February 3, 2023

Veteran biker Harry Tanoja emerged the overall winner in the Itogon Bike Challenge held on Aug. 14.

Tanoja finished the race course within one hour and 10 minutes and also ruled the 30 to 39 age group category of the 28-kilometer bike challenge.

Kriston Fuchigami tailed Tanoja with a time of 1:15:00 followed by Ejhay Tabuniar with a time of 1:23:00.

Jemart Apa-an topped the 20 to 29 group with a time of 1:12:00 and placed second overall, followed by Murphy Bolingan at 1:15:00 and Arnel Virtucio at 1:17:00.

Keaton Dinagtuan led the 15 to 19 age group at 1:13:00 and placed third overall, followed by Dekkev Tenias at 1:13:10 and Charles Tacay at 1:13:20.

Renante Gayao took the top spot in the 40 to 49 group at 1:19:00 followed by Dexter Barian at 1:31:00 and Nico Realina at 1:36:00. 

Still proving their mettle in the 50 and up group, Fermin Nalitom bagged the gold medal at 1:29:00 followed by Rhode-rick Bela-o at 1:39:00 and Dick dela Cruz at 1:40:00.

Charist Laranang pedaled her way to the top in the female side at 1:36:00 followed by Antonette Viduya at 1:53:00, May Joyce Dulnuan at 1:55:00, Tracy Jo Depalog at 2:03:00, and Southeast Asian Games vovinam bronze medalist Jenelyn Olsim at 2:18:00.

The IBC 2022 event for-a-cause was organized by the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15, A.S. Bike Shop, Benguet Police Provincial Office, and Itogon for the benefit of the Balucoc Cashet Tabu Langag Multipurpose Cooperative Inc. A total of P117,000 was raised during the activity, which was turned over to the representatives of the beneficiary. – Ofelia C. Empian