Add the Saipan leg of this year’s KONQER to Tyce Mister’s long list of accomplishments as the local bet ruled last Saturday’s race that started at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan and ended at the Kilili Beach Park.
The 51-year-old multi-sport athlete, a perennial Top 3 finisher in his age group in endurance races, completed the obstacle course event in 1:17:00 (unofficial time)
Mister then rested for about 10 minutes before going through the entire obstacle course, as he joined Gold’s Gym 1—with teammates Glorybel Tan, Adriana Cotero, Chris Nelson, and the husband-and-wife tandem of Russ and Kanae Quinn—in the Business League competition.
Last weekend’s race started with an almost 6-kilometer run from Fiesta to Kilili Beach and transitioned to a swim towards the two partially submerged World War II tanks in Susupe before ending in the crazy and challenging obstacle course laid out at the beach park.
Mister bested the nine others competitors that tried the solo Enduro race, surviving the punishing heat from the sun to clinch a free pass in the Guam and Palau legs of this year’s KONQER circuit—Guts & Glory.
Mister finished the race 19 minutes ahead of Joseph Pangelinan (1:36:00). Don Marshall Cabrera and Robby Glass were tied at third with unofficial times of 1:37:00, but the former completed the event a few seconds ahead of the latter.
“Last year was sloppy and wet. This time it was dry and humid. They had a great setup with the racecourse and you could follow it much better. These are great obstacles and much safer. The organizers had done a tremendous job in being creative,” said Mister.
The Enduro division had a staggered start, as organizers let the competitors get out of the course and waited two minutes before letting the next one begin the race. Completion times in each leg of the race were then added to get the final results.
Meanwhile, KONQER Saipan had no female participants in the Enduro category with most of the competitors forming teams and joining the Business League. Saipan International School and Agape Christian School went head-to-head in the school competition, while Mike Manglona was the lone sprint participant.
In other results, Marianas Outrigger Canoe Club ruled the Business League with a time of 15:16.26 and was followed by Gold’s Gym 1 (15:45.49), while the Kanoa Krushers came in at third after posting 16:35.71.
The SIS Geckos topped their one-on-one showdown against the Agape Beasts with a time of 20:55 against the latter’s 36:25. Manglona clocked in at 6:49.15 in the Solo Sprint.