Philippines’ original man of steel asserted his supremacy in iron distance triathlon while the queen of the southern roads stamped her mark as national marathon champion in a successful year for endurance athletes.
The running boom continued and triathlon thrived, with numerous local races and international events held across the country in the year that was.
But two seasoned veterans shone brightest.
It wasn’t a breeze, but Arland Macasieb came through his punishing schedule with amazing results.
Competing against some of the world’s best, Macasieb set a new Philippine record for iron distance triathlon when he clocked nine hours, 44 minutes and 30 seconds in the tough Ironman Arizona.
It was the best ever time for a Filipino in a 3.8-kilometer swim, 180-km bike and 42-km run event, cementing the Newton ambassador’s status as the toughest triathlete in the country.
Two weeks later in early December, Macasieb bagged a big piece of silverware as he reigned supreme in the Bohol Iron Distance Triathlon.
The New Jersey-based Exercise Physiologist finished the lung-busting, energy-sapping race in 10:18:56, well clear of the rest of the pack.
Just a few months before that was the half ironman in Bicol, and it was Macasieb, not surprising, who took the CamSur Ironman 70.3 Philippines Filipino Elite title.
Mary Grace delos Santos, meanwhile, was head and shoulders above the sea of green in the National Milo Marathon.
The petite lady from Zamboanga, a Newton athlete who had earned the moniker Queen of the Roads in the south with victories in nearly every major city down south, shot to national glory with a sterling performance in the event featuring the best performers of the numerous qualifying events held in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Running events have recently been dominated by foreigners but Delos Santos raised the three stars and a sun by finishing the 42K race in 2:53.11.
Macasieb and Delos Santos know preparation and nutrition are crucial in tough races, and so are top of the line performance gear.
“Next up for me is the Boston Marathon, kaya matinding mental and physical preparation and kailangan,” said Delos Santos, who will again be wearing the Newton MV2 racers as she vies in one of the world’s most prestigious footraces.
“These new racers help me execute natural running, giving me the perfect form I need and that gives me the edge,” Delos Santos added.
Macasieb is also a proponent of the natural running form.
“The new Newton MV2 is engineered to be the lightest and most eficient natural running shoe ever produced. Level to the ground profile. . .unique biomechanical sensor plate. . .the foot can sense the ground quicker, allowing for a higher cadence. This indeed inspires speed,” said Macasieb.
With the running and triathlon boom, RUNNR, the country’s first and only world-class running concept store, continues to make available to local athletes the world’s best performance gear. The new MV2, other Newton shoes and other top brands are available exclusively at RUNNR.
“Product info online (at http://www.newtonrunning.com) and brochures will tell you all the its technology and specs you need to know but the proof is in the performance,” said RUNNR founder Toby Claudio.
“We are very proud of Arland and Mary Grace. They proved that they can compete at the highest level and have beaten other elite runners from all over the world. As Newton ambassadors, they showed the world that they can compete at the highest level and bring the glory to our country.”
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