DAVID Kipsang and Nhea Ann Barcena sustained their strong starts to rule the 32-kilometer category of Unilab Active Health’s Run United 2 (RU2) last Sunday at the Mall of Asia, Pasay City.
Kipsang finished in two hours, three minutes and 33 seconds to claim his place atop the men’s division of the 32k category. Coming in second Argel Joseph Mendoza (02:11:17) while third was Andrico Mahilum (02:19:16).
In the distaff side, Barcena reigned supreme in 02:32:43 followed by Melinda delos Reyes (02:56:36) and Victorina Calma (02:57:48).
Close to 12,000 runners participated in this year’s RU2 — with the 21k and 32 categories having the biggest pool of runners with 5,000 and 4,149 racers, respectively. This year’s RU series is set to wrap up with two more events later this year.
Also ruling the other categories were: Cipriane John Topia, Dante Cagas, and Michael Concorde Ordonez for the 21k men’s category; Shirley Ordonez, Emilaine Balatibat, and Helen Joy Saguid for the 21k women’s category; Joey delos Reyes, Jean-Michael Berille, and Gerald Miguel Mombay for the 10k men’s category; Michelle Anne Tibagacay, Olivia Llanillo, and Myzel Alcala for the 10k women’s category; Jonas Joson, Julian Patrick Joson, and Yechiel David Hipol for the 5k men’s category; and Nikka Reyes, Joy Anne Mariz Tajo, and Cherries Zhang for the women’s 5k category.
RU2 also feted a few special participants — PWID (persons with intellectual disabilities) runners and senior citizen competitors — for their inspiring individual achievements.
Among the PWID top finishers who completed their own 5k runs were Michael Jordan (00:26:20), Ryan Ilaya (00:26:25), and Arjay Galang (00:27:17). Seventy-two year-old Serafin Asis and 64-year-old Corazon Chan, meanwhile, were also recipients of ULAH Special Awards for being the oldest participants for this year’s RU2 leg.
“It has always been our goal to help progressive athletes hit their targets and exceed their performances, and we’re very happy to have done just that, once again, this year,” said Lester Castillo, Sports and PR executive of Unilab Active Health.
Winners received their own pieces of the 2015 United Hexagonal Medal – a symbol of the progressive athlete’s pursuit to become a better version of himself.
If a competitor successful conquers all three RUPM legs, he or she will be able to form a united hexagonal medal of his/her own.