The Kenyan Domination at the Quezon City International Marathon

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.

The Kenyan domination: the leading pack with sole Filipino challenger, Cresenciano Sabal, about 30 kilometers into the race
The Kenyan domination: the leading pack with sole Filipino challenger, Cresenciano Sabal, about 30 kilometers into the race

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.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Eugene says:

    Ey Dhenz!

    Pacing with you during the first 12km was so entertaining I didn’t even notice that we have already covered that much. Congrats


    1. dhenztm says:

      Thanks Eugene! I’m glad that I was at least able to entertain you, and congratulations as well!


  2. natz says:

    wow that’s amazing! perhaps if sabal didn’t run the milo finals, he could have beaten those Kenyans. I’m impressed with Sabal! Go running pinoys!


    1. dhenztm says:

      That’s what I was thinking! Well he did rack up a bigger price with QCIM despite placing only 5th than his winning Milo Marathon. Pinays did better though with Aileen Tolentino placing 4th. I guess we need more races of these caliber to give our local bets a boost!


  3. Marvin Rae says:

    galing! ang ganda ng running form nila o! congrats to all those who ran at QCIM. 🙂


  4. Markathon says:

    Asteeg. Galing nung mga Kenyan. Sweep pala noh. I was really routing for Sabal to at least make it to the Top 3. Kudos to him pa din! Galing nung Aileen na fourth sa womens!

    Congratulations! To everyone who ran and to you Dhenztm. 🙂


    1. dhenztm says:

      It was definitely a world-class event! Thank you Mark and Congratulations on your first half!


  5. Kinderdorf says:

    Nice post Dhenz! Mr. Sabal definitely made a gallant stand against the Kenyans. Too bad he just had to fade going into the last 10 kms. From the picture, it is evident that the Kenyans have a more fluid gait and stride. While I can say the same for Mr. Sabal, it would seem that his open mouth is indicative that his reserves are already limited.

    We should have more of this to upgrade the competitive level of our elite runners.


    1. dhenztm says:

      Thank you Sir! I agree, races like these are beneficial to our local runners as we are exposed to world-class level of competition. It saves us money by not sending our runners abroad and we earn by having visitors on our land.


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