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Pinoy Runners Reign in Da Nang International Marathon 2017

Considered by many, expats and locals alike, to be the most worth-living city in Vietnam. Da Nang, a central Vietnam's biggest city proves that aside from it's beaches, sightseeing spots, restaurants and nightlife, Da Nang in now one of the easiest places to run in Vietnam. A place where you can you find one of the best sunsets with an impressive lush mountains as a backdrop, and a place where you can enjoy spectacular views while running.

One of the most anticipated race in Vietnam and one of the most magnificent marathon courses in South East Asia is Da Nang International Marathon. This year’s Da Nang International Marathon was successfully concluded early morning in Danang, Vietnam with six Filipino runners, representing Team 7-Eleven Philippines, taking podium spots in the full marathon and half-marathon races.

Nine Filipino runners participated in this morning’s race, four of them in the full marathon while five in the half-marathon – a fulfillment of the commitment given by Philippine Seven Corporation (7-Eleven Philippines) to the top 3 (male and female) marathon and full marathon winners of the 7-Eleven Run that was held in the Filinvest City, Alabang last February.

Team 7-Eleven Philippines was a 26-member delegation composed of 9 Filipino runners who were the top finishers from the 7-Eleven Run held in Manila last February, executives and managers from Philippine Seven Corporation, and media representatives. 

Lany Cardona of Pangasinan cruised through the 42km race to land as the champion of the women’s division, finishing the course in 03:27:26 while Rafael Pescos of Cebu finished second in the men’s division with a finish time of 02:40:06. Richard Salano, a member of the Philippine Army secured the third spot in the podium of the 21km race with a finish time of 1:20:36 while the trio of Jho-An Banayag-Villarma (01:31:53), Nhe-Ann Barcena (01:37:08) and Ruffa Sorongon (01:37:38) swept the first, second and third spots of the 21km women’s category. 

Meanwhile, Lizane Abella (4:20:19) and Azlan Pagay (3:02:06) took the Top 1 honors in their respective age group for the 42km and Kennechie Lorbes (1:49:10) took Top 5 for his Age Group in the 21km race.

“Masaya kami kasi ang 7-Eleven ay walang sawa na pinadadala kami sa ganitong international race.” said Lany Cardona who together with Rafael Pescos were given a slot to race in the Shonan International Marathon happening on December in Kanagawa, Japan with all expenses paid, as part of their prize for winning in the 42km category of this race.

Team 7-Eleven Philippines’ Lany Cardona who won the Top 1 42km Women’s spot and Rafael Pescos, who got Top 2 42km Men’s spot were given a slot to compete at the Shonan International Marathon in Japan this December, all-expenses paid.

Local and foreign participants coming from 50 countries, competed in the Da Nang International Marathon 2017 where the route brought the experience of running through Da Nang’s beautiful coastline passing the bridges across the poetic Han’s river in the middle of the city during sunrise. 

This is the fifth year that 7-Eleven Philippines has brought Filipino runners to an international race giving them full support from taking care of all expenses, pocket money and with the help of sponsor Asics Tiger, a complete race suit.

“We will continue to encourage runners who aspire to represent the country in an international competition through the 7-Eleven Run Series which we are planning to expand by having another race in Cebu before the year ends and which will serve as a qualifying race to the 7-Eleven Run happening in Manila next year.” shared Mr. Jose Ang Jr., General Merchandise Division Head.

9 Filipino runners who were top finishers from the 7-Eleven Run held last February, competed in the recently-held Manulife Da Nang International Marathon 2017 in Vietnam, courtesy of 7-Eleven Philippines led by Mr. Jose Ang, Jr. - General Merchandise Division Head (leftmost), Ms. Whallie Fernandez – Operations Department Head (6th from left) and Mr. Richard Lee – VP for Marketing and Operations (5th from right).

The participation of Filipino runners was made possible through the effort of Philippine Seven Corporation together with the support of sponsors Safeguard, Selecta Ice Cream, Pocari Sweat, Del Monte, Nature’s Spring, Summit Water, Dole Pineapple, Powerade, Solar Sports, CNN Philippines, Skyway, Filinvest and Asics.

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