Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Bohol International Marathon 2013 Experience

Day 1 (Aug. 23, 2013):

Arrived in Bohol on a Friday, two days before the race.  Checked in at BODARE Pension House in Dao, Tagbilaran then toured Bohol's famous tourist spots. The tour was made possible by college classmate Kerwin "Choy" Pasoc who now works and resides in Bohol.

Malaybalay Runners in Bohol's Chocolate Hills: Me, Malou, Blessie and James

Barefoot running in Bilar Man-Made Forest

With our college classmate Choy in Loboc Bailey Bridge. In the background are the beautiful Loboc River and San Pedro Church

Day 2 (August 25, 2013):

Went to the nearby town of Maribojoc to visit my relatives on my mother's side. We also checked out the historic watch tower of Punta Cruz.

 My mother's ancestral home in Maribojoc where I spent some years of my childhood

After lunch, we went back to Tagbilaran and paid our bills in the pension house. After buying some necessities in the Island City Mall we then headed to the Island of Panglao. Checked in at Isola Bella Resort. The resort is about 800 meters from the town plaza where the race will start and finish.

Late afternoon , we went to the plaza and marveled at the beautiful Panglao Church and Watch Tower. We also have our photos taken with the Kenyan runners who are already in the venue hours before the race. 

We then took an early dinner in a nearby carinderia then went back to the resort and tried (desperately) to get a few hours of sleep.

Day 3 (August 25, 2013):

James and I were in the starting line about 15 minutes before the 12 midnight 42K gun start. After a few warm-up strides and stretching, fireworks signaled the start of the race. I let James go ahead since his pace is faster than mine. I stuck to my 3:1 Galloway run-walk right away. The center highway has a straight route stretching for about 15 kilometers from Panglao Town Center up to Dauis Bridge. After 6 KM from the starting point, we went back to the Poblacion before heading out straight to Dauis Bridge for the last turn around. The route was mostly flat but there were also a few challenging uphills in coming back from Dauis.

Based on my GPS Sports Tracker, I hit the 42K mark at 5:20++ which was already a PR for me (my previous best is 5:45++). But then the route stretched for more than 2 kilometers above the 42K distance and I ended up with an official finish time 5:47:04 and chip time of 5:46:53. James finishd about a minute ahead and we ended up #  71 and #72 among 152 finishers respectively. 

I reached the finish line together with a runner from Panglao

James' GPS also showed that the route was more than 2 KM over the marathon distance. Suffice to say, it was an "unofficial PR" 42K for me. Hehehe! On the other hand, Malou and Blessie also successfully finished the 21K and 10K routes, respectively.

And since we all finished the race injury-free, we were able to hop and chill in Virgin Island right after breakfast.

After enjoying the island, we went back to mainland Panglao and checked out of the resort. We then went back to Tagbilaran and hang out in Island City Mall. While the wifeys roamed around the mall, the boys enjoyed a few rounds of ice cold beer!

At 4 PM, we walked across the Dao Integrated Bus Terminal and left Tagbilaran for Jagna. At 10 PM, the Light Ferry ship we boarded departed for Cagayan de Oro en route to our home sweet home Malaybalay.

(All race photos are taken from Bohol International Marathon's FB Page)



  1. Hi there!

    Will be going to Camiguin on the weekend of October 18. Just wanted to ask if there are any runs on that weekend as part of their festival?

    It's my first time to visit Camiguin so I wanted to make sure it's great!

    Christine P.

    1. Lanzones Festival Run will be on Oct. 20. Visit this link for details: