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Baler native rules Baguio – Tinoc Highest Point 100K Ultramarathon

ON THE ROAD AGAIN. The 24 runners who joined the Baguio to Tinog, Ifugao 100 kilometer race were fired off at Wright Park that will take them to Sayangan, Atok, for the first 50 K and the remaining 50 K led to Tinoc, in Ifugao, where the highest point in the Philippine highway system is now located. Arnold Balaba photo

Baler, Aurora native Romnick Teh needed 13 hours, 44 minutes and 23 seconds to cover the 100 kilometer distance from Baguio to the highest point in the country’s Philippine highway system in Tinoc, Ifugao recently.

The winner of the Sub Zero event last June bested 23 other runners in the ultramarathon that fired off at 7AM at Wright Park en-route to the home of the former highest highway system in the Philippines in the vegetable growing town in northern Benguet passing through La Trinidad and Tublay via the Halsema Highway.

The 50 kilometer trek to Sayangan in said town could be reachable in nine hours, according to organizer Slowfootrunner Events Management and from there, another 50 K to the present highest point in the Ifugao town.

In Sayangan, the runners were joined by three of the oldest runners in the country: the 78 year old Victor Ting of Caloocan City, who is considered as the country’s grandmaster in marathon, 77-year old retired police Col. Brigilio Balaba, the grandmaster of Baguio triathlon and the 66 year old retired police officer Wilfredo Quarte.

Teh arrived in Tinoc at 8:44 PM.

Behind him was Maynard Encornal from Makati City, while Arnulfo Aquino from Pasig City and Joseph Mariano from Malolos, Bulacan, finished third and fourth, respectively.

In the distaff side, Kimberly Gaela of Calasiao, Pangasinan clocked 17:11:00 followed by Pasay City native Rozel Vivero from Pasay City, who who arrived an hour later. Imus, Cavite resident Dixie Sagusay took third place.

Quarte, meanwhile took the 50-kilometer male category from Sayangan to Tinoc after clocking 3:35:08. Lawrence Cabrera from Apalit, Pampanga and and Eljee Jones Calimodag completed the podium.

Quarte actually finished tied with the lone female runner, Rose Mamano from Pasay City.

The race was conducted to boost tourism in Tinoc, Ifugao, said race director Arnold Balaba. Pigeon Lobien

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