Davao's Firmeza 2nd in Chile virtual race

DAVAO City's very own Olive Firmeza bagged the women's 42K runner-up honors for the Philippines in the recently concluded Santiago Chile Virtual Marathon.

The 45-year-old veteran, who represented Philhealth/RunClinic clocked a total of four hours, 14 minutes and 22 seconds as she trailed behind Karen Brough of the Republic of South Africa who checked in at 3:29:41 to grab the championship.

Firmeza took to Facebook after the race held Sunday, September 6, where she posted, "Running always reminds me to keep moving forward despite of pain, tiredness and tough situation. To God be the glory!"

She, however, bested Serbia's Dragica Mitic (5:41:15) who finished third, Zimbabwe's Thelma Vimbai Mugwagwa (6:36:52), Fadzai Chiware (6:38:03), Alaina Suliwa (6:39:06), and Ekina Kangausaru (6:48:17) who took the fourth to seventh spots and Canada's Teresa Firth (8:28:21) eighth.

Firmeza, in a Facebook Messenger interview with this writer, said she's happy for her recent accomplishment.

"Na improve ang time ko though may technical problem sa Strava pero part of the game (I improved my time although there was a technical problem with Strava). I'm learning in every race. I'm trying to correct mistakes," she said.

Strava is an application that tracks global positioning systems (GPS) often used in running, cycling or swimming.

It can be recalled that she landed fifth overall in the women's marathon event of the San Francisco Virtual Marathon held July 26 (Philippine time) with a time of 4:45:09 after finishing fourth in the women's 45-49 years old category of the 26 Virtual Run Gold Coast Marathon Australia held on July 5 with a registered time of 4:47:16.


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