Cura, Agulto rule Benguet Gold Rush Marathon

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Edmund Cura and Arlene Agulto gave the competition a taste of their blazing speed and endurance as they top the Benguet Gold Rush Trail Marathon at Balatoc Mines, Itogon, Benguet last December 21, 2014.

Cura left the competition eating his dust in the 42K race, clocking in at 06:51:40.89, an hour ahead of the next finisher, Dennis Lee. Lee crossed the tape at the 07:51:39.09. JP Alipio finished third with a time of 07:58:51.81.

Agulto came in 5th overall with a time of 08:23:54.05 to top the distaff side also of the 42K race. Arlene Uyammi crossed the line some 8 minutes later at the 08:31:04.70 mark to finished second and 8th overall while Gladys Alcido clocked 08:53:29.16 to finish third and 11th overall

benguet-gold-rush-turning-point-east-side-overlooking-mt-ugo-and-mt-pulagIn the 21 K category, Melvyhn Quinones emerged as the top finisher with a clock of 03:05:41.58. Not too far behind are Ismael Esteron Jr    crossing at the 03:08:42.17and Mark Luke Balanza    at the 03:11:33.70. Em Martinez Balanza lead the ladies pack registering a time of 03:35:58.23, good for fifth overall. Jennifer Cabbab is right behind her at the 03:37:10.14, good for sixth overall. Rizalyn Damaso came in third at 03:56:54.83.

The Benguet Gold Rush Marathon is the fourth leg of the Cordillera Series organized by Team Malaya, headed by Stephen L. Felices. Team Malaya is a community of running and other sports enthusiasts which aims to employ running and other multi-sports events in promoting the Cordillera Region and the Philippines as a top tourist destination. The event was made possible with the Municipality of Itogon, the Departmant of Tourism, and Benguet Corporation.

benguet-gold-rush-trailThe Sagada Marathon was first leg held in Sagada, Mountain Province. The top finisher of the 42K distance was James Telias with a clock of 3 hours, 19 minutes, and 53 seconds while the top female finisher was Rowena Ba-a clocking 4:04:12 good for 5th overall.

The Rice Terraces Marathon was second leg held in Hungduan, Ifugao. The top finisher for the 42K run was again Telias clocking 4:12:57 while the top female finisher was Karen Bahatan clocking 5:59:57 good for 7th overall. Alvin Ballogan ruled the 21K run with a clock of 1:47:25 while Heidi Guevarra was the tops female with a clock of 2:43:45 where she finished 7th overall. Michael Pacuyan was the king of the 5K distance with a time of 42 minutes and 25 seconds while Daphne Guevarra came in second and the top female with a time of 59:06.

The Golden Harvest Marathon at Batad, Banaue, Ifugao last August 24, 2014 was the third leg. Telias whizzed ahead of his competition timing in at 4:22:51 to go 3 for 3 in the 42K. Rodelyn Guidaben topped the distaff side with a time of 6:13:46. Also equally dominating is Kristian Joergensen who, likewise, blitzed the competition with his 2:38:30, 24 in the 21K division. Valerie Tauli finished at the 3:05:02 mark good for third overall to control the women side.

The fifth and final leg is Baguio City’s Pine Tree “Agmula Tau Ti Saleng” Marathon scheduled to fire off at the Panagbenga park on January 25, 2015. Registration is still on-going. Visit www.teammalaya.org for more details.

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