FIRST-TIMERS ruled the second holding of the CardiMax Clark Ultramarathon on Sunday at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
Albert Omboga, 29, a Kenyan professional runner based in Tagaytay, topped the 100-kilometer race with a time of nine hours, 18 minutes and 42 seconds while Silamie Apolistar made it twice in a row in the women’s side with a solid run of 11 hours and 37 minutes.
Omboga stood out with his minimalist running style that was complemented by a flashlight, a water bottle and reflectorized strips hardly hampered his performance.
Wilnar Iglesia was the best-placed local runner in the male category, finishing second to Umbroga.
The 34-year old instrumentation engineer said he was hampered by dehydration although He was able to recover sufficiently to maintain his place on the podium.
Jocelyn Elihiran, 38, ran 4:52 to win her first 50k run.
“Hindi ko na iniisip yung manalo, yung matapos ko lang kasi first ultramarathon ko ito,” Elihiran said.
Philippine-based Kenyan runner Joseph Murori, 34, topped the men’s 50k.
A mix of flat and rolling hills, the route took runners along the main highways of Clark, Air Force City, long stretches of paved, tree-lined roads, passing through scenic and tourist spots in the race held in partnership with Cardimax L-Carnitine, co-presented by Simple Hydration Bottle and RACEYaya, endorsed by the Department of Tourism and NLEX-SCTEX, with Clark Development Corporation as major partner together with Conrad’s Café, El Kabayo, Secondwind Store, Maximus Athletes Shop Café, Cycles and Brew, Royce Hotel and Casino, The Villages, with SPIN.ph as media partner.