Triathlete tops Arakan funride-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
SEASONED triathlete, Jean Patrick Serrano, topped the Globe Arakan XC2 fun ride held Sunday in an out-and-back course from the Philipine Eagle Foundation.
The 29-year-old Serrano reached the finished line at two hours, 14 minutes and 52 seconds. Arnold Regodon (2:21:45) and Melvin Oculam (2:32:26) finished second and third, respectively. Dennis Ollesa (2:33:20) and Paolo Serrano (2:35:57) took the next two spots.
"The route was quite hard due to the uphills. My background in triathlon has helped me finished since I regulary do off-road biking during my trainings," Serrano told Sun.Star Davao in an interview.
Danny Tapao, meanwhile, finished first among guest participants. He registered 2:05:39. Raul Rapor came second with a time of 2:06:20. Rounding up the top five were Christian Gerard Alyansa (2:30:55), John Gil Salandra (2:40:24), and Cordan Aubo (2:40:34).
From the Philippine Eagle Center, riders passed through Calinan District Hall about 4.6 kilometers (km) from the starting line. They then headed towards Arakan Valley via the Davao-Bukidnon Road. Next they headed to Barangay Salaysay for a three-kilometer trail ride. They then returned to the origin after reaching the turn-around sign using the same route.
Globe officer-in-charge for corporate social responsibility Fernando C. Esguerra Jr. said that a total of 81 riders signed up but only 75 turned up.
"We are really happy with the turnout. We are very thankful for those who came and supported us all the way from Sultan Kudarat, Bukidnon, and General Santos," said Esguerra.
The event benefitted the Philippine Eagle Foundation's Forest Corridor Development Initiatives (PEF-FCDI) that aims to provide educational and livelihood support to the communities that ensure the sustainability of the FCDI and to provide paralegal and raptor management training.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 16, 2013.