Baguio honors ultra-trail runner cop for WPFG feat
The city government of Baguio honored Police Staff Sgt. Miguel Carranza of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Cordillera with a resolution of commendation for winning a gold and a silver medal in the cross country event of the 2022 World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) in Rotterland, The Netherlands.
Baguio officials led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan handed the resolution to Carranza who was the lone representative from CIDG-Cordillera/Police Regional Office-Cordillera in the WPFG.
WPFG is a biennial and an Olympic-style competition joined by active and retired police officers and firefighters worldwide.
Carranza participated in the 10-kilometer cross country where he won silver in the individual event and teamed up with Polish cops Maciej Wojciechowski and Adam Thiel, as the trio won gold in the team event.
“The outstanding performance of S/Sgt. Miguel Carranza portrayed unquestionable discipline and excellence through years of training and dedication that serves as an inspiration for the whole country and is worthy of emulation to the people of this country and to the city, especially the youth,” reads the resolution of commendation.
The WPFG drew 10,000 participants who work in the police, fire, customs, and corrections departments around the world who participated in 60 sports events.
A policeman for 12 years now, the 34-year-old Carranza has displayed hard work, discipline, and proper training to be able to compete in national and international races.
He became the first Filipino police officer to complete in 2017 the 166-kilometer Ultra Trail di Mont Blanc (UTMB), which is one of the toughest ultra-trail races in the world.
He was also the four-time finisher of the grueling and toughest 1600-km. trial races in the Philippines dubbed as “King of the Mountain-Hardcore Hundred Miles” from 2016 to 2019 held in Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya. – Harley F. Palangchao