Are you ready for Columbia Eco Trail Run Pinatubo? Well, THINK AGAIN!
As I was researching about the route a week ago, I saw this on Columbias Facebook Page:
Columbia Trail Route (Click the image to enlarge)
The places mentioned sounds familiar to me as I was able to visit these places during a Lakbay Norte 3 Tour last January 2012.
Without further ado, I just want to share 10 photos I took during my visit at the race venue. Aboard 4 x 4 jeeps we are juggled while clinging on the vehicle’s frames at the back. How much more if we run this on foot?
One word: EPIC!
Look at that stream crossing. The venue is also a haven of our Aetas brethren
Look at the dust from the Pinatubo ashes. You should bring something to cover up
How the 4 x 4 are dwarfed by the magnanimous rock-covered shrubs formations. Really amazing!
I am so happy when I heard the news from friends that Sonny Boy “Bayugyug” Aporbo was proclaimed champion during the 6th Penang International Skimboarding Competion that happened last September 15-16 in Penang, Malaysia.
TRAINING BACK HOME
Just 2 weeks ago I was with Bayugyug and the rest of the Amihan Boys in Dahican Beach, Mati City. I was fortunate enough to see how they prepared and trained for this competition. Rising early morning to run or practice skimboarding and even carrying stones under the sea to strengthen the lungs. I was with them eating fish and squids, and sometimes chicken or just plain noodles. These things flashed back into my mind when a friend told me that Bayugyug won the championship.
Training at Dahican Beach
Traveling with Bayugyug is a close friend, Winston Plaza who also won in the stand-up paddle board race. He came in 2nd when an Australian beaten him during the Finals.
I wrote this to share what they have gone through before finally setting foot to Malaysia.
DENIED OF GOING OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY
The afternoon of September 13, Winston Plaza and Sonny Boy “Bayugyug” Aporbo arrived at Clark International Airport from Davao City. Complete with documents and invitation letters from the organizers; passport valid and all pertinent papers needed for their departure. They also have a return ticket to assure the Bureau of Immigration that they are coming back.
But something went wrong, someone from the Bureau of Immigration didn’t granted them exit because he was looking for a letter from the Mayor that allows these two to compete abroad (Do they really need this?). The two, not knowing what to do (it was their first time to go abroad), was forced to contact the Mayor of Mati City. Time passed and they missed their flights to Kuala Lumpur that day (insert *^#@5%&^ smiley here ____). They should be at Penang a day before the competition so Bayugyug can practice and feel the ocean for the competition. To made it worse, the immigration official even said to use their skimboards and start paddling to Malaysia from the Philippines (WHATDA?!!!!).
I was asking them if they remember the name or the face of the officer. Fortunately for the officer, they weren’t able to get his name, but they told me that he looks like turtle, fat and bald. I wonder who that officer was and I hope that someone from the BI can look into this, I believe they have CCTV camera in the airport.
Imagine if these skimmers just went back to Davao Oriental after this traumatic event.
SOME PINOYS HELPED
So Winston and Bayugyug stayed at the airport, hungry and trying to save every money they have for Malaysia. Some Filipinos helped by giving them food and Energen. Thanks to thess angels.
The next day, the letter from the Mayor came and they bought new tickets for KL (Sucks right?). And they finally arrived at KL. Because of the delay, they missed the last bus trip to Penang so they stayed a day in KL, resorting to going there on the day of the competition itself. Stressed and tired they arrived minutes before Bayugyug’s 1st heat.
Bayugyug riding the waves perfectly
As Bayugyug is properly trained by Kuya Jun Plaza, he managed to get through all of these odds and won the under 20 category, bringing home lots of freebies from Quicksilver and a 700RM cash prize.
Winston told me that when its Bayugyug’s heat already the other 3 will not compete anymore as there is no competition. He ripped the waves and won over Malaysians, Thais, Singaporeans, Chinese, Filipinos and many more.
Bayugyug doing some tricks during the 6th Penang International Skimboarding Competition
Winston on the other hand, won 2nd place during the Stand-up Paddle Boarding Competition. He was beaten by an Australian.
They also told me that because they don’t have enough budget for the competition, they just go to where they can ask for food. They even slept at the hotel lobby or outside their friend’s hotel room while in Penang.
When they went back to the Philippines they were rejoicing and happy in spite of the challenges along the way. Thankful to God for the win.
IN THE NEWS
You can watch the feature that GMA 7 News did yesterday:
As of this writing, I learned that Bayugyug is being courted to live in Malaysia and continue training for steeper competitions in the US, Australia and China. Some big personalities from other countries want to sponsor Bayugyug for everything but he will compete for their country. Hmmmm…
On Philippine Skimboarding. We have been winning the Skimboarding competitions in Penang for the past years. Isn’t time for us to do an International Skimboarding Competition right here in our own country? This is another boost for tourism right?
On Bayugyug. I guess its high time for private individuals to support Pinoy talents such as this. The judges present during the competition told Winston that it was as if a PRO Skimmer from the Philippines visited Malaysia.
Bayugyug doing an aerial trick
In my book, Bayugyug is a PRO, problem is support is still lacking both from the government or private sector. I wish this will be read by right-minded individuals wanting to help Philippine Skimboarding.
Winston, me and Bayugyug at Manila celebrating the win!
Note: All skimboarding photos are grabbed from My Life on Board Facebook Page.
I’m beginning to go back into running (yes I said this before). The past 6 months I was lazy wearing my running shoes and I was contended with some 2-3 kilometers of run around UPLB campus. But I started to run again while I was in Davao Oriental, beach runs at Mati City.
Last week I was able to run again in a new destination- Rizal Beach, Gubat, Sorsogon.
