1st Taal Volcano 360 100K Ultramarathon

If I can describe Taal360 100K Ultramarathon in to a few words it would be “Brutal Awesome.” Ranked 8th overall with the time of 16hrs 33mins.

Last year, I began to dream about the potential of racing 100km only which is now a dream come true and I finished three 100km races. I wanted to do something different. However, that is a difficult thing if you see no opportunity. On the other hand, it is hard not to try when you think you can do something when you have a chance to success, even though it is often hazardous to strike out on one’s own. 

People told me that it can become emotional and I could not understand, but there is something that 100km does deep within you. It’s an amazing feeling that has me want to go back for more 100km races. Now I am preparing for another race and adding more miles 160km or 100miles.

Thanks for all the support and kind words of encouragement. First, to Team Prince Multisports RD Prince Baltazar and all his staff for giving their weekend time to support us in every intersection and hydration station. To my support team Carlos and Bonjing this would not be possible without your support you know all the drill in my races. To my family and my wife, I want to congratulates you on your 10K race and to my No.1 fans my son Elijah, another trophy along side with your Lego collections.

“What you are afraid of is never as bad as what you imagine. The fear you let build in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exist.”

Let the photos tells the story of my journey to 1st Taal Volcano 360 100K ultramarathon.

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Starting Line at the Talisay, Batangas Municipal Hall

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Reaching 20 kilometer mark and ranked 4th overall

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Looks like already finish line with all those banderitas. with George Landayan

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Now i have reached the town of TAAL.

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I love this place spanish old houses and friendly people greeted us.

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Beautiful houses in Taal. Bonjing with my nephew Carlos my support crew. Good Job guys!!!

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just reached 60 kilometer marked with RD Prince Baltazar and his support staff. Good job guys and Happy Birthday RD Prince Baltazar!

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Beautiful Taal Basilica Church. Asia’s largest catholic church.

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Energised because of this beautiful old spanish houses.

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changed running gear as the heat of the sun already greeted us.

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it was so hot that i had to rest every 15minutes and hydrate.

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rest + water + rest + walk = more miles

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We are able to support this runner as his support vehicles is nowhere to be found

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more rest every 15 minutes.

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My heart rate was so high because of the heat. I went and grabbed all the ice i could dump it inside my kit to lower down my core temperature.

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We just reached 90 kilometer marked. My support keep on sprinkling cold water to lower down my temperature.

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Great scenery but can’t escape the heat.

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Great scenery but can’t escape the heat.

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i love this shot. good shot Carlos

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I had to sleep for a while atleast 5minutes so tired and sleepy sleepy sleepy! Thank you ATE VILMA SANTOS-RECTO.

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More power walk just to reached the finish line with George Landayan.

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Thank you Prince Baltazar for this beautiful route surely will come back for Taal100miles.

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My nephew Carlos, Me, and Bonjing. Certified Southsiderunner!!!

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Ranked 8th overall

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Few tips for those who will run this road.

1. Always have your own hydration bottle to sustain you before reaching the assigned Aid Station.

2. Do not treat this 100K ultramarathon from your previous 50K ultramarathon. Discipline are both different.

3. Make a plan on how you will run the first half and the remaining kilometers.

4. Make sure you have the right running gear as a protection from the heat of the sun. Like running hat, sleeves, sunglasses, this will lessen bright light and lessen the heat.

5. Make sure your support crew knows the drill in supporting you specially what you need.

6. Learn to run conservatively this will take you to finish line without injury.

7. Be sensible about what your body is telling you.

8. Be honest to yourself when to declare DNF to prevent more harm to your body.

9. Never compare yourself to other runner. Just run the way you planned to finish the race.

10. Run to finish the race, time is just secondary.

Motivation

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“A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. And as he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts; ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of the hidden powers and possibilities within himself.”