Runners brace for bigger, better Cardimax-Clark Ultramarathon with 18-week training guide

Apr 28, 2016
Kathy Tan of Integrated Pharma with race organizers Tin Ferrera and Iris Torculas during the Clark-Cardimax Ultramarathon launch. 

RUN longer, faster, then finish stronger, together.

Runners looking to test their limits and reach the century distance can do just that in the 2016 Cardimax-Clark Ultramarathon set for September 3-4 at the Clark Freeport Zone.

During the press launch of this year's staging of the race at Conrad’s Café in San Juan City, race organizers announced that the event consists of a 100 kilometer championship and a 50 Km Challenge category. Participants can also choose to pair up with a buddy or form a team of 4, which is a first for this annual event, to join the relay available for both 50K and 100K distances.

The race sponsored by Cardimax L-Carnitine and the Clark Ultramarathon team, together with Race Yaya Events Management, Simple Hydration Bottle, Pace Prehab & Recovery, Urban Ashram Yoga and Soleus / L-Time Studio, and its volunteer mentors and running teams are all set to bring together their skills, support and expertise to provide an extraordinary race experience on the tough but scenic course inside the former US Air Force base.

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The organizers even offer an 18-week training calendar to participants upon registration to help them prepare properly. Training activities commence on May 1, but runners should have passed the strict qualification requirements for the race to join the sessions.

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These activities are spearheaded by the organizing team, volunteer running teams, seasoned ultramarathoners, partners and sponsors. A Runners' Bootcamp, featuring a brief on the race, talks on recovery, nutrition, and even a yoga session, is set on May 14 at Conrad's Cafe. Group long runs, on the other hand, are scheduled on the following dates and venues:

  • May 14 – Team Matindi, Greenhills Area (Rye Daza and Jerome Bautista, Lead)
  • May 28 - Ayala Triads, Makati Area (Gia Estrella, Lead)
  • June 12 – Team Powepuff Boys, BGC Area (Alfred delos Reyes, Lead)
  • June 18 – Pinoy Aspiring Runners, Ortigas Area (Silamie Apolistar, Lead)
  • July 12 – Monumentum Milers, (Daphne Codilla, Lead)
  • July 24 – Team Soleus, McKinley Area (Coach Roel Ano, Lead)
  • August 7 – Team Clark and Tukod, Clark Freeport Zone (Doodsie Mallari, Lead)
  • August 28 – Team Pukers, Filinvest Area (Wilnar Iglesia, Lead)
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The race starts at the Clark Parade Grounds between September 3 and 4. The surrounding area of the Clark Museum will be transformed into a festive race venue to welcome ultramarathoners, volunteers, family and friends. Clark Development Corporation (CDC), The Villages and Royce Hotel and Casino are the venue and hotel partners.

The route shall take the runners to the wide highway towards the main gate, along the tree-lined Airforce City that displays WW2 fighter jets and planes, and will further take them towards SCTEX and back to Sacobia River on their 25th kilometer.

Halfway, the terrain shall present some steep climbs and downhills until the turn around point back to Sacobia Bridge. The last kilometers will be along Balagtas Avenue, aptly called “The Wall”. The route is a mix of open and tree-lined roads. It is expected to be chilly at night and scorching hot during day time.

Clark Development Corporation, the Philippine Air Force, together with race marshals and Team Rescue 8 Medics shall ensure safety for all participants. There will be plenty of support at aid stations to allow the runners to focus on their race.

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Meanwhile, outside support is prohibited, except at the identified aid stations. And runners have to bring their own bottles to aid stations. Simple Hydration bottle will be providing discount vouchers for all runners.

100K runners (including the 4-men 100K relay teams) will take off at 6 p.m., while 50K runners (with the 2-men 50K relay teams) will start at 12 a.m.. Participants should finish within 10 to 18 hours after gun start for 50K and 100K, respectively.

Real time updates on the athlete’s location will be available online as they pass through time checkpoint stations via the Race Yaya Timing System, powered by Soleus, the official timekeeping partner.

Those who finish in the top three overall and top three in each age-group category will be awarded during the Awarding Ceremonies. The fastest 100K and 50K team for 2016 will be crowned Team Champion. And a post-race festival will also be held where runners can learn from each other and from coaches, fitness professionals and other partners.

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Kathy Tan of Integrated Pharma with race organizers Tin Ferrera and Iris Torculas during the Clark-Cardimax Ultramarathon launch. 
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