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Luspian 1st Igorot to finish world’s oldest 100–mile run
by Harley F. Palangchao

PHILIPPINE PRIDE -- Jovencio Luspian, 37, finished the grueling 100-mile Western States Endurance Run in California under cut-off time of 30 hours. He was the lone runner from the Philippines who competed in the world’s oldest 100-mile trail run, joined by U.S.-based Jun Bermudez of Mindanao. -- Tonya Perme

Benguet ultra trail runner Jovencio Luspian will be written in history as the first Igorot to hurdle the grueling 100-mile (160.934 kilometers) Western States Endurance Run (WSER)last June 23 and 24 in California, U.S.A.

The 37-year-old Luspian, who hails from Mankayan, crossed the finish line at 28 hours and three milliseconds, which is two hours before the 30-hour cut-off time.

Luspian, the lone Philippine-based runner to see action in the world’s oldest 100-mile run that started in 1974, has endured all obstacles ranging from hot weather to unfamiliar terrains while racing against the cut-off time.

Honoring his roots, Luspian, as he was nearing the finish line, was escorted by a group of Cordillerans who were waving the country’s flag and a Cordilleran hand-woven blanket while another group was playing the traditional Benguet takik.

Out of the 400 male and female runners who registered for the competition, 369 showed up and started the race, but only 299 finished the grueling trail run.

Luspian, who completed a 100-mile race twice courtesy of the Hardcore 100 Miles by the King of the Mountain Series being held in the mountains of Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya, was the 198th runner to cross the line.

Another Filipino runner from Mindanao, who is now based in the United States in the person of Conrado “Jun” Bermudez, 45, completed the race with a time of 25:36:03.

Bermudez, a former Army Scout Ranger gold cross medal awardee, is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1996. He is the 142nd runner to cross the finish line.
Twenty-eight-year-old American runner Jim Walmsley broke his own WSER record by topping this year’s race with an impressive time of 14:30:04.

Walmsley was almost two hours earlier than second placer Francois Dhaene of France, who clocked 15:54:53 followed by American Mark Hammod, who finished the race in third place at 16:08:59.

The distaff side was topped by American runner Courtney Dauwalter who clocked 17:27:00 followed by Kaytyln Gerbin also of U.S.A., and Lucy Bartholomew of Australia with time of 18:40:19 and 18:59:45, respectively.

All runners passed through the historic Western States Trail when they climbed more than 18,000 feet and descended nearly 23,000 feet before they reached the finish line at Placer High School in Auburn.

In the miles between Squaw Valley and Auburn, runners experienced the majestic high country beauty of Emigrant Pass and the Granite Chief Wilderness and, during the latter stages, the historic reddish-brown-colored trails that led gold-seeking prospectors and homesteading pilgrims alike to the welcoming arms of Auburn.

 
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