Not 1 but 2. This is the number of full marys that our swash buckling runners of the Ateneo de Naga HS Batch 1983 conquered this December 2, 2012. And the reach of the 83neans is all over the region in this marathon of marathons.
Here in the National Capital Region, 3 studs tackled the Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM). This full marathon passed thru significant national landmarks from the Quezon Memorial, Sto. Domingo Church, La Mesa Eco-Park to the University of the Philippines – Diliman Campus. The finish time of the Metro Manila-based 83neans at the QCIM are as follow:
Bob Castilla - Below 5 hrs but steaming
mad due to organizers’ mix
up on the start time
Ernie Badong - 5 hrs flat
Ruben Fajardo - 5 hrs & 42 mins.
|QCIM 42km route|
Further south and crossing national borders, in the undisputed premier city of the ASEAN Region, our favorite Bitoy Lorico ventured into virgin territory and survived the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore. His finish time for the 42 kms is 6 hrs & 35 minutes. We hope to hear soon his story. He now is our latest 83nean marathoner, bringing to 10 the total for our high school batch, the runningest in Ateneo.
|Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore|
|Our latest 83nean marathoner|
The QCIM 83neans showed their solidarity with our new marathoner by writing words of encouragement to Bitoy on their bib. Such is the brotherhood of runners. It knows no borders.
As for Bicolano Penguin, I was not in the running as December 2 is our wedding anniversary. But hearing my siblings congratulating and thanking profusely my wife for surviving my bossy and insensitive ways all these 15 years (and counting) leads me to postulate that I, too, was celebrating a marathon on that day. Only, this is of the matrimonial kind and my Commander-In-Chief deserves a ton of medals. She would need all the encouragement, affirmation and a second wind as this marathon is going ultra.
|A different kind of marathoners|