AT THE rate they are going, perhaps organizers should just hand in their top prizes to Mary Grace delos Santos and Simon Losiaboi and announce the rest will be fighting for second?
For the umpteenth time, the king and queen of Cebu proved to be in a class of their own, finishing first in the 2nd Dental Run at the Cebu Doctors’ University grounds in Mandaue City.
Losiaboi clocked 32:28.10 to secure the top spot in the men’s 10K open. He was followed by Jess Gonzaga (32:33.691) and Junel Boncit (32:41.504).
Mary Grace delos Santos took the title in the women’s 10K open clocking 37:06.151.
She could have walked the final kilometer and second placer Mereeis Ramres, who was seven minutes behind her, would still be hard-pressed to catch up.
Merlyn Alin took third with 46:37.686.
Despite finishing seven minutes clear of the second placer, delos Santos said there’s room for improvement.
“Improve na gamay akong 10K run but I need more training pa gyud,” said Delos Santos, who is preparing for the 34th Milo Marathon elimination round in Gen. Santos this July 25.
The 5K men’s open was a bit closer with Joel Delposo winning by just over a second against John Philip Duenas. Delposo clocked in at 15:37.206, while Duenas finished in 15:38.920. Alvirg Busa got third with 15:42.669.
Mary Joy Tabal won the 5K women’s open after posting 18:27.721, while Joeyry Lee took second at 19:51.891. Crizal Diongson secured the third spot with 20:32.179.
In the 3K alumni division, Emelie Wong and Dr. Adam Alviar ruled the women and men’s divisions, respectively.
Wong clocked 19:51.790 to beat Louise Alforque (23:48.058) and Jacqueline Lao (23:58.010). Alviar finished in 19:57.020 to beat Hyun Yong Cuool (25:55.530).
The 10K category top winners got P3,000 plus medals and a brand new pair of shoes from Transformers, while the 5K top finishers walked away with P2,000 plus medals and shoes, too.
Aside from the cash prizes, special awards were given to the oldest runner, youngest runner, fun smile of the day and the best in costume.