At 2:23 am this December 23 morning, I texted Bob Castilla, Ernie Badong and Ruben “Fards” Fajardo inquiring about the test run.
The three 83neans were participating in a 58-km test run from San Fernando, Pampanga (Km 102) to Capas, Tarlac (Km 160) organized by the Bald Runner (Ret. Gen. Jovie Narcise) mostly for the Bataan Death March 160-km ultra marathon scheduled for the last week of January 2013. Fards and Ernie have registered and will run this 160-km ultra.
|Ernie and Fards with Bob, our ultra path finder|
At 2:48 am, I received a text from Bob : “Done already. Waiting for Fards and Ernie.”
At 3:50 am, a text from Fards: “Successfully hurdled the test run.”
At 3:53 am, Ernie’s text read: “Just finished the test run in 9hrs and 56 mins. Cut off time is 12 hrs. Miss ka namin.”
At 4:02 am, I texted to all 3 : “Galing.”
At 4:03 am, Fards responded for him and Ernie: ”Nilakaran naming last 10 kms.”
The last text speaks volume.
It tells me that Fards and Ernie are ready for the 2013 BDM 160-km ultra, the biggest of all kahunas in the local ultra running world. They are not yet satisfied with their performance and this thirst will fuel them some more and prove to be pivotal in their quest.
A quest that will have them follow in full the heroic footsteps of the original Bataan Death March veterans.
|Ernie and Fards with the Bald Runner and a handful of military runners at Km 102 in San Fernando|