A dream come true for me that I finally got to organize my first ULTRAMARATHON event, at the same time let people know why there is DUMLAO clan in Pinili, Ilocos Norte. Let me start by telling a short biography…
My father, Elpidio Rambayon Dumlao and mother, Teresita Echinique Lumbo conceived me as a fruit of their love. I am proud to be born by a “hilot” (quack doctor that is) on March 24, 1977 in the family house of my LUMBO grandparents in Nagtrigoan, Pinili, Ilocos Norte (a barangay that was then a part of Batac, Ilocos Norte). I was so small that they say I was just like a “bao ti taltalon” (Field Rat).
As I grew up, we moved to our own house built just beside the family house of my DUMLAO grandparents in Dalayap (a barangay that was then a part of Paoay, Ilocos Norte), just the adjacent barangay of Nagtrigoan where I was born. As I was growing up, I became fond of playing “bawang base” (Agawang Base, a game that involves a lot of running). But when summer of 1986 came, my parents decided to migrate and rent a house in Batac, Ilocos Norte where my mother worked. As such, LUMBO-DUMLAO family settled and continued to build our home in now the City of Batac.
Dalayap, Pinili being then a part of Paoay and Nagtrigoan, Pinili being then a part of Batac…So that’s the story why there are DUMLAOs in Pinili and LUMBOs in Batac City.
Now you know the real PROMDI in me, “taga AWAY” in our native tongue. Being born and having grown up in a farm made me love Mother Nature. And being a lover of the sport Running, I make sure I run in different places here in Ilocos Norte. With all that interest in both nature and the sport, I came up with the idea of “Exploring Ilocos thru Running”.
So why the B2TR Route?
The Pangil Coral Rock Formation in CURRIMAO was my turning point from our house in Batac when I was training for my first Half Marathon (QCIM 2). PAOAY Church is my 6Km turning point during my intervals and Salbang/Pasil peanut brittle road to Nanguyudan/Suba Sand Dunes/PAOAY LAKE is my favorite weekend LSD route. Since I was targeting to organize a 50Km distance for my very first ULTRAMARATHON event, I thought of trying to run from my hometown’s Municipal Hall/Aglipay and Pinili Founders Memorial Park in PINILI, Ilocos Norte. Alas, the PR 50Km ULTRAMARATHON Route! I chose Paoay as my Finish line because it is well-known to all that this is where all Dumlao’s originated.
The event was however, originally set last January 8 or 9, 2012. Unfortunately, my TEAM TARAYEM-Ilocandia Runners Club Year End 50K ULTRAMARATHON which was supposed to be held last December 30, 2011 was re-scheduled on and set to happen on the same date, January 8, 2012. To consider my target participants’ schedules and since there was no scheduled Fun Run in Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte, I decided to rather hold the PR 50Km ULTRAMARATHON on January 29, 2012 as suggested by my ULTRAMAN friend Mr. Randy Racho. All set, I posted the details of the event in Facebook thinking it really had no conflict. Only to realize upon the comment of Sir Jonel Mendoza (Bugobugo85/Frontrunner) on the event in Facebook that BDM 160 would be held on the same day, January 29, 2012. It slipped my mind for what I was thinking then was the schedule of BDM 102 which I am qualified to join on March 2-3, 2012.
My apologies to the two GREAT MEN of ULTRARUNNING in our country for having slipped in my mind the schedule of BDM 160 and that PR 50Km ULTRAMARATHON was therefore in conflict. Without you, I am not an ultrarunner. I’m very sorry mga Sir.
Congratulations Sir Jonel for finishing the recently concluded BDM 160 love is sweeter the second time around, hope to finish also BDM 102 on March 4 and after that, I dream of conquering the BDM 160 in the future.
A big round of applause and congratulations for a very successful BDM 160 Sir Jovie!. Sir, finishers are getting more and more. Again, congratulations!
More than thirty runners showed their eagerness to join though not all of them yet are marathon finishers. With that I decided to add a relay for them to join and finish. But for some reasons, there are those who later decided not to join. I understand their predicament.
On race day, January 29, 2012, only sixteen showed up for the individual and one pair for the relay. These are the brave ultrarunners who participated in the event despite finishing a marathon just a week before. Arranged according to their Rank in the PR 50Km ULTRAMARATHON Rank: (Male) Federico Casil Jr., Rafael Mendoza, Caesar Impelido, Lymuel Pascua, John Patrick Tajon, Camilo Kagaoan Jr. (Oldest Runner), Daniel Ibbay Yadao, Armel Agdeppa, Randy Racho, Fernando Sy, Archie Campos, Mark Albert Campos. (Female) Joy Benette Orio, Ma. Cecilia Racho, Kathleen Arrieta Cabacungan. (Relay) Reynaldo Pascua-Jericko Racho(Youngest Runner).
A cash prize was given to the Top 3 Finishers thru the sponsorship of Pinili Mayor Samuel S. Pagdilao Sr., Currimao Mayor Gladys G. Cue and Paoay Mayor Bonifacio C. Clemente Jr., for the Third Place, Second Place and First Place, respectively. My heart felt thanks to these great leaders of their towns. Thank you also to the Marshals headed by KABALIKAT-CIVICOM Ilocos Norte Chapter, the Medical Team from the Department of Public Safety: Abigail Camiña, Jan Michael Gorospe and company, Barangay Chairmen and Tanods of the Barangays that we passed thru and especially to the host Barangay Nagbacalan, Paoay headed by Honorable Jessie E. Galano and other barangay officials, Official TIMER Reginald Soriano, the Official PHOTOGRAPHERS Caesar Ian Yago, Cocoy Taay, Florence De la Cruz, the ever supportive ultra husband Amador Orio. Lastly I thank and salute my FAMILY for believing in me and for being the food committee.
I remember a saying “Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinaggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan”. I really love my ROOTS. It always reminds me of my childhood days. Running alone made me have time for myself and it made me think that nothing is impossible if you have the willingness to do it just like doing ULTRAMARATHON. But only the strongest and only those who have the proper training will survive. Your greatest opponent is yourself and whenever you run, set a goal to beat your PR (Personal Record). If not, then just simply finish a race smiling.
Back to the Roots I may say is a success and new ultrarunners were born. See you on the second series…
It’s more fun in ULTRA’s than in FUN RUN! Taray tay latta a taray >>>PR