Monday, October 24, 2011

Bukidnon Runners Among The Top Finishers of Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon 2011

Three runners from Bukidnon were among the Top 20 finishers of the 25th Mt. Kinabalu  International Climbathon held last October 22-23, 2011 in Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia. Jemarvin Cabilan and Leo Colonia placed 11th and 12th, respectively in the Men's Open while Helen Tacling was the 20th placer in the Women's Open category.

The Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon is dubbed as the world's toughest mountain race. It is the ultimate test of endurance as participants have to run up and down Mt. Kinabalu for a total distance of 21 kilometers. This year's edition was won by Kilian Jornet of Spain who finished the 21-km course in 2:37:04. In the women's category, Danny Gongot of Ranau, Malaysia bagged the first place with a time of 3:41:29.

Bukidnon's Jemarvin Cabilan finished 11th with a time of 3:13:30 while Leo Colonia followed almost 3 minutes later with 3:16:25. In the Women's Open category Helen Tacling finished 20th with a time of 5:14:23. She was closely followed by Merlita Dunkin of Cebu who finished at 05:26:20.

Through this post, I would like to congratulate my fellow Bukidnon runners for bringing pride not just to our province but to our country as well. Credits should also be given to Dr. Rachito Abellanosa and her wife Maam Maite Abellanosa for bringing the runners over to Malaysia to join this race.    

Photos of Bukidnon runners proudly wearing the Malaybalay Runners singlet and carrying the Philippine flag:

 Jemarvin Cabilan (photo from Tey EngTiong)

  Leo Colonia (Photo from Tey EngTiong)

Helen Tacling (Photo from Zean Villongco)

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