‘Michael Jordan,’ Four Others Cited For Exceeding Themselves Through Inspiring Performances
Progressive athletes David Kipsang and Nhea Ann Barcena sustained their strong starts to rule their respective divisions for the 32-kilometer category of ActiveHealth’s Run United 2 (RU2) last Sunday at the Mall of Asia, Pasay City.
Kipsang crossed the finish line with an official time of 02:03:33 to claim his place atop the top placers for the men’s division of the 32k category. Trailing him by a couple of minutes were Argel Joseph Mendoza (02:11:17) and Andrico Mahilum (02:19:16). Barcena, on the other hand, conquered the women’s category, crossing the podium at 02:32:43 followed by Melinda delos Reyes (02:56:36) and Victorina Calma (02:57:48).
Close to 12,000 progressive runners participated in this year’s RU2 staging—with the 21k and 32 categories having the biggest pool of runners with 5,000 and 4,149 racers, respectively—once again cementing the success of the Run United Series. This year’s RU series is set to wrap up with two more events later this year.
Also ruling the other categories were: Cipriane John Topia, Dante Cagas, and Michael Concorde Ordonez for the 21k men’s category; Shirley Ordonez, Emilaine Balatibat, and Helen Joy Saguid for the 21k women’s category; Joey delos Reyes, Jean-Michael Berille, and Gerald Miguel Mombay for the 10k men’s category; Michelle Anne Tibagacay, Olivia Llanillo, and Myzel Alcala for the 10k women’s category; Jonas Joson, Julian Patrick Joson, and Yechiel David Hipol for the 5k men’s category; and Nikka Reyes, Joy Anne Mariz Tajo, and Cherries Zhang for the women’s 5k category.
RU2 also feted a few special participants—PWID (persons with intellectual disabilities) runners and senior citizen competitors—for their inspiring individual achievements. Among the PWID top finishers who competed their own 5k runs were Michael Jordan (00:26:20), Ryan Ilaya (00:26:25), and Arjay Galang (00:27:17). Seventy-two year-old Serafin Asis and 64-year-old Corazon Chan, meanwhile, were also recipients of ULAH Special Awards for being the oldest participants for this year’s RU2 leg.
“It has always been our goal to help progressive athletes hit their targets and exceed their performances, and we’re very happy to have done just that, once again, this year,” says Lester Castillo, Sports and PR executive of ActiveHealth. “We are committed to supporting the goals of every progressive athlete, which is why we continue offering solutions to help them exceed themselves and go beyond their limits.
Winners proudly received their own pieces of the 2015 United Hexagonal Medal–a symbol of the progressive athlete’s pursuit to become a better version of himself. Its connectivity to one another takes inspiration from the athletes ability to continuously exceed themselves; thus if a competitor successful conquers all three RUPM legs, he or she will be able to form a united hexagonal medal of his own.
Race pacers guided the runners to ensure that every participant’s quest to push themselves to exceed their limits became challenging yet enjoyable. Aside from this, fitness coaches and experts also spearheaded brief talks to help runners train, perform, and recover more efficiently for their future racers. Coach Kris Agarao was at the venue and spoke about the concept of prehabilitation as an essential preventive injury and risk assessment and training regimen to anticipate any problem and address it before it happens.
Coach Saul Anthony Sibayan, later, shared his knowledge on maximizing every progressive athlete’s endurance potential through “periodization,” the science of training to promote peak performance at the right time while reducing the risk of developing overuse injuries and overtraining. Lastly, a member of Philippine Volcanoes talked about secrets to avoiding the “runners’ trots” by helping athletes understand the causes of cramping, nausea, flatulence, and an extremely urgent need to discharge bodily wastes.