Heart surgeon Dr. Peter Mancao ran in college. But then he stopped.
About two years ago, however, he started feeling out of breath when going up the flight of stairs to the operating room of Cebu Doctors’ Hospital.
That prompted him to go back running. Mancao said he took to the web for help on how to start running and found that online, you can get an “instant coach.”
HEART SURGEON Dr. Peter Mancao talks to newbie runners on how to start running. Mancao was the guest in last Friday’s night run with the CebuRunning community. SUN.STAR PHOTO/ALEX BADAYOS
Mancao told more than 70 runners gathered in the Sun.Star Cebu central newsroom for last Friday’s night run that in the operating room, surgeons had a rule of thumb: if the patient is under 40 years old, there is no need for medical clearance.
Mancao said that was a good rule of thumb to apply to running. He said that if someone who is over 40 years old wants to start running, he or she should get a comprehensive medical checkup and a doctor’s clearance.
AMONG the pioneers of running in Cebu are two doctors who have been very influential in increasing the popularity of the sport in the island—Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III and Dr. Peter Mancao. The two have been running marathons all over the world together and started local running events to help jumpstart the then fledgling sport.
In tonight’s Friday Night Run, Dr. Mancao will be talking about how to start running and make it a habit. To join the run, be at the Sun.Star Cebu office on P. del Rosario St. before 10 p.m. Just tell the guard you are looking for Max Limpag.
DR. PETER MANCAO during the Cebu City Marathon. CLICK TO ENLARGE.
Today’s night run with the ungo runners, an informal group of runners who run every Friday night, will focus on newbies and people who still have to start running. Members of the group have been encouraged to bring along a newbie in tonight’s run.
The route for tonight’s run will still be the same for regular ungo runners (interactive route map found at the end of this article)—a 7 kilometer route from Sun.Star Cebu to the Banilad Town Center then to the IT Park.
ON FRIDAY nights, Sun.Star Cebu executive editor Michelle So works in running shorts. At 9 p.m. managing editor for news Isolde Amante and news editor Charmaine Rodriguez go through the last few news stories and prepare to close the remaining news pages before changing to their jogging pants or running shorts.
At that time, reporters Justin Vestil, Linette Ramos and Rene Martel have finished writing their stories and are now in running attire. Graphic artist Kent Ynot and Ariel Catubig of the Sun.Star Network Exchange are also ready to go.
WE OWN THE NIGHT. Ungo runners in front of the Sun.Star Cebu office before running to the It Park in Lahug, Cebu City. CLICK TO VIEW LARGER IMAGE.
Outside the newsroom, men in tights sit on the steps of the stairs talking to one another. Dr. Raymund “Reel Runner” Bontol accompanies a large group of runners, among them Jefferey Chua and Ralph Noval, from the Cebu Velez General Hospital, and gives tips on running. Aeda Mae Siao, meanwhile, accompanies a friend who is on her first night run.
Higher up the stairs, Eric Agaton of Nike Banilad Town Center leads a group of three men all wearing Nike running shoes.
The Visayas leg of Pinay In Action, an all women run, will be held in Cebu City this April 11, and will feature the 3-kilometer, 5-kilometer, and 10-kilometer distances.
Men can join the run if they register with a female participant, but they won’t be eligible to win in any category. (Correction race organizer Kenneth Casquejo contacted me to say that male runners can win but only the top 3 spots of the 5K and 10K races)
Registration fee is P250 and is inclusive of a race number, route map, souvenir shirt, and a goodie bag. Runners may register at the Mabolo branch of Leona’s Bakeshop from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Cebu Tourism and Travel Association (CTTA) and Cebu Association of Tour Operators (CATO) will stage the first Tourism Eco-Fun Run “Go for Green” at the Asiatown IT Park in Lahug, Cebu City on Nov. 29.
The Go for Green fun run will have 3K, 5K and 10K races. The registration fee for the run is P180, which is inclusive of the race singlet. The registration centers for the race are in Southwind Travel in JY Square, Grand Hope Travel in SM City, Adventure Travel in Ayala Center Cebu and the Philippine Sports Commission 7 office at the Cebu City Sports Center.