February 3, 2023

Elite trail runners Leonard Kiplangat Kemboi of Kenya and Sandi Abahan ruled the recently staged Baguio Marathon 2020 around the city on Feb. 23.
The Kenyan runner has outrun hundreds of participants in the 42-kilometer male category with a time of 3:02: 56 in the event organized by Team Malaya in partnership with the city government of Baguio and Camp John Hay Development Corp.
Homegrown athlete Abahan took the female side of the 42-km and placed fifth overall during the competition that brought trailrunners from Camp John Hay going to Loakan Road then Kennon Road passing by Happy Hallow and back to the starting line. The Southeast Asian gold medalist athlete finished the race at 3:33:18.
Second place in the 42-km male category was Albert Omboga with a time of 3:14:24 followed by Julius Bay-an at 3:14:44.
Gretchen Felipe of Itogon, Benguet settled for second in the 42-km female with a time of 3:49:44 and placed eight overall while Jenny Rose Guerrero was on third at 4:02:49.
Reymark Quezada topped the 21-km male category at 1:27:52 followed by Jeffony Selvino at 1:30:11 and Ronald Donaal at 1:34:13.
The female side saw Kana Antonio leading the group at 1:56:50 followed by Sandra Soriano at 1:57:59 and Kim Sumacbay at 2:06:23.
The organizers also implemented “bring your own water bottles” during the event also backed by Amihan, Food Panda, Light Water, Hoka Toyville, Flycatcher, and Creative Village.
“This is the first time (in a road run) we have totally removed plastic cups in our aid station. And everyone seemed to comply. We were ready to receive bashing for not providing one-time use cups but so far we have not received one,” organizers said. – Ofelia C. Empian