Pinoys hailed as SEA adidas KOTR 2012 champs
If you know your adidas King Of The Road, it is not just a simple race. It is a regional race where winners from each country will compete in the final leg. This year, that final leg was held in Singapore a few days ago with Filipinos bagging the win in both men and women category.
The ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ of the KOTR championship saw Eduardo Beunavista and Mary Grace Delos Santos, both from the our country battle alongside elite runners to claim bragging rights as Southeast Asia’s “best of the best” in the 16.8km ‘Closed’ category for males and females in a time of 53 minutes 12 seconds and 1 hour 1 minute 52 seconds respectively.
Hot on their heels were two runners from Thailand, Sanchai Namkhet for the male category in a time of 55 minutes 7 seconds and Natthaya Thanaronnawat for the female category in 1 hour 4 minutes 18 seconds.
“I’m very happy with the adidas KOTR. It’s nice to see the global leader in running bringing together passionate runners from all over the region. The 16.8km distance is distinctive from other running events, and I certainly would like to do it again,” said Eduardo Beunavista.
“I’m really proud to win again in Singapore’s championship race after coming first in the Manila’s leg. I have even achieved my personal best for today’s run. The adidas KOTR races have served a great use in training for my next event, a full marathon in Manila in December. I would welcome coming back next year and competing at adidas KOTR again,” said Mary Grace Delos Santos.
Melvin Wong and Ivan Low flew the Singapore flag high when they crossed the finishing line in 6th and 7th position in a time of 59 minutes 28 seconds and 59 minutes 47 seconds, respectively. Sponsored by adidas, winners from the various KOTR legs (Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia) around the region travelled to Singapore to compete against Southeast Asia’s top runners.
“The thing that sets adidas KOTR apart from all the other races is the route, especially for this year’s that begin and end at the Gardens by the Bay,” said Melvin Wong.
During the race, brightly colored adidas racing vests worn by participants showcased the vibrancy of the Southeast Asia’s sports scene, making it the most colorful race in the region. As a highly anticipated running event of 2012, the adidas KOTR routes passed through some of the most scenic and exciting landmarks each city has to offer. In Singapore, runners navigated through Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, the Esplanade, Arts Science Museum and the Singapore Flyer. In fact, KOTR was one of the first running events in Singapore to be held at Gardens by the Bay.