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UTMB.

Bandung, 1987.Angan2 terkesan muluk. Sekali seumur hidup bisa menamatkan 10k dilomba lari manapun. Sudah pasti tak peduli podium. Bahkan tak pusing jikapun beberapa jam terlewat waktu Cut Off Timenya. Selama tak sampai berganti hari.

Bandung 2010.

Mencoba mulai berlari.

Kandas di 1km pertama. Menangispun bukan lagi dibuat- buat atau kiasan.

Plawangan Sembalun, 26 november 2012.

Nyaris tewas. Sendirian, tak menemukan jalan ke Segara Anak, tujuan berikut dimana Kang Hendra dan Kang Rudy Ansyah mestinya sudah sampai.

Dehidrasi dan kelelahan teramat- sangat.

Angan- angan berikut bahwa suatu saat saya akan melihat lomba lari trel disini rupanya harus tetap sekedar angan- angan.

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Percuma Teriak- Teriak Di Sosmed Juga, Ga Kan Didengerin..

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8 manusia- manusia gilak, penamat lari dikutub utara. Sejauh 533km. Dengan batas waktu 191 jam.

salah- satunya adalah Hendra Wijaya, Indonesia. Kedua dari kanan..

Pagi ini ada yg sms saya, berbaik- hati menawarkan diri, membantu, agar keikut- sertaan kita di lomba2 ultra dunia bisa dibantu/ dibiayai  pemerintah( kemenpora).
Kata beliau( yang juga mengaku punya kedekatan dengan siapa2 dipemerintahan), percuma buang ongkos mahal2, teriak2 di sosmed, ga kan didengerin pemerintah.
Saya balas pendek saja.
Kami lakukan ini semua, sebagian yg turut serta diberbagai kejuaraan dluar- negeri, berlari- lari mulai sendiri, beberapa sekedar suka2, sampai di lomba2 tanah- air, justru karena memang sudah tak didengar, jadi ya kami lakukan semampu- mampu kami, memajukan dunia lari trel tanah- air.
Lebih baik ngesot perlahan tapi pasti dengan kemampuan kami apa adanya, daripada mungkin saja wus wus wus tapi harus mengemis- ngemis, merengek- rengek minta diongkosin/ dibantu.
Beruntung orang luar malah yang lebih punya perhatian.( Eh ternyata panjang deng balasan saya 😛 )

Tambahan dari saya. Aneh ya, jaman segala informasi bisa didapat dengan sekedar sentuhan jari, pemerintah koq ya seperti kesulitan menemukan potensi yg ada. Tak usah bicara ‘ menciptakan’.

Saya tak sedang mendewakan siapapun teman2 saya atau mengagungkan Lari Trel Tanah- air.
Tapi tak bisa saya pungkiri, mereka ini luar- biasa.
Demi majunya lari- trel, yang satu tak sungkan2 menghabiskan biaya dan waktu yang tak sedikit.
Lainnya lagi berlatih giat, mengadakan lomba sampai patungan untuk bisa turut ambil bagian di lomba2 tanah- air maupun mancanegara.
Beberapa lomba sudah diakui dunia. Beberapa pelari sudah  juga menjadi penamat, bersanding dengan penamat-2 luar- negeri.
Dua tahun lalu ‘sulit’ mendapatkan peserta. Kini, rasanya ‘tak mudah’ atur lomba mana yg akan diadakan atau diikuti.
Padahal lari- trel tanah air belumlah seusia kebanyakan negara2 lain.

Luar- biasa pertama.

Alam indonesia yang luar- biasa.
Lari trel bisa dilakukan dimana saja.  Lari trel tak mesti lari gunung. Di pantai. Bahkan dikebun tetangga 🙂
Begitu pijakan bukan lagi aspal atau sejenis, ya sudah lari trel namanya.
Kenyataan bahwa kita punya gunung yg banyak sekali , menjadikan lari trel tak jauh2 dari gunung. Paling tidak lerengnya.
Negara tetangga, saking sedikitnya punya gunung, bukitpun disebut gunung.
Nah kita, saking banyak gunung, gunungpun sering disebut bukit.

Luar- biasa yang kedua.
Juga bisa dilakukan siapa saja. Penduduknya yang super banyak. Cukup 1% saja yang melakukan, se asia tengggara habis diborong.

Luar- biasa yang ketiga.
Kapan saja. 365 hari dalam setahun, tak terputus musim ini itu.

Artinya potensi luar- biasa kita, bisa berkiprah dikancah dunia.
Sudah pasti menjadi daya tarik wisata mancanegara.

