OFFICIAL RESULTS: 2014 Four Lakes 100/Old Spanish Trail 65

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(Apologies for inadvertently missing #44 on the FL100 tabulation, sleepless for 55 hours straight. Pitfalls of Cheap Timing™. Picture by Arwin Sta. Clara)

 

 

2014 Four Lakes 100/Old Spanish Trail 65

Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines

4:00 AM May 24 – 10:00 AM May 25, 2014

 

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(Event pictures courtesy of the participants, thank you!)

 

The Frenchman cometh and conquered.

This is the underground.

Although a pittance in terms of attendance compared to big-name trail events, FL100 and OST65 saw its biggest attendance in three years inspite of the absence of big-time corporate backing, marketing and information being passed around through word of mouth. Some were returning but most were first-timers. Well, I like it that way so that those who hear about it and eventually join are the ones who will truly prepare for the unknown. Having a small group will mean closer and more personal monitoring of each participant and like I mentioned, the goal of this series is to create a community of runners and friends who really enjoy the activity and not just join for the loot that comes with it.

The races started at 4:00 AM on May 24 and runners entered the trailhead via Talecabcab onto Bundao, the first aid station. Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Seven Up, C2 Green Tea, Milo, Magic Flakes Biscuits, Cloud 9 Chocolates, Great Taste Coffee, Nissin Cup Noodles, Red Dragon Energy Drink, Chippy,  Arroz caldo, boiled eggs, water, apples, oranges, watermelon, grapes, strawberries, peanut butter sandwiches, home-cooked Adobo with potatoes, steamed rice, boiled sweet potatoes and bananas were the items on the menu offered at the tables of the various stations.

The Bundao-Ansipsip-Domolpos trail stretch has been improved by the local government thus the path was widened and it made running possible with chances of injuries widely diminished.

Mount Ugo was the highest point of the event and from there, runners proceeded to Kayapa Proper East Market(KEPM, the lowest point), staffed by Trace Pineda and Wilfredo), via Old Spanish Trail, for the first of four hot meals. The current repair of a bridge, thereby greatly limiting our mobility, on the road leading to KEPM made me decide to forego the 9-hour cutoff at the said station at the same time cancel the first drop bag station. KEPM was the “must-eat-and-drink” station as explained during the briefing.

The Amelong-Labeng and Castillo Stations offered only water. Dayap(manned by volunteer Brian Addams Guleng) served as the first cutoff point and offered the most supplies as well. For 65k runners, this place was anti-climactic as they would only have to tackle a token challenge from here to the finish. A different story lay for the century runners as they have yet to tackle the Ambasa peak not once but twice on their way to the turnaround in Banao. All this under the dark and the chances of rains and fog always a possibility in the area. The good thing is that the trails to Banao were also improved. Gone are the days of slipping endlessly on muddy trails. Banao was headed by volunteer Rollie Dela Cruz – who made Chicken Arroz caldo – and backed by Teacher Leni as well as some other locals who have always been helpful in every event. All 55 who decided to push through from  here eventually made it to the finish officially.

From Banao and under darkness and cold, the remaining survivors made their way back to Dayap for a second time. From here, they climbed and passed the challenging and seemingly endless mossy forest only to exit into the wide expanse of Indupit and ran downhill towards the finish line via an 8-kilometer trail they were previously in the day before, Talecabcab.

Surviving cuts, scrapes and leech bites, a total of 103 entries out of 116 starters(127 registrants, 11 no-shows) made it to the finish line and went home with their souvenirs-a Finisher’s Medal and hand-carved Trophy. A Finisher’s Shirt was given even though it was NOT listed among the things due a finisher in the fineprint of the event details.  Chicken Ginger Stew(Tinolang Manok with Sayote) with piping-hot steamed rice, Chicken Arroz caldo and various other eats and beverages were served unlimited to the participants as they finished.

