Baguio ultra runners cruise Ilocos marathon-A A +A
Friday, September 13, 2013
THANKS to the multi-ultra running event in the Summer Capital, two Baguio ultra runners came trailblazing to top the 100 kilometer race in Ilocos Norte.
Dubbed ‘Tarayem Sangagasot/Limapulo Kilometros, top ultra runner Marcelo Bautista and Melan Ku Marquez bested all other participants from all over in the race that started in Laoag, Ilocos Norte and ended in the historic Quirino bridge in Bantay, Ilocs Norte.
Bautista recorded his 12th ultra marathon crown since last year and is fast earning a moniker as the ‘Pinoy Kenyan’ to local runners finishing the course with a time of 11:19:22.
Second placer Celso Torrate was two hours behind Marcelo who clocked 13:36:11 while Henry Madariaga finished with a time of 13:47:04
“Ito na yung isa sa mahirap na sinalihan ko kasi sobra yung init ng klima. Puro paltos nga yung paa ko pagkatapos,” said the 35-year-old former janitor.
Marquez, on the other hand is a first timer in the 100 kilometer race distance finished the course with a time of 16:32:02. Her closest pursuer, Gale Redillas finished the race with a time of 17:06:40 while Ofelia Lorete came in third with a time 17:17:07.
"I've been joining ultra races since April this year, first yong TNF 50k, tapos Run Batanes 50k last May, then yong King of the Mountain sa Kayapa na 67K," said Marquez.
“I honestly didn't train much for this 100k, but my previous races have helped me a lot,” added Marquez.
Three more Baguio ultra runners crossed the finish line that includes Carlo Gonzales who finished seventh over-all with a time of 14:43:35, Col. Joe Wacangan (15:46:01) and Ryan Jucutan (16:13:01).
Baguio’s Jovencio Luspian came in seventh with a time of 7:49:16 while Jonel Mendoza, ninth over-all, had a time of 7:57:50 came crossing the finish line in the 50 kilometer event.
Marquez said she would have not finished the race with flying colors if not for her support crew.
“Big factor yong support crew ko. FrontRUNNER editor Jonel Mendoza, was there for my first 50km before doing the 50k distance race. Sandi Menchi, another Baguio elite runner supported me all the way to the finish. She took charge of my nutrition and hydration,” quipped Marquez.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 14, 2013.