Posts Tagged ‘Subic

16
Jun
17

Lost and Found

I was in the midst of covering the 2017 Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay when a lapse of judgment caused me to break my phone and lose my recently taken photos with it.  Months later, I was able to revive my phone and was glad to recover the shots I thought would be lost forever.

One of the photos I took while running; until now I don’t know what this ship docked in Alava Pier is…

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18
Apr
16

Race Recap: Salomon X-Trail Run 2016

I had forgotten when I last ran the trails so when the opportunity to do so came, I quickly grabbed the opportunity.  Knowing the past editions of Salomon X-Trail, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy—and it really wasn’t as we all figured out.

The 32K participants awaiting their gun start

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14
Apr
16

Salomon X-Trail Run 2016 Race Results and Photos

The race results and photos from Salomon X-Trail Run 2016 Subic is now available via Salomon Philippines Facebook page.  You may find the race results here and the finish line photos here and here.

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Right after crossing the finish line, still fresh from the mud pit 😀
(Courtesy Salomon Philippines on Facebook)

Congratulations to all the finishers! 😀

11
Apr
16

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016: Running the Path of Most Resistance

Leading trail running brand Salomon gathers over a thousand runners and outdoor enthusiasts for an incredible action-packed weekend

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10
Mar
16

Borlain Sisters Sweeped Alaska Ironkids Triathlon Subic

Sisters Franchezka, Tara, and Samantha Borlain sweeped the girls 06 to 08, 11 to 12, and 13 to 14 age categories, respectively at the recently concluded Alaska Ironkids Triathlon held at the Wow Recreation & Activity Center, Subic last March 05, 2016.  The girls 09 to 10 age category went to Kira Ellis.

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The day started quite early for these kids

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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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