Seeking a glorious repeat-A A +A
Saturday, October 12, 2013
ANTHONY Nerza will just be one of some 14,000 runners seeing action in the 37th National Milo Marathon Davao elimination race that will hit the road at 4:30 a.m. from Roxas Avenue today. But his is the toughest race as he will have to defend his men's 21K crown against other title-hungry bets coming from the Visayas and Mindanao.
Tonton, a fourth year BSPE varsity scholar at Brokenshire College, said he devoted one month to train for his title-retention bid.
"Kung okay akong kondisyon ugma pero dili pud ko kasulti nga madepensahan nako ang akong titulo kay daghan man sad mi ang magdagan. Ugma pa gyud nato mahibaw-an kung unsa maging resulta sa akong dula (If I would be fit tomorrow but I can't predict retaining my title since there are many of us who will be competing. We will know by tomorrow how I would end up)," Nerza said in a text interview with Sun.Star Davao on Saturday.
He registered one hour, 12 minutes and 34 seconds when he captured the Davao leg title last year. It was also his best finish in 21K as it surpassed the 1:14:50 record he made in the Phoenix Run Davao.
He said, "Isipon lang nako nga kaya nako ugma akong dagan (I'll just have to think I will make it)."
He was also upbeat about qualifying for the National Milo Marathon grand finals where the men's and women's 42K champions will book tickets to the Paris Marathon 2014 in April.
"Nindot kaayo na higayon para sa mga runners parehas nako. Kung mudaug ko sa Davao, pangandamanan nako ng nationals. Preparahan ko na kay naa pamay isa ka bulan para mag training pagkahuman sa Davao elimination (That would be a great opportunity for runners like me. If I win in Davao, I'll ready for the nationals and spend one month in training)," Tonton said.
Elite runners from the countryside have bigger chances of winning in the nationals since national team mainstays won't be competing at all as they will be representing the country for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.
Nerza did not finish the 42K of last year's grand finals as he was reserving all his energy for the National Prisaa Championships where he annexed two gold medals, a sterling comeback from a two-silver finish in the Cebu edition of the games in 2012.
The unassuming champion has a simple dream of landing a stable job after graduation. His dream job, according to him, will still allow him to run professionally.
He has a vast collection of trophies, medals and other awards but being able to finish college will be his greatest achievement.
"I want to finish my studies, work and help my family," Nerza said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 13, 2013.