Monday, February 27, 2012


VINTA 50k Ultramarathon held last February 26, 2012 in Zamboanga City was sponsored by the FrontRUNNER Hardcore Events, Garden Orchid Hotel and Zamboanga Runners Club.

Here are some details about the Vinta 50K Ultramarathon:

Registration fees:
Solo: PHP 950 (inclusive of finisher’s medal and shirt and post-race meal)
Relay: PHP 500/Runner (inclusive of singlet and post-race meal)
Registration starts on January 10, 2012 and ends on February 17, 2012

Solo / Relay(per team of 2, same or mixed gender)
Cutoff Time: Nine (9:00:00) hours

Start and Finish:
Garden Orchid Hotel, Camins Avenue, Zamboanga City
: Garden Orchid Hotel-Guiwan-Putik-Divisoria-Boalan-Culianan-Cabaluay-Lanote and back to Garden Orchid Hotel
Actually, I'd like to share a happy facet during the Ultramarathon and this is in one water station where my friends were involved in!

Come to think about it -- 50 kilometers IS 50 kilometers!

So it is inspiring to see people cheer inspite all the heat, sweat, pain and weariness.

When Doc Maya requested me to ask Reg to brighten the Water Station at La Tienda at about noontime of February 26, I was wondering if Reg would really do it. I asked Doc Maya the theme and said it was the Vinta

Reg obliged willingly and seems prepared for the event. Together with Jean and Malyn, the three (all from Ciudad Medical Zamboanga!) added color to the Water Station! Thanks to to Chief Leizel, who acted as photographer and daughter Pia, who added life to the day!!!

aren't they prepared for the Vinta Run?!

all set to cheer
Go, Go, Go!!! - from our little cheerer

Here is the water station!
Over here is the WATER STATION!!!

waving to the runners as they arrive!

Here comes the runners.

Surprised!!!...They must be happy to see the cheerers!!!!

Service de luxe.
Others stopped and thought it was free tasting or something for sale from La Tienda, but no!... the Gatorade is for the runners!

Love the SMILE = as if he didn't run that far!

Massage as in "Haplas!" from Manang!

Manang does her thing!!!

Pose with the runners.
And they have retained their "composure" inspite of the superheat that noon! One of the hottest days, they say!!!

Astig pa rin!

Still smiling... a few more kilometers to go!

Great job!

The ladies also do a great job! (Doc Maya arrives)

This is Kathyrn Kuan (KatZ) who made it 7th as a solo marathon runner and brought pride to the ladies when she arrived 6:21:42 hours at the finish line. She came back to the Water Station just to boost the other runners.

Doc Lottie (not in picture since she passed the station at dawn) together with "panggâ", Mark made it to 6th place for the relay finishing with an impressive 7:29:21 hours.

Doc Maya also joined the relay and finished 10th together with partner Shiralee Pajarito when they arrived 8:05:49 hours at the finish line.
Way to go Doc them how it is to be GOLDEN!!!

This was a SUPER challenging day for the Zamboanga runners and it was a "fun run" for us cheerers here in the La Tienda water station!!!

List of the Top 15 solo ultramarathoners

1.       1.                         John Topia
2.                  Abelardo Mahinay Jr
3.                  Daniel Earl Celis
4.                  Herman Pabillaran
5.                  Dante Adorador
6.                  Chubby de Leon
7.                  Kathryn Kuan                       F
8.                  Mario Manginsay
9.                  Elton John Lagmay
10.              Ryan Piguez
List of the chosen Top relay marathoners

1.        1.                    Melvin Mari
            Jhay Ralph Alaban

6.                  Mark Uy
            Lottie Uy

10.             Marissa Lim
           Shiralee Pajarito