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Benguet runner ready for world’s 100–mile run
by Harley F. Palangchao

PHL REPRESENTS -- Benguet runner Jovencio Luspian is the lone runner from the Philippines who will compete in the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in California on June 23 and 24. -- Jose Ramizares/pinoytrails.com

Benguet pride Jovencio Luspian is the lone runner from the Philippines who will compete in Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run (WSER) set in California on June 23 and 24.

The 37-year-old runner from Mankayan will compete against close to 400 elite ultra trail runners from around the world.

The 2018 WSER set in Squaw Valley, California is the world’s oldest 100-mile trail race.

Startingin Squaw Valley near the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics and ending 100.2 miles later in Auburn, CA, Western States, in the decades since its inception in 1974, has come to represent one of the ultimate endurance tests in the world.

Luspian got a lottery ticket to the 2018 WSER courtesy of his strong participation in the King of the Mountain Trail (KOTM) Run, through its centerpiece event the Hardcore Hundred Miles, the biggest trail race north of Manila. It is usually held in the trails connecting Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya.

KOTM chief organizer Jonel Mendoza was the one who broke the news to the running community that Luspian will banner the country’s flag in the 2018 WSER.

Mendoza said two more foreign runners – Kai Yang of China and Martin Hack of Australia – who also saw action in Hardcore Hundred Miles will compete in the California event.

Based on the WSER website, all participants will pass through the historic Western States Trail when climbing more than 18,000 feet and descend nearly 23,000 feet before they reach the finish line at Placer High School in Auburn.

In the miles between Squaw Valley and Auburn, runners experience the majestic high country beauty of Emigrant Pass and the Granite Chief Wilderness, the crucible of the canyons of the California gold country, a memorable crossing of the ice-cold waters of the main stem of the Middle Fork of the American River, 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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