A 36-year-old technician from Masbate bested his more illustrious counterparts to rule the inaugural Cardimax Clark Ultramarathon held over the weekend.
Eugene Postrado completed the 100-kilometer course with a time of eight hours, 58 minutes, and six seconds in topping the Pampanga event that drew more than 200 ultra-marathoners, who competed in the 100k and 50k events.
Coming in at second was David Rivera who clocked in at 10:23:05 while Jake Arevalo secured third place with a time of 11:16:07.
The Clark victory was Postrado’ s third in the 100k which he described as having good roads and ideal weather for a night run.
The softspoken long distance veteran who maintains a cellular phone sites in his native province, said he started slow at the back of the pack during the 10 p.m. Saturday gun start.
“Mabibilis yung mga kasama ko. Nahabol ko sila,sa may SM Clark na,” said Postrado, who was only aiming for a podium finish to cover his airfare spent from going to Clark from his island province.
Postrado’s feat was made more impressive after he got lost twice on Saturday - first en route from the airport to Clark, and the second when he made a wrong turn less than three kilometers from the finish line.
He also took part in another fun run before leaving for Manila last Saturday.
On the distaff side, call center employee Silamie Apolistar took top honors in her first 100k with the official time of 13:31:09. Placing second was Daphne Codilla (14:09:31) and completing the podium finish was Gia Estrella (15:05:02).
For the 50K, Aresenio Uming was the fastest runner in the men's category (03:39:49) while his female counterpart was Melinda delos Reyes (05:16:12).
In the team category, Team Ayala Triads posted the best average time in the 100K (14:48:49) while Team Soleus ruled the roost in the 50K with a 07:24:57 average mark.
Aside from a medal and gift pack, Postrado and Apolistar also received P20,000 cash prizes for emerging as champions.
Prizes were also given to the winners of the age group and the relay categories
Event organizer Tin Ferrera said they decided to hold an ultra-marathon for the first time in the sprawling former US Air Force Base since it possessed a good amount of quality roads, was safe and had good infrastructure to support a race.