Galap, Menchi share honors in Santa run

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

ARNOLD Galap took the fastest time in the 12-kilometer route while Sandy Abahan topped the ladies to come out the top winners in the first Santa Claus Run held December 22 at Camp Bado Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Galap had a time of 46:39 in winning the event organized by Extremes Cordillera Sports and Events edging running veteran Marson Tarcelo who checked in with a time of 48:35 as Jonathan Dulalas settled for third with a time of 51:02.

Abahan, a veteran in ultra marathon, finished the route with a time of 58:29, some 18 minutes ahead of second-placer Juliet Gayao (1:16:27) and almost 40 minutes earlier ahead of third-placer Natividad Abellera.

Mark Garcia (40:40), meanwhile, topped the male 7K category, with Eliezer Pedro (41:11), and Castro Cudli (41:46) coming in second and third place, respectively.

Cherry Doronilla snatched the title in the 7K female category, after finishing solo with a time record of 58:33.

Rey Mark Quezada (12:57), Jordan Tanawi (13:02), Cielo Penaflor (13:26), took the top three spots outrunning other competitors in the male 3K category.

Crislyn Cudli (20:45), Gramayne Oktubre (22:50), and Drewberry Daliones (23:42) finished first, second, and third placers in the female 3K race.

Kevin Juan (13:51), Dagsi Bastawang (16:48), and Jaeziel Terzo (18:59) were awarded after finishing the top spots in the kids 3K category.

Some 50 running enthusiast joined the event in celebration of the Yule tide season and a fund raising activity.

"Since Extremes Cordillera Events always plans to hold sport events an kakaiba, our team chose to adopt a run from the US this December," said race organizer Kurt Sebio.

Sebio added this was the first race of its kind in the country, although the number of participants is not that huge compared to other foot races as they plan to make the event a yearly affair.

"Maraming comments na hindi daw sila masyadong aware na may ganito, I take the credit since hindi kami nagfocus masyado sa advertisements" Sebio quipped.

Sebio said the proceeds from the occasion blessed the children in RSSC children's center in Wangal, La Trinidad.

"At least kahit konti may na-share tayo for the benificiaries, maybe we'll try to own the activity here in La Trinidad and make it a tourist attraction for next years to come," Sebio added. (Mark Victor Pasagoy)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 30, 2013.


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