Bautista eyes international marathon

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

FRESH from placing 8th in the 2013 Angkor Wat international half marathon in Cambodia, Marccelo Bautista is eyeing for another long distance run next year in Canada.

The former BGH janitor finished the 21 kilometer race with a time one hour, 20 minutes and bested 7,000 runners from all over the world.

"Ako ang nanguna sa lahat ng mga Filipinong sumali kasi marami din ang dumayo galing Cebu at Iloilo. Mabibilis pero nung nasa 19th kilometer na kame ah hinabol ko at nalagpasan sila," said Bautista.

The Angkor Wat event is an internationally recognized charity race for the relief of victims of antipersonnel mines in Cambodia.

Organizers said the tournament aims to gain international support to ban the manufacture and use of antipersonnel mines.

The event is sanctioned by the Association of International Marathon and Road Race Association of Athletics Federations Cambodia and managed by the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon Organizing Committee.

And when the new leaf turns, the 34-year-old 12-time marathon champion hopes to strut his wares in one of Canada’s premiere marathon next year.

"Kampante ako na magtatagumpay sa mga susunod na laban ko kasi tumitibay ang loob ko sa pagdami ng mga sumusuporta sa akin," Bautista said as he sets a possible stint in the qualifying race of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc marathon.

Bautista added he is also setting his sight for the upcoming The North Face 100 Singapore and Dubai races also slated next year.

Marcelo said he hopes fatigue will not get in his way for the upcoming races.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 12, 2013.


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