‘Typhoon-proof’

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Sunday, February 2, 2014


BRIAN Guillen and Rodah Oporto braved Typhoon Basyang to bag the men’s and women’s title of the Hardcore 100-Mile Ultramarathon (H1)-Cebu last weekend at the Don Celestino Martinez Sr. Cultural and Sports Complex, Bogo City.

Guillen, a member of the Lapu-Lapu City tourist police, crossed the finish line in 24:07:23. He was followed by barefoot runner Kit Quiseo (25:06:03) and Malaysian runner Yim Hengfatt (25:06:03). Paolo Osmeña got fourth place in 26:00:35 and Elmer Abing finished fifth in 27:06:50.

Oporto got her title in 27:32:55, beating policewoman Kathie Villaflor of Davao (29:47:22).

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The cut-off time was 30 hours and Johnny Salinas was the last finisher in 29:59:13.

Seasoned ultra runner and early favorite Noel Tillor, a native of Cogon, Bogo, did not finish the race after he experienced severe stomach pain. He was vomiting and that forced him to drop out.

Race organizer Jonel Mendoza said he salutes the 22, especially the 16 brave souls who finished the race amidst the strong winds, heavy rain and foggy route due to Typhoon Basyang that made landfall in Cebu last Friday night. Cebu was under Typhoon Signal No. 2 when the race started.

The race was supposedly scheduled last Nov. 9 but was moved last Jan. 31 due to Yolanda which devastated Northern Cebu.

“I was thinking of cancelling the race but I was left with no choice but to cautiously continue the race because the event was still in progress and all the runners were almost done with the race. They were done with about 80 percent of the route and I am glad that all of them safely finished the race and they truly are hardcore warriors,” said Mendoza.

The race started at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 31 and ended at 6:01 a.m. on Feb. 2.

Mendoza added that this year’s success rate is higher compared to the 2012 edition.

This signifies that the everybody is taking the 100-mile run seriously,” said Mendoza.

The second ultramarathon organized by Mendoza will be the 4th Coast to Coast 65K
Ultramarathon from Cebu City to Toledo City.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 03, 2014.

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