Three hundred thirty-seven runners (337) runners, hundreds of race volunteers and spectators gathered in Clark Freeport Zone for the 2016 edition of the Cardimax – Clark Ultramarathon on September 3-4, 2016.
At 6pm seventy 100K Championship runners braved the starting line right in front of the Canon in front of Clark Museum.
After 9 hours and 18 minutes, Albert Omboga (Kenya) emerged as the 2016 100K Champion, only three minutes ahead of local favorite, Wilnar Iglesia. The two runners ran neck to neck until the last ten kilometers of the race. Silamie Apolistar (Philippines) defended her 2015 women’s title, finishing one hour and twenty minutes ahead of Melanie Malihan from Laguna. Jade Arevalo and Dio Cerujano completed the podium.
Majority of the participants joined the 50K Challenge which welcomed runners of all abilities from first timers to veterans. More than 200 runners toed the starting line at 12 midnight of Sunday. Joseph Mururi from Kenya led the race with five minutes gap from competition. Local marathon champion and first time ultramarathoner, Jocelyn Elejiran won the race in the distaff side. Carlito Fantilaga (2nd) and Nelson Elejiran (3rd) had a sprint finish to complete the men’s podium. For the women category, Sandi Menchi (2nd) and Del Villanueva (3rd) finished after Jocelyn.
The runners were treated with a relatively chilly weather compared to the past year with heavy rains pouring during the last two hours. The course essentially involved sections along Clark’s major paved highway going towards Clark’s Main Gate and Mabalacat Gate, the tree-lined main road of the Airforce City which brings them to El Kabayo, the halfway mark. The final half took them to the Clark-SCTEX gate and the hilly road leading towards Baranggay San Vicente. Majority of the runners witnessed sunrise as they traverse along the Sacobia Bridge giving them a clear view of the lahar bed with Arayat and Miyamit mountain ranges as backdrop.
Aid Stations were filled with Cardimax L-Carnitine, local delicacies, chips and chocolates, fruits, Sandwich with Lily’s Peanut Butter for nutrition. For Hydration, Clark Water and Gatorade were served.
The activity area welcomed the runners
The Medical City Clark and Team Rescue 8 were present to provide Medical Support to all runners.
Fifty-two (69%) and one hundred eighty (91%) competitors for the 100K and 50k distance finished the race successfully within the cut-off time. Runners and spectators gathered and waited for runners as each runner cross the finish line from the dawn of Sunday to noon-time. Renson Emradura, a one-legged runner, garnered the most cheer as he persevered to cross the finish line twelve (12) minutes past the prescribed cut-off.
The waiting at the finish line was made more fun with raffle prizes from Brooks Running, Pace Prehab & Recovery, Urban Ashram Yoga, Lily’s Peanut Butter and Eyecatcher.
Competitor Thon Dizon said it was his most memorable finish with his wife and kids waiting for him at the finish line. Several husbands and wives tandem joined the race, most of them racing separately and cheering for each other as they meet at turnaround points. First time ultramarathoner, Mike Dijamco said the race is tough for beginners given the route but is an ideal race for newbies as the route is safe with marshals and police ensuring safety.
The race was made more meaningful with teams joining in flock. Team Marupok and Team Soleus emerged as the fastest team for the 100K and 50K category, respectively. They were followed by 100K runner ups, Laguna de bay Team and Team Ayala Triads and 50K runner ups, Team Ayala Triads and Matindi. Ayala Triads, aside from their strong finish, was the biggest delegation followed by Team Monumentum Milers and Joggers Unlimited. For the Relay Category, Team Pew and Pew and PAR won the 4-Men Relay while Team Powerpuff Boys and Team Soleus won the 2-Men Relay.
View RACE RESULTS at https://clarkultramarathon.com/runners-list-and-results/2016-race-results/ .
View the TEAM AWARDS at https://clarkultramarathon.com/runners-list-and-results/team-champions/ .
Indeed, it was a tough and memorable race that made everyone harness their OWN energy!
For complete race results, visit http://www.clarkultramarathon.com . Log-on to your account at Raceyaya.com to download your certificate.
The race is brought in partnership with Cardimax L-Carnitine.
It is co-presented by Simple Hydration Bottle and RACEYaya and endorsed by the Department of Tourism and NLEX-SCTEX.
Clark Development Corporation is the major event partner together with Conrad’s Café, El Kabayo, Secondwind Store, Maximus Athletes Shop Café, Cycles and Brew. Royce Hotel and Casino is the hotel partner and The Villages is the premium lodging partner.
The race is supported by its training and recovery partners, Pace Prehab & Recovery and Urban Ashram Yoga. Its official watch and timing is Soleus and L-Time Studio. For gears, the race is supported by Brooks as Official Running Shoes, Viva Athletic Compression Wear, Chamois Butt’r and Eyecatcher. For hydration and nutrition, the race is supported by Clark Water Corporation, Gatorade, Lily’s Peanut Butter Lite, Australia Harvest Oats.
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