The Bicolano Penguin is raring to do the 50-km test run for the Bataan Death March (BDM) ultra this coming Saturday. Just take a look at the pictures below.
For the 2012 edition of the 102-km BDM ulta, the Bald Runner, in his age-old wisdom, has scheduled two 50-km test runs, one each this January and February. Surely, the 2012 BDM ultra aspirants will benefit from these test runs. The first one for January will be mostly a run under the dark sky as the start is 10 pm at Mariveles, Bataan . The finish of the test run will be at the Municipality of Abucay in the same province.
Given that this is a night run, the Energizer headlight (courtesy of my CIC) will be most helpful. No doubt the Energizer AA batteries of the headlight will prove durable to last beyond the 8 hours it would take me to finish the 50 kms.
For the first 50-km test run this Saturday, I will have the luxury of joining my eager Ateneo de Naga HS Batch 1983 classmates Ruben “Fards” Fajardo, Ernie Badong and Bob Castilla. This will be the first ultra distance run of Ernie, the 2nd for Fards, 3rd for me and the 9th for our 2011 BDM veteran Bob. Another 83nean runner, Ed Balcueva, promised to be with our support vehicle.
Wish us luck in this night running adventure. May all the BDM ultra participants have a safe run. And if ever we encounter ghostly phantoms in the night run, may they be the malevolent spirits of the original Bataan Death March heroes.
Carpe diem. Carpe noctem...................