March 27, 2023

Ibaloy Jail S/Insp. Rhys Yvan Dane Pawid and Alison Tellias have dominated the elite 100-kilometer (K) and 50K ca-tegories of the VJ100 Ultra Trail Challenge held at the Camp John Hay reservation on Jan. 28 and 29.

Pawid was the runaway winner in the 100K with a time of 17 hours, 39 minutes, and 45 seconds and had enough good rest when other podium finishers crossed the finish line.

STRONG IGOROT RUNNERS — Jail S/Insp. Ryhs Yvan Dane Pawid and Elizabeth Dangadang have emerged the top winners, as they hurdled the 100-kilometer ultra-tail challenge within Camp John Hay on Jan. 28 and 29. The event, presented by Intrepid Spirit and partners, drew some of the elite ultra-trail and long distance runners in the Cordillera and rest of the country. — Intrepid Spirit Facebook photos

But Elizabeth Dangadang caught the crowd by surprise when she emerged the overall second placer in the 100K with a time of 21:05:24 to also win as the overall champion in the female side.

Baguio runner James Tellias placed second in the male division at 23:06:27 followed by Isaias Tonog II and Jessie Magat, who had an identical time of 25:54:27 to share the third place award.

Maria Cecilia Kiswa placed second in the female division but had a better time than Tonog and Magat when she clocked 25:42:57. In third place is Japanese runner Sayuri Imanashi at 26:22:29.

Retired military general Nonato Alfredo Peralta, Jr. joined the 100K but did not finish after hurdling more than 50K.

A. Tellias placed second in the 50K with a time of 8:13:00, as he trailed division overall champion Kristian Joergensen who clocked 7:02:00 while Maynard Encornal placed third at 9:07:12.

Ybeth Velo topped the female side of the 50K with a time of 10:11:22 followed by Cecille Wael at 11:35:08 and Charmaine Hazel Arrazola at 11:39:32.

Baguio runner Vinson Ramos topped the 20K male at 2:41:20 followed by Ivan Matic at 2:43:27 and Fletcher Cuyaman at 3:11:03.

Clarisse Yeung placed first in the distaff side at 3:11:45 followed by Precious Jacinto at 3:26:29 and Edrea Pardilla at 3:45:17.

The 10K male champion trophy went to Ander Iza Rekakoetxea who clocked 1:07:21 followed by Laurence Balanza at 1:16:14 and Beef Co at 1:26:47 while the distaff side was topped by Melissa Campos at 1:28:53 followed by Kana Antonio at 1:36:29 and Pauline Taasan at 1:39:32.

The VJ100 event was in cooperation with Intrepid Spirit, International Trail Running Association (iTRA) while winners earned points for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. – Harley F. Palangchao