October 2, 2023

Cordillera’s Sandi Menchi Abahan has proven her mettle once again as she emerged the overall winner among 104 female runners in the 21-kilometer Spartan trail race in Camp John Hay, Baguio City on March 19. 
Abahan has conquered the trail in two hours, 36 minutes, and 31 seconds and placed ninth overall for both male and female runners in the event dubbed “Baguio Trail Half Marathon and 10K” with the route extending towards Gumatdang, Itogon, Benguet.
She was tailed by local elite runners Jenny-vi Fontanilla with a time of 2:54:18 and Melissa Campos from Quezon City at 2:59:11.
John Ray Onifa from Antique breezed through the competition at 2:09:39 and emerged as champion among the 275 male runners.
He was followed by Kristian Joergensen of Pasig City with a time of 2:11:57 and Patrick Agpalo of Baguio City with a time of 2:27:58.
In the 10-km. event, Mervin Guarte of Quezon City took the top spot at 52:38 followed by Jeffrey Reginio of Bataan at 55:17 and Rey Mark Quezada of Baguio at 56:38.  
In the female side, Silamie Gutang of Navotas City ruled the event at1:12:56 followed by Aubrey Lusanta at 1:18:39 and Marites Nocyao at 1:19:48.
There were 295 male participants and 196 female runners in the 10-km. event.
Meanwhile, Southeast Asian Games obstacle course racing (OCR) gold medalist Abahan, is set to defend her title in the World Highest OCR this March 25 to 27 for the Altitude OCR World Series in Mt. Pulag, Kabayan, Benguet.
Abahan, whose parents hail from Ifugao and Mountain Province won a gold medal in the first World’s Highest OCR in Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania in September 2021. – Ofelia C. Empian