Tabac and Abahan overcome the challenges and obstacles of Mount Pulag

MANILA, Philippines — Seasoned bets Elias Tabac and Sandi Menchi Abahan marked their class and dominated the elite 21K competitions in the Asian qualifying round of the Altitude Obstacle World Series at Mount Pulag National Park over the weekend .

Tabac clocked 2:23:03 while Abahan submitted a time of 3:09:32 in their triumphs that earned them places in the final at Mount Toubkal in Morocco in August.

Mount Pulag, reopened to outdoor tourism activities with the easing of pandemic-related restrictions, served as the battleground for this World Obstacle Federation-sanctioned regional qualifier.

Nearly one hundred obstacle course athletes, including POSF national team members, elite runners, several PMA cadets and officers, obstacle course enthusiasts and para -athletes, joined the Mount Pulag event, starting from Sitio Babalak.

They had to conquer several obstacles including monkey bars, wall climbing and balance beams around the hills of Sitio Babalak, followed by a race against time to the summit of Mount Pulag, the second highest summit of Luzon.

PMA cadet Jake Matiw and national team member Silami Apolistar-Gutang finished second in the elite races. National development team members Andrico Mahilum and Ruffa Sorongon completed the podium finishes.

For the shorter distance, national athlete Mervin Guarte, Sherwin Managil and Jeffrey Reginio finished 1-2-3. On the distaff side, fellow national team member Tess Nocyao and national coach Christabel Martes fought for the championship with the former winner emerging within minutes. Melissa Campos took third place.

The second day of the event was marked by the gathering of members of the Philippine Trail Running Association (Philtra) supported by the POSF and the Philippine Sports Commission.