If you are into running, the very long ones, the province of Negros Oriental is inviting you to join this year’s Negros Oriental 100 ultramarathon.
Negros Oriental 100
These past few years, road runs and marathons are conducted with such regularity in almost any big city in the Philippines. Race organizers usually do this to promote a healthy lifestyle among the people, and to help boost sports-tourism activities in their respective places.
But one can only run in any particular place so many times; otherwise, it could get pretty boring. More and more runners are now curious about other running adventures in other places in the country; this is precisely what we want to offer you here in Negros Oriental, in the central part of the Philippines.
The Negros Oriental Ultra-marathon 100-km offers you — and being designed to those who have yet to conquer their FIRST 100k Ultra-marathon — the opportunity to run along the asphalted highway of Negros Oriental starting at 5pm through the sunset, and meeting the sunrise the next day until about 5pm, giving you a breathtaking view between the Mindanao Sea and the Cuernos de Negros mountain range.
Negros Oriental 100 is one of the highlights in the celebration of the Charter Day of the City of Bayawan Charter Day which culminates on Dec. 23.
With the prodding and support of the Negros Oriental-based Metro Dumaguete Roadrunners Club (MDRC) and the Dumaguete Adventure Runners & Striders (DARS), this Negros Oriental is organized by the Negros Oriental Sports Development Program (NOSDEP) of the Office of the Governor of Negros Oriental, and the Fiesta Committee of Bayawan City.
While all efforts are in place with aid stations spaced every 10-km distance to ensure the safety and well-being of the ultra-marathoners and the organizers, the Provincial government of Negros Oriental, the City government of Bayawan, the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Army, and the co-host local government units of Dumaguete City, the municipalities of Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita, Siaton, and Sta. Catalina, and the race sponsors shall be free from any liabilities or claims for damages arising injuries or mishaps for the duration of the ONe100 ultra-running.
SCENIC RACE ROUTE
The Negros Oriental 100 race route is not only fun; it also has a number of photo-ops. It begins at the Provincial Capitol in the University Town of Dumaguete City, running along Rizal Boulevard (where Jose Rizal walked along the promenade, met some locals, and gave Dumaguete the monicker “City of Gentle People”), then Colon St. (the City’s oldest) where you could see the 18th century Bell Tower. Then the route takes you south to Km. 7 to the town of Bacong, birthplace of Philippine hero Pantaleon Villegas, more known by his nom de guerre Gen. Leon Kilat. On to hilly roads of the town of Dauin in Km. 16. By Km. 25 is the jump-off point to Apo Island, one of the world’s Top 5 Dive Spots. Then you move on to the town of Zamboanguita by Km. 28, where the Japanese Imperial Forces Command surrendered to the Filipinos during World War II. Then up through the winding and hilly slopes of the enchanted town of Siaton by Km. 32, the original site chosen by the United States for their air base in the Philippines. You don’t stop until you reach the town of Sta. Catalina in Km. 90, Negros Oriental’s rice granary. And on to the FINISH LINE in the Sundown City of Bayawan.
1. For runners outside Negros Oriental, pay your registration fee of P1,250.00 through Bank deposit in the Savings Account of MARIPOL TECSON at CHINA BANK SA Number: 198-006511-9
a. Print legibly on the deposit slip your name, age, address, contact number, and shirt size.
b. Scan deposit slip and email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please indicate the SUBJECT of your email: Negros Oriental 100.
c. Upon receipt of your scanned deposit slip, the Organizer will acknowledge to confirm acceptance of your registration. An Entry and Waiver form will be assigned to you for your signature upon Check-in on Race Day.
2. For runners within the Province, please complete the Entry and Waiver form, and pay the fee of P1,250.00 to Albert or Maripol Tecson at DARS Office c/o Derm Corner at the corner of Perdices & San Juan Sts., Dumaguete.
3. The registration fee is inclusive of the runner’s bib and a “support vehicle bib”, the 10 Aid stations, medals, t-shirt, and a meal at the finish line.
4. After the deadline of registration Dec. 6, registration fee is P1,900.00 with no jerseys.
5. NO refunds will be made once registration and deposit have been made.
ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
The participant MUST have finished at least one 50-kilometer race, and is physically and medically fit to run a 100-kilometer road run. The participant must sign a Waiver of Liability upon check-in on Race Day.
RACE RULES AND GUIDELINES
1. NO unregistered runners, pacers, bandits will be allowed.
2. Runners must have the mandatory running gear which should be presented during check-in: headlamp, reflectors, blinkers, reflectorized bands/vest, cellphone, hydration gear. Runner must also check-in his/her support crew vehicle with the required reflectorized streamer.
3. Runners are advised to wear only WHITE, LIGHT or PASTEL-colored jerseys. NO dark jerseys.
4. It is the responsibility of the runner to know the race route, the location of the Aid stations, and the contact numbers of the Response tems.The DPWH yellow kilometer markers in the entire race course are the only guideposts for the runners. There will be no other course markers.
5. If iPods have to be used at all, it is recommended that only one earphone is used, for safety reasons.
6. The participants will be running along the South Provincial Highway which is usually deserted. There will be NO road closures. Runners must take utmost precaution in navigating the roads, crossing intersections, and must RUN LEFT (facing incoming traffic) most of the time.
