At 67, Mary Obayan is a regular in fun runs in Cebu

Aug 10, 2019

CEBU, Philippines — Mary Obayan, the oldest participant in the Irongirl 5-kilometer fun run, proved that age is just a number.

Turning 68 on August 16, Nanay Mary was all smiles and in high spirits as she crossed the finish line on Friday at Shangri-La Mactan.

The race ended late afternoon but it looked like she's just getting started. Nanay Mary granted a couple of interviews to the media and even danced a bit to the upbeat songs being played on the background.

“Kaya ko, masaya ako kapag tumatakbo ako,” she told SPIN Life. “Wala akong nararamdaman na sakit kapag tumatakbo ako.

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“Hindi ko ma-describe ang feelings ko kapag tumatakbo ako basta masaya ako lalo na kapag naka-finish na ako. May mga mas bata sa akin na nauunahan ko pa makatapos ng race. Oo, nakakabata [ang feeling].”

Although her family was at first a bit worried about her taking up running for a hobby, Nanay Mary's children eventually gave in and became more supportive of her.

“Kasama ko ang mga kaibigan ko na tumatakbo,” she said. “Medyo nag-worry lang ‘yung mga anak ko pero sabi ko naman sa kanila na kaya ko. Bilin lang nila na ingat lang daw sa pagtakbo. ‘Yung apo ko tatakbo sa Sunday [sa Ironman 70.3].”

The lovable grandmother is proud to share that she has already joined four fun runs in Cebu this year — and she's not done yet.

“Tatakbo ako hanggang kaya,” she said.

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