The Province of Albay, home of Mayon Volcano, will be hosting its second edition of Mayon 360° Ultramarathon this coming April 21, 2012. This world-class race is an 80km ultramarathon around Mayon Volcano, also known internationally as “A 50-Mile Run around the World’s Most Perfect Coned Volcano”. It is the first ultramarathon event in the Bicol Region, wherein an ultramarathon means a running distance of more than the traditional marathon of 26miles (42.195 kms).
In its second edition, the event will be dubbed as MAGNOLIA PUREWATER MAYON 360° ALBAY ULTRAMARATHON. The change of event name reflects the entry of a major corporate sponsor – Magnolia Purewater, signifying that Magayon Festival events are gaining market traction!
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Runners will be taken across the circumferential scenic mountain side of the Mayon Volcano, through the Pan-Philippine Highway, Sabluyun Road, Karangahan Blvd., and Tabaco-Legazpi Highway, crossing 7 municipalities, 3 cities and 77 barangays of the province of Albay.
I am a witness to this. All you have to do is decide what you want to eat or drink. You can also get a free massage with ice on your cramps!
Through the efforts of the local barangays, runners will be welcomed with aid stations every five kilometers of the race. Local folks along the route will showcase their local hospitality, tourist related info about their barangay, and provide much needed encouragement and support as the runners challenge themselves to finish. This same support at the grassroots barangay level, with close to 700 volunteers, helped the 1st edition of Mayon 360° Ultramarathon won the Philippine’s Best Sports Tourism Event, awarded by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP).
Magnolia Purewater Mayon 360° Albay Ultramarathon will be giving cash prizes of more than P230,000.00 with separate categories for local and international runners. The event is currently the cheapest ultramarathon in the country, with a registration fee of only 850 pesos. Said race is sanctioned by the Philippine Association of Ultrarunners (PAU) as one its official races. A pre-race briefing will be held on April 20, 2012 at 5:00PM at the Albay Provincial Capitol Building, where the participants will be treated to a carbo-loading party. The race, with a 15-hour cut-off, will start at 4:00AM on April 21, 2012 at the Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City.
ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT Tweets!
Along the route.
At the FINISH LINE, you’ll get.
If you are an aspiring BDM Ultrarunner, this race is one, if not the best race to test your limit. It’s also the closest distance one can run near the 102.
For an aspiring BDM 102K runner, Mayon 360 is the best race to test your endurance, and long distance capability. It’s the nearest distance to 102K that can really test your limit and almost mimic the same “hot” condition you’d be experiencing.
Of course, with all due respect to those who can finish a 50K, like T2N in less than 7 hours, or the Tanay 50K in less than 9 hours.
That would be yours truly, Bong Alindada (covered), Doc Sherwin, Totoy (naka.side view) and Ronnel Go (peaking at something).
Come Sunday, the 25th of March, is my mother’s birthday!…
Aside from that, it’s race day for the PAU TANAY 50K.
It’s an ultramarathon on the roller coaster route to Baras, Rizal.
The view is spectacular.
I hope the weather will stay as good, though.
Online weather forecasts says it will be a sunny day – @ 81° F or roughly 27 degrees Celsius. A bit colder than room temperature.
But that’s not the heavy thing.
It’s my weight.
Since BDM 160K, I am now at my heaviest. First time to race at this weight on a long distance.
I used to weigh just below 63 kgs.
I almost always averaged 63 kgs.
…I now weigh 68 kgs. And I don’t think it will change later, tomorrow or on Sunday morning.
God bless me!
Found a race that starts on flat and finishes on a mountain.
It’s a marathon race in Switzerland.See the full course.
Now for those who have not been to it, we do have one here. Once, last year. The PAU 60K Fort Magsaysay to Dingalan, Aurora Ultramarathon. I finished well in that race. Not on top, but within the smiling finishers.
Cut-off was 11 hours. I managed to finish in 10 hours and 27 minutes.
