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FU-LG Sinco Duathlon a success

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They were up before the Sunday sun last July 13 — 64 duathloners and over 500 runners, eager to join the Leandro G. Sinco Duathlon and Quarter Marathon. They started arriving at the Robinson’s Mall Dumaguete by 5 a.m. and immediately started to do warm-up exercises for the gruelling route that would take them across Dumaguete City and up to the mountains of Sibulan and Valencia towns.{{more}}

This was the first-ever duathlon to be held in Dumaguete, which was timed for the 61st Founding Anniversary celebration of Foundation University. The 38.5 kilometer route consisted of a run three times around Robinson’s Mall covering a distance of 2.1 kilometers, then a 35-kilometer bike ride and, after returning to where they started, run another two rounds around the Mall, covering another 1.4 kilometers.

Due to the limited time to prepare for the race, there was only one duathlon contestant from outside of Negros Oriental. Oscar Margen Jr., from Bacolod City, eventually placed 3rd in the Men’s Fun Bike category. Most, if not all duathlon participants, were mountain bikers from the Negros Oriental Biker’s Association, the Oriental Negros Bikers, and independent bikers who had spent the past few weeks practicing their running skills at the Perdices Memorial Coliseum.

Their participation in the duathlon was in response to the sports column of Dr. Aparicio Mequi in the Dumaguete MetroPost (www.DumagueteMetropost.com) that said bikers need to complement their exercise by walking or running.

By 6 a.m., the starting gun went off, sending all the participants in the duathlon and the quarter marathon running, escorted by the Traffic Management Group as they made their way out to the streets.

After about one hour of biking, the male duathloners came riding back to the Robinson’s Mall, where they hung their bikes and ran the remaining 2.1 kilometers.

The quarter marathon, on the other hand, had about 500 runners competing in various categories. There was also a category for children with disabilities (CWDs).

The winners of the various categories are as follows:

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