Gambarannya.
Siapapun yg akan ikut di UTMB( salah- satu lomba lari trel ultra bergengsi dunia. 170km, melintasi 3 negara. Swiss, Itali & Perancis), harus mendapatkan 8 poin. Yang didapat dari keikut- sertaannya di lomba2 dimanapun yg sudah mendapat kualifikasi UTMB.
Sudah ada beberapa lomba dunia yg mendapatkan kualifikasi yg dimaksud.
Dimanapun selain di Indonesia.
Nah sekarang sudah ada 5( lima) lomba tanah- air yang sudah mendapatkan kualifikasi ini. Mulai dari 1 poin sampai 4 poin.
Dipastikan akan menyusul beberapa lagi yang akan mendapatkan kualifikasi UTMB ini.
Artinya, besar kemungkinan lomba2 tanah- air menjadi pilihan utama untuk mendapatkan poinn2 ini. Ya ga sih?
Coba pikir.
Alamnya ya ampun okeh pisan.
Ongkosnya, jika pun bukan yang termurah, pasti tak lebih mahal.
Medannya? ( Biasa, bagi kaum pelari2 trel gilak, semakin hardcore medannya semakin maknyussss), jangan tanya. Terkadang setelah melihat merasakan medan di kita, ditempat lain bisa- bisa terkesan seperti Disneyland 😉

Selamat siang, selamat hari senin 🙂

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Lari Gambung – Cileunca – Banjaran, Dan Monster Steak

Tak menunggu lama sang monster steakpun tersaji.

Iyalah, wong medium rare. Disamping memang sudah liwat jam- jam makan siang juga.
1, ya satu, kilogram has dalam tergolek cantik manis menggoda di.. piring sih, tapi berbentuk pipih segi empat, berukuran tak biasa, selebar serbet makan  berbahan damas. Diatas meja didepan saya.
Sementara si akang waiter seperti yang sudah saya duga, terheran- heran.
Pendampingnya kentang  & salad. Agak tak biasa, kentangnya dibuat kripik, bukan tumbuk atau frenchfries.
Di salah- satu resto dari yang banyak berderet sepanjang jalan Riau.
Dan salah- satu menunya adalah Monster Steak.
Asli 1 kilogram has dalam. Jika mau mereka bisa timbangkan dulu sebelum disiapkan.
Persis beberapa saat, sebelum perlahan tapi pasti, akhirnya sampai ke potongan terakhir monster steak saya, Akang manager tiba- tiba muncul didepan saya.
“Damang Kang?”
“Alhamdullilah Kang, moga sama juga”..
Sapaan ramahnya berlanjut dengan,” Kang, anak- anak( maksudnya waiters) pada taruhan, Akang bisa ngabisin ga ..”.
” 🙂 “.

salah- satu dari beberapa menu lainnya yang monster- monster juga, biasa dipesan untuk 4 orang.

Itupun masih 250 gram per orangnya.

Pagi hari sebelumnya saya memulai lari- lari sendiri saya. Start di ketinggian 1400m Kampung Gambung. Dilereng Gunung Tilu. Masuk kabupaten Ciwidey. 35km selatan Bandung.

Trek melipir dikaki gunung Tilu. Arah danau Cileunca. Kemudian lanjut menurun kearah Banjaran.
60an k.
Hanya sedikit porsi disiapkan untuk sang monster ini setiap harinya..
Salah- satu dari promo mereka.
Harganya super murah untuk seukuran  raksasa ini.Berkualitas baik. Saya tahu sekali.
Jika disatu tempat saya ragu dengan daging steaknya saya cukup pesan blue rare atau rare. Minta hanya di marinade sebelumnya dengan garam laut, sedikit merica dan oregano. Mutlak saus dipisah. Jika menolak, artinya daging mereka jelek. Jika ya, boleh berharap baik 😉 .
Tak sedikit yang mengharuskan kita merogoh kocek sampai nyaris 100an ribu untuk 125 gram steak .  Bukan has luar. Apalagi has dalam. Padahal dikelas Warung Steak biasa.
Dengan banyak lemak disana sini.
Cukup mereka marinade lama sebelumnya dengan bermacam- macam bumbu. Semakin semarak, semakin aneh, semakin ‘tertutup’ jeleknya sang daging.
Istilah saya untuk ini adalah ‘ Daging bumbu’.
Tak berarti tak ‘enak’. Sebaliknya. Buktinya banyak warung- warung steak( yang sekarang sudah menyebut diri Steak Resto atau ada yang berani dengan Steak House) laku. Selalu penuh.
Padahal ya daging bumbu tadi. Daging yang bukan ‘daging’. Jadi yang ‘enak’ adalah bumbu- bumbunya. Dan sang daging hanyalah sekedar media.

Dikita, asal pedas, panas, di goreng atau bakar, apapun bisa jadi enak. Sekedar aci( tepung tapioka) pun diburu. Cireng kan?
Sekali waktu saya antar seorang klien, yang minta dibuatkan resto & cafe, coba menu steak ke beberapa tempat di Jakarta. Mulai dari kelas Warung Steak sampai Steak House sekelas O*tb@ck.
Disalah- satu, lokal, amat sangat terkenal, kami pesan 3 ( tiga ) menu steak, dengan tingkat kematangan berbeda( rare, medium, well done), lokal, US & NZ. Seperti tertera di menu.
Kami temui, ketiganya dari bagian sapi yang sama dan lokal. Disiapkannya saja yang berbeda. Jangan- jangan dari satu sapi yang sama.
Ditambah adegan mencelatnya garpu saya 😛 .
Harganya? Tahun 2004an, 75rb sampai 125rb, umtuk 125 gram? tak sepadan.

