NATIONAL team member Mervin Guarte ruled the 10-kilometer race in the Stags Run 3 dubbed "Takbo Para sa Bokasyon" on Sunday at the Aseana City in Pasay City.
Guarte, silver medalist in the 800-meter and 1,500-m events in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta, clocked 29 minutes and 55 seconds in the event held to generate funds for apostolate missions in Sierra Leone in West Africa and several remote barangays in Palawan.
Ryan Hullesa placed second in 31:10, while Justin Tabunda wound up third in 31:29.
Law student Miean Sarmiento improved from third last year to champion this year, clocking 54:16 to beat Beathia Gano (55.3) and Rona Montero (56.17) in the women's 10K.
Michael Bacong ruled the 5K event in 20:24 ahead of Reymart dela Cruz (20.25) and Karl Tadeo (24:46), while Cathlyn Dolalas ruled the distaff side in 36:06 ahead of Mia Atendido (36.25) and Rachel Franco (39.06).
Jason Nabong topped the 3K race in 21:53 to beat Mervin Guarte's younger brothers Melchor and Melbert, who wound up second and third in 22:15 and 23:53, respectively.
Roselyn Fulgencio won the women’s 3K race over Ng Vum He and Choz Soc Ip, two of the 23 runners from Chonbuk University in South Korea who are exchange students at San Sebastian.
Mikhail Marvin Corpuz topped the children's category, beating Carl Miguel Abanico and Paul Chuwawee.
The race was part of the celebration of San Sebastian College-Recoletos' 66th founding anniversary and its 100th year as an Augustinian Order.
Over 4,000 runners participated in the race including former President Joseph Estrada, Ambassador Danny Victoria, Jeep ni Erap president Renato Soriano, Manila No. 1 camp Atty. Eduardo Balauro and Ambassador Antonio Villamayor.
"I would like to thank San Sebastian for giving me this chance to celebrate with you these two important occasions," said Estrada in Filipino.
This event was backed by the Kabataan Jeep in Erap headed by Dr. Angel Espiritu, Azia direct fashion for less, Life Oil, Alfonso Ronco, Atty. Joel Chua, Marlon Ortiz and Pharex.