A sneak peek of the third edition of Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon Race that took place on March 5-6. It started at 10 o’clock on Saturday night, from the KM 0 in Mariveles, Bataan and ended in San Fernando, Pampanga at 4 o’clock on Sunday afternoon.
Running Diva on her way to the finish line at KM 102 in San Fernando, Pampanga.
More STORIES to come about this historic adventure of mine soon! Stay tuned!
I usually thank persons at the end of my post. This time, however, I’d do the opposite. They are, in the first place, the supporting actors who made the running screen alive. Let’s start the ball rolling!
First and foremost, I would like to thank Carmen C. and Raff S., both are runners and multisport enthusiasts, for volunteering to be my support crew. Raff’s previous experiences as a support volunteer during the 2nd edition of BDM 102 greatly helped. Words are not enough to thank you guys but I really appreciated what you did.
To Sir Jovie Narcise a.k.a. Baldrunner, BDM Race Director, for encouraging me to join the PAU races. Your advice I heeded to take it easy during the first 7KM of the race and it paid off during the last stretch of the race. Listen to counsel and accept discipline (from Proverbs) really holds true!
To Ziggy, a runner, strong swimmer, and a triathlete, for volunteering to design and print the BDM T-shirts worn by my support crew during the race. Thanks, too, for the discount, Zig. More clients in the future!
To Dragon BongZ, for donating one case of Gatorade.
To Masters Neil a.k.a. Crashburn and Rachel a.k.a. Eichbar, for the cooler.
To Dhenz a.k.a. Runningpinoy, for your inputs on the route, hydration and food requirements, which are considered important for an ultramarathoner to know.
To Arnel M., our driver, from Filcar Transport Services, who volunteered his time with no hesitation at all.
To fellow ultramarathon runners, for your presence, support and encouragement, especially, during the last 30KM of the race.
To Wap and Doc Toto a.k.a. RunDMD for pacing with me and accompanying me, especially, in areas where it was too dark and somewhat dangerous for lady runners.
To Coaches John Lozada and Rio Dela Cruz for your support and “GO” signal that I could do it. Thank you Coach John for being patient with me.
To my friends and fellow runners from Takbo.ph, thank you so much. Many, many thanks also to Marga a.k.a. Margalicious for the beautiful bouquet of flowers you gave me as I crossed the finish line. What a way to finish, eh? (If you know what I mean?)
To Jonel M. a.k.a. BugoBugo85, Frontrunner Magazine editor, ultramarathoner himself, la la la, for bugging me to join BDM 102. Thanks for believing in me. Same goes to Luis a.k.a. Ginger Bread Man and to Rodel a.k.a. Argonaut for telling me, “O, ikaw naman next year. Kaya mo ‘yun!” (It’s your turn next year. You can do it!)
To Team Boring members Pojie, Gab, Doc Roy, Aron, Ambow Kulit, among others, thank you so much for inviting me to do that long run with you in the wee hours of the morning at the Mall of Asia grounds. It was a great help to conquer my fear of running during those ungodly hours.
To those whom I failed to mention here, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much!
To God be the glory for protecting all runners and keeping them from harm.