July 16, 2024

■  Ofelia C. Empian

Five Cordilleran trail runners helped power Team Philippines to become the overall champion in the 2024 South East Asian Trail Running Cup in Bontoc, Mountain Province on June 19 to 23.

Elizabeth Dangadang of Baguio City and Sadanga, Mountain Province ruled the 76.62-kilometer long trail female with a time of 13 hours, 39 minutes and 14.5 seconds and placed ninth overall. 

CAR RUNNERS IN SEA TRAIL CUP — Cordillera trail runners contributed five medals to help Team Philippines as the overall champion in the Southeast Asian Trail Running Cup 2024 in Bontoc, Mountain Province on June 19 to 23. They are Elizabeth Dangadang, Godfrey Farnican, Cara Dacnis, Christabel Martes, and Samuel Bago. — Southeast Asia Trail Running Confederation photos

South Cotabato’s Angel Cabalo followed Dangadang with a time of 14 hours and 58 minutes in the event where only the two of them finished the grueling category on the female side.

Also bringing home the bacon for the region was Bontoc son Godfrey Farnican who led the 12-km. mountain classic senior event with a time of 1:15:46 followed by Vietnam’s Vu Duc Huy at 1:23:11 while Baguio City’s Samuel Bango at 1:30:12.   

La Trinidad, Benguet’s Christabel Martes placed second in the 43.68-km.short trail female at 7:02:09, bowing to Muntinlupa City’s Trisha Reyes who took the top spot at 6:58:40 while Thailand’s Yupa Saelee placed third at 7:16:31.

Also placing second was Kabayan, Benguet’s Cara Dacnis in the vertical uphill at 1:00:36, as she followed Thailand’s Mahachot Phitchanan on first place at 54:40 while third placer Singapore’s Yumei Chan clocked at 1:07:08.

In the men’s side of the long trail, Thailand’s Jantaraboon Kiangchaipaiphana emerged as champion with a time of 11:04:24 followed by Philippine national team athletes Larry Apolinario at 11:36:58 and Arnie Macarenas at 11:49:53.  

Filipino seasoned runners also completed the podium finish for the short trail male side with Antique’s John Ray Onifa as champion at 4:46:25 followed by Davaos’ Romnick Tongkaling at 4:55:25 and Bukidnon’s Godwin Mirar at 4:55:50.  

Onifa was second placer in the vertical uphill male while Kiangchaipaiphana followed on third place, as both was outpaced by Indonesia’s Yusri Nanda in the event organized by the Southeast Asian Trail Running Confederation and the Philippine Trail Running Association (Philtra) together with local partner Tawid Marathon.

Other winning Philippine team members include Bukidnon’s Rayven Jay Eta ruling the mountain classic junior followed by Rizal province’s Lance Naral while Charlotte Muyco of South Cotabato bagged second place in the female side. 

The Philippines ruled the event with five gold, eight silver, and three bronze medals followed by Thailand with two gold and two bronze medals; Vietnam with one gold and one silver medals; Indonesia with one gold medal and Singapore with one bronze medal.

The biennial trail running event was participated by eight countries from Southeast Asia, aside from the winning country teams, it included trail running teams from Malaysia, Cambodia, and Brunei.