Just this weekend, Cebu Trail Runners hold their 2nd edition of Pamutan Trailfest featuring a marathon distance along the trails of Brgy. Pamutan and nearby.
Kicks off 12 am on Sunday at Bagsakan Center Pamutan, Merson Gasang of TAD crossed the finish line in 9 hours, 57 minutes and 5 seconds, emerged as male champion for a marathon distance. Gasang was noted lost the trail earlier in his second loop but regain the game all the way to the finish line. Along in the male podium, were John Maurice Quirol with 10:00:53, settled in 2nd place and Rhodel Sarande with 10:00:55 in 3rd place.
While female category was won by Noriebelle Guinto of Baybay City Runners (BCR) whose official time 13 hours, 10 minutes and 10 seconds was made her lead among female runners. Fe Hoffner Von Styggenein, also from BCR placed second in her time of 13:12:15 and Glee Marie Largo with 13:19:05 settled in 3rd place.
Aside from 42km distance, there were also shorter distance like 22k, 14k and 7k which started earlier on Sunday.
The said Pamutan Trailfest 2018 was hosted by Cebu Trail Runners, a group of trail junkies based in Cebu. The trailfest was the second from their last year’s race and expected to attract more trail runners across the country in their coming editions.
A surprise champion but not surprising to others know him very well. John Ray Onifa declared overall champion in recent toughest Ultra Trail Mapawa 50 held in Mapawa Nature Park, Cagayan de Oro City last Sunday, October 29.
Onifa, completed the race with exemplary time of 7:02:32 beating 129 racers across the country. Following him was the country’s elite trail runner Manolito Divina with 7:18:26 while Kristian Joergensen of Denmark ranked third with finish time of 7:18:29 . Sandi Menchi Abahan, also a country’s elite trail runner declared female champion with the time of 9:09:02, Maria Luisa Prado as second with 10:01:07 and Agustoralin Sabanal as third with 10:28:52
The 26 year old Onifa, who hails from Hamtic, Antique has been active in local racing events especially in trail running. He might be anew to your ears but he is actually not. He was named champion in both recent Salomon Xtrail Run 2017- Subic Leg and Soleus Cross Country Challenge 2 held in San Mateo, Rizal. And also champion of Banas Guimaras, a 10 mile trail run held in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.
John Ray Onifa in Banas Guimaras Trail Run 2017 with RD Russell Lingat on the left
Recently, he was also the champion of UP 2 UP Marathon in Iloilo City. He made himself to qualify in the 41st Milo Marathon Finals this December. With time of 1:16:03 he ranks third in Iloilo Leg. For him, by attending some trail racing events is his stepping stones to his big dreams.
Onifa’s next big target is TNF Thailand on February 3, 2018. His big dream is to make it to the world’s “holy grail” in trail running which is Ultra Trail du-Mont Bloc (UTMB) someday.
Ultra Trail Mapawa 50 was the last leg of Mapawa Trail Series. Trail Run Mapawa was held on May 28 and Mapawa Trail Marathon on August 13. The said race event was co presented by R.O.X. and Mapawa Nature Park.
At the end of the event, the result concluded to 101 official finishers and with 29 DNF runners.