MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, April 16 (PIA) – Rodrigo Busalia and Stephanie Pumatong of Cagayan de Oro (CDO) City claimed the top spots in the 64-kilometer round the island solo race of Camiguin 360 degrees Ultra Marathon last April 12-13, 14 that started 10 pm of Saturday infront of Mambajao’s Land Transportation Office and ended Sunday 10 am at the Cabua-an Beach Resort in Mambajao, Camiguin.
Busalia logged a time of 6 hours, 7 minutes minutes and 25 seconds to rule the men’s division while Pumatong finished in 7 hours,9 minutes and 45 seconds to top the women’s race.
Still in the solo category, Janito Capulac of Mandaue City finished second to Busalia, as she clocked 6 hours,51 minutes and 34 seconds while Rumpy Berdos of CDO rounded off the top three male runners by posting a time of 6 hours, 55 minutes and 10 seconds.
Gilda Velarde of CDO clocked 7 hours, 33 minutes to wind up second in the female race while Letty Booc of South Cotabato placed third with a time of 7 hours, 39 minutes and 50 seconds.
The relay category for 32 km each around the island was ruled by Jonathan Pido and Jericho Rapiz of Davao City.
Pido and Rapiz clocked 06:07:25 while Sharon Atentista and Rosalio Bustalino of CDO with time of 07:07:34 and Mambajao Vice-Mayor Roldan Chan and his partner Jemboy Ihong of Camiguin with a time of 07:27:21 finished second and third, respectively in the relay.
This is the first time that the province held a marathon 360 degrees of this kind around the island with the theme “Ultra Run, One Island, Lots of Fun”, as a prelude activity to the Panaad 2014 this Holy Week.
94% of total 250 enlisted runners came out as finishers.
Cash prizes, medals and freebies was awarded to the winners in each category.
The running event was organized by Promote CMGN, a sports event organizer group based in the province in strong partnership with the local government units, business organizations and private sector group and relevant national agencies like the Department of Trade and Industry to promote sports as an additional tourism attraction to the island province and plans to make this marathon a yearly event.
Panaad is an annual Holy Week activity where people from all walks of life from Camiguin and thousands of pilgrims from other places for a yearly show devotion to spend the Lenten Season by walking the 64 kilometer circumferential road of Camiguin and trekking Mt. Vulcan as an expression of penitence and spiritual enrichment. (Zita M. Abellare, DTI-Camiguin)