GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani – All 200 runners finished the grueling Sarbay Fest 50-km. Ultra Marathon which is so far the longest race in Sarangani that started at the Capitol in Alabel and ended in Gumasa where the biggest beach festival in the Philippines is happening.
As a highlight event, Ultra Marathon 50 took place during the culmination day of Sarbay on June 1 (Saturday).
The run kicked off at 10pm on May 31 in Alabel and about less than four hours or at 1:44am the next day, the first finisher completed his race.
Emergency medical team aboard ambulances escorted the runners from the start of the race until 9am when all runners got to the finish line.
“This is the second edition,” said race director Max Richard Cabreros. “We started it last year in Sarbay and it was successful” and organized another race this time with 200 participants from all over the Philippines.
There were enthusiasts coming from as far as Manila, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan.
“This time,” Cabreros said, “60% came from Davao, 20% from Cagayan and Bukidnon, and 10% from South Cotabato and General Santos City.”
In the race, 27 year-old Arnie Macañares from Kapatagan, Digos City who won last year’s Ultra Marathon 50k again succeeded to win the race in just 3 hours and 44 minutes.
“I enjoyed this activity! Though tiring,” Macañares, with running and biking among his hobbies, told Sarangani Information Office.
He said it was his target to finish the race in less than four hours. Jogging, workout and eating healthy are among his preparations for the competition.
For those who wanted to join the marathon, he said, all it takes is “training then enjoy lang ang running. Aside from healthy ka, kusgan pod ka.”
The ultra marathon also features the coastal landscape of Sarangani where runners traverse the towns of Alabel, Malapatan and Glan with areas showing the scenic beauty of Sarangani.
Cabreros said he and his running club, Gensan K9 LiteRunners, just wanted to “create a healthy lifestyle and to have many runners instead of doing other things kay the best ang running sa atong health.”
There were also 200 participants last year, he said, and hopes to level up into 300 to 400 next year. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)