The Punisher 50 sees wins by Durier and Mamugay
Jorge Lanante took a big victory in Thailand at UT Panoramic, but in The Punisher 50 miles race on Babak Samal Island, off the coast of Davao, in Philippines it was a Frenchman who ran away with the top hounour. Vincent Durier was too quick for local Mindanao runners Rene Amigleo, Gerardo Platon Jr and Hanover Amigo. Durier finished the race in 14:30:19. That was roughly 2h40 earlier than the others on the podium. On the other hand, in the women's race Manilyn Mamugay pleased the home crowd with her victory in 18:59:48.
There was also a shorter 50k distance. Edgel Obrero and Elizabeth Ornopia were the two fastest athletes in that one.
The Punisher is another young event that is quickly making a fine name for itself. Not only is it always nice to have a finish on a beach, but the entire race route has a good mix of everything what trail running is about. Lots of runnable terrain, but some technical bits and river crossings gave credit to the event's name. In all, The Punisher is a race for the all-rounder. Runners, including race winner Durier, gave great reviews of their event experience.