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Unhappy champ

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Unhappy champ

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Costume Party. Instead of athletic attire, two participants of the Cebu Marathon show up in costumes during Sunday’s race. (Sun.Star Foto/Allan Cuizon)

CEBU elite runner Rafael Pescos may have won the 42-kilometer men’s local title of the 10th Cebu Marathon but it did not stop him from voicing out his opinion on the event’s post-race scene.

Pescos posted his reaction on his Facebook two days after winning the event. He said that it hurt to see runners “feeling sad, tired and hungry at the finish line.”

Pescos said he has no complaints on the cash prizes and the prizes he received but was saddened because of the experience of the other runners.

“Even if you ask the other runners who competed what was inside the loot bag? It was only bottled water, Gatorade and finishers’ shirt. I pity the other runners, I’m not a selfish runner,” Pescos told SunStar Cebu.

John Pages of Cebu Executive Runners Club said that they have noted the comments and will take them into consideration for next year’s event.

“We have taken note of the comments and will make sure to make improvements for 2018,” said Pages.

Pages said that nothing major happened on the race, especially in terms of safety, medical and hydration. He said that they have heard the comments and some of those have valid points and assured that improvements will be made for next year as they will meet with the team for the full evaluation of the race.

Willie Estepa, who ran the event from its first edition until the recent one, also commented on the lack of food after the race, for all participants except the 42K runners.

“Only the 42K runners had food and the bulk of the runners, which was around 70 percent, was from the lower distances. Imagine with the expensive registration fee, they should have provided food,” said Estepa.

Cebu Ultra Runners president Tony Galon said the race did not lack hydration but added that they failed to address the runners’ main concern——food at the finish line.

“Instead of staying in the venue, the runners just left on their because they were all hungry. There was no longer any interaction with the out-of-town runners because everyone was hungry, ” said Galon.

Galon, however, appreciated how the organizers secured the route.

Abby Ponce commented in a Facebook post that run provided enough hydration, security and safety of the runners. She said that you can’t compare one race to another because each has a different feel.

“I am not saying that the race was perfect. My biggest complaint was the runners running with the traffic. And perhaps lack of marshals on some parts of the route. I would still run the CCM in the future,”

The 10th Cebu Marathon covered the cities of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue and Cebu. It was the first time that the event was held in three cities. All the nine editions were held in Cebu City and Talisay City.

The event drew about 4,000 runners in the 42K, 21K, 10K and 5K categories. The race, organized by Runrio Inc. with Cebu Executive Runners Club (CERC), had about 160 foreign participants from 30 different countries.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 11, 2017.

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