Related running events / Philippine races:
* Talisay City Negros Occidental Extreme Run (Nov. 24, 2013, REG OPEN!)
* 1ST CEBU RUN FOR THE RIVERS
* SILAY CITY MARATHON 42K: MT. PATAG ECO ENDURANCE TRAIL CHALLENGE
Any race day that we see our own elite Filipino runner athletes toe-ing the starting line elbow to elbow with Kenyan runners is a great race day. It’s inspiring that despite there is great odds of losing, our very own Filipinos brave it. And, for that, they’re already a champion!
Thus, it was an extra special race day last Sunday at 1st Cebu Run for Rivers when all categories where championed by Filipinos: Jeson (Jason) Agravante & Mary Joy Tabal (21K), Riez Enriquez & Lovely Andrin (10K), and Daryl Manos & Cherry Andrin (5K). (Source: Cheska Geli / Sun-Star)
Odd one out
Though, the 21K male champion was a bit odd from the rest of the Champion line-up. He is not one of the Cebu-based runners. He’s from Silay City, Negros Occidental, who has made a mark in the National level by being the 2012 National Milo Marathon Manila Elimination Leg champion, beating Kenyans (story here >>).
Jeson’s, together with another Silay runner, Jennylyn Nobleza, coming to Cebu, are they going to make the Cebu racing scene more exciting?
I guess it’s more of Jeson Agravante making a statement to the Cebu-based Kenyan runners. Because though Jeson had been winning over them in other places, he was dethroned of the championship title in his very own turf. He was the champion of Silay City Mt. Patag Eco. Adventure Endurance Trail Run for 2 years, except last year when the Cebu-based Kenyan Abraham Missos ruled it (Top 10 results here >>).(Play 2012 Silay City Mt. Patag Eco. Adventure video below by Jovy A. Malacad to cue in challenger’s music.)
By winning over the Kenyans last Sunday is Jeson’s way of saying he is going to get his championship trophy back in his hometown race?!?
Or, suffer like this.
Now who wants to experience the suffer-fest or champ-fest in Jeson’s home turf, Silay City, Negros Occidental?!? It’s a race that will start at sea level of Bgy. Balaring, a coastal barangay, then climbing up to Barangay Patag, a mountain barangay (Source: N. Villanueva). Join the 2nd year’s marathon version (though started in 2010 with a 34KM race distance), SILAY CITY MARATHON 42K: MT. PATAG ECO ENDURANCE TRAIL CHALLENGE, see details here >>.
You can check this longer video by Dustin Mijares of werun2travel.