SINCE May, Cardimax-Clark Ultramarathon has gathered aspiring and veteran ultra runners on an 18-week journey of going beyond their limits that will culminate in an ultramarathon on September 5-6, 2015 inside the Clark Freeport Zone.
Participants can choose from three categories: the 50K Challenge, a 100K (two-man team) relay, and a 100K championship.
Runners will face a 50km road course (two loops for 100km) inside the Clark Freeport Zone which will start and finish at the Clark Parade Grounds in front of Clark Museum. The route will take participants along the main highways of the Clark, Air Force City, long stretches of paved, tree-lined roads, passing through scenic spots along Sacobia River, Fontana Leisure Park, DongWang, and Nayong Pilipino.
The route is a mix of flat and rolling hills with 400++ meters of accumulated elevation gain. The weather is expected to be cold as they start at 10pm on Saturday which could turn scorching hot from Sunday morning. There will be aid stations along the route and designated support aid stations.
Registration fees are 100K- P3,500, 100K Relay – P4,000, 50K – P2,500. Registered runners shall each receive an official race bib, Simple Hydration bottle, Urban Ashram two-day pass, event bag and a recommended training program. Finishers will get a medal, event shirt and a post-race meal.
For all categories, top overall finishers, age group champions and relay champions shall receive cash prizes. A team champion (five individual participants with minimum one female) will also be awarded. A total of P300,000 cash prizes will be given away.
As part of the Recommended Training Program which is given to participants upon registration, participants have already finished three group sessions.
Session 1 last May 28 focused on Running Basics. Coach Saturnino Salazar taught basic running drills useful to improve running form and prevent injury during training. Daphne Codilla and Wilnar Iglesia shared their ultramarathon experiences and important things to remember on your first try. They also highlighted the importance of proper training.
Session 2 which was held on June 20 focused on Race Essentials where Alfred delos Reyes and Doodsie Mallari shared 10 important tips about hydration and nutrition based on their years of experience in ultramarathon racing. Hector Yuzon of Second Wind Running Store talked about gears and how to choose what fits you.
Session 3 focused on Managing Your Training. JC Ty of Urban Ashram led the participants in an hour of yoga session. They enjoyed the FNR (Flexibility not Required) Athletics session which is a beginner/intro program of Urban Ashram that is ideal for endurance athletes. After the session ultramarathoners Zaldy Santillan and Gia Estrella of Ayala Triads, Jon Las Bruce of Insight Tees/RUNSIMPLE Team, Amor Gabriel and Roselle Abajo of Team Soleus and Clark Ultramarathon Mentors Tin Ferrera, Daphne Codilla and Wilnar Iglesia answered questions from participants on everything about ultramarathon training and racing.
The last session, Race Preparation, on August 22 will be at the Clark Parade Grounds. After a 90-minute run, participants will be free to ask questions from race director Jon Lacanlale about the race. He will share also some tips on physically and mentally preparing for the race.
The race is brought in partnership with Cardimax L-Carnitine. Simple Hydration bottle and Urban Ashram two-day pass shall be given to all registered runners. The race is powered by Soleus as its official timing partner. Strider My RUN Time will be deploying timing stations along the route from the start to the finish line. Gatorade will be the official hydration partner.
For more details, visit clarkultramarathon.com.