Despite rains, fun run pushes through in San Fernando

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Despite monsoon rains brought by Typhoon Gorio, the City Government of San Fernando pushed through with the Fourth Disaster Preparedness Run dubbed "Safrun" Sunday, July 30.

Some 300 runners not only from San Fernando but even other towns in Pampanga and as far as Metro Manila and Pangasinan competed in three race categories namely 3K, 5K and 10K.

Organized by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the activity is annually held in line with the celebration of National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) now called National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM).

"Ang pagkakaiba lang po dati nung NDCM pa sya, pinapaalam lang natin sa mga tao yung mga hazards na dala ng mga kalamidad. Pero ngayon na NDRM na, gusto natin na ma-involve sila sa paghahanda at matuto silang bumangon pagkatapos ng negatibong epekto na pwedeng idulot ng kalamidad,” said CDRRM Officer Raymond Del Rosario.

Del Rosario also thanked all the runners who came despite the inclement weather. He said the local government hopes to attract more running enthusiasts in the coming years to further enhance the disaster preparedness and resilience of the participants, especially Fernandinos.

Mayor Edwin Santiago commended the runners' dedication and commitment to their sport that adheres to the city's vision for a healthier and more resilient community.

"Ito po ay patunay lang kung gaano katatag ang mga Fernandino at kapwa natin Pilipino dahil hindi kayo nagpatinag sa sama ng panahon. Umaasa po ang buong syudad na sa pamamagitan ng ganitong programa ay lalo pa tayong maging handa na humarap sa ano mang klase ng kalamidad," Santiago said.

The winners for the 3K male category were Ronnel Oranda (first place), Marcelino Galang, Jr. (second place) and Ruben Nedroda (third place). For female category, the winners were Janice Patdu (first place), Bea Bianca Nasal (second place) and Tricia Guinto (third place).

The first three finishers for the 5K male category were Charlie Dela Cruz (first place), Alvin Castanares (second place) and Reynante Torio (third place), while, the female awardees were Cherry Doronila (first place), Jennifer Patdu (second place) and Jessica Estolano (third place).

For the 10K male category the winners were Junel Gobotia (first place), Kurt Jamar Lamparaz (second place) and Jomari Jovelo (third place). Awarded for the female category were Lyka Sarmiento (first place), Katrina Pangan (second place) and Steffani Calilung (third place).

Special awards were also given to Jovie Villaganas (early bird), Jhun Lingat (best in running outfit) and 64 year old Arturo Pili (oldest runner). (PR)