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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..

April 9, 2013

2013 MAYON 360 ULTRA PRE-RACE BRIEFING: Familiar & Friendly Faces

As the 3 of us 83neans (Allen, Ernie, and me)  entered the People’s Hall of the Albay Capitol for the Pre-Race Briefing, we were greeted with familiar and smiling  places from the uber friendly ultra running community. 

This is one thing I enjoyed about ultra running  -   the spirit of camaraderie.   From our race director, the indefatigable Bald Runner to steady BDM veterans like Lao Ogerio, Alfred de los Reyes, Randy Rubio, Val Caro and Kharl Ocampo, to Bicol-based road runners like Mariano Basagre, Brando Bueno and Joji Asis,  to fellow row 4 ultra runners like Lyra Rosario, Luzel Franco and Arianne Ortega, ultra runners have this affable  aura, no doubt honed by the realization that out there on the lonely long distance roads one needs friendly faces.    
With the Bald Runner. Looking forward to acquiring a PAU shirt

Randy, Ernie, BR, Allen, BP and Lao

Allen, BP, Lao, Joji and Ernie hamming it up
In addition, I was able to meet friends for the first time in person.  One of them is Gia Estrella who I have been in communication with via emails for almost a year already.  She knew my dad from work and we found a common interest in running.  
With Gia

Running is truly a great venue to meet friends. And the longer the distance, as in ultra running, the more buddies you get to commune with.

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