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Teman- teman Saya Yang Hebat

26 November.
Lapar dan haus teramat- sangat. Tak ada lagi yg bisa dimakan & diminum. Jikapun ada pastinya seketika itu juga keluar lagi. Maaf, dimuntahkan.
Asam lambung sudah kadung naik.
Lemas tak tersisa tenaga sedikitpun.
Duduk letih dan  lemah.bersandar dipohon yg tak lagi bisa menahan curah hujan. Sendiri.
Di ketinggian Plawangan, Tempat pendaki bermalam sebelum muncak Rinjani.
Beberapa saat tadi baru turun dari muncak Rinjani. Belasan menit setelah Kang Hendra. Dan lebih lama lagi setelah Kang Rudy.
Kang Rudy tak tahu lagi entah dimana.
Kang Hendra katanya antara Plawangan dan Segara Anak.
Pasrah. Tak ada lagi yg bisa diperbuat.
Belokan turun ke Segara Anak tak juga ditemukan. Sudah belasan kali dicoba,
Sampai, ya sampai tak kuat lagi melangkah.
Dering telpon Kang Hendra ada sekali2.
Pastinya karena signal yang kadang ada kadang tidak. Menanyakan apakah belokannya sudah ditemukan.
Setelah sekian kali dijawab belum, akhirnya jawaban saya terakhir adalah sudah.
Hanya agar Kang Hendra tak lagi mengkhawatirkan saya, dan, sungguh menjawab telponpun sudah tak kuat.
Selang beberapa puluh menit masuk sms/ bbm teman2 mengucapkan selamat ulang- tahun.
Satu, dua, beberapa sekaligus. Belas, dan ya ampun, seperti tersadarkan, bahwa saya punya banyak teman. Banyak sekali.
Tak saya sadari, saya menitikan airmata.
Setelahnya adalah isakan.
Isakan bahagia, karena entah bagaimana mulainya tiba2 saya merasa tidak sendiri lagi.
Tiba2 tersadar bahwa sepertinya ada banyak teman2 yg menunggu seperti apapun kisah2 lari2 gunung saya. Jika ya begitu maka tak boleh diri ini menyerah.
Tiba2 saja saya mempunyai kekuatan lagi.
Kekuatan yg saya yakin cukup untuk bangun, dan memulai pencarian belokan ke Segara Anak.
Ternyata belokan yang dicari hanyalah belasan meter arah utara dari tempat saya semula tadi.
Selanjutnya beberapa jam kami bertiga sudah berkumpul di Segara Anak. Selamat, tanpa kurang suatu apa. Alhamdullillah.
Dua tahun kemudian, beberapa hari kemarin teman2 saya bukan lagi sekedar berlari gunung, tapi berlomba berlari di gunung.
Artinya ada batas waktu yang harus mereka perhitungkan.
Dengan jarak 50km, 102km dan 165km.
Dengan berbagai tingkat pengalaman dan kemampuan.
Dari yang pemula sekali. Sampai yang sudah beberapa kali penamat lomba2 lari trel ultra dimanapun.
Padahal kisah saya diatas hanyalah 30an km saja.
Saya yakin, tantangan, hambatan dan perjuangan mereka pastinya lebih lagi dari saya.
Biaya, waktu, persiapan, cuaca, medan yang sulit dan berbahaya. Tidur yang kurang. Makan dan minum yang mungkin berbeda dengan biasanya.
Tapi begitu besar niat dan keinginan mereka untuk turut di hajatan ini.
Bersukur acaranya selesai dengan, semoga saya tidak salah, berhasil dan selamat.
Teman2, kalian sungguh luar- biasa. Tamat atau tidak tamat kalian telah membuat sejarah.
Langkah menuju Indonesia sebagai salah- satu tujuan hajatan lari trel ultra dunia sudah dimulai.
Tak bisa lagi dihalangi.
Dengan kenyataan bahwa kita mempunyai ratusan gunung, pebukitan dan medan trel dimana- mana, bukan hal yg mustahil berikutnya adalah menjadikan tanah-air sebagai kiblat lari trel ultra maupun non ultra dunia.
Saya yakin dan percaya sekali.
Terimakasih teman- teman, kalian dan apa yang baru saja kalian lakukan merupakan hadiah termanis dan terindah diulang- tahun saya..
Tak terlupakan juga doa dan dukungan dari teman2 yang lain.

Salam,

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Thank You All by Nefo Ginting / Race Director

Dear All, on behalf of BTS100ultra committee we would like to say thank you to all Participants,volunteers,Sponsors,TNBTS,Team SAR,YEPE Malang,Mapala TURSINA,The Tenggers people,Local Police and the person who support this event one by one we can’t mention it, God bless you all and see you with another real adventure of brutal..torturing.. sadist ultra race…. Astala vista…
Dear All, on behalve of BTS100ultra committee we would like to say thank you to all Participants,volunteers,TNBTS,Team SAR,YEPE Malang,Mapala TURSINA,The Tenggers people,local Police and the person who support this event one by one we can't mention it, God bless you all and see you with another real adventure of brutal..torturing.. sadist ultra race.... Astala vista...:)
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I Did It! Bromo Tengger Semeru 100 Ultra 2013 by Maggie Kim hong Yeo

