FOUR runners new time course were set as records fell in the penultimate events of the King of the Mountain (KOTM) Series during the weekend.
Arnold Lozano trail blazed the competition with a back breaking course record of 17 hours, 35 minutes and 23 seconds to win the Pulag 100 kilometer event.
Lozano’s feat also erased the three-year-old 17:49:02 course record by Dino Mantilez in 2014 in the men’s division as the female side also saw a new course record as Melanie Hingpit checked in at 23:14:28, two hours ahead of Julie Ann Luchana’s 25:56:30 feats in 2015.
Russel Ventura, meanwhile, clocked 21:03:00 to finish second while Sanya Khamchai completed the top three with a time of 25:07:28.
Marjorie Sofla finished second in the distaff side with a time of 26:17:38 as Tamsin Sarah Barnes clocked 27:36:40 to end-up third.
Thai runner Phairat Varasin also registered a new course record in the Hardcore Hundred Miles clocking in 26:47:21 and bag the top honors beating Kristian Joergensen with a time of 28:57:18 while Hermogines Olvis checked in at 30:17:29 to settle for third palce.
Varasin was on hour earlier of the record set by Jan Nilsen in 2016 where he completed the course with a time of 27:22:49.
Completing the record breaking race is Maria Josephine Liao, who topped the female side with a time of 35:47:08 beating her own time of 36:40:21 she accomplished in last year. Arlene Agulto, meanwhile, came in second with a time of 37:42:52 as Hedda Riola salvaged third place with a time of 38:18:40.
The Hardcore 100 Miles (H1) and Pulag 100 (P1) fired off runners May 19, which started and ended in Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya.
The P1 follows the first 100-kilometer route of H1, the center piece event of KOTM which is approximately 112 kilometers in distance with demanding ascents and breathtaking descents.
The H1 is the longest trail race in the Philippines at 160 kilometer and belongs to an exclusive club of 100-mile races worldwide with a total elevation gain of more than 35,000 feet worth six points in the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB).
Organizers said the trail course, with less than 10 percent of the route made up of concreted roads, and the rest, of single track trails, dirt and gravel paths, dry stream beds, grasslands, farmlands, forest trails and hanging bridges.
It takes runners to two Mount Pulag (2747masl) and Mount Ugo (2150masl), and several hills and hamlets in between. Since 2013, KOTM events have also been point-earning races for the UTMB, the largest and most popular ultra-marathon trail in Europe. (Roderick Osis)
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on May 24, 2017.
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