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Two time SEAG marathon queen Martes in Phuket as PH OCR team coach

CHRISTABEL Martes, right, with OCR champion Sandi Menchi Abahan at the Podium Botique Hotel. PML

Former two time Southeast Asian Games marathon queen Christabel Martes is in Phuket, Thailand this weekend not to compete but to serve as coach to members of the Philippine Obstacle Course Race teams.

The pride of Benguet State University who now competes in the Masters and the more “senior” athletic meets and also coaches young athletes, will be “mother” to four OCR athletes in the 2022 Spartan Asia Pacific Championship in the beautiful Thai island.

The four athletes are: Marites Nacyao and Silamie Gutang and Mel Campos and Jeffrey Regino, and will see action either in the 10 kilometer super which has 25 obstacles and the 5K sprint which has 20 obstacles.

Spartan, in its official web page said: “Get ready for a brand new race venue, with a kickass event line up and a pumping festival. Race types include the Super (APAC Championship heat), Sprint, Hurricane Heat. Kids won’t have to miss out on the action, with the Spartan Kids race happening on both days.”

It added: “Get ready to watch the best Spartan athletes from around Asia Pacific create history, as they compete for the title of 2022 Spartan APAC Champion, and then it’s your turn to smash the course and conquer those obstacles.”

Martes won the 2001 and 2005 SEAG marathon event and holds the national records in the 10,000 meter run (34:40.2) and marathon (2hours38.44).

The 43 year old Martes was cut from the national team when she joined the Milo Marathon to raise money for her surgery so she could compete for the country. She has been inducted into the Pinoyathletics Legends Athletics. Pigeon Lobien

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