THE rains may be a curse to some, but for the medical team in the Cebu Marathon, it was a blessing as it meant there were no major injuries among the 3,000 participants.

“It was really the best weather for them. It’s not hot and it’s the perfect temperature that won’t result in too much dehydration,” said Dr. Peter Mancao, the medical director of the event.

Mancao said only cases of muscle cramps and mild hypothermia were reported by some of the participants, unlike the previous years when they had injuries.

He estimated that out of the 3,000 participants, only one percent of them encountered such problems.

“Sometimes, the problem is with the pacing. Because of the nice weather, you also have a tendency to go too fast. You get carried away,” said Mancao.

He added that in events like CCM, participants are health-conscious individuals.

However, the medical team was still on full alert because it is unpredictable how the hearts of the runners would react to their speed.

The event’s medical team was composed of members of the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (Eruf) and the All-Terrain Medical Relief Organization (Amro), who were assigned at the South Road Properties. (SRP).

Volunteer doctors, nurses and physical therapy student-interns also participated in giving medical assistance for the participants.

Best Costume

Meanwhile, Francis Costillos bagged the Best in Costume prize in the 21K division of the Cebu Marathon with a Sinulog-inspired outfit that caught the crowd’s eyes.

Costillos, a resident of Labogon, Mandaue, got P10,000 for his first attempt at joining the contest.

“I feel refreshed and happy. All my muscle pains are suddenly gone,” said Costillos in Cebuano.

It was his first time to join the Cebu Marathon as he had only been attending fun runs like Energen Family Run, Alpan and Ignician Runs since 2007.

His costume, which was designed by Bryan Matapa, earned him a lot of looks from the people and some of them asked to have their photos taken with him.

Jonathan Dungog got second place and earned P8,000. (Fatima Secuya, Rhey Anne Alvarico and Bervienne Calimbo, USJ-R Mass Com Interns)