MICHEAL Tolac and Cristabel Martes bested other runners to take home the top purse in the 21 kilometer category of the Philippine Independence Day Flag run at the Aguinaldo Park in Happy Glen Salud Mitra village.
Tolac clocked one hour and 26 minutes while Martes, the former Philippine marathon queen had a time of 1:28:00 in the event which saw 155 runners as part of the Lakbay Kasarinlan Festival: Road to Independence.
“We were hoping that it would only be a symbolic run with only less than 100 participants. Considering we only have two weeks of preparations, we are very happy with the outcome,” said race director Rosario Alberto.
Codley Castro and Jerry Sabado meanwhile placed second and third respectively in the 21K half marathon as Gretchen Felipe and Novina Manacnes salvaged second and third in the distaff side.
Vinson Ramos and Dangwa Bentres checked in both at 40:42 for the first place honors in the 10K run while Albert Ong and Louie Ganayan settled for second place as Jeoffrey Perez and Kidot Badangan bagged for third place.
Rosenie Hull bagged the ladies crown with a time of 54:38 with Ereca Bulatao and Claire Dumulang salvaging second and third respectively.
Dexter Addongan finished the 5K category with a time of 23:45 while Mickaela Saligunda finished the course with a time of 33:30 as both runners clinched the male and female top honors.
Settling for second and third respectively in the male division are Rogan Coilan and Mateo Manuel while the distaff side saw Celia Yong and Maylanie Tubaang finishing second and third.
Reggie Soriano clocked 15 minutes and 25 seconds while Cyrille Anne Paranes checked in at 16:36 to top the male and female division of the 3K category. Jefferson Serape and Denzel Josh Pagadian saved second and third place while Charlyn Bayo and Darlie Celeste completed the top three in the women's side.
Special awards were also given to seven – year – old Kysha Himmoldang and 12 year old Denzel Josh Dagadian as the youngest runners while Joyce Newman and Retired Col. Brigilio Balaba, both at 74, were awarded the oldest runners.
The event according to Emilio Aguinaldo Suntay III, managing director of the Aguinaldo Foundation is a fun and competitive activity meant to encourage physical fitness for Filipinos and remind them of how important fitness is in nation building. (Shaura Elaine Cuyan, UC Intern)
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on June 13, 2017.
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