Chipsiror, Diaz dominate 2023 Cebu Marathon

KENYAN runner Eric Chipsiror and April Rose Diaz dominated the competition and crossed the finish line first in the 42-kilometer category of the 2023 Cebu Marathon on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at the South Road Properties in Cebu City.

Chipsiror finished with an impressive time of two hours, 32 minutes and 11 seconds, beating second placer Arlan Arbois Jr. by almost two minutes.

Bryan Quiamco rounded up the men’s top three with a time of 2:38:57.

Chipsiror, a veteran of marathons here in Cebu, didn’t expect to dominate the race because of his lack of training but he did well enough to leave his competitor in the dust.

“I was not ready. I was not expecting to run that way because I didn’t prepare for a 42K race. My preparation was for 10K and 21K but since I already registered for 42K. I wanted to transfer to 21K but they said that if you transfer you will not be recognized so I just decided to go and enjoy. During the run, at 25 kilometers, I saw that the other competitors didn’t have the energy, so I put a little bit of effort and maintained it and I was able to win,” said Chipsiror after the race.

Diaz was as impressive and also left her closest competitor behind by almost two minutes. She finished with a time of 3:17:37, while Stephanie Cadosale ended up at second with 3:19:08. Lizane Abella was third with 3:22:48.

“I didn’t expect to be at the top because I expected to finish at the top five because I came from a marathon in Vietnam. That was what I expected here,” said Diaz, who hopes to someday compete in the Southeast Asian Games. “I really liked my performance because I got the time that I wanted to beat. I really liked the route of the race because of the CCLEX part.”

Meanwhile, Richard Solano topped the men’s 21K category with a time of 1:09:15. Prince Joey Lee ended up at second place with 1:11:58, while Mark Mahinay finished third with 1:12:08.

Christine Hallasgo won the women’s 21K race with a time of 1:22:23. Raven Alcoseba was second with 1:28:37, while Nhea Ann Barcena was third with 1:28:41.

On the other hand, Rogen Aguirre finished first in the men’s 10K category with 34:08, while Artjoy Torregosa won the women’s side with 41:37. Jason Padayao clocked in at 15:49 to win the men’s 5K crown, while Emmalyn Taypin had a time of 20:39 to top the distaff side.