7. There will be 10 Aid Stations at Km. Posts 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, and at the finish line (hosted by the local running teams DARS, MDRC and the LGU’s). The Aid Stations are STRICTLY FOR RUNNERS ONLY.
a. Water, electrolytes, chips, biscuits, chocolates and raisins will be available in every Aid station. There will be NO cups available. Runners are required to bring their own hydration system (bottles, running camelbacks) for refill.
b. Banana, watermelon, sandwiches will be available at Km Posts 20, 40, 60, and 80.
8. There will also be PNP, barangay tanods, and Army positioned strategically along the race route for security reasons. Please THANK THEM as you pass by.
9. Runners have the option to bring along a support crew that is self-supporting. All support crews also need to be officially registered (no fees required) to get a “support vehicle bib”. Please email your Support Crew details such name/s and vehicle type with plate number. All support crew are required to hang at the back of the vehicle a reflectorized streamer that says “CAUTION: RUNNERS ON THE ROAD”.
10. Support crews shall be responsible for their own provisions. Support crews are not allowed to get anything from the Aid Stations, or risk to have his runner DQ’d (disqualified).
11. Support crew must CROSS THE ROAD ON FOOT to give supplies to his respective runner who is running left. At no instance should the runner go to his support vehicle – to avoid any suspicions and doubts.
12. To avoid accidents, Support crew must continue to observe traffic rules. The support crew can only park on the right side of the road.
13. For those without support crew, we leave it up to the discretion of the runner to find a suitable, safe, and clean place to have your dinner, breakfast, or lunch along the race route.
14. When the official time reaches 24:00:00, all Aid stations will continue to wait for the last runner; the Organizer has also committed to wait for the last runner at the finish line. They will still be included in the Complete Race Results with their official finish time, to be posted on FB by Dec. 18.
15. Emergency Response Teams from the Local Government Unit Police, and the Health Unit Medical Team with Ambulance will be on standby for emergencies for the duration of the race. Response Team Contact numbers will be provided to all participants.
16. There are official photographers at the start/finish lines and along the race route. To get your best photos, keep your bib in clear view at all times. Photos will be posted on the Facebook page of ONe100.
17. If, for any reason, the runner is unable to continue the race, he has to inform the nearest marshall, the Race Director, or the Emergency Response Team.
18. If ever there are complaints of violations committed by runners or their support crew, the written protest must be submitted within one hour after the cut-off time, accompanied by signed statements and documentary evidence (video footages or photos).
19. The Organizer, through the Race Director, may, at any time, modify the race rules and/or course for the benefit and welfare of the runners.
20. Medical Assistance, five (5) ambulances or rescue vehicles from LGU Dumaguete City, Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita, Sta. Calalina, Bayawan City are in standby ready to respond. Emergency numbers will be provided to all runners during briefing. Negros Oriental Hospital (NOPH) will be the primary hospital located at the North National H-way.
GETTING TO/FROM DUMAGUETE CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL
One can reach Dumaguete City via cars, buses, boats, planes.
From Luzon, you can take a plane ride from Manila. There are 4 flights daily via Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. Back to Manila, the last plane out of Dumaguete is 4 PM.
From Bacolod City in Negros Occidental is a 5-hour drive through the mountains of the town of Mabinay. There are also regular aircon Ceres buses that ply the route until midnight.
From Cebu City, it’s a three-hour drive to south of Cebu, then a 20-minute motor-banca/fastcraft ride from Liloan to the town of Sibulan in Negros Oriental. Or a 40-minute ride on a barge that can also ferry your vehicle or the Ceres bus. If you don’t want long coastal rides, there’s a 20-minute daily flights via Cebu Pacific. Back to Cebu, there’s a Ceres bus that leaves Bayawan straight to Cebu City via the barge. You can also take the 7 PM or the 10 PM boat to Dumaguete City.
From Bohol, you cross the Tanon Strait on a fastcraft. You get to Dumaguete in about 3 hours.
From Mindanao, you can take a plane ride via Cebu. Or you can take a 4-hour boat from Dapitan City, which you can see from Bayawan City on a clear day. Book at Dumaguete Grandeur Travel & Tours c/o Janeth Eman Gravador.
Where to stay? Hotel Nicanor c/o Katrina Ramas-Uypitching Lim
Registration Period Oct. 15 to Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
Race Day Assembly (Dec. 14, 2013 in Dumaguete City)
• 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon — Claiming of Race Packet at the Booth Area fronting the Capitol
• 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM ——Check-in, Marking of bibs, Checking of Running Gear, Race Briefing at Booth Area. Bags will be transported to Bayawan City.
• 4:30 PM to 4:50 PM ——-Brief Program
• 5:00 PM —— Gun Start (with MDRC and DARS 5km send-off run)
Post Race (Dec. 15, 2013 in Bayawan City)
• 11:00 AM onwards ——-Awarding of Commemorative Finisher’s Medals and Shirts
• 12:00 Noon & onwards—-Serving of meals and drinks at the Terminal Hotel Lobby
• 5:00 PM Awarding of Top 3 Finishers (Male and Female)