First and foremost I would like to congratulate everyone who participated in one of the best races in the country thus far, the QCIM. The first Quezon City International Marathon would surely go down in history as one of the most exciting races in the country in recent history by having the presence of international delegates particularly those from Kenya. Their presence ensured a true international-caliber race that would be the envy of upcoming international races. In the end the levels that the Kenyans gave proved to be too high for our local bets to match giving the former an almost guaranteed sweep, but of course our local runners made sure that they had to fight hard for it.
Running his first full marathon, the 22-year old Kenyan Hillary Kimutai Kipchumba took the top prize of P300,000 by clocking in a winning time of 2:30:08 beating his fellow compatriot Daniel Koringo (finished fourth with a time of 2:31:05 due to a pulled right hamstring) who was the early favorite for the race. The next spots were taken by Samuel Tarus Too (2:30:36) and Daniel Chirchir (2:30:49) bagging the ₱200,000 and ₱100,000 prizes, respectively.
Fresh from his Milo Marathon victory a week ago, Cresenciano Sabal didn’t hand the prize easily as he stuck it out with the visiting runners throughout the majority of the course but lost steam in the last five kilometers, settling for the fifth spot with a time of 2:36:58, taking home ₱150,000.
Over on the women’s side it was a Kenyan sweep of the top three spots with Doreen Kitaka with the winning time of 2:58:55, followed by Lydia Jeratich Rutto (3:09:30), and Sarah Maito (3:12:48) for the second and third place, respectively. Taking fourth place was the fastest Filipina of the race Aileen Tolentino (3:23:57).
Quezon City Mayor Sonny “SB” Belmonte was on hand to award the prizes and trophies to the winners of the event highlighting the city’s 70th founding anniversary celebrations.