A trail race doesn’t grow overnight but through it all, the third edition came to pass once again successfully with help from the registration fees of the runners and through the generosity and support of Universal Robina Corporation and Mr. Ed Yonzon, Pepsi-Cola Philippines and Mr. Januarius Padilla, Soleus Philippines and Ms. Judith Staples, Mayor John Balasya of Kayapa, Mayor Victorio Palangdan of Itogon, Mr. Dennis Uy, Atty. James Roldan, Mr. Juan Alberto, Val and Jerry, Mr. Rollie Dela Cruz, Mr. Brian Addams Guleng, Ms. Trace Pineda, Ms. Myla Go, Ms. Juvy Pagtalunan, Ms. Maripaz Buban, Mr. CJ Paran, Marshals Wilfredo, Dindo, Celso, John, Dinggos and Bernardo. Your help is greatly appreciated by all led by yours truly, God bless you.

And yes, the new Four Lakes 100 Course Record was definitively set by the Frenchman, Monsieur Matthieu Rabiller, whose exploits early on I was able to personally witness, more on that some other time. The good weather, improved trail conditions and the superb performance of Rabiller all contributed to the new standard(the 2013 OST Women’s CR was also bettered by the defending champion, the flying Finn, Elina Makilammi). 

The high finish rate, I also believe, was due to the fact that trail converts have started to take trail running seriously.

As announced during the briefing too, I will come up shortly with the new time standards and new schedules(and perhaps new additions)for the 2015 KOTM series. It is my personal belief that we must continue to challenge ourselves in order to improve as trail runners and it will absolutely do us no good if we continue to linger inside our comfort zones. Enough of overly-generous time limits!

For whatever shortcomings we had as your organizing team, please accept my personal apologies. I hope you will continue to embrace the simplicity of our events and take a liking to Kayapa and its people the way I have done. Remember, it is the journey that counts.

Once again, thank you very much for your hardcore support of the homegrown trail running series that is the KING OF THE MOUNTAIN, the underground ultramarathon.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present this year’s roster of finishers.

 

2014 OLD SPANISH TRAIL 65

(Philippines, unless otherwise indicated)

Cutoff Time 18:00:00 Hours

48 Finishers/52 Starters = 92.3%

 

  1. Al Tellias, 9:07:04 Overall Champion
  2. Mark Villafuerte, 9:25:24 1st Runner-up
  3. Danilo Macairap, 10:25:40 2nd Runner-up
  4. Stephen Felices, 10:58:00
  5. Reto Raimann(Switzerland), 12:22:14
  6. Adonis Lloren, 12:33:12
  7. Elina Makilammi(Finland), 12:51:20 Women’s Champion/Course Record
  8. Christian Pabatao, 12:51:26
  9. Carlo Calpito, 13:33:10
  10. Gemar Ibao, 13:36:52
  11. Jeff Poblete, 13:44:13
  12. Arwin Sta. Clara, 14:30:12
  13. Glenn Anthony Magnayon, 14:55:10
  14. Lendl Reyes, 15:06:44
  15. Ed Yonzon, 15:12:55
  16. Adel Laking, 15:23:38 Women’s 1st Runner-up
  17. Bren Bulso 15:23:39
  18. Edrick Nicdao, 15:23:40
  19. Karlene Sebastian, 15:25:54 Women’s 2nd Runner-up
  20. CJ Escandor, 15:49:37
  21. Earn Tian Teo(Malaysia), 16:16:48
  22. Robert Quiazon, 16:16:48
  23. Han Bin Tan(Malaysia), 16:16:49
  24. Jazz Paringit 16:25:20
  25. Ador Sietereales, 16:35:26
  26. Fernando Balane, 16:35:30
  27. Rodell Mendoza, 16:35:32
  28. Paola Joyce Ronquillo, 17:00:00
  29. Nick Pasiken, 17:00:02
  30. Randy Miranda, 17:05:01
  31. Joyce Regalado, 17:11:30
  32. Wilson, 17:14:35
  33. Gerson Yuson, 17:14:56
  34. Kathleen Fresnido, 17:14:58
  35. George Ged-ang, Jr., 17:15:20
  36. Tess Leono, 17:17:08
  37. Manny Ocampo, 17:17:09
  38. I-Yin Chang(Malaysia), 17:23:38
  39. Ann Chua(Malaysia), 17:23:39
  40. Ricardo Mallari, 17:26:10
  41. Jorell Paringit, 17:35:00
  42. Roxanne Maquinto, 17:35:01
  43. Ro Anne Jervoso, 17:36:32
  44. Rowena Valencia, 18:46:42
  45. Danny Añonuevo, 19:13:24
  46. Jerome Ventura, 21:35:31
  47. Ceasar Aquino, 21:35:33
  48. Migo Limos, 21:35:35