Maggie001 Maggie002 Maggie003 Maggie004 Maggie005 Maggie006It was meant to be. I was to run the 50 km after tossing and turning about whether I should run longer or not. Afterall, I have just completed a full marathon on the week before on 17 November 2013.Arrived at Surabaya 2 days earlier was great. Coz I for the first time a long time felt I am on holiday. And this trip is my birthday holiday. Met up with Chris Paul Kawinda who kindly checked me into a local hotel coz I arrived real late in the nite. Unfortunately, I had a fall and hurted my left knee after I had a shower on the slippery floor…The next day, we went off to Fitri Ismiyanti place where I stayed the nite at this wonderfully happy spirited lady, a very motiviated and enthusiatic runner. We had such wonderful time laughing eating and even went to meet up with some Indo Runners that evening.So the next morning off we went to Bromo in 2 MPVs and we arrive Lava View Hotel (this is the startline of 100km and 165 km events). Such a lovely view indeed as the hotel name said. Weather was great, cool and calm.Got my racepack, took heaps of photos and met so many other runners.

At 4 am, we were transported to Ranepane, where the startline of 50 km event.

At 5 am sharp, the race begin, and by then the sun has broken into this beautiful mountain. I decided to take off my headlight and put on my cap instead.

After running for about 5 km, my Garmin watch decided to die on me coz I must have accidentally press on the start button while it was in my luggage. Lesson learn, next time I must wear it on my wrist while on the way to race event. Also, I forgot to bring along the charger.

Anyhow I felt great with or without my garmin watch, coz my motive for this event is to graduate into being not just an ultra runner, but to be a real mountain trail ultra runner, so time is no essence…

Shortly after my garmin watch died, I managed to push myself through to lead the ladies pack.

From then on, I was happily running, power walking, through the forest, through the mountain slopes, indeed I was happy, so many has cheered me on. It was unbelievable how many called on to my name. I dont think I can remember all of them. Yet these callings brings such joy to me.

One of the runners, Stefan Knudsen from Denmark decided to tag along and we were happily moving on passing a great number of runners. Along the way, I am unable to remember all names, if you remember, please tag yourself here.

From Ranupane 2100 m down and up to Ranu Kombolo 2400 m W3 station where I decided not to refill anything. Just kept on going to Kalimati 2700 m and had my first drink up of my Fitliine Performance sachet and very quickly making my way to Ranu Kumbolo W4 station. Had a another quick drink of the Fitline Performance sachet and again quickly left the station of W3. These are all beautiful sub tropical not quite tropical, coz the weather is pretty cool, cant tell you the temperature unfortunately, but very comfortable feel and not sweating. Love the view and trees the climb.

Shortly after I arrive at km 25, I came to a junction with 3 ribbons, this was where I got lost. Both me and Stefan decided to turn left and after plodding for a while, we notice there was no more ribbons. Aaagh, we stopped, hesitated and decided to u-turn to get back to the original ribbon. By this time the sun was getting rather fierce.

We ran back unfortunate, we notice the ribbon did tell us to run to the left! And off we got back to the left again and ran all the way to the next junction and this was where we met Rizal Hakeem, we had a chat and told him we have already done this turn and if we run it again, we will be doing our second time on this loop. Nevertheless, there was no other choice but to do the loop one more time.

Then we got to the same junction again and then we turn right instead and then came to the ribbon where we had to go down the very steep hill… yes, here we had lotsa fun… I tried to run down with much difficulties. Finally after less than 5 minutes, I decided to sit on my butt and just let nature take its course… I slide down all the way while the rest of the runners were watching unbelievably at what I was doing. I bet they all did the same after that!!

So I managed to turn something rather dangerouss into something rather fun!! Reminded me of the times when I was liviing In New Zealand when in the summer we often take our flatten cardboxes and go down Mt Victoria at Devonport at the North Shore of Auckland with my kids.

By then I was of course actually hurrying coz I have lost a good 30 minutes too, thats why I decided to slide down… I had to catch up with lost time. Some of the runners have mentioned to me there were quite a few female runners who had passed. So my lead has vanished, alas..

Suddenly from the heat and the weakness, I had 2 energy bars and got back to being strong again. It is amazing to note here, when ones heart decided to get strong, the brain will just follow…

My journey at BTS, became stronger and stronger again….

At some stage here, Stefan who has been faithfully following right behind me deided that he had no more water in the Platypus and get left behind.

I on the other hand had started the next incline to Jempalang. Oh dear, what can I say, this never ending climb took forever.. km 30 just about towards km 35 are the hardest. Because in a marathon, km 35 we start to hit the wall. But I refused to let this never ending incline to give me the negative feeling. I took my Fitline Performance sachet again and kept on going.

Trust me, there were so many Ojek, motorbikers that shouted to to ask if I wanna a lift.. Haha, I have a running bib. No thanks. Along the way, also passed many other runners. So I know I was doing really well in this incline being able to pass others.

So passed W5A station 2400m. And then the down started, I rushed through these broken cement slabs, passing Hui Mathews and her husband along the way, I just ran as I did when I did the Bromo Marathon.. the feeling was great.