First run. I ran to check the surf spot called “Breeding” (because this was former sea turtle’s breeding ground) which is about 1 kilometer from where I am staying. When I arrived at the “Breeding” a calf came near me as if trying to observe what I was doing. I came near it and tried to touch it but he was too wild for that. Unfortunately, the waves are small so there is no surfing that day. Back and forth it was a good 2 kilometers of warm-up run.
Second run. I ran again to check the spot and there were small knee-high waves. I ran back to my place and get my surfboard. The ran-walk warm-up was perfect to start up my day. I surfed for an hour until the waves began to be flat. I then ate my breakfast and drank some coffee. I don’t have anything to do so I checked on the waves again. The waves came back, a little bigger than the previous waves. After surfing, I ran atleast a kilometer again to cool me down. The feeling was great, just amazing view and peace of mind was easily achieved.
Now I’m STOKED in running and surfing too!
Date of Run: September 17 and 18, 2012 (Monday and Tuesday)
Route: Rizal Beach, Gubat, Sorsogon
Pro’s: Fine sand, fresh air, amazing view and solo run.
Con’s: None whatsoever.
Distance covered: 5 Kilometers
Time: 33 minutes (6:36/km)
Running Apparel: O’neil Super Freak Boardshorts, Zem Gear Barefoot Shoes, Smith Optics Square Shades and H&M boxer brief.
The 1st leg of the Philippine Kayak Explore 2012 which was held in Cavite was a success. It was the first time I joined a kayak race. Now its time to practice paddling again because 2nd leg is happening soon.
Ternate, Cavite sunrise on race day
Are you interested? Please read the Press Release below:
Kayaking has gone a long way since it was introduced in the country in 1993 as a water sport
in resorts. Its growing popularity with other adventure sports such as running, biking and
trekking may be attributed to the Philippines’ natural setting as the second biggest archipelago
on the planet with its 7,100 islands and long coastline.
As the country’s longest running kayaking series, Kayak Explore ZAMBALES Multi-Sports Festival on November 9-11 provides new twists as it combines kayaking marathons with swimming, running, biking and other activities such as learning how to paddle and ecotouring activities in open sea, river and lake venues. Kayak Explore events bring out the multi-dimensional features of the sport and touches both the physical regimen of sports enthusiasts and lives of local residents in coastal communities . The Hundred Islands experience in 1997 started moves of local governments around the country to consider kayaking to provide means of sustainable alternative livelihood.
In the municipalities of Candelaria, Masinloc and Botolan, trained volunteers as kayak guides and entrepreneurs will lead mangrove planting and ecotouring from Uacon Lake to nearby Potipot Island during the Kayak Explore ZAMBALES Multi- Sports Festival 2012 while multi-
sports activities include a 32K Uacon Cove-Masinloc Kayak Marathon, 18K Tri-Plus- One relay(open water swim, kayak, bike, run) and the 60K bike-run duathlon.
Beginners and would-be enthusiasts learn paddling basics in a kayaking clinic and see action in a 3K Uacon Lake Novice Race.
For those who would like to train, kayaking basic and advanced training courses are available at Ternate Beach Resort in Ternate, Cavite under kayaking pioneers Val and Didi Camara, who have made kayaking an affordable and relevant water sport to local communities. Up north, Uacon Lake will be a kayak training camp after this event on November 9-11.
So you have finished a marathon. Congratulations and welcome to the club!
After that amazing feat you are asking for more and you suddenly find yourself planning for the next sweet 42.195kms finish. Maybe this list would help you decide for your next marathon run:
1. Great Wall Marathon, China.
The route starts with a 9kms of steep up and down climb. Don’t worry because after this you would find your feet traipsing scenic villages and ricefields. If this is not welcome treat, think about ticking off something from your bucketlist- see The Great Wall of China. Do loads of hill training as you would be finishing where you started- 9kms of up and down climb. So you experience the dreaded “wall” in the Great Wall.
Don’t tell me you didn’t dreamed of seeing Taj Mahal up close and personal? So while you are into it, why not schedule a marathon during your trip. Please do remember that weather here is too much to handle. Marathoners should do lots of heat training when joining this. Ohh, before I forget, the route ends with a full view of Taj Mahal- a great motivation when runners are hitting “the wall”.
Tokyo Marathon is one of the most attended marathons in Asia with more than 25,000 marathoners joining the event. The route starts at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and runs through Tokyo Imperial Palace - Hibiya Park - Shinagawa - Ginza - Nihonbashi - Asakusa - Tsukiji then finishes ar Tokyo Big Sight.
Happens every February.
4. Sundown Marathon, Singapore.
Be unique. run a marathon at nightfall. Duh? That’s why its called sundown. Sundown Marathon organizers make use of SG’s lovely parks while planning the route. They bring runners through east’s urban parks as well as major local landmarks like Bedok Reservoir, East Coast Park and the Changi Ferry Terminal. So its a tour of Singapore too! Plus you don’t have to worry about the humid Asian weather.
Happens every May.
5. Laguna Phuket International Marathon, Thailand.
I’ve been dreaming of this marathon a lot of this for the past years. Not only that the route is amazing, you will have a very nice course out and back of Laguna. You will pass by local villages, pineapple and rubber plantations. Not yet decided? Think about Phuket and its lush vegetation and island feel.
Happens every June.
5. Milo Marathon, Philippines.
This is the oldest marathon in the Philippines and maybe one of the oldest in Asia. Now running its 36th year, this marathon is the number one marathon event in the Philippines. Both elites and hobbyists target this 26.2 race because this is the most famous and fastest in the country. Everyone wants to beat the cut-off time and tries to qualify for the finals that happens before the year ends.