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I am a Bicolano by birth and choice. By any standards, I am a slow runner but I like it that way. I look at running as a healthy and exciting way to make a difference. Together with my fellow runners from our family, school, office and the community, we use running to give back..

September 9, 2019

2019 STADTLAUFER SORSOGON MARATHON: The Gospel of Running


"Matthew 18:20  For when two or three are gathered unto my Name, there I am in their midst." 

Got to quote from the Bible when I was requested by Race Director Zenik Chavez to have the opening prayer for the program before the start of the 2019 Stadtlaufer Sorsogon Marathon last Aug 25.  It was an impromptu request and I had no choice but to improvise. 

July 16, 2019

ULO NG APO MARATHON: Basag na Tuhod


"Basag na tuhod!"

A fellow runner blurted out to me as we crossed paths along the rolling hills into the  Iram resettlement area. With a lithe built and long legs,  he looked like a veteran runner that eats long distance runs for breakfast, but the use of these words and the exasperated tone of his voice belied the image.  The marathon course had defeated him and only a sliver of his pride was keeping him from quitting the race.     At that point in the backroads of Iram settlement area, we still had roughly 10 kilometers to  go before we finished the full 42 kms .  He then added - "Parang Ultra ito. Hindi marathon." Such was the rigorous affair that is the Ulo ng Apo Marathon.  It inspired dread and respect among majority of its marathon participants. Save for a sprinkling of elite runners, many did find the route very challenging.

July 5, 2019

RUN FOR JOJIE: Coming Together for a Comrade in Sole


"No one fights alone!  Together we ran for Jojie."

These are words printed on the main tarpaulin in the SM Naga front yard as the fun run called "Run For Jojie" was underway on that breezy Sunday morning of June 30.  Truly, at that point in time, Jojie was not alone as there were more than a hundred runners present and raring to start in a fun run named after him.  Maybe even a canine or 2. Certainly, a ton of runners came out to show their solidarity for a fellow addict of running. A comrade in sole, so to speak.

May 31, 2019

TP50: Tarlac my 17th Province


There were more than a handful of marathons and ultras held in late April and early May.  But it was the Tarlac to Pampanga 50K Ultramarathon (TP50) that the Bicolano Penguin joined.  The appeal of TP50 was two-fold.