We actually can do this here in Metro Manila. Shotgun FINISH. Whatchusay, David Buban?
…starts a new cycle of training for me.
After thorough research and info gathering around the net over my new training plan, I found it to be just as nice and wise as it should be:
- it’s the right way to go
- it’s injury free
- it’s scientifically proven
I cooked it myself – having consulted my vast experience running. The principle was validated and tested against opinions and discussions among professional coaches.
Of course, this ones specific to me – to my type of running – specifically my pace and strategy.
- I am a negative splitter.
- I am not the typical fast guy.
- I am comfortable with the run-rest-run pattern.
- I am comfortable running under the heat.
This doesn’t mean it can’t apply to you. This also doesn’t mean that you can just copy what I have here.
Basically, the training would start with a base build-up for about 3 or 4 months depending on how consistent I will be. Take note that my body works on low mileage, high intensity work-outs, as opposed to the supposedly apparent idea of high mileage, low intensity one. The 4th or 5th month morphs into a base-LT training, which would include hills, pyramids and quarters on and off the track. I actually do like the roads better than the track oval. Yes, it’s a lot safer on a track, though.
Caveat: Training works well when combined with proper training nutrition, balanced sleeping pattern, and a healthy spirituality.
What do I get after these training?
- More endurance.
- Faster time.
- Leaner body.
By God’s grace, I hope to accomplish all this.
Counting my long distance inventory, I noticed how slow I have been piling up my long distance races.
Imagine, to-date, I only have 12 marathons -and no marathon yet for 2012, and 12 ultramarathons! So few! LOLz
ANR – MOA resumes it’s session tomorrow night. 7:30pm. @ Bayshore corner Seaside Avenue. MOA grounds.
Nice picture, eh?
Last time, in 2010, this event started at 5am. 116 started but 104 finishes only. My time to beat is 7 hours 47 minutes and 50 seconds. I placed #75 back then.
There is a trip via Train to BICOL for the Mayon 360. See below:
Travesia is so near my parent’s house. I used to bike around there to the market place.
Aleth on the left is 1st (Female) Runner Up for the 4th BDM 102K Ultramarathon.
Keshia on the right is Champion (Female) for the 2nd BDM 160K Ultramarathon.
Both are Bored members.
…of these people. They are my friends, and they are my team-BORING-mates!
Wait…let me re-phrase!
They ran and never gave up! Well, some did (oops!).
These guys tested their own will-power.
BORED and ready to cry!
Even the heavens cried!
We have no idea about how they actually felt. What we do know is that they have gone thru a lot of pain – and pushed themselves forward until it’s finished.
Both of the above runners missed the cut-off by no more than 1 hour and 30 ++ minutes.
These guys rock! I feel for them. I know how it is. I am well aware of what they must have gone thru.
Official Finishers as follows:
29 Ma. Aleth Reblora (Female, 2nd) 14:15:40
30 Francisco Delmo 14:19:44
40 Camilo Paran 15:05:39
60 Joey Baladad 15:48:07
119 Paolo Tambo 17:21:57
137 Victor Viola 17:35:17
140 Jose Arthuro Virata 17:39:01
143 Leo Tugade 17:39:15
See the time? Isn’t that worth capturing? You’d never understand how it is to finish a very long race and miss the time by a few minutes …
A finish short of time. A proposal. A celebration. No wonder WE are called crazy…
It’s boring, yes. It’s melo-dramatic. It’s an ultramarathon!
Despite the time – you can all see the happy face.
3 Sadly declared a DNF. All for the sake of their good health – and we respect them for that.
I respect all and everybody else who officially finished – whether fast or slow, but I do shout a big respect and admiration to the people listed above and all those who pushed themselves to finish despite of many things.
I must reiterate.
They ran the same distance. We all started at KM 00. They finished where everybody finished too.
They missed the cut-off, yes.
But they too deserve to celebrate. Sans the banner…sans the medal…sans the trophy…sans the RD…sans the crowd.