Veterans Postrado, Raterta frolic in the rain in Condura Skyway Marathon 2016
Top finishers in the Condura Skyway Marathon pose with their awards. Rhoel Fernandez

VETERANS Eugene Postrado and Luisa Raterta frolicked in the rain to stand out among the local bets  in the 2016 Condura Skyway Marathon in Filinvest City on Sunday morning.

First-timer Eugene Postrado clocked two hours, 46 minutes and 25 seconds to win the men’s open (Local) title despite lack of sleep after planing in just hours before the race held at the Skyway.

Postrado said the cold weather suited his pacing and his familiarity from the past 7-11 race helped. 

“Wala pang tulog,” Postrado, whose job is maintaining cellphone sites in Masbate, sheepishly told later. The unassuming runner arrived on a Saturday morning flight and prepared himself early in Filinvest City for the midnight gun start of the premier 42K event.

The 11-year running veteran narrowly defeated challenger Carlito Pantilaga (2:46:29).  Jose Jun Hampo 3:12:32 completed the podium cast in the seventh edition of the annual race on the elevated highway that connects the cities of Muntinlupa and Makati.

In the distaff side of the Open (local), Luisa Raterta crossed the finish line at 3:16:28. Trailing behind her were national team duathlon mainstay Miscelle Gilbuena (3:21:58) and Cindy Lorenzo who came in at 3:31:27.

The veteran Raterta told she encountered some problems when the wet weather caused her to cramp up in the last five kilometers to the finish line.

“Umulan sa taas pero ok naman dahil hindi masyado mahangin… sa mga runner nakaka cramps talaga pag umuulan yung sapatos mo nababasa yung loob. Fighter naman ako, continuous naman yung takbo ko hanggang sa finish line.     

Kenyans ruled both the Men and Women Open category, led by Eric Kibiwoot Chepsiror and Monica Mafuni Nieru respectively.

Cash prizes, trophies, watches, running shoes and gift packs were given to all the winners.

A mix of newbie and returning runners were part of the 5,000 runners in the 42K. A total of 15,000 participants took part in the other 21K, 10K and 6K races.

Despite the drizzly weather, Ton Concepcion, president of Concepcion Industries, said the eighth edition of the Condura marathon was well-organized and stayed true to the race's high standards.

“People like the weather like this because the rain wasn’t tuloy-tuloy naman … it was cool,” said Concepcion.

A portion of the race fees will go to the beneficiaries of the HERO Foundation, namely for the education of 150 children of soldiers of fallen soldiers. 

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