Saturday, March 5, 2011

On to Mariveles!

This is the deep breath before the plunge.

In about an hour, I will be heading to Mariveles, Bataan to take part in what some people had described as a life-changing experience. My participation in the 3rd Bataan Death March 102-Kilometer Ultramarathon Race, BDM 102 in local runner's parlance, will be the culmination of almost six months of preparation. I don't know whether I have sufficiently trained for this test, but I believe I have done enough to justify even just standing behind that hallowed starting line. I know in my heart that I have done enough to at least give myself a fighting chance of finishing this thing within 18 hours. 

At this distance, they say your feet can only take you so far, and that, at some point, your heart will have to take over. Well, if that indeed is the case, then maybe I have what it takes to make it all the way to that old train station in San Fernando, Pampanga. No dedications this time around. I claim this one for myself.

God bless the ultramarathoners of the 2011 BDM 102. 


  1. Good luck Chief! Carrie and I wish you all the best in this run.

  2. At the time of this comment, I recently got a text stating you had roughly 20 kms to go. I know you would rock this. I am proud of you!