Bautista eyes 160K BDM crown

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Friday, January 24, 2014


MARCELO Bautista seeks another stellar performance and add another quest to his running career as he races against this weekend in this year’s edition of the Bataan Death March (BDM) 102/160 Ultramarathon Race.

The ultramarathon slated January 25-26, will gather competitors as far as Europe with hundreds of participants chasing the coveted crown.

Bautista, who said it is his first time joining the event, has high hopes of dominating other runners in the event.

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"First time ko na sasali sa 160 kilometer na takbo, although nakasali na ako sa 200K before iba pa rin ang expectations ko sa ganitong distance. Hopefully magpay-off ang preparations and mga training ko," Bautista said.

The Baguio based runner said he feels comfortable about his preparations for the ultramarathon.

"Medyo ayos naman ang pakiramdam ko sa lahat ng mga ginagawa kong training, actually meron na akong target na oras para mag-finish doon sa race," Marcelo said.

"Although hindi ako familiar sa race route sa palagay ko malaki pa rin ang chances ko, kung hindi man maging champion siguro nasa top finishers man lang," Bautista added.

The 160K ultramarathon race will start in Mariveles, Bataan and will end at Capas National Shrine, Camp O’Donnell in Tarlac where the historical death march also took its historic route.

Included in the race will be the 102K which will start in Mariveles, Bataan and ends at San Fernando, Pampanga.

Organized by Major General Jovenal Narcise AFP (Ret) and now on its sixth staging, the BDM ultramarathon, which started in 2009 was originally a 102K event. On its third presentation in 2011, the separate 160K event was included, the same route of the prisoners of the second World War took.

Bautista, is still the record holder in 2012’s 200-Kilometer West Coast Run where he clocked a route record of 19 hours, 32 minutes and 29 seconds in three days.

“Siguro ang estimated time ko to finish this 160K event will be around 18 hours basta walang maging complication habang tumatakbo,” Bautista closed.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 25, 2014.

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