting farther and farther—not because of my perception due to fatigue, but the distances in between really were getting wider!  At first I was telling myself, “Maybe they got the distance wrong, it should be right there, or probably 500 meters further.”  But later on it got 1 kilometer, 2, 3 …wait a minute this is absurd!  And finally after that long wait what do you get—an empty water station!

During the period between water stations (that had water) I had no choice but to rely on the hydration fluid I brought along.  During which of course I had to stick to my plan on when to eat my chewy granola bar (I get really hungry during long runs) and when to take my power gel, which of course is best taken after with water.  Because of the wide gaps between these water stations I almost run out of fluid just barely into the first half of the marathon.

The darkness that is SCTEX

“Prestige”

The worst feeling during this “prestigious” event was the fear of just collapsing due to dehydration with no one seeing you due to the darkness.  For a moment I assessed the situation: I wasn’t even at the 25th kilometer mark, I’m almost out of fluids, I’m slightly dehydrated, I’m not expecting any water up ahead for the rest of the route, I can barely see my self, and I’m running uphill!  That was the most frustrating feeling I’ve ever encountered on a long run (and I’ve been through much a more difficult ultramarathon!) and my mind was ready to give up on me.  Thoughts of quitting and riding that next ambulance kept playing on my mind.  Quitting?  NO!  Even if I had to walk the entirety of this race I will not quit!  For as long as I can drag my feet, for as long as I can hold on, I will not quit! So that was when finally I started walking.

It was like a sad battlefield that night—you see a lot of runners just walking!  They probably were encountering the same ordeals that I’m having.  Conserving your energy and what’s left of your fluids was the most logical approach to this race if you were planning to finish it—have you ever seen anyone run on a desert?  (Even camels don’t)

Support vehicles run free in the darkness of night.  At one moment I saw one pull over to give supplies to their group of runners who, like me, were also walking.  At that point when I saw them being replenished with their supplies I felt like bursting into tears—here I am walking uphill in the dark, thirsty, with just about a few gulps of fluid, with more than 17 kilometers to go—I felt like I’m all alone in the world.  I had no choice but just continue walking and watch how slowly the kilometers go by.

Miracle in the Dark

God is good.  Out of nowhere there was this vehicle with water with them.  At that time I felt a huge feeling of relief!  I gulped down what’s left of my fluids in the bottle and refilled it with water.  Suddenly I’m alive again!  I stopped eating what’s left of my granola and suspended taking gels because of the water shortage, and now that I’m “charged” I can resume my nutrition plans, although at a more cautions level.  Who knows that may be the last water station I see before the finish!  500mL of water for 17 kilometers—it should be interesting.

Second Wind

It turns out all I really needed was water—I was running again just minutes after my “re-charge.”  Naturally running would also increase your demand for fluids and water stations remained dry so eventually I had to take another walk-break when I noticed that it was getting steeper and my water supply was again dwindling into the danger zone.  It was a steep uphill battle from kilometer 27 until kilometer 34 where it peaked.

Third Wind?

Thankfully by the time we entered SBMA there was finally water!  I was also able to get the lone boiled egg left at the station so I was at my second “re-charge.”  With less than 10 kilometers to go I decided to finish strong—500mL of water plus the relaxing terrain, it’s all green for me.  I was even able to set my fastest kilometer of the race between kilometers 36-37 with 4:53 pace!  Could this be considered my “third wind?”

The Home Run

I was running full steam ahead when a van carrying my friends from takbo.ph passed me by.  It happened too fast as they were heading against me, but when I heard them shouted “Go Dennis!” I knew that the worst has passed (for me at least)—it was all just a matter of time and finally I’ll be done!  They were on their way to support fellow members also running the marathon and I’m glad that they were there to support those who needed it more—their presence was enough for me to feel “home.”

I was able to buy a lot of time when I started running from kilometer 36 and was able to pass a lot of runners as there were only a few that remains running at that time (of course the fast ones were probably finished already).  When I looked at how long I was running I discovered that I was easily on my way to a new PR!  All I needed was to maintain pace—easier said than done but luckily I saw a runner running at a consistent pace of about 5:45 so I decided to tag along (without permission).  I knew that if I had done this alone I may take it too easy so even if I sometimes get a little left behind I always strived to keep up—finish strong!

The “Olympian”

Finally the finish line was just a few hundred meters away.  I was so surprised on how it was set up—on an oval track!  We entered from a side some 300 meters from the finish line and to be honest, that was my favorite part of the race!  I felt like an Olympian!  Marathons usually finish in tracks within stadiums during Olympics so I felt just like that—suddenly all that I’ve been through didn’t matter—that was my moment!  And I didn’t just finish it—I finished strong with 5:45 pace to the line at a new PR of 4:36:36 (gun time, self timed) shedding 11 minutes off my previous.

Runners pass through this arch before leading to...

...the finish line

I’m proud of finishing this marathon because it was very “difficult” and I had to get though a lot of games that my mind played.  This was the most “mental” marathon I’ve had and on the physical side I was still able to better myself despite a lot of walking.

Runner 101 finishing SIM

Subic International Marathon 2009 route

Subic International Marathon, “the most prestigious marathon in the Philippines.”  I didn’t realize that running such a “prestigious” event would be this difficult.  If this is what “prestige” means in a race, I may just keep signing up for “less-prestigious” races.  I love running.  I love adventure.  But I don’t like it when I’m not prepared.  Wait, are we the ones who are not prepared?

Some of the takbo.ph “graduates” of SIM, courtesy Rodel (The Argonaut)

Congratulations to all finishers!




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