Marcelo Bautista ranked no. 18 out of 125 runners from in and outside of Hawaii and clocked a record of 30:46:15 at the recently concluded Hawaiian Ultra Running Team’s Trail 100-Mile Endurance Run or known as HURT 100 held last 16 January 2016.
According to the official website of the event, HURT 100 is a difficult trail run designed for the adventurous and well-prepared ultra runner. It is conducted on trails within the jurisdiction of the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife.
Based on Jonel Mendoza’s post in Trail Running-Philippines (TRiP) official Facebook page, Bautista is a champion of the King of the Mountain (KOTM) H1 held in 2014 and thus represents both TRiP and KOTM respectively.
Before that, he bagged the championship in the first Ultra Marathon 200 kilometer run in the country in 2012 which started in Subic, Zambales and ended at Alaminos, Pangasinan with a record of an amazing 19:32:29.
From a subsequent post, Mendoza thanked the supporters of Bautista namely Brooks, GU, Dennis Uy, Efraim Manzano, Gene Bishop, Valerie Tauli, AHON, Rep. Nicasio Aliping, Jr., Doc Rod and Ocho Runner.
Bautista, according to the story run by HeraldExpress last 28 Spetember 2015, is a contractual janitor at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. When asked about HURT 100, he was quoted saying,
“I hope that we can snatch the limelight in this event that is why conditioning my endurance is a must for this event”
From the post-event video posted on HURT100, Bautista is all smile holding on to his snack and medal while the Philippine flag was being held for photo-ops. Watch the video here.
Even if he is lacking financially, this did not hinder Bautista to join races and win. His story is indeed an inspiration for all trail runners across the country.
Bautista represented the Philippines together with Paul Encarnacion who ranked no. 48 and clocked in a record of 35:22:57. Out of the 125 participants, only 55 made it to the finish line with Jeff Browning from Bend, Oregon bagging the number one spot with an astounding record of 21:22:49. You can check the complete list here..
Disclaimer: Photo used for the featured image is by Ephraim Manzano and several uploads made by Jonel mendoza of TRiP. Visit their official Facebook page here.
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