LOCAL runners Ceasar Castañeto Jr. and former Milo marathon queen Christabel Martes topped thousands of other running enthusiasts coming from all corners of the country in the recently concluded National Geographic Channel Earth Day Run 2015-Baguio Leg May 24.

Castañeto outclassed hundreds of foot racers in the men’s 21-kilometer division checking in with a time of one hour, 20 minutes and four seconds while Martes ruled the women’s side with a time of 1:30:09.

Castañeto eclipsed local running monarch Erinio Raquin, who fell short by one second and completed the race with 1:20:05, while Aldrin Seño checked in for the third place with 1:24:59.

In the distaff side, Lany Cardona and Rowena Ba-a completed the top three 21K female finishers clocking in 1:39:18 and 1:44:02 respectively.

Arnold Galap lorded the men’s 10-kilometer with finishing with 34 minutes and 28 seconds, followed by Alvin Nicolas Jr. with 35:42 and Castro Cudli with 37:39.

Meanwhile, Cherry Doronilla, Marichies Morales, and Jenalyn Kim Batoy copped the top three spots with 44:48, 45:21, and 53:46 accordingly.

In the men’s 5-kilometer event, Erwin Bong Generalao earned the top spot after crossing the finish line with 17 minutes and 12 minutes, alongside former Baguio City National High School athlete Reymark Quezada’s 17:43 and Alex Ballester with 17:46.

Mary Grace Dela Torre finished with 21:45 to top the women’s 5K followed by Divina Kitongan and Jolina Jose with 22:39 and 24:45.

Nat Geo Run, now on its sixth year, gathered a total of 1,948 running enthusiast in its Baguio Leg alone gathering runners coming as far as Manila and other adjacent places which include the participation of foreign participants.

This year, Nat Geo Run broke its former record surpassing the 20,000 populace after combining with the participants in their Manila Leg held last April.

Proceeds from the registration of all participants will help raise money for portable solar powered lighting kits that will be sent to communities in Mindoro, a project of NGC’s environmental partner, World Wildlife Fund for Nature.

The portable solar powered lighting kits will provide light and electricity to the Tawbuid Mangyan tribesfolk and Forest Rangers’ camps that are not directly connected to power grids.

The lighting kits eliminate the use of highly-flammable kerosene to light up homes and give access to a safe, stable and sustainable energy source that gives more opportunities for community development and advancement.