Then suddenly, the facade was to change…

The sand start to appear! Wow, the scenery was amazing, beautiful, but the soft sand will be yet another challenge. The savannah look and waves of the sand.. just unbeatable!

I ran along passing yet another lady runner and then I caught up with Handy Trisakti and told him I will try to tag along with him, coz I saw how he walked at an amazing pace. I shall try to keep as close to him as possible.

Coz here, I am starting to feel the lethargic of my legs. After some major running downhill. I was surprised by my own want of my heart. Indeed, I managed to keep up with him.

Shortly after, another set of beautifully made sand dunes started to show. Wow! That was in my mind. This is where I started to eat my Korma, dried dates and sip my drinks.

Beautiful and how am I going to conquer these never ending sand dunes, with the sand storms blowing very often. At some stage Handy had sand in his mouth!!! Full of them, he was complaining, by then I had my glasses on. But I decided I did not need the buff as I was too lazy to take it out from my bag and it will slow me down as well. But the glasses was really good, coz it protected my eyes…

Both of us kept going up and down and up and down those dunes. Soft as they were, beautiful as they were, if u are not careful, you will step wrongly and will roll down these tiny hills and then climbing up again will be a great bother!!

Finally we managed to catch up with another 2 more runners and we were in a pack of 4. We just kept on going and I and Handy managed to take over and got to the next station where I decided to take off my shoes unload the sand (not wearing the gaiter from the start was a great mistake, I should have but I did not). So finally, refill my drinks and had a cafeine gel coz I ran out of my Fitline Performance sachet.

As we started to move I saw Jane Djuarahadi, from the top yelling down as she moved off to complete her run. Both me and Handy went up the steps and down again. Hurrying down, and shortly after that I saw the girl in her hijap again, running infront of me. I was like, hmm where did she come from. I didnt see her passing me at all…

Nevertheless, she was just ahead of me by not much. Then we came to another incline. This is the final incline before we reach Lava View Hotel where the finish line is.

The finish was at 2240m..
The finish was exhilarating…
The finish was an accomplishment to me..
The finish graduated me into a true Mountain Trail Ultra runner…

Something I have been dreaming of since I DNF at Mt MOUNT RINJANI ULTRA!!

I did it! I did my 50 km in 10 hours 8 minutes…

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EAST JAVA – INDONESIA – The Mount Bromo Tengger Semeru Ultra Run race is a unique event that aims to challenge your inner spirit and physical state, as well as to provide race participants with magnificent natural beauty and environment of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java – Indonesia at various altitude level.

Running at the high altitude region of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, you will experience tracks filled with various scenery, such as sea of volcanic sand (2.200 masl) with low temperature and strong wind. Then you will be running through rural back roads, forest path and prairie with a distant magnificent view of the highest mountain in Java, Mount Semeru (3.676 masl) and the tranquility of Lake Ranu Kumbolo (2.400 masl).

At last, this Bromo Tengger Semeru Ultra Run race will challenged you through 3 different distances, 160 km, 100 km and 50 km, in comfortable weather conditions and a very scenic route.

There are three race categories within the Bromo Tengger Semeru 100 Ultra with total distance of 160Km, 100Km, and 50Km

RACE ORGANIZER

Bromo Tengger Semeru 100 Ultra Committee (Trail Runner Indonesia Community (a Non-Profit Organization))

BACKED BY

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS) Ministry of Indonesian Tourism Agency, Goverment of Malang Regency, Government of Probolinggo Regency, Government of Lumajang Regency, Government of Pasuruan Regency, Trail Runners Indonesia (TRI), FORAKSI, Young Pioneer (YEPE) Malang, MAPALA Tursina Malang

RACE DATES

Friday, November 22, 2013

Bromo-Tengger-Semeru100 Ultra
DATE Friday, November 22, 2013. Starts at 03:00 pm
DISTANCE 160K
CUMULATIVE ALTITUDE GAIN
TIME LIMIT 46 hours
START / FINISH
Bromo-Tengger-Semeru100 Ultra
DATE Friday, November 22, 2013. Starts at 03:00 pm
DISTANCE 100K
CUMULATIVE ALTITUDE GAIN
TIME LIMIT 32 hours
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Bromo-Tengger-Semeru100 Ultra
DATE Saturday, November 23, 2013. Starts at 05:00 am
DISTANCE 50K
CUMULATIVE ALTITUDE GAIN
TIME LIMIT 12 hours
START/FINISH

CONDITIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS RACE

  1. You understand the unique nature and requirements of competing in an ultra-long distance trail running race. You will be running in the dark of early morning and all day through mountainous terrain and have undertaken the necessary training to compete in such a race.
  2. You will be responsible for yourself and have the ability to deal with any problems that may be encountered during the race.
  3. You are able to deal with, on your own without assistance, deteriorating weather conditions (low temperatures, strong winds, and rain) and other troubles expected when traveling across mountainous terrain.
  4. You are able to deal with extreme fatigue, internal organ and digestive problems, muscle pain, mild physical injuries and psychological problems on your own.
  5. You fully understand that you are responsible for overcoming the above conditions 1 to 4 on your own and that it is not the responsibility of the race organization.
  6. You are fully aware that when participating in an outdoor activity such as this race, your safety depends on your own skills and abilities.
  7. Video/television footage, photos, articles, race results, etc. may be used and/or shown in newspapers, television, magazines, internet, pamphlets, etc. You understand and agree that these rights belong to the race organization and may be used for these purposes.

