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If you’re not lost, you are no champion
The champions of 30K Runnilla Eco Challenge were so fast that they arrived at a tricky section before marshals came in, and some of them had to suffer being lost. And, with that, they got a special bonus — extra miles!!! =) Thank you for being sports about it!
According to the people watching the race on the side (yes, despite that it was Manny Pacquiao’s day, some people happened to be outside and watched the race), there were 3 Kenyans battling out in the lead, and one short Pinoy runner. I was sure the “short” Pinoy runner was Bonifacio Monjas, but got kicked out of the lead in the later part for being lost.
But who was the 3rd Kenyan? I knew only 2 male Kenyan runners were in the 30KM. Later I realized, the locals were actually referring to Andy Tonacao of TOES, Leyte.
Lesson learned: Not all who raced fast is a Kenyan. He can be the slimmer version of Runnilla Boy.
Taking the backseats, Kenyan runners contemplated of becoming boybands. They’re close to Usher anyway. Yow!
While in the female category, Mereeis Ramirez did a part-time flower-picking job while racing. FYI: Mereeis said that she asked permission from the locals to get flowers because they are not available in her place, Dumaguete. (You can read a story of her here >>.)
While 2nd-placer Jade Abellana part-timed being an ethnic dancer?
The rest of the top 10 Male of 30K:
4th Randy Labiste of TOES, Leyte.
5th Jimmy Yu
6th Ricardo C. Idjao
The cover agent, and undercover agent: Randy Labiste on the right, Ricardo Idjao on the left.
7th Willie B. Estepa of TAD. Goodluck to his upcoming TNF 100 race!
8th Renante D. Shega
9th Bonifacio Muñez Monjas 4:10:10
10th Peri Pevida
For the 30K female category:
4th Preciosa Sanchez
It was nice to see her made it to this race and finished injury-free, as she was not yet sure to join this just few days prior to the race day. (Watch out for our story of her soon!)
5th Frances Nacar
She is just fresh from 100K Lantau, HK Trail, and now to 30K in Calbasa-an, Minglanilla.
6th Maria Iza Zerrina B. Mahinay
Meanwhile, the 18K champs got lucky with a different set of checks from Altra of singphil.com.
Team ADR may not be so lucky for getting the championship in 30K via Bonnie, but Scout Canada bagged it in 18K category. He was followed by Roger T. Baronda, Harold M. Sesaldo who were both very strong runners too!
Rhoda Oporto of ARC-Cebu, who just came from a 4th place spot in Mayon 360 Ultramarathon, was the 18K female champion in her first time in trail run (semi-trail if you want to be so technical about it). She is followed by Daisy Batac of TAD who will be soon racing in TNF, and Arlene Pepito of Indie Runners.
(Rhoda and Arlene.)
(2nd Daisy of TAD)
For the 5K, they are all champions!!!
The Old McDonald Hacienderos
The 3rd placer from Altra King of the Hill ultramarathon the previous week is apparently having an off-season, and he spent it doing self-analysis of his running form.
From starting line…
Youngest medalled runner.
Vera and her mom.
(If there are corrections, please let me know. Sorry, this is put in a hurry! We’re just excited to congrats the winners! Watch out for more updates! If you have any photos / stories / videos to share, please share it with us please.)
After the Runnilla race day, there will be a reunion / Athletes Talk at Minglanilla, Cebu. Details will be posted soon. We’re targeting last week of April, 2014!
This post is in part of the Runnilla Eco Challenge, which is made possible with the support of: Aktib, Runroo, Kache Movie Cafe, Altra Running, A Runner’s Circle Cebu, Mochi Audio, Cebu Trail Runners, The Athletes Foot, Planet Sports, Soybitz Organic Pig Farm, Happy Garaje, Bride’s Bestfriend, Feetures!, Danao Explorers, ETCH, Elete Electrolytes – Asia, KAI Running Sandals.