RUFFA Sorongon is on a winning roll as she clinched her ninth win this year in the A-Plus All Weather Paint Fun Run 2 yesterday at the Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu.
Sorongon of Davao completed the 21-kilometer race in 1 hour 34 minutes and 46 seconds and was 10 minutes ahead of the pack.
Her closest pursuer was Irish Bekleza, who crossed the finish line in 1:43:43 for second place, while long-distance runner Sandra Sollano got third in 1:46:10.
The 23-year-old Sorongon told reporters after the race that it was her ninth title for the year 2015. In all the races she joined this year, she only lost twice--in the 2015 Cebu City Marathon and Philhealth Run.
Sorongon, who holds a personal best of 1:30 in half marathon, said that the biggest win for her this year was the 12K women’s division of the SM2SM Run last February. She will be lacing up again next week for the Kapamilya Run.
In the men’s division, Isaac Simat topped the race with a time of 1:14:51; Davao’s veteran runner Elmer Bartolo prevented an all-Kenyan sweep by beat Eliud Lelei by 17 seconds. Bartolo went home with the second place trophy, while Lelei got the third place plum.
Local runners stole the limelight from the Kenyans in the 10K. University of Cebu stalwart and weekend warrior Prince Joy Lee crossed the finish line in 34:34 to take the title, Robert Daang came in 35:01 and beat Kenyan Douglas Mwiti who had a time of 35:43. In the distaff side, Lovely Andrin checked in at 45:37 to win over Michelle Beboso and Sarah Lee Cuizon. Beboso clocked 47:48 for second place, while Cuizon finished the race in 51:36 for third place.