Posts Tagged ‘The North Face 100

13
May
16

TNF100 (Philippines) 2016 Official Race Results

The official race results for TNF100 Philippines 2016 is now available online via thrillofthetrail.ph.  You may also generate your own finisher’s certificate here.

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09
May
16

TNF100 2016 Chronicles: Outtakes

My TNF100 2016 Chronicles would not be complete without the stories behind the scenes, before and after the race.  This is also where I got to look back at the event and note my observations and lessons learned.

Camp John Hay

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06
May
16

TNF100 2016 Chronicles: Homecoming

It was 2010 when The North Face 100 (TNF100) was first staged in Baguio.  It was also the last time I joined.  This year, they’re returning to Baguio—and so am I!  And this is my story.

The improved TNF100 race marker, now with reflectors

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02
May
16

The Race to Outdoor Revolution – TNF 100 2016

[Press Release] Boundaries.  They’re made to be broken.  This is the mantra of those who never stop exploring and pushing themselves to their limits.  This is the mantra of the participants of the TNF 100 2016.

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17
Oct
12

Lahar Chronicles: Columbia Eco Trail Run Pinatubo Encounter

It was another sleepless race—that’s one of the downsides of having an out of town race.  But it doesn’t matter—what matters is that after two years, I’ll be back onto one of my favorite trail routes of all time: the lahar fields of Mt. Pinatubo!

The surreal view of the lahar fields

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21
Jan
11

2010 in Pictures

2010 was the year running took a backseat from my list of activities, but in between my great hiatus there were some interesting events that transpired.  Here’s a look back at how 2010 was for me:

January

The highlight for the first month of 2010 was my return to running with a 50K test run of the Bataan Death March (BDM) Ultramarathon (first 50K of the actual route).

With our support crew (courtesy Gail Consolacion)

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07
May
10

TNF100 2010 Chronicles: Post Race Hurrah (Part 5)

After a successful TNF100 campaign the next agenda on our list was to eat and freshen up!  Who needs rest after a hundred kilometers of trail? 😛

Goofing around right after finishing: the 100K guys Ronald, Me, and Pat with the 50K gals Ellen, Tracy, and Carly. They woke up early just to see us finish. Thank you ladies! Photo courtesy Jairuz Agang-ang

What I love about Baguio City was that practically everywhere was just a ride away—a taxi ride away!  After freshening up back at our transient home (via taxi of course, we had our daily quota of walking done already) we were once again on our way back to Burnham Park to eat (try the Bulalo and barbecue right behind the park) and then watch the awarding ceremonies.

Club 100K: Nao, Ronald, Me, Pat, and Chris together with our good friend Craig

For the 100K finishers

I would like to congratulate our friends who not only conquered their respective races but also had a podium finish: Nao Checa and Odessa Coral, 7th and 9th Female 100K, respectively; Jairuz Agang-ang, 10th Male 50K; Joyce Pacquing and Carly Dizon, 4th and 9th Female 50K, respectively.

Congratulations as well to all my “kabsat” as well:

100K: Wilnar Iglesia • Chris Cornejo • Ric Cabusao, Jr. • Isko Lapira
• Ronald Declarador • Jonel Mendoza • Pat Alcomendas • George Dolores

50K: Rhoderick Guieb • Rodel Cuaton
• Ellen Encinares • Tracy Carpena • Ellen Castillo

Indeed this year’s TNF100 is one of the most organized races I’ve ever had and certainly one that would be remembered for its epic difficulty.  It was a Very Good race on a perfect location with excellent routes.  My verdict: 4.5/5.

First 30K route via GF405 and Google Earth

Last Supper: Slaughter

Fast forward to dinner.  By its reputation and curious name, we arrived at this place:

Yes you read it right, Sto. Niño Slaughter! This place used to be a site of a slaughter house, thus the name but is now called Balajadia, where a similarly named restaurant is located; another must try on my list.Where it’s located

Homeward-Bound

Monday, April 26, 2010, our last day in beautiful Baguio.  Since we only had time for a few stops we opted to go to the market first to buy some souvenirs (aside from Ube and Strawberry Jam, Peanut Brittles from Pangasinan are excellent!) and then have lunch near our bus terminal, where another pleasant surprise awaited us.

Time to go home, our transient home in the background

My lunch! Rice with Pizza, Chicken, Steak, Vegetables, Spaghetti

Tracy’s ginormous club sandwich

Ronald and Carly’s specialty coffee

The gang: Ronald, Carly, Tracy, Ellen, and Me

Glenn 50’s Diner: Two thumbs up! Excellent food with huge servings, great value for money—our perfect last lunch at Baguio City

Departing for the bus terminal (dark because of the blackout when we were about to leave)

Thank you Baguio City! We’ll surely be back!

Baguio City is definitely one of my favorite destinations in the country so far.  It is probably the most tourist-friendly city I’ve been to in the Philippines and the weather is simply excellent.  I sure hope though that nature will always be a part of this beautiful city.  I’ll be looking forward for my next visit!

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