Rafael Poliquit, Aileen Tolentino top local finishers in Run United Philippines Marathon 
Rafael Poliquit Jr. celebrates as he reaches the finish line to rule the local men’s category of the Enervon Activ 42K category during last Sunday’s Run United Philippines Marathon (RUPM) 2014 at the Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City. Poliquit placed ahead of other local runners with 2:50:21 for the concluding leg of Unilab’s Run United series. Unilab Active Health

RAFAEL Poliquit Jr. edged out Mario Magliano to win the men's divsion of the Run United Philippine Marathon (RUPM) 2014, the final leg of Unilab Active Health’s Run United Series last Sunday at the Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Poliquit topped all local placers at the Enervon Activ 42K men’s category, crossing the finish line in 2:50:21. He was followed closely by Maglinao who came in at 2:51:48. Completing the podium finishers was Rene Desuyo (2:53:16).

Aileen Tolentino, on the other hand, ruled the 42K women’s category for local runners with 3:31:56, followed by Cinderella Lorenzo (3:35:42) and Jocelyn Elijeran (3:40:24).’

It was an all-Kenyan cast for the 42K foreign men’s category, with Jackson Chirchir placing first (2:29:00), trailed by Elphiz Kiptarus (2:34:02) and John Samoel (2:41:11). The women’s category, meanwhile, saw another Kenyan runner, Irine Kipchumba cross the line ahead of everybody else at 3:00:12. Belgium’s Isabelle Marfko (4:13:06) was second and Malaysia’s Silamie Apolistar (4:30:39) third.

Others who made the podium for other categories were: Anthony Nerza (1:23:55), Andrico Mahilum (1:25:38), Juan Gabriel Velasco (1:29:48) for the men’s category of the Alaxan FR 21K; Criselyn Jaro (1:34:30), Victoria Calma (1:52:02), and  Jennelyn Isibido (1:54:28) for the women’s category of the 21K marathon; Richard Salanio (0:32:26), Eliud Kering (0:32:38), and Blair McWhirter (0:33:01) for the men’s category of the Enervon HP 10K; and lastly, Marion Kim Mangrobang (0:40:53),  Cellie Rose Jaro (0:42:37), and Janette Lumidao (0:44:08) for the women’s 10K.

RUPM 2014 lured over 12,000 running aficionados. Runners who completed all the 21km and up distance categories in all three previous Run United races won the “United” medal, a three-part finisher’s medal that can be put together to form a single medal.

Other ULAH activities that athletes can look forward to are Tri United 3 on October 26 at Subic and Tri United 4 on November 24 at Fontana, Clark, Pampanga. Schedules of ULAH events may still change, so visit www.unilabactivehealth.com or www.runrio.com for updates. 

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