IT WAS the usual podium finish this morning for the top runners of Cebu City, with Simon Losiaboi and Mary Grace delos Santos topping their respective races in Qualfon’s Run4Q: The First Call Center Run.
Losiaboi topped the 16K race that started and ended at The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu. The Kenyan missionary finished the distance in 53 minutes and 36 seconds. Mendel Lopez, who twice defeated Losiaboi in back-back-back races, finished second with a time of 55 minutes. Adonis Singson was third with a time of 55:20. (Complete list of winners at the end of this article)
SUN.STAR CEBU TEAM. Runners of Sun.Star Cebu who joined the Run4Q. (SUN.STAR PHOTO/RUEL ROSELLO)
In the women’s 16K category, delos Santos went back to her winning ways after a temporary setback during the SRP Sundown Run (the first race she ran after joining an ultramarathon relay in Laguna). Delos Santos, an Sportswriters Association of Cebu (SAC) awardee for running, topped the women’s 16K category by finishing the course in 1 hour, 1 minute and 42 seconds, a new personal record.
Delos Santos was so far ahead of her pack that the second-placer, Mary Joy Tabal, finished 10 minutes later at 1:11:37. Lorhiz Echavez, a SAC awardee for triathlon, finished third with a time of 1:20:37.
Qualfon’s Run4Q The 1st Call Center Run will fire off from The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu at 5 a.m. tomorrow. The run is being organized as part of the celebration of the 4th anniversary of Qualfon.
Run4Q has races in 3K, 5K (call center and open categories), 10K (media and open categories) and 16K. Organizers said in a press briefing earlier this week that they worked hard to ensure that there will be ample water supply for the runners considering the recent spate of high temperatures.
PROMOTE WELLNESS. (From left) Qualfon employees Aezel C. Aguirre (employee relations), Joy Pastorfide-Roman (sourcing/branding) and Gilbey Radin (sourcing/branding) during their press briefing earlier this week on tomorrow’s Run4Q The First Call Center Run. The three said the run is meant to promote wellness especially among call center workers. (PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARLEN D. LIMPAG)
Race director Joel Baring said in a press briefing earlier this week that guntime will be at 5:30 a.m.
Aezel Aguirre, of Qualfon employee relations, said they decided to organize a run to celebrate their company’s anniversary because they want to encourage their workers and even those of other business process outsourcing companies to start a healthy habit of exercising.
Aquirre said the run is meant to promote wellness and healthy lifestyle among call center employees. Unlike sports like basketball, which limits participants, anyone can run, he said.