 

2014 FOUR LAKES 100

(Philippines, unless otherwise indicated)

Cutoff Time 30:00:00 Hours

55 Finishers/64 Starters = 85.9%

 

TIME SPLITS  Aid Station 4, Km 35 KAYAPA PROPER EAST MARKET by Trace Pineda

 

  1. Marcelo, 3:53:17
  2. James, 3:53:18
  3. Matthieu, 4:31:10
  4. Jhonley, 4:48:22
  5. Rory, 4:48:43
  6. Raffy, 5:02:12
  7. Kenneth, 5:11:13
  8. Thumbie, 5:11:22
  9. Jon, 5:11:32
  10. Almelito, 5:20:16
  11. Robert, 5:26:12
  12. Romualdo, 5:30:21
  13. Xerxis, 5:38:54
  14. Edmund, 5:41:13
  15. Hiroyuki, 5:45:54
  16. Jonathan, 5:49:51
  17. Patrick, 5:50:25
  18. Ronnel, 5:51:09
  19. Erwhin, 5:57:05
  20. Earl, 5:58:50
  21. Ariel, 5:58:54
  22. Amos, 6:12:40
  23. Andrew, 6:12:45
  24. Marc, 6:12:55
  25. Budiman, 6:15:43
  26. Allan, 6:18:02
  27. Romulo, 6:19:16
  28. Terence, 6:22:47
  29. Benj, 6:32:49
  30. Bong, 6:32:52
  31. Kevin, 6:36:57
  32. Roy S., 6:37:23
  33. Soh, 6:43:12
  34. Siew, 6:43:49
  35. Swee, 6:44:12
  36. Frederick, 6:45:13
  37. Orland, 6:45:53
  38. Chito, 6:50:02
  39. Francis, 6:59:04
  40. Randy, 6:59:09
  41. Mac, 7:19:17
  42. Camilo, 7:19:17
  43. Louie, 7:19:17
  44. Melbourne, 7:19:17
  45. Elmer, 7:21:34
  46. Paolo, 7:35:20
  47. Tiffany, 7:35:40
  48. Chuan, 7:35:49
  49. Ernest, 7:35:51
  50. Juancho, 7:41
  51. Philip, 7:41
  52. Alvin, 7:45
  53. Reza, 7:50
  54. David, 7:51
  55. Myla, 7:52
  56. Wilnar, 7:53
  57. Roy O., 7:53
  58. Chinky, 7:53
  59. Michael, 7:55
  60. Jonathan, 8:09
  61. Jinkee, 8:12
  62. Harold, 8:12
  63. Jose Mari, 8:19
  64. Hoe, 8:24

 

TIME SPLITS Aid Station 7, Km 56 DAYAP PRIMARY SCHOOL Cutoff 16:00:00 Hours by Brian Adams Guleng

 

