DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 Feb) — A farmer and veteran runner from Malaybalay City, Bukidnon won the 42-kilometer race in the 7-Eleven Run 2018 in Davao City early Sunday.
Richeel Laguido, a banana plantation worker bested second placer Alex Melly and third placer Bryan Quiamco in the marathon.
Laguido is a member of the Malaybalay Runners, a group that has been competing in both local and national races since 2011.
He attributed his win to self-discipline and consistency in his training.
“My preparation was only everyday jogging,” Laguido said.
In the women’s 42K, Judelyn Miranda finished first. Vivian Avergonzado won second and Maria Theresa Basallo, third.
Aside from Laguido, other Bukidnon racers also emerged triumphant after taking home several medals in their respective divisions like Christine Hallasgo who landed the top spot and Lalaine Patricio who placed third in women’s 21K. Emerly Avergonzado won second in the same division.
Bukidnon bet Bobby Tadlas placed second to Jerald Zabala while Jimboy Lugay placed third in 21K men’s.
Bukidnon runners Keenan Caburnay and Esterlita Organiza maintained the group’s dominance in their respective divisions in the 16K race.
Caburnay topped the race followed by Arlan Arbois and third placer Rodel Salvane in men’s while Organiza won first in women’s where Rosabel Pura and Jaylou Maloloy-on placed second and third, respectively.
The 7-Eleven Run in Davao was simultaneously held in Manila and Cebu. (Antonio L. Colina IV)