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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..

March 7, 2014

2014 BDM 102: “Superior!”

EmoticonOur 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.   



  1. Thank you BP! Sayang we weren't able to run together. Before the run, I was thinking I will never be a goat out of 250 plus runners Hahahaha! Our weekly training runs at Camp A and long runs with Bob helped a lot which made me feel strong and ready. It was tough and hard.Sobrang init! Luckily I finished safe and sound. Thank you Lord! Thank you Fards, Bob and Ed for the support. Thank you 83neans, my family and friends for the prayers and well wishers. Thank you BP! Ikaw ang may kagagawan ng lahat ng ito! Its your turn next year at the 7th Edition Hehehe Superior!

  2. An inspiring example indeed Mr. Badong.