  1. Marcelo, 7 hours, 45 minutes
  2. Matthieu, 8:01
  3. James, 8:12 DNF
  4. Raffy, 9:35
  5. Jhonley, 9:50
  6. Rory, 9:51
  7. Jon, 10:11
  8. Thumbie, 10:17
  9. Kenneth, 10:21
  10. Robert, 10:35
  11. Romualdo, 11:11
  12. Xerxis, 11:27
  13. Hiroyuki, 11:28
  14. Jonathan, 11:37
  15. Earl, 11:39
  16. Almelito, 11:41
  17. Edmund, 11:50
  18. Romulo, 11:51
  19. Marc, 11:52
  20. Ariel, 12:14
  21. Andrew, 12:14
  22. Erwhin, 12:14
  23. Patrick, 12:18
  24. Amos, 12:29
  25. Terence, 12:30
  26. Roy S., 13:12
  27. Benj, 13:14
  28. Budiman, 13:14
  29. Allan, 13:14
  30. Ronnel, 13:18 DNF
  31. Frederick, 13:18
  32. Orland, 13:31
  33. Siew, 13:36
  34. Swee, 13:36
  35. Elmer, 13:41
  36. Francis, 13:42
  37. Randy, 13:42
  38. Chito, 13:46
  39. Soh, 13:47
  40. Alvin, 14:00
  41. 14:07
  42. Kevin, 14:09
  43. Melbourne, 14:12
  44. Camilo, 14:14
  45. Louie, 14:14
  46. Paolo, 14:15
  47. Tiffany, 14:16
  48. Philip, 14:17
  49. Juancho, 14:17
  50. 14:17
  51. Bong, 14:18
  52. Mac, 14:23
  53. Chuan, 14:46 DNF
  54. Ernest, 14:46 DNF
  55. Michael, 14:48
  56. Roy O., 15:01
  57. Wilnar 15:01
  58. Myla, 15:01
  59. David, 15:02
  60. Jinkee, 15:14
  61. Harold, 15:14
  62. Jonathan, 15:45
  63. Hoe, 15:48 DNF
  64. Jose Mari, 15:59

 

 

 

 

TIME SPLITS  Aid Station 8, Km 69 BANAO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL by Rollie Dela Cruz

Arrival Time/Departure Time

 

  1. Matthieu, 9 hours, 45 minutes/9:48
  2. Marcelo, 10:12/10:24
  3. Raffy, 12:08/12:19
  4. Jhonley, 12:13/12:25
  5. Robert, 12:42/12:45
  6. Jon, 12:43/12:45
  7. Rory, 12:44/12:51
  8. Thumbie, 12:48/12:49
  9. Kenneth, 13:12/13:23
  10. Hiroyuki, 14:02/14:12
  11. Xerxis, 14:15/14:24
  12. Romualdo, 14:16/14:24
  13. Jonathan, 14:26/14:32
  14. Earl, 14:32/14:39
  15. Romulo, 14:59/15:24
  16. Almelito, 14:59/15:32
  17. Marc, 15:00/15:25
  18. Erwhin, 15:14/15:25
  19. Patrick, 15:19/16:07
  20. Ariel, 15:26/16:07
  21. Andrew, 15:26/16:07
  22. Terence, 15:26/16:08
  23. Edmund, 16:06/17:09
  24. Amos, 16:10/17:09
  25. Elmer, 16:57/17:10
  26. Swee, 17:13/17:37
  27. Siew, 17:13/17:37
  28. Roy S., 17:14/17:37
  29. Soh, 17:16/17:39
  30. Benj, 17:30/18:07
  31. Budiman, 17:30/18:07
  32. Frederick, 17:30/18:07
  33. Chito, 17:52/18:07
  34. Alvin, 17:55/18:32
  35. Allan, 17:55/18:32
  36. Orland, 17:55/18:32
  37. Paolo, 18:00/18:18
  38. Randy, 18:02/18:35
  39. Francis, 18:02/18:35
  40. Louie, 18:37/19:16
  41. Camilo, 18:37/19:16
  42. Kevin, 18:37/19:21
  43. Juancho, 18:38/19:16
  44. Melbourne, 18:38/19:16
  45. Philip, 18:38/19:16
  46. Mac, 18:38/19:16
  47. Tiffany, 18:40/19:16
  48. Orland, 19:08/19:19
  49. Wilnar, 19:44/20:04
  50. Myla, 19:45/20:04
  51. Roy O., 19:45/20:04
  52. Jonathan, 19:56/20:09
  53. David, 20:19 DNF
  54. Jinkee, 20:19/20:39
  55. Chinky, 20:19 DNF
  56. Bong, 20:19 DNF
  57. Harold, 20:21/20:39
  58. Jose Mari, 20:32/20:40