If during the 2013 race, you do not meet the above race conditions, your entry to the 2014 race may be declined

QUALIFIER

For participant who will enter 160K should had experience at least once in 100K ultra trail race and proof the event name, time record and send by email to BTS100Ultra@yahoo.com

RACE ENTRY FEES

160Km
FOREIGNER US$ 150 / runner
INDONESIAN US$ 100 / runner or IDR 1000000 / runner
100Km
FOREIGNER US$ 125 / runner
INDONESIAN US$ 75 / runner or IDR 750000 / runner
50Km
FOREIGNER US$ 75 / runner
INDONESIAN US$ 50 / runner or IDR 500000 / runner

Registration for Bromo Tengger Semeru 100 Ultra (BTS 100 Ultra) will due on OCTOBER 31st 2013. The Race Organizer WILL NOT accept any more participant after the due date.

*The Entry Fee is not refundable

There are lots of tracks around the world you name it. Bromo Tengger Semeru 100 Ultra is one of the prettiest.

From start to finish we’ll be treated with some marvelous  view.

Dirt track, rocks and sands of bromo are just waiting to be explored.

50k, 100k or 160k the choice is yours.

http://www.bromotenggersemeru100ultra.com

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I suddenly remember who that lady was

BilanganFuI really have to write this.
Yesterday on my flight to Malang, the plane’s air con didn’t function very well, which rarely happens.
I was sleepy cuse i was driving all the way from Bandung to Soekarno- Hatta Airport, so i tried hard to sleep.
I forgot for how long but Bang Nefo who was on the left side of the line, chatting with a passenger from the right side of the row.
I remember this guy was wearing a hat, but i forgot what type of hat it was.
They were chatting about running and i was pretty excited because running’s always been a topic of interest for me.
I was still sleepy as i looked at their way, a lady on the guy’s left joined the conversation. That’s pretty cool, i thought to myself.
Before long i also joined the conversation.
After only a few sentences the plane landed.
They said goodbye first, cause they had to get off the plane first.
When i walked out, i can still spot them and i thought they were about to take pictures of the plane.
Turns out they asked to take pictures with us. Say no more, i was happy to do it, considering i was never a camera shy kinda person.
And so we did, turns out the guy in the hat wanted to take our pic all along. he used Leica, M5 i think. Meaning he’s either a rich amateur or really is a professional photographer.
And then we took another photo together. The one above was taken with my cellphone. We still need to wait for the luggages, while they went immediately.
As we waited, Bang Nefo casually mentioned that the lady was a writer, or  novelist, or something he wasn’t really sure of either.
I suddenly remember who that lady was.
The name’s Ayu, Ayu something. Then i recalled it was Ayu Utami.
Ok, no wonder she sounds familiar.
So that’s it for now.

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Garmin photo shoot. Behind the scene

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Mt Rinjani Ultra 2013

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4 in the morning, quicker than expected. i could spot a small light in the distance. I suspected it was the track for the runners around Segara Anak. I was with Jane Djuarahadi, Femina Group photographer, was holding down the post 4, Plawangan.
jane and myself were on The 8th Team, the one who came up with this event. With  Hendra Wijaya and  Nefo Ginting as the some sort of project manager. The other 4 were  Florenciano Hendricus Mutter , Djawa Wijoyo Kusumo , Josephine Pipin, and Rudy Ansyah.
I did ok, but the rest did wonderful. jane who is also a trail runner, along with Pipin, the finisher of The North Face 50k trail run in Singapore. Both like to travel, for both hobby or work.
Hendra Wijaya is no stranger to anyone, finisher of many trail runs in Singapore, HK, Philipine, Australia, japan and the last one is UTMB.
He also the one who came up with Lari Gunung Nusantara, Garmin supported mountain trail run, as a way to introduce trail running as well as national tourism.
Nefo Ginting is no stranger to Indonesian diving and climbing scene. With his countless  experiences and friends in many places, he had no trouble getting things started.
Hendricus Mutter was the Chief of Indonesian Mountain Climbing federation and is still active on the climbing scene. Cartenz Pyramid and The Himalaya were some of the places he’s climbed.
If you’re ever planning on hiking, Djawa Wijoyo Kusumo is the man you need to go to, He knows every step of the way plus his survival skill is second to none.
las but definitely not least is rudy Ansyah, a seasoned finisher in many trail run events in the veteran category.
I need to mention the people above because without them, Mt. Rinjani Ultra Trail 2013 wouldn’tve happened in the first place.
It was such an honor to finally have an international trail running event being held in Indonesia. It literally was a dream come true.
We have so many beautiful terrains just waiting to be explored.

