Abahan bags Candon marathon crown

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Friday, April 4, 2014


MARATHONER Sandy Abahan trail blazed the competition and eventually topped the podium of the women’s 42-kilometer category in the recent Fitness Run Trilogy held in Candon City, Ilocos Sur March 23.

Clocking a total of 3 hours 50 minutes and 1 second, Abahan topped the distaff side in the running event coinciding with the annual fiesta of Candon City.

“Masaya ako to return and win over the races na sinasalihan ko this past days even though wala masyadong practice since medyo busy,” Abahan said.

Abahan, the only Cordilleran runner to join the event, crossed the finish line fourth overall edging her competition by more than two hours. Cydnee Kate Castro, who came in second place, clocked a total of 6:01:25.

“Hirap din ako sa race na yun since walang preparations kasi busy sa school, tapos biglang mainit ang lugar. Pero since talagang na-miss ko rin ang passion sa running sumugod nalang ako to join in the event,” said Abahan.

“Not to mention na kahit maraming sanga-sanga yung race rout talagang organized rin sila since maraming marshals na nag-tuturo ng daan kaya mabilis rin talaga akong natapos,” Abahan added.

The BS Education student from the University of the Cordilleras is also busy preparing to scale the 2,760 meter above sea level Mt. Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia October this year.

“Bukod sa plano ko na mag-high altitude training sa mga mountain trails dito sa Cordillera, siyempre importante pa rin na magkaroon at mag-gain ng experience together with endurance and strength exercise by joining other races,” Abahan said.

“So far okay naman ang conditioning ko, malayo pa yung sa Malaysia so sa ngayon enjoy nalang muna ako sa local races dito sa atin,” Abahan added.

With her first place finish in the recent 3rd Pilipinas Akyathlon held in Tinongdan, Itogon, Benguet last January, Abahan will represent the country together with Jemarvin Cabilan from Bicol, in time for the 28th Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon.

Over 200 total runners participated in this year’s Fitness Run Trilogy which had six race categories including 3K, 5K, 7K, 10K, 21K half marathon, and the 42K full marathon event.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 05, 2014.

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