 

 

 

 

FINAL RESULTS

(2013 FL100 Course Record Joel Bengtay, 15:57:10)

 

  1. Matthieu Rabiller(France), 13:35:10 OVERALL CHAMPION/COURSE RECORD
  2. Marcelo Bautista, 15:34:18(broke 2013 Course Record) 1st Runner-up
  3. Raffy Gabotero, 17:10:10, 2nd Runner-up
  4. Robert Watson (Australia), 17:14:05
  5. Jhonley Ballesteros, 17:48:42
  6. Thumbie Remigio, 17:58:22
  7. Jon Las Bruce, 18:39:10
  8. Kenneth Lim Kooi Hong(Singapore), 18:57:40
  9. Hiroyuki Matsuda(Japan), 19:55:50
  10. Rory Ko(Malaysia), 19:56:07
  11. Xerxis Tan, 20:03:02
  12. Earl Warren Navor, 21:25:15
  13. Jonathan Colao, 21:26:41
  14. Romualdo Calbes, 21:28:15
  15. Marc Conrad Molina, 21:30:52
  16. Erwhin Balingit, 21:49:50
  17. Patrick Aquino, 22:29:20
  18. Almelito Casas, 23:04:18
  19. Romulo Doctolero, 23:04:18
  20. Ariel Aquino, 23:48:22
  21. Andrew Aquino, 23:48:28
  22. Terence Chen(Singapore), 24:38:20
  23. Edmund Cura, 25:27:45
  24. Amos Adalim, 25:28:10
  25. Swee Kiah Khor(Malaysia), 25:28:36
  26. Siew Shen Leong(Malaysia), 25:40:00 Women’s Champion
  27. Soh Chon Huei(Malaysia), 25:40:02
  28. Paolo Osmeña Jacinto, 25:54:03
  29. Elmer Parazo, 26:19:38
  30. Orland Beltran, 26:55:55
  31. Kevin Jeff Jauod, 26:56:04
  32. Roy Salingay, 26:57:22
  33. Budiman Kamaruzzaman(Malaysia),  26:57:44
  34. Chito Carreon, 26:58:01
  35. Frederick Tupaz, 27:00:05
  36. Benj Termulo, 27:07:52
  37. Allan Ordaniel, 27:07:53
  38. Alvin Remo, 27:29:10
  39. Michael Dauz, 27:53:20
  40. Myla Go, 27:55:35 Women’s 2nd Runner-up
  41. Wilnar Iglesia, 27:55:35
  42. Roy Ochavo, 27:55:35
  43. Tiffany Ng(Singapore), 27:58:00 Women’s 3rd Runner-up
  44. Randy Racho, 28:10:02
  45. Francis Rojas, 28:14:49
  46. Juancho Padua, 28:29:44
  47. Camilo Kagaoan, Jr., 28:30:40
  48. Philip Sanchez, 28:33:48
  49. Mac Adversalo, 28:36:32
  50. Louie Espiritu, 28:36:33
  51. Melbourne Pastor, 28:36:34
  52. Jonathan Moleta, 28:38:05
  53. Jinkee Guerrero , 28:43:29
  54. Harold Lorete, 28:42:30
  55. Jose Mari Molejon, 29:18:46

HAPPY TRAILS!

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