I need to go way back to Oct 2010.
Kinabalu climbathon. It was said to be one of the toughest trail running in the world. A lot of high profile world runners participated, such as Kilian Jornet , Marco De Gaspari. We had more than 600 participants and only 115 managed to get to the finish line. Some didn’t finish, and many others were only there to just for the sake of it, with no target to finish it. I was one of whom didn’t get to finish on time. Of the 3,5 hours of the given time for the veteran category (over 40 y.o)  i only managed to get to 150 m to the top.
I was thankful and with no regrets. I gave my best shot. While i was there i realized i was one of the only 5 participants from Indonesia. While many were from nearby Asian countries such as Singapore, Philipine, Japan. Malaysia, which was the host, had the most participants, of course.
Indonesia needed to have similar, if not better events in the near future.

Local dances started the opening of the race. Right at 00.00 on the 17th of August, right on Indonesia’s independence day, 82 participants started at Senaru. At 600m high. Most are international trail runners while some are from here. many were even beginners.
The 1st track was rocky gravels, 6 km to the 1st post. Hiking to 2600 masl on the 2nd, within 10km.
Was an overwhelming track both mentally and physically. Lots of steep ups and downs. Most were without safety fences.
With only a small glimpse of light from the headlight, which was compulsory. The sky was fortunately not cloudy. The moonlight and the star helped the sights a bit.
The next track was the downhill run to Segara Anak lake. A lake that resides in kalderagunung Rinjani, Sembalun Lawang village,  Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat. The name Segara Anak means child of the sea given to the blue colour of the lake reminiscent of the sea. It was on less than 2000 masl.
From here the track were less tough than the previous ones. It was dirt and grass. The next track we’re back to the familiar toughness. It was filled with huge rocks. Slippery when raining, the next climb to the 4th post were also steep and exhausting.
The 4th post were the make-it-or-break-it point which decided if the participant could go on to the top of Rinjani with cut off time 10 hours from start.
The expert runners would’ve been able to get to the top in one hour. And 45 mins of running back down. While beginners would need at least twice as long.
We have a term here, called the 2-1 step, which means  2 steps up followed by 1 step downhill.
It was really an exhausting track.
It spread around 3-8 to the top. The view, however, is magnificent, right from Senaru, especially all the way to Segara Anak lake.
Back to Plawangan, the 4th post. The rule was once you passed the 10 hrs cut off time to the top, participants are obligated to take an evacuation track. Which means you can’t go to start in Senaru, but to Sembalun. While the rest who can still carry on, after going down from the top of Rinjani (5th post) they have to go back to post 6th, the farthest before Sembalun. with cut off time  of 3hrs, they could go back to post 4 before finishing up at Senaru, where the starting point is.
Out of the 82 participants of MRU, only 10 managed to finish under the time given.
It was a general agreement that this was the toughest track they’ve ever experienced. Even compared to the 100 km.
At first there were a lot of disappointments from the ones who couldn’t finish. But after, they were also proud to have been a part of the first indonesian trail running event. The toughest one to boot.
The race has finished, but the memory will not.
The race that every local runners have been waiting for, and luckily a lot of international participants enjoyed too.
Last August Hendra Wijaya finished his UTMB, The good news were quickly followed with another good news, the one that’s also been long awaited.
Mt. RInjani was qualified 2 of points for UTMB 2014. Thanks God.
The achievement couldn’tve been done without the support by the originators, sponsors, Government Agencies, fellow track runner from across the world ; Barbara Oravetz , Franc Girardot and team, Maggie Kim Hong Yeo, Allan Lee, Senaru’s official volunteers, hopefully could also bring good spirits on the upcoming events.
Here’s to making better upcoming events, more challenging, in places with even more breathtaking views.

The road has finally been paved. Hopefully Indonesia could be the world’s ultra trail running destination or at least Asean. No one can stop our intention to grow further from here on.
See you in Bromo Tengger Semeru 100 Ultra.

Aki Niaki.

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Mt Rinjani Ultra 2013. The Story

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I started the journey at 600m, reaching Station 1 5.9 km in 1.29 mins and reaching Station 2 2600 m later about 10 km at 3.40 mins. But it was at this station, where I tried to rest for a short while. I felt breathless, I couldnt eat anything in sight, I couldnt even drink much. I couldnt take my energy sachets or anything. At this point, I wanted to give up and wanted to stop.

Hendra Wijaya, was waiting for the 21 km runners, saw me. He told me if I want to quit and return I will have a longer journey. He persuaded me to get to the next station. So we moved on, with very much difficulty. The rocks were huge, it was dark. At that point, I felt so lucky to just have 1 tracking pole as i really need the other hand to hold on to whatever is there and use the one pole I have to help me with my journey on! I remember there were massive rocks, many times I felt like dying because my tummy was very hard, yet there was no vomits nothing.

Hendra was all the time right behind me. I remember, earlier that evening, Nefo had told me that Hendra will not be climbing the Mt Rinjani. Anyhow, I was thankful he was right behind me. As sick as I was, I know what is an ultra adventure now. Because, here no one is able to help you. Even if u wanna DNF, yu still need to find your own way down to the bottom or to where you started. And in the darkness, my journey continued…

Soon, the sunrise was to be seen. After a while, we have come to brightness, I believe I vomitted shortly before I arrived at the next station. Along the way just before reachiing the next station, I met cheerful Josephine Pipin and Carin Leong and also passing Rich Chai. I also remember, Rich telling me to think carefully if I really wanna ascendd to the top.

