Veteran and New Ultramarathoners Tackle the 2017 Cardimax Clark Ultra

Cardimax-Clark Ultramarathon veteran reigns in the 3rd staging CCU.  Despite the revised course, their familiarity with the toughness of the two-loop course powered most runners to give their best performance in this year’s edition.  The newly minted ultramarathoners, also showed grit and toughness, as strong finishes in their respective categories were displayed.

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Two hundred sixty two runners (262) runners, hundreds of race volunteers and spectators gathered in Clark Freeport Zone for the 2016 edition of the Cardimax – Clark Ultramarathon on September 9-10, 2017.

At 6pm fifty-eight 100K Championship and Relay runners braved the starting line right in front of the Canon in front of Clark Museum.

Wilnar Iglesia, last year’s local champion emerged as winner after 11:17:46. Silamie Apolistar (Philippines) continues her reign by winning in 12:12:04, her third consecutive year of being the women’s champion.  The podium is completed by three-year consistent top finisher Jade Arevalo at second and Anthony Calixterio at third.  In the distaff side, Roselle Abajo finished her third Cardimax Clark Ultra with a second place finish, while second-timer Irish Laurenciana finished third.

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Wilnar Iglesia, 2017 Cardimax-Clark Ultramarathon Champion

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Silamie Apolistar, 3rd Cardimax-Clark Ultramarathon Championship Title

One hundred forty participants joined the 50K Challenge, majority are first timers in the distance. The male podium was topped by Welfred Esporma, followed by Sherwin Patron and Danilo Macairap.  Rhina Sison, on her third Cardimax-Clark Ultra 50K, wins the female championship.  She is followed by newcomers Zhahata Malana and Anne Orquiza.

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Team Powerpuff Boys won the 100K All Male Relay and finished first followed by Team Pew Pew and Angeles City Joggers. Team Heroes won the Mixed Category followed by Angeles City Joggers and Team Powerpuff Boys.

For the 50K Relay, the team of Jose-Christian finisher first followed by Mixed Category Champion-Team Soleus and All-Female Team Champion-Pampanga Inifinite Runners.  Teams of BYOP Runners, PIR, Team Tri-force, Nike Run Club completed the top three winners.

Team Pampanga Infinite Runners garnered the fastest 50K time and was the champion for this year.

This year’s edition was deemed the hottest of all three.  The weather was humid as the race starts.  Rain poured during the first hour of the race for the 100K but humidity and a dry weather welcomed the participants as they traversed the roads of Clark Freeport Zone.  The revised 2017 course still involved sections along Clark’s major paved highway, this time going towards Clark Mabalacat Road, passing through El Kabayo Riding Stables, the halfway mark. The final half took them to the Clark-SCTEX gate and the hilly road leading towards Baranggay San Vicente and onwards to Green Canyon. Majority of the runners witnessed sunrise as they passed along the Sacobia Bridge giving them a clear view of the lahar bed with Arayat and Miyamit mountain ranges as backdrop.  The last 10K still gave the bigger challenge as this entails continuous gradual climb until you reach the last stretch along Abad Santos towards Clark Parade Grounds where the finish line is.

Fifty seven percent and Eight seven percent of the competitors for the 100K and 50k distance, respectively, 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.

The waiting at the finish line was made more fun with raffle prizes from Hoka One One, Simple Hydration, Soleus/L-Time Studio and Cardimax Philippines.

The race is made possible with our partnership with our title sponsor, Cardimax L-Carnitine.

The race is powered by RaceYaya:  Time, Shop, Register.  Visit shop.raceyaya.com for your gears and nutrition needs and raceyaya.com to find your next race.

Simple Hydration is the official hydration bottle.

Hoka One One is the 2017 official footwear.

Soleus, L-Time Studio is the official watch and timing partner.

The race is made possible with the support of Clark Development Corporation, Hotel and Conference partner:  Quest Hotel and Conference Center, Hotel: Royce Hotel and Casino, Premium Lodging Partner:  The Villages, Partner Stores and Venue:  El Kabayo Riding Stables, Maximus Athletes Shop Café, Second Wind Running Store.

For nutrition, runners are treated with Cardimax L-Carnitine, Hydration from Tailwind Nutrition and 100 Plus,  Lily’s Peanut Butter and Fitbar.

Movement Performance Mnl served as our 2017 Training Partners, runners may avail of their trial sessions for free and get discount for their services.

RACE RESULTS

Visit https://raceyaya.com/race-results/2017-cardimax-clark-ultramarathon for your race results and certificates.

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RACE HIGHLIGHTS

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Race Coverage powered by Smart which was highly visible along the route with their tents.

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Safety is our number one priority.  Medical Team Head Doodsie Mallari, Philippine Red Cross and Team Rescue 8 with Clark Development Corp Safety Department monitored the route and each runner’s condition.

A team of RaceYaya, Quest Hotel as our Conference Venue and eager group of runners made the Race Kit Claiming fun and jolly.  Visit questhotel.com and check them out, especially soon when all renovations are done.

Your finisher’s medal was carefully moulded and handcrafted from Pinatubo ashes and painted by locals from Pampanga.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL 2017 CARDIMAX-CLARK ULTRAMARATHON RUNNERS!

Whether you crossed the finish line first or last or you failed to make it to the cut-off or had to throw the towel, you HARNESSED YOUR OWN ENERGY! We salute you.  Rest and recover well, and we hope this race will continue to bring out the best in you, in running and in life.

Thank you to everyone who have been part of the 3rd Edition!  See you next year!

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