The night and day of reckoning is finally upon us this March 3-4, 2012 weekend. Come 9pm this March 3 at the Km 0 marker in Mariveles, Bataan, 191 runners will assemble for the start of the Bataan Death March 102-km ultramarathon. Gun start is 10:15pm sharp.
It is with both pride and joy that I (Bib #667) will be part of that starting group, so will be my 3 Ateneo de Naga HS Batch 1983 classmates: Bob Castilla (Bib #484) , Ernie Badong (Bib #422) and Ruben “Fards” Fajardo (Bib #590).
|83nean runners with Bald Runner at the BDM 102km Ultra briefing March 1, 2012|
Are we ready? No doubt Bob, Ernie and Fards will finish the 102-kms well before the 18-hour cut off time.
How about the “penguin” in the band of brothers? How about runner with Bib # 667? Am I ready?
After two marathons (Singapore & Condura), a 50-km test run (Mariveles to Abucay) , a 52-km bootleg run (Abucay to San Fernando), a handful of half marathons and many long weekend runs in Camp Aguinaldo and South Bay, I think I am a ready. With the help of my fellow 83nean runners, the support of my family and company, the inspiration of fellow runners, and the guidance of the race director, Bald Runner, I will give it my best to finish the BDM 102Km ultra. Yet, I will continue to pray for Divine support and I will ask my friends to pray, too.
But in praying, I will remember the words of St. Augustine of Hippo. To paraphrase the great saint and thinker: “Pray as though everything depended on God. Run as though everything depended on you.”
Action and prayers. Cool combo. Let’s get it on.....................