Marcelo Bautista records feat in 200K run-A A +A
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
ANOTHER record was written by ultrarunner Marcelo Bautista as he topped the grueling 200-kilometer West Coast Run organized by Bald Runner from November 1-3 that started in Subic and ended in Alaminos, Pangasinan.
Bautista clocked a route record of 19 hours, 32 minutes and 29 seconds, to win the country’s first 200-kilometer foot race by the Philippine Ultra Runners Association that was divided into three days.
Marcelo, the contractual janitor from Baguio General Hospital, finished the first day with a time of seven hours and 3.26 minutes, covering 70 kilometers with finish line in Botolan, Zambales, then clocked 7:14:02 in the second day of the race, which ended in Infanta, Pangasinan.
“Sobrang hirap din nung rota kasi may mga ahon lalo na sa may bandang Zambales tsaka yung galing sa Subic kaya di ko inexpect na ganun yung magiging resulta,” Bautista said to local sports scribes.
Bautista’s win is his sixth in ultra marathon this year, as he eyes two more long distance races until December before testing his mettle in Hong Kong’s 100 ultra marathon race next February in 2013.
The 32-year-old foot runner was five hours ahead of second placer Alfred Delos Reyes, who checked in with a time of 24 hours, six minutes and 44 seconds, while Henry Laron came in third with a time of 24:50:23.
Incidentally, Delos Reyes placed third behind Bautista in the first Philippine Association of Ultra Runners National Championship Guimaras Island 110-kilometer run.
The distaff side saw Reylynne Delapaz winning with a time of 27:28:48 hours, while Tin Ferrera recorded 30:31:17 hours to place second, while Majo Liao was third with a time of 31:46:32 hours.
Although, it will be his sixth win out of the six ultra running events he has joined, Bautista said there was no cash prize in the all the races.
“Basta ako gusto ko lang patunayan sa sarili ko na kayak o. Kahit walang premyo e sumasali ako kasi gusto ko rin ipakita sa ibang runners na may ibubuga ako kahit minamaliit ako nung una,” added Bautista when asked why he joined the race despite the absence of a cash prize.
“Yung mga ibang runners kasi gusto lang may premyo, pero ako basta kaya kong takbuhin kahit walang premyo eh sasali ako,” Bautista added, as he thanked Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Baguio City Police Office City Director Jesus Cambay Jr. for some cash provisions and Baguio Country Mart for his new running shoes.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 07, 2012.