Over 2,500 runners join Phoenix Family Fun Run

Davao runners Sonny Wagdos and Monalisa Ambasa ruled the 10K category of the Phoenix Family Fun Run held March 9, 2014 at SM Lanang Premier.

Wados was first to cross the 10K finish line among the men, with a gun time of 33:24. Second placer Elmer Bartolo (34:34) was a minute and ten seconds behind. Coming in third was Michael Echalico (34:41).

Among the 10K women racers, Ambasa finished on top with a time of 42:59. She led comfortably in the 10K leg over second placer Cynthia Jaro (44:36), and third placer April Diaz (46:10).

10K champions each received a grand prize of P5,000 in cash. Second placers received P4,000, and third placers P3,000.

In the 5K race, among men Michael Ian Constantino finished first, clocking in at 16:55, while Maygae Nenora led the women at 19:48. At second and third places were Rolly Paderna (17:08) and Glen Payag (17:12) , and Ruffa Sorongon (20:11) and third Creselyn Jaro (20:22), respectively. 5K first placers each received P3,000 cash, second placers P2,000, and third P1,000 in cash.

The 3K race among kids 12 years old below was a close one in the boy’s division with winner Jet Li Lizaran (10:20) only three seconds ahead of Jilian Naparan (10:23). Josaiman Bajao (12:21) came in third. Pia Suarez led the girl’s with a time of 12:08, followed by Vernagil Sabueno (12:28) and Natalie Margarette Roble (13:55).

The Phoenix Run was participated by more than 2,000 runners from Davao City and other cities. The delegation from Compostela Valley was the largest among LGUs, while Team Titans was the biggest among running groups, and Vicente Hizon Elementary School the biggest school delegation. They each received P5,000 in cash.

The Youngest Runner Award was awarded to 2-year old Joann Francis Palacio who ran with his father under the 5K category. He received a certificate and P500 in cash.

The Cagape Family was also given a special award as the biggest family delegation with four members of the family running together under the 10K category.

Other fun events in the Phoenix Run included a raffle and the Zumba party that warmed up the runners.

The Phoenix Family Fun Run is presented by Phoenix Petroleum Philippines and Pioneer Insurance, and co-presented by Trans-Overseas Industrial Corporation. It is organized by Vantage Sports with SM City Davao as venue partner.

Proceeds from the Phoenix Family Fun Run will go to the Phoenix Philippines Foundation, Inc. to support its programs on Education, Environment, Health and Safety, and Outreach.

The Run is part of Phoenix Petroleum’s five major events for the 77th Araw ng Dabaw celebration. The other four are: the recently-concluded 7th Phoenix Open golf tournament, 2014 Phoenix Premium 98 Regional 1/8 Mile Drag Racing Championship Series, 2014 Phoenix Accelerate Vega Regional Autocross Championships, and the 77th Araw ng Dabaw Cyclomax Motocross.

Major sponsors of the Phoenix Araw ng Dabaw events are Brenton Engineering and Kairos Oil Trading. Gold sponsors are Custom Grafix, Seadove Maritime Services, Inc., Cebu DLS Construction & Development Corp., Novalco, WorthRand Petropower Corp., Philippine Bank of Communications, Banco De Oro, and Mechatrends. Silver sponsors are EEI Construction & Marine, Inc., Bayan Communications, Globe, Uni-field Enterprises, Inc., Measurement & Controls Technology Inc., Greenflex Consulting, Santos Land Development Corp., and PLDT. Bronze sponsors are Landbank, Aeolus, HSBC, F2 Logistics, Maybank, Joytrade Industrial Marketing, Chinatrust, TFBotones Construction Corp., RealSoft, Inc., Emicor Inc., HR Apilado Construction, Gendiesel Philippines Inc., YL Fishing Corp., Philhua Shipping, Inc., ESBE Industrial Builders, Emcor, and Mega Fortris Philippines. Media partners are Sunstar Davao, The Mindanao Daily Mirror, EDGE Davao, Mindanao Times, Gold Star Daily and TV5.

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