With Hendra, we arrive at the next station. Again, I told Hendra I will not continue to ascend. I felt sick again, looking at the food, which Hendra kept insisting for me to take some. Then he later told me, I am a little like Aki Niaki, we cant consume food in our journey! So after resting for a long while must have been half an hour at least. Then Hendra said if I dont eat, I will not be able to go to the summit. My heart had wanted to go to the summit but my physical body was incapable. Pipin, Carin and many others came and left to move on to the top. I kept telling them to go ahead as I was still contemplating!

I have by then met, Alex Sebangkit, to name one of them, Wailan Warokka and a few others that I cant remember the names of hand now.

Finally, Hendra said to me, why dont we go a little further, where we can see the summit. He was great at persuasion. So even though I didnt want to, I finally gave in to the prospect of looking at the summit. So off we go! So with that little bit of rice and tinned beef, like maybe 2 table spoons each, and some Pocari Sweat drink and some FITLINE Performance sachets, we left the station and went ascend again.

The loose gravels were extremely difficult to climb. The heat from the sun is now at its full blast. Along the way, we caught up with Pipin, with Carin, who later dropped off and turn around to go back not going up the summit.

We also passed by Jeff Ooi, Yim, many many others who had reached the summit and now on the way down. Still we went on.

At some stages, I stopped and soon I had no more water in my platypus, water pouch, I had to now take some from Hendra. At one time, I again said I think its a joke if I can get to the summit and Hendra again tricked me and told me why dont we go right to the white rock, and from there we will be able to get a clear full view of the summit.

Now, who doesnt wanna have a glimpse of the summit. But in my heart I know to get there tothe white rock is about 800 m more and thats felt like forever. But from the white rock, we will still have another 1.2 km to the summit. Still I finally agreed with Hendra and move up.

Inching u, Hendra met his friends and gave them his precious Coco de nato cup of desert drink which he had kept for himself to have when he get to the summit, so that was what he told me. But he gave it away anyway! That was so generous of him. Knowing there is nothing much else to drink when we get there!!!

At the rock, we took another break. took some photos. And along the way, we saw the new volcano formed Gunung Baru??, the lakes the beautiful scenary which were all so amazing, and to be able to look down onto these, i felt so happy and that lifted my feeling. Still I vomitted again! In total I have vomitted 3 times. That little bit of food i ate and the salt stick I took all came out again.

Nevertheless, we moved on, and on and on and on and on.

Finally we were there! The summit! Oh! what a feeling! It was absolutely unbelievable! I finally reached my destination, the peak of the Second Most Highest Volcano Peak of Indonesia. Christine Munro had just FB me to let me know that it is actually higher the Mt Cook in New Zealand!

We had my video done, my photos taken and did all the things we all do when we get to Mt Rinjani summit at 3,726 m!

Then we started descending…

This is my story of my love affair with Mt Rinjani sometime on 17 August 2013!!

Maggie Kim Hong Yeo

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Dont Ask Me Why I Run. Ask Yourself Why You Dont.

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Indonesia, the worlds ultra trail running race event destination has just begun

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The road has finally been paved. Hopefully Indonesia could be the world’s ultra trail destination or at least Asean. No one can stop our intention to grow further from here on – Hendra wijaya

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The world has 7 summits. We already have 7 summits of indonesia.
Cartenz Pyramid, the highest top of papua island.
Mt. Binaiya, the highest top of maluku.
Rantemario in Latimojong, the highest top of Sulawesi.
Mt. Bukit Raya, the highest top of Kalimantan.
Rinjani, the highest top of Nusa Tenggara & Bali island.
Mahameru, the highest top of jawa.
Indrapura, mt. Kerinci, the highest top of Sumatra.

Mt. Rinjani Ultra, Indonesian sports event the Mount Rinjani Ultra Race is set to start on August 17, featuring two running categories: The 52km & 21km race) has just been qualified for 2 points for UTMB ( Mountain race, with numerous passages in high altitude (>2500m), in difficult weather conditions (night, wind, cold, rain or snow), that needs a very good training, adapted equipment and a real capacity of personal autonomy). Bromo Tengger Semeru 100 Ultra will be on 22-24th of November 2013.
Hopefully the next series will get the other 5 tops of indonesia.

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality – John Lennon

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Garmin’ s Photo Shoot by Patricia Heny

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134km Coast2coast Ultra Trail Run – Bromo/Ranukumbolo

Dari sekedar melanjutkan Lari Gunung Nusantara kami, yang digagas Kang Hendra Wijaya, saat- saat cari rute dan gunung  di peta, pantai utara jawa dan selatannya menarik perhatian saya.
dan terkaget- kaget bercampur senang saat mendapati bahwa Bromo ada dijarak terpendeknya. Artinya rute kali ini benar- benar bisa dari pantai ke pantai dan muncak Bromo.

 

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Setelah tertunda 3 bulan.

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