Perhaps the frowning weather over the weekend didn’t stop amongst but a successful Isla del Fuego ( Island of Fire) foot race had rubbed it. The 80 kilometer ultramarathon race and probably the longest in the island by single stage event finishes strong by both Negrense. Anthony Pailuga, blazed the fire as male and overall champion whose official time is 8:53:57 beating at least 50 runners from Visayas and Mindanao. Along with him , Maripol Tecson was named female champion with clock time of 12:06:38, both from Team Dumaguete Adventures Roadrunners and Striders (Team DARS).
I feel ecstatic to have won the said race, I trained seriously to get in the podium, I run with my heart, Pailuga expresses gratefulness. On the other hand, Ms. Tecson a known ultra runner from Dumaguete City had a close fight with her rival up to last kilometer but ended victorious.
Others in the podium roll, for male category Hilary James Tambolero of Negros Oriental came second runner with 9:29:26 recorded time Michael Saplad of Cebu, as third runner with 9:53:40 recorded time. While in female category, Warlen Batan also from Negros Oriental clocked 12:24:10 made her second runner while Jennifer Zabala of Cebu came third runner with gun time of 13:02:48.
The race event en routed clockwise the whole Fuego through its Circumferential Road with six municipalities; Maria, Lazi, San Juan, Siquijor, Larena and Enrique Villanueva with elevation gain of at least 205 meters. It Kicked off on October 1 at 12 midnight and finished by 3 PM on the same date at Salagdoong Beach, one of the famous tourist spot of the island located in Municipality of Maria.
With given COT of 15 hours, each runners challenge vying themselves from scorching heat of the sun over the entire route. Plus the challenge, that none race marshal event and the hydration positioned only by at least 7 miles apart.
On Facebook page event. Race Director, Sir Paul Paras shared reminders that the event is a self supported and participate at own risks. He had also encouraged runners to secure their support vehicles during the race.
By account, the race is said to be the first after 2013 of Sir Jovie Narcise’s event with an ultra distance of 75 kilometer. Sir Jovie ,probably one of the pioneers to have three sixty-ed the whole island by foot. And this year’s finishers is second batch who officially three sixty-ed the island.