The SM2SM Run Year 5 last February 22, 2015 was a big success. It was my first time to participate such event and my first run of the year too. Finally, I got to hit the road again after a year. With over P500,000 in cash prizes, the SM2SM Run is the biggest running event outside of Metro Manila and is becoming to be one of the anticipated running events in Cebu.

SM2SM Run 5 Poster

SM2SM Run 5 Official Poster. From SM City Cebu (Official) Facebook page

For the record, I am not (yet) a running enthusiast so I joined the 6K category only since I did not have much time to jog and condition myself for the 12K and 21K. It would have been sweet to receive a finisher’s medal as a reward. Still, I was excited to gauge myself after having 2-3 morning jogs prior to the event.

Runners warming up to the beat.

I arrived in the SM Northwing parking area around 15 minutes before the gunstart for the 21K category. I immediately headed to the starting line and brought out my phone camera to take a video so it’s not the best of quality. There were fireworks at the signal of the gunstart.

After 15 minutes, it was time for the 12K category to commence.

The 6K and 3K also commenced after another 15 minutes. I managed to keep my pace consistent and I never thought I could actually go 5K non-stop before I slowed down and take a walk. But what really amazed me are those 21K runners who managed to finish the race before I even get to the finish line. 🙂

For photos of the run, you may check out these photographers’ albums below:

Giveaways SM2SM Run 5

There were giveaways handed to the runners and a burger steak breakfast from Jollibee. But the most awaited part of the event was the awarding of the winners. Below is the list of the SM2SM Run 5 top winners results:

Male Category Female Category
1st- Raphael Poliquit, Jr 1: 09:38
2nd-Ireneo Raquin 1: 09:54
3rd- Eric Panique 1:10:09
4th- Eduardo Buenavista 1:11:45

1st -Alex Melly
2nd -Willy Tanui
3rd-Elphiz Kiptarus

1st-Mary Joy Tabal 1:21:19
2nd-Mary Grace de los 1:23:32
3rd-Christabel Martes 1:27:23
4th – Jennylyn Nobleza 1:30:36

1st Irene Kipchumba 01:21:12
2nd Susan Chepkwony 01:27:16

1st-Joebert Carolino 40:32
2nd-Elmer Bartolo 40:53
3rd-Jordan Bac-ong 41:04

1st- Jackson Chirchir 37:11
2nd- Abraham Missos 40:48
3rd-James Mebei 42:07

1st-Ruffa Sorongon 49:08
2nd-Lovely Fe Andrin 50:24
3rd- Jhanine Mansueto 50:43

1st- Kemboi Patrober 54:49
2nd-Mae Cherryl Wuttke 1:18:38
3rd- Shiori Momoi 1:24:09

1st -John Darryl Manus 19:42.93
2nd- Michael Largo 20:09:21
3rd -Robert Daang 20:30.41
1st-Cherry Andrin 24:05.93
2nd-Keisha Mae Delechos 25:01.85
3rd-Irish Delechos 25:48.88

Source: – SM2SM Run 5

All 21K and 12K finishers received a SM2SM Finisher’s medal by Suarez and Son’s and I am so envious. I believe I could finish the 12K or even the 21K with a little more preparation. I guess that is for me to find out on the next edition or my next run. 🙂

Overall, the event was very successful and beneficial. Runners were able to engage in a healthy lifestyle and at the same time help the foundation supported by the event.

Let me end by sharing  this awesome drone footage of the SM2SM Run Year 5. See you again next year and I vow to bring home that medal. 🙂