Our high school running buddy, Ernie Badong, chalked up an impressive performance at the 2014 edition of the Bataan Death March 102km Ultra held last March 2.
He placed 99th out of 253 finishers (http://baldrunner.com/2014/03/03/official-result-2014-bataan-death-march-102k-ultra-marathon-race/). More importantly, Ernie’s finish time of 15 hours & 37 mins is almost 2 hours better than his previous time which was in the 2012 BDM.
Asked as to what he attributes his remarkable improvement, Ernie rattles off two factors: “Whole day training and Hoka make a big difference.”
Starting January, Ernie trained with fellow 83nean Bob Castilla and the two had weekly bouts of day-long training runs to Antipolo from their Quezon City residences. On the matter of the Hoka, Ernie has this story to tell: “One runner asked me during the BDM if my shoes are Hoka, I said yes. He told me, ok yan para kang naka yapak sa s _ _ _ ng babae pag tumakbo.”
Selfless and bighearted to a fault, Ernie added: “Cyempre sir kasama kayo lahat. Kayo ang may kagagawan nito. Kay Fards, Ed, Bob and sa lahat ng 83neans. Salamat. At di ko rin nakalimutan to pray and bring my rosary with me during the run.”
Congratulations to Ernie and all the finishers of the BDM 102. Kudos also to the Race Director, Bald Runner, and his staff for a good job managing the history-rich ultra event.