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Guerilla Racers Conquer the Quezon City Urban Scene

Extreme racers gathered in Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City last April 12, 2015. Along with the rise of the sun, esteemed local and foreign runners all braved through the roads of Quezon City conquering series of obstacles after another. And at every turn, these runners were covered in sweat, mud and even bruises all in the name of facing their fears. Yes, it was during the recently concluded Urban Guerilla Race.

The Urban Guerilla Race is the first leg of the first obstacle-driven race series in the Philippines, the Guerilla Race. Started in 2013, the race is known for pushing the limits and always surprising both amateur and professional runners for their ever-innovating routes and obstacle courses. "We always make sure that every time a runner register with us even if they were able to join previous Guerilla Races, they will always get that 'first-time' experience because we always guarantee surprises within the races," shared Lt. Col. Dennis Bumanglag, founder and executive director of Guerilla Race.

Indeed, for its first instalment of the year, the race which was placed in an urban setting added a fearsome element. Racers did not only braved through the obstacles, they also had to complete it while the Metro Manila traffic passed by their shoulders. Another surprise was, instead of sticking with the published number of obstacles (12 Obstacles for 5km SPRINT and 18 Obstacles for 10KM WARRIOR), the organizers added 4 to 5 obstacles per category.

Guerilla racers truly did not have a 'walk in the park' experience. At the end of the race, many of the runners were beaming smiles and laughter as they paraded their finisher's shirts and medals. But finishing the race was just icing on cake, there were selected well-regarded runners who succeeded on top:

SPRINT (5km) 1st Place         2nd Place           3rd Place
Individual; Male Jujet de Asis N. Kigongo          Carlito Fantilaga
Individual; Female Leoonalyn Raterta Cris Jaro                  Janice Tawagin
Team Team Racer Team Philippine Army  Mega Fiber / Team SPSAFP A

 SPRINT (5km)      3rd Place   Mega Fiber / Team SPSAFP A
                                2nd Place  Team Philippine Army
                               1st Place   Team Racer
                                         3rd Place     Hit Arena 2
                                          2nd Place     Team Philippine Army
 WARRIOR (10km)  1st Place     Brave Team
 Individual; Male  3rd Place  Carlito Fantilaga
  Individual; Male  2nd Place  N. Kigongo
 SPRINT (5km)  Individual; Male  1st Place  Jujet De Asis

Individual; Female  3rd Place  Janice Tawagin
Individual; Female   2nd Place  Cris Jaro
 SPRINT (5km)  Individual; Female  1st Place  Leonalyn Raterta

WARRIOR (10km)  1st Place             2nd Place          3rd Place
Individual; Male Jobert Carolino Alley Quisay         Philip Ronoh
Individual; Female Luisa Raterta Jhoan Banayag Monaliza Ambasa
Team Brave Team Team Philippine Army Hit Arena 2
 Individual; Male   3rd Place  Philip Ronoh
 Individual; Male  2nd Place  Alley Quisay
 WARRIOR (10km)  Individual; Male  1st Place  Jobert Carolino
 Individual; Female   3rd Place  Monaliza Ambasa
 Individual; Female  2nd Place  Jhoan Banayag
 WARRIOR (10km) Individual; Female  1st Place  Luisa Raterta

"Runners were not the only ones being challenged with every Guerilla Race, we, as organizers are also challenged to plan and execute unique races that our runners could not dare to imagine," said Lt. Col Bumanglag. "But just like the Guerilla Race mantra of 'finish the race or die trying', we also apply the same mantra when it comes to conceptualizing the next races."

For 2015, there will be 4 more Guerilla Races to come: Guerilla Race Timberland (July 19), Urban Guerilla Race Cebu/Ilo-Ilo (September 13), Guerilla Race Panther Subic (October 25) and the most awaited 24-hour Ultimate Guerilla Race in Bohol (December 20). "2015 line-up doesn't only focus on obstacles and length of the races, we factored-in the unfamiliar terrain of these areas as an added challenge. We are very excited on how our Guerilla Racers can conquer the next ones," shared Lt. Col. Bumanglag.

URBAN GUERILLA RACE® is presented by TN-Guerilla Race Inc. in cooperation with Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife, Manila Metropolitan District Authority (MMDA) and the local government of Quezon City. It is supported by MERRELL (URBAN GUERILLA RACE®  Official Footwear), HIT Arena, Geneva Belts, Ximex Delivery Express (XDE), Nissan Philippines (Auto Hub), Cambert Pilipinas, Inc., Rescue 926, Coca-Cola-FEMSA, Universal Robina Corporation (URC), Monster Energy Drink,Whealth (Mega Fiber), Camella Homes, BizPaye, Anytime Fitness, +Certified Positive Planner, Music Hall and Write On Track Enterprises with official media partners Business Mirror, Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), The Philippine Star, 97.9 Home Radio, DWIZ, Voice of the Youth Radio, Men's Health, Reach Magazine, Travelplus, Pinoy Fitness, Save 22, Amazing Planet Channel and ATC @ IBC (Television at its best).

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