2017 Candidate Race: Rizal Mountain Run
The 1st Rizal Mountain Run took place in Pintong Bukawe on Luzon in the Philippines and saw many happy faces at the end of a 50km, 30km or 15km mountainous race. Organised by the people behind the specialised gaiter & socks brand Ahon, the longest distance even witness a tremendous battle for victory between Kristian Joergensen and Koy Grey. The event was held as a 2017 Asia Trail Master Candidate Race.
Joergensen, from Denmark but living in the Philippines, and Grey, fourth in last year's CM 50, set the pace and were well ahead of Juan Sofia in third place. At the end of a tough but beautiful trail run, Joergensen edged out Grey by just over two minutes, showing how closely matched they were. The winner's time was 6:14:47.
In the women's race, Cheryl Bihag finished ahead of Diorella Cerujano and Alexandria Ahongon in a time of 9:33:05. Mark Sison (men) and Pen Nepomuceno (women) were quickest in the 30km race.
Afterwards, participants had many great things to say about the Rizal Mountain Run. Not only about the organisation, but also about the beautiful course in what is essentially a spoilt trail running area with already many events. Hailed a successful first edition therefore, the organisers are keen to build on the maiden experience. The 2017 edition is planned for late January or mid-February. Stay tuned for more infos!