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1st kapaligirunA total of 400 runners competed in the first KapaligiRun held last October 8. Winners of the 3K, 5K, 10K and 21K received cash prizes and medals for each category.

For 21 km run – 1st place received ₱ 5,000 second ₱ 4,000 and third ₱ 3, 000 while 10 km winners received ₱ 3,000 (1st), ₱ 2,000 (2nd), and ₱ 1,000 (3rd), respectively. Winners for 5 km received ₱ 2,000 (1st), ₱ 1,500 (2nd), and ₱ 1,000 (3rd) while the 3 km got ₱ 1,000 (1st), ₱ 700 (2nd), and ₱ 500 (3rd).

Ms. Cindy Lorenzo got the UP Eagle award and ₱ 5,000 cash as the first runner to finish the 21 km run. Other winners included: 3 km male - Milbert Mabu-ah, Jeffrey Ramos, and Jeffrey Gozo and 3 km female - Charmine Aquino, Angela Sophia Jumbay, and Rowena Bandola; 5 km male - Jojit De Asis, Michael Bakong, and Michael Abanador and 5 km female - Mary Grace Dela Torre, Joy Anne Lawas and Aileen Junsay; 10 km male - Patrick Gongob, Gerwin Limbawan, and Ryan Consebido and 10 km female - Isabella Abigail Modesto, Aiza Dalagan, and Kathleen Amaranto; and 21 km male - Elivid Kering, Darwin Lim, and Joseph Mancera and 21 km female - Cindy Lorenzo, Bads Delos Santos, and Melanie Malihan. Special awards were also given to the “Oldest Runner”, Dr. Florendo Quebral, 79 years old and “Youngest Runner”, Ms. Chesca Reaño, 5 years old.

Organized by UP Los Baños and the UPLB Alumni Association (UPLBAA), the activity aimed at generating support for programs to protect the Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve (MFR) and other areas in UPLB for future ecotourism.

MFR is a 4244-ha natural tropical rainforest and a biodiversity hotspot teeming with thousands of plants species, including more woody plant species than can be found in the entire United States. The MFR is the last natural forest in this biogeographical zone, making its conservation imperative.

The KapaligiRun kicked off the celebration of UPLB’s 93rd Loyalty Day and Alumni Homecoming with the theme “UPLB Leads Green”. (PXMADelosReyes)

Photo courtesy of Dr. Ocampo

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