Puerto Princesa City, Palawan – Palawan Express Marathon wowed runners, marathon enthusiasts and spectators in Puerto Princesa as it made history as first-ever full marathon held in the city and the entire province of Palawan on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Over 1,000 runners participated in the marathon with 42K, 21K, 10K, 5K and 3K race categories, included were groups from City Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard and local government offices. Foreign runners from Malaysia, Japan and USA also participated in the event that started at Mendoza Park and went along Rizal Avenue to different routes leading the runners to enjoy key tourist attractions in the city dubbed as “City in the Forest”.
Sixty nine runners in the 42K run started the marathon at 1:00 a.m. Gun Time, and among them were 6 Kenyans who swept the top three finishers for both male and female category. It was Eric Chiseror who finished first at 2:30:59 official time, qualifying him to win an additional cash prize of P50,000 for beating the maximum time set by Palawan Express Marathon.
After the run, participants and organizers gathered inside the People’s Amphitheater in Mendoza Park for an hour of Zumba Session, raffle draw and awarding ceremony. Cash prizes and medals were given to the top three finishers of 42K and 21K categories, while medals and certificates were awarded to the top three finishers in the 10K, 5K, and 3K runs. Special prizes were also given to Paul James Zafico from Cebu, with the time of 2:50:45, and Norlan Warizal from Brgy. Tagburos in Palawan, with the time of 3:13:18, for being the fastest Filipino, and fastest Palaweño 42K finishers, respectively.
Palawan Express Marathon was introduced as part of the Palawan Pawnshop and Palawan Express Pera Padala’s commitment to promote healthier lifestyle through running, and other sports development. Present also in the event are the Palawan Pawnshop Board of Directors. In his welcome message, Mr. Roberto Ben Castro, Member of the Board, and Over-all coordinator of Palawan Express Marathon, promised to hold series of marathon, not just in Puerto Princesa but in other parts of the country as well.
The event was made possible in partnership with Puerto Princesa City government, LeadPack and Takbo.ph.