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8ID mountain trail run

July 13, 2014

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar – The 8th Infantry Division conducted the “Stormtroopers Trail Run” on July 12, 2014 as a prelude to a series of activities in celebration of its 26th Founding Anniversary on August 1, 2014.

The 9.1 kms trail run circuit was designed along the trails and ridges passing along the hills adjacent to Headquarters 8ID and Catbalogan City.

163 runners participated in the challenging running event composed of running enthusiasts from Catbalogan City and personnel of 8ID. Gun start was at exactly 5:30 a.m. The first finisher clocked-in at 48 minutes.

The following were the top 5 male and female participants. For the male category: Mc Allan Latoja - 1st, Captain Albert P Guloy - 2nd, Richard O. Oblino - 3rd, Corporal Rolando Villa - 4th and Private First Class Ranny Rodrigito - 5th.

For the female category: Leonila Tan - 1st, Mary Grace Solarte - 2nd, Marilyn Solobayba - 3rd, Ethyl Marie Cailo - 4th, Corporal Dally Lagawad - 5th.

The top 5 male and female participants were given trophies as top finishers of the competition by no less than the Commander of the 8ID, Major General Jet B Velarmino AFP in a simple awarding ceremony at the finish line.

For most of the participants who experienced the trail run for the first time, the excitement was the challenge of the terrain, and the experience of enjoying the joy of running with mother nature.