Kiangan, Ifugao – Kristian Joergensen of Denmark conquered the mountainous terrains of Team Malaya’s “The Last of Stand of Yamashita” Run and emerged top victor of the 50K distance last September 25, 2016, here.
Joergensen logged in at the 8:36:43 mark, almost an hour ahead of Jomar Buclay, his closest pursuer. Buclay arrived at the 9:31:53 mark. Perennial podium finisher James Telias came in third. May Joyce Dulnuan was the lone female finisher of the 50K for the distaff side.
On the other hand, locals from Ifugao dominated the 21K race. No one was faster than Ivan Buyayo, who checked in at the finish line at the 3:09:05 mark. He was followed by Arnel Ricopuerto with a time of 3:22:19 and Santiago Bumalyad with a clock of 3:25:05.
Marjorie Sofia lead the distaff side with a time 4:44:13. She was closely tailed by Laarni Burgos with her time of 4:54:13 and Jessica Amos who had a clock of 4:56:54.
The “Last Stand” is the second leg of Team Malaya’s Mountain Man Series this 2016. The first leg of the series was the second edition of the Mankayan Marathon held last April 9, 2016 at Mankayan, Benguet.
It also conducts a Cordillera Series where two legs have already been completed. The 3rd Edition of the Sagada Marathon was the first leg held last January 31 at Sagada and the 3rd Edition of the Rice Terraces Marathon was the second leg July 17 also in Ifugao.
Two more races are scheduled to be showcased by the organization. The 2nd Edition of the Kibungan Mountain Run, the last leg of the Cordillera Series, is expected to fire off in Kibungan, Benguet on October 16, 2016. On the other hand, the 3rd edition of the Benguet Gold Rush, the last leg of the Mountain man Series, is scheduled later this year.
Team Malaya, headed by Stephen Felices, is an organization primarily advocating one taking the opportunity to step into life under true freedom in Jesus as well as employing running and other multi-sports events in promoting Cordillera tourist destinations and the Philippines as a whole.