LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – “Every athlete in this race is already a victor in your show of love for multi-sports races through discipline, strength, endurance, and sportsmanship but most of all, you are all a victor for choosing the Provincial Government of Pangasinan as a partner in this event.”
Pangasinan Sports Development and Management Council (PSDMC) Executive Officer Modesto Operania said during the 1st Pangasinan Duathlon Challenge on December 10 held at the Capitol Complex in Lingayen.
Fully supported by the Provincial Government of Pangasinan led by Governor Amado I. Espino, III, the duathlon challenge which was organized by Metro Dagupan Cycling Club Incorporated (MDCCI) featured the 5km-run-45km-cycling-5km-run race which was witnessed by hundreds of revelers as well as avid supporters who flocked Lingayen town.
Overall Champion Raymond Torio, representing Team Go For Gold, and a native of Lingayen said the Baywalk and the Capitol grounds are perfect venues for multi-discipline sports like duathlon and triathlon challenges not only because of its landscape but because of the overwhelming support that Governor Espino extend to aspiring amateur athletes in achieving their goals of becoming professional athletes.
Torio added that such events become the perfect avenue in promoting not only sports but also in the promotion of Pangasinan as the best sports destination in the country.
Furthermore, MDCCI Officers headed by Gerry Lorica extolled the Provincial Government for their exceptional support in making the 1st Pangasinan Duathlon Challenge a successful event.
Winners of the 1st Pangasinan Duathlon Challenge for Mountain Bike/ Road Bike ALL MEN by age category in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd runner up order – 18-24yrs old: Jaypee L. Olarte, Rogelio Visconde, Carl Vincent Gutierrez; 25-29 yrs old: Raymond Torio, Oscar Miguel Mapalo, Abraham Basino; 30-34 yrs old: Robeno Javier, Timoteo Santos, Reagan Nabua; 35-39 yrs old: Ronnel Hualda, Albert Ong, Romeo Milanes; 40-44 yrs old: Wilfredo Carmelo, Peter Sison, Julius Acosta; 45-49 yrs old: Edgar Domingo, Laurentino Belsa, Alex Boras; 50-54 yrs old: John Thomas Gonzales, Loreto Valdez, Joseph Mangaoang; 55-59 yrs old: Dr. Butch Ydia, Butch Almendarez, Lorenzo Picardal Jr; 60 years old and above: Bob Solomon, Rodolfo “Boy” Dion; WOMEN’S Open: Eisset Liwag, Katherine Asanion, Floyd Genaro; Relay: MDCCI Team Nhoel Bumanglag and Marcelo Guten Jr., Robert Tandoc and John Ace Ventura, Team Nerbs Franci Villena and Shaine Alvarez; Folding Bikes: Christian Salva, Elmer Gajeton, Rafel Delos Santos.