|The Thee Musketeers: Gat Uban, Gat Uban, and Gat Uban|
|1st QCC: Why am I here?|
But despite the fact that this could be one of the hardest 160km foot race in the country, I still keep on coming back to it. I guess I'm just that type of a masochist? But no, I guess, I really enjoy the challenge of the course. All the uphills, ahem upHELLS, all the downhills, ahem downHELLS, the heat of the sun, the shade of the trees, or lack thereof, they all make this race complete. Like going home, some what. It sounds crazy. I think I might have banged my head somewhere there, but these things make me come back every year.
The following are the things that I'm always looking forward to see in QCC:
1. The rabid dogs
|Baron: First dog to finish QCC; all around badass|
|YAAAAAS! We're not yet there, huhu~|
3. Giant Red Horse Sign
|"Hydration" Station, Red Horse pa more!|
|Hi guyth! I'm here again!|
5. Endless Caliraya - Cavinti ascent
|Flashlight? Check. Reflectors? Check. Companions? Check.|
|I am the lord of this bench. KNEEL BEFORE ME!|
|Welcome to Lucban!|
|Not 7-11 but a few km past it, still Tayabas, on our way to hell|
9. Freaking Tayabas to Mauban Road
|Winter is coming~|
10. Mauban Coconut
|File Photo: Quezon Day Ultramarathon 2015|
And that's it! I guess, I'm writing this as sort of a guide as well for myself and other runners who will be taking up on the QCC challenge. Yes, it's my third year but I still get lost so I'll be going back to this blog next year still.
Oh, and to answer the question on why do I keep doing this? At the end of the day, it's not just the challenge that makes me go back but the camaraderie and friendship formed from the very first QCC all the way to the most recent. Plus, it's always fun to hangout with fellow crazy people doing crazy things under crazy circumstances! See you on the next QCC, cheers to craziness!
Photo credits: Rose Betonio, Baracks Baracael, Mami Arcie Valenzuela
|3QCC Participants at the Starting Line|