Pawid, Dangadang top elite category of VJ100 Ultra Trail
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.
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