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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..

November 2, 2013


Emoticon200 kilometers  in  48 hours or less in a single stage from Subic Freeport, Olongapo City to Alaminos, Pangasinan. This is the daunting challenge the WC200SS Ultra offered. Just thinking about the magnitude is making me thirsty. 

For us mere mortals, 200 kms is already the equivalent of a month’s worth of running.  It would seem there are many demi-gods in the local running community and 44 of these extraordinary individuals answered the starting gun of the inaugural WC200SS at 4am in the morning of November 1, 2013 at the Remy Field Oval Track in Subic.  Target destination is the finish line at the Port of Barangay Lucap in Alaminos.

In roughly 33 hours after the start, we know of the top 5 finishers.  The info is courtesy of our classmate Ruben Fajardo who was monitoring the developments in the ultra race.

1st  Roberto Abad         -31 hrs, 5 mins & 34 secs.                           
2nd Alfred Delos Reyes -32 hrs, 52 mins & 7 secs.
3rd  Wilnar Iglesia        -32 hrs, 52 mins & 8 secs.
4th  Henry Laron          -33 hrs, 12 mins & 59 secs.
5th  Bob Castilla         -33 hrs & 13 mins & 0 sec.              

Complete official results of the WC200SS are available at the website of the Race Director, Ret. Gen. Jovenal Narcise aka Bald Runner (http://baldrunner.com/2013/11/06/official-result-2nd-west-coast-200k-multi-day-stage-ultra-marathon-race/).

We of course have the 5th finisher in bold letters as he is our very own. Bob is a member of the Ateneo de Naga HS Class of 1983.  He is, by far, the best and most enduring runner  among the  83neans. Being part of the Top 5, Bob is in select company. The 2nd and 3rd finishers of the 2013 WC200SS are champions of the Bataan Death March 160K ultra. The accomplishment of Bob becomes more extraordinary when taking into consideration that he did not have a dedicated support vehicle and crew for this running adventure.  

Gratulatione. Felicidades. Kompliman. Selamat  and congratulations in a hundred more languages to all the participants  of the WC200SS and its Race Director.  You are to be commended for pushing further the ultra running envelope in our country.Emoticon


Bicolano Penguin has requested Bob to write about this ultra adventure. In due time, we will have it posted in this blog.    


  1. Congratz Bob! Lintian! Malupet Superior The Best and Oragon ka!

  2. Thanks Ernie, BP, Fards, Art, Ed, Jobel & Ghibz!

  3. Your welcome Bob. We are proud of you. May your example inspire us your fellow 83neans to endeavor for longer distances and greater achievements.