AL TELLIAS clocked an impressive seven hours, 32 minutes and 16 seconds to rule the Old Spanish Trail 50 (OST60) kilometer run during the weekend in Kayapa town, Nueva Vizcaya.
Tellias, although a little slower in his run last year, reclaimed his title in the point earning system King Of the Mountain Trail (KOTM) run series besting 40 seasoned ultra marathon runners in the event supported by the Department of Tourism, Benguet province, municipalities of Kabayan and Itogon and Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya.
Settling for second place is Russell Allen Ventura clocking 07:43:13 while Leonardo Padaoan checked in with a time of 07:59:22 in the foot race which started and ended at the Kayapa Central School in Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya heading towards the trailhead in Talecabcab passing through the peak of Mt. Ugo in Itogon, Benguet and return via Bacuyan Junction, passing through the Nueva Vizcaya-Benguet Road before heading to the starting line.
The ladies side saw Jessica Amos winning the distaff with a time of 09:55:10 while second placer Renee Taguibos checked in at 10:35:32 with Rocelda Frayna finishing the race at 11:25:33 for a decent third place finish.
In the Four Lakes 100 (FL100) kilometer race, Ahlecks Lacsama completed the course with a time of 17:07:34 to bag the crown in the male category as Felmer Hiponia (17:42:12) and Robert Watson (17:46:58) salvaged second and third place respectively.
Novena Manacnes took the top honors in the women’s contest with a time of 19:58:56 while Melanie Hingpit checked in at 20:19:24 to settle for first runner-up as Agustoralin Sabanal timed in at 22:25:16 to salvage 2nd runner-up.
Just like the Old Spanish Trail, the Four Lakes 100 started and finished in Kayapa.
Launched on April 1, 2012, KOTM held the first Mount Ugo Marathon (MUM) and its half marathon side event. The OST60 and FL100 ultra marathons were held on May 26-27, 2012.
The Hardcore 100 Miles (H1), the longest and toughest event of the series was staged, followed by the MUM again in March, and OST60 and FL100 the following year and in 2014, the Pulag 100K (P1), was opened to give H1 aspirants a feel of the longer, 100-mile course.
With three KOTM series already concluded, three trail running events remain in the calendar with the P1 in April, and H1 in May.
Runners who officially complete four successive KOTM events (MUM, FL100, P1, and H1) in one year are awarded the KOTM400 pendant.
Those who officially finish three H1 races are also recognized and automatically elevated to the KOTM Hall of Fame.
KOTM events have also been point-earning races for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB®) in Europe since 2013, and are accredited by the International Trail Running Association (ITRA).
For the UTMB® 2017 edition, Mount Ugo Marathon 2016 has been rated 2 points, OST 50K – 3 points, Four Lakes 100K – 5 points, Pulag 100K – 5 points and Hardcore Hundred Miles – 6 points (ref: www.ultratrailmb.com).
Additionally, Hardcore Hundred Miles or H1 is the only race in Asia, aside from UTMF in Japan, that stands as a lottery entry race for Hardrock 100 Miles, and the world’s oldest 100-mile race, Western States Endurance Run, both held in the U.S.