Botak Paa-Tibayan on Aug. 23

Wednesday, 22 July 2009  |  Race Announcements


BOTAK Paa_tibayan Takbo 10 Miler, 5 Miler and Street Mile Challenge: “A Run for Runners”

Get ready and lace up! After the success of our 100KM Race last June 28 were Jessie Ano has broken the 100KM National Record we bring you the Run Fest this coming August 23, 2009 which will happen at AS Parking lot in UP Diliman were we will be running for no other than ourselves. BOTAK shall give benefit to the rehabilitation of the UP Track and Field Oval into a world class tartan track, where the direct benefit will be our running community.

More areas to train and run shall help develop our sport further and even provide better training facilities for our athletes competing here and abroad. On the other hand, runners who are living within the city won’t need to go to ULTRA or Rizal Memorial Track Oval anymore to do their training. Also with this project Metro Manila will have an almost complete training venue in its major cities.

BOTAK Paa-tibayan Takbo is a continuation of the BOTAK Takbo 100KM Running Fest, so for those who had registered for the June 28 event we shall carry it over to Aug. 23. The events are scheduled at; 6 am gun start for the 10 and 5 Mile race and the heat races of the Street Mile Challenge shall commence at 10 am. Our running fest shall also proceed all through out the day with good food, health programs and fitness activities, and games.

More updates to come in the following weeks!

Race distances and registration fee at:

300 Php – 10 Mile and 5 Mile Race
250 Php – Street Mile Challenge (1 Mile race)

Race organized by: Mr. Ian Alacar as Project Director, Mr. Edmund Mangaser – Race for the 10 Mile and 5 Mile Race and Mr. Ben Alacar, Street Mile Challenge.

– 5 mile Course Map –

Botak Paa-Bilisan Road Race Hits Baguio

Thursday, 16 July 2009  |  Race Announcements


The quarterly Botak Paa-Bilisan Road Race Series held in Manila will hold its third-quarter race outside Metro Manila. The first two races were held at the Bonifacio Gloabal City last March and May. The third quarter Paa-Bilisan Road Race Series shifts to Baguio for the Pines City’s centennial celebration.

This event dubbed: Botak Paa-Bilisan Road Race Series in Baguio is included in the City’s Centennial Calendar of Events. The race is organized by OlymPlus Sports with the University of Baguio Sport Head Ed Laureano as the Race Director. Scheduled for Sunday 6 September 2009 at the Lake Drive of Burnham Park, the event will have a 5km, 10km and 15km race distances.

Top three winners in each race division for male and female will receive cash awards and trophies. While the top three runners in 10 different age groups in the 10km and 15km will receive medals. There will be a total of 80 winners.

Registration forms are now available for downloading at and Filled up registration forms will be accepted at Laperal Building along Session Road, Sports Director’s Office of the University of Baguio and at the Botak Sportshop at 131 Kamuning Road in Quezon City on August 3, 2009.

Race Packets include original Botak sports running singlets along with your runner’s bib, safety pins, route map and race instructions. The race route will pass through South Drive and Loakan Road for the 15km distance.

Botak Paa-Bilisan Road Race is a quarterly road race event, in the PAA-LIGSAHAN Takbong Pambansa Running Program, open to all runners and fitness buffs that opt to choose a healthier active lifestyle. It will have a 5km run as side feature. This road race is designed to be highly competitive event with big prize money and awards.

The course will be well planned and measured to provide top runners to set new running records for the 10km distance. The winner who will set a new Philippine Record gets double the prize money and a time of sub-29 minutes will entitle the winning runner a sponsored trip to see action in one of the prestigious 10km road race in the USA.

Botak Paa-Tibayan Takbo 100k Race Report

Thursday, 2 July 2009  |  Bullish Insights

Last Sunday, June 28, two races were held at U.P. Diliman Campus: the GIG Run and the Botak Paa-Tibayan Takbo 100k.  I chose to participate in the GIG Run’s 10k event and delayed plans for signing up for Botak’s 100k until—uhm—maybe when my kids are already in college.

I’ve been neck deep in work (worked on TBR Magazine Issue 2 which will be released next week—woohoo!) so I failed to write my race report for GIG.  (So sorry to the organizers!)  But, it was a well-organized fun run which I thoroughly enjoyed despite how exhausted I felt at a mere 5k.  (Lesson: never watch a long movie such as Transformers 2 the night prior to a race.)

As for Botak, I have heard nothing but good reviews about the race.  Big congratulations to Botak and good friend, Neville Manaois, who organized the ultramarathon.  What you guys did was no mean feat!

