PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012
DLPC exec tops Ultra MarathonDAVAO CITY, Jan. 06 -- An executive of an electric power company and a fitness gym instructor emerged as the best tandem that ruled the Mindanao leg of the 2011 Century Properties Ultra Marathon 100-kilometer held in an out and back course at the Rizal Park recently.
Ronald Chan, Assistant Vice-President in the Engineering Department of the Aboitiz-owned Davao Light and Power Company combined smoothly with Nestor Madula Jr. in topping the two-man team relay category in the grueling footrace with a time of 13 hours, 21 minutes and one second.
Chan, 43, who ran his fifth full-marathon 42K in the Davao Finisher’s Marathon held only five days earlier in Davao City, was the first one among the relay runners to complete the 50K at the turning point in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte.
His partner Madula later completed the remaining 50K that ended at the Rizal Park after passing Panabo City. Chan and Madula each received medals and certificates from organizer Jonel Mendoza of FrontRunner Magazine.
They were followed in second place by the pair of Braitien Jie Almendras and Dennis Langote at 14:26:59, while in third were Greg Espiritu Jr. and Lou Bautista at 16:02:03.
“We’re truly proud of Ronald, who has been a regular runner since 2006,” said Ross Luga, head of DLPC Corporate Communications.
Chan also competed in three 21K runs this year including the Aboitiz Race to Reduce Challenge Davao leg last May.
Meanwhile, Police Officer 1 Jonathan Pido of the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) 11 shared the limelight by being the top individual finisher with a time of 11 hours, 35 minutes and 23 seconds only.
Ferdinand Dedal clocked 14:19:39 to earn second place followed by Ronel Pasilbas at 15:41:53.
Irene Ong was the lone female finisher with a time of 17:00:20 while 48-year old Steve Hermosa of the Davao Sunday Runners Club was awarded the Most Senior Centurion with a time of 17:16:24.
The event was part of the two open-foot ultra marathon races presented by the Centry Properties and the country’s first residential Eden, Acqua Private Residences in cooperation with frontRunner Magazine.
The first leg was held in Visayas last Nov. 19 from Bago City to Cebu City. Proceeds of the events will go to the rehabilitation of one of ournation’s most historic and prominent waterways – Ilog Pasig.
One hundred runners who completed each 100KM race was equivalent to up to P1 million in Century’s donations to the ABS-CBN Foundation’s Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig campaign. (CLC/DLPC)