Below is the race report as shared by Botak.  Congratulations to Coach Roel’s little bro Jesse Ano who broke the record for the 100km!…

It all started at 1am on the crisp morning of June 28, 2009 when 81 brave souls assembled to the starting line at Yllanan road in UP Diliman for the first 100 kilometer race in Metro Manila.



Everybody was so eager especially the support officials coming from the City Governments of Quezon City and Marikina. There was a ratio of three marshals to every participant. One motorbike, one scooter marshal and one ground marshal. There were also seventeen mobile patrol cars with blinkers-on, that safe guarded all the participants. As I quote one participant “It was iron clad from start to finish”.

The race had turned out as a day for Jessie Ano whose performance was worthy of breaking the 26 year old national record of Mr. Felix Baredo the time of 8:27.10. Jessie Ano clocked in at an amazing 8:06.56 to win by 59 mins ahead of 2008 Koko Marathon Champion Pepito Deapera clocking in at 9:01:04




Official results of Botak Paa-Tibayan 100km:

1Final Results of BOTAK 100KM

Botak Postponed to Aug. 23

Wednesday, 24 June 2009  |  Race Announcements

Botak has announced that it will only hold the BOTAK Paa-tibayan Takbo 100KM Ultra-Marathon Race this Sunday.  All other race distances—the street mile challenge, 5 miler, and 10 miler—-has been postponed to August 23, 2009.

Official memo from Botak: 

The Ultra-Marathon Races – 100K and 50K solo shall proceed this coming weekend but due to the pressure from our school participants we are re-scheduling the date for our Street Mile, 10 and 5 Miler Race this coming June 28, 2009 to Aug. 23, 2009 in the UP Campus Diliman.

We had received a number of requests from our school participants who had been affected by the recent virus scare also. BOTAK has been tapping grass roots participants (kids and students from various schools, public and private) to participate however a lot of schools had been closed or either cancelled. The bulk of our registrants came from the corporate and schools category.

With all this we had painstakingly considered a changed of schedule.




Botak Paa-Tibayan Takbo 100km Press Con

Saturday, 30 May 2009  |  Race Announcements

Isport Botak recently held its press conference for Botak Paa-Tibayan Takbo 100k Marathon at R.O.X., Bonifacio High Street last Thursday, May 28, 2009.  

The Botak Paa-Tibayan 100k Marathon will be held on June 28, 2009 with the race starting at U.P. Diliman, the beneficiary of the race as proceeds from the race will go to the rehabilitation of the U.P. Track & Field Oval.
Among the speakers during the press conference were Mr. George Tan of OlymPlus Sports, Ian Alacar of Botak, Eric Pasion of Run For Change, and Mr. Edwin Barbers, U.P. Sports Director.  Mr. George Tan shared photos and anecdotes of the adventures he shared accompanying legendary runner and founder of Botak, Mr. Cesar Guarin, as he ran across the Philippines, U.S. and Europe.  Amazing!  Mr. Tan even talked about an ultramarathon they once organized in Baguio where runners ran 1km laps around Burnham Park 100 times over!

– Mr. George Tan of OlymPlus Sports – 

– Ian Alacar of Botak –

Since the Botak Paa-Tibayan Takbo 100k will have three separate events led by three different race directors, each director discussed the route and other important details for his event.  Neville Manaois, team principal of Pinoy Ultra Runners and technical consultant of recently held TNF 100, will head the 100km race, Edmund Mangaser will manage the 5- and 10-mile races,  while Ben Alacar will lead the first ever street mile challenge held in the country.  

Edmund Mangaser, Ian Alacar, Neville Manaois, and Ben Alacar

The race directors fielded direct questions from runners, such as “Will your water stations have cups this time?” or “Will your marshals actually know the race route?” and they assured the audience that lessons were learned from Botak 42k.  I paid particular attention to Mr. Edmund Mangaser who discussed the 5- and 10-miler.  These were his comments about the route: 1) covered by trees, 2) passes through subdivisions, 3) there are short but steep climbs, and 4) there will be water stations every 2km.  The three race directors seemed to be on top of their game and we’re only hoping for their success.
To register for the Botak Paa-Tibayan 100k Marathon, visit:
– Botak Sports Shop, 131 Kamuning Road, Edsa QC
– Fitness First
– ROC, UP Diliman, Bahay ng Alumni
– Paul Calvin’s Deli, The Fort
– PATAFA Rizal Office
– All Terra Bike Shop, Club 650 Libis
– Second Wind Store, Maginhawa St. Teacher’s Village QC

 For inquiries, call 414-8892 or 921-5947 or email