Run Saipan’s 21.10 Virtual 5K for November might as well be Groundhog Day as results mimicked the October race with the same protagonists topping the men’s and women’s categories.
Tania Tan posted the fastest time at 20.49 while running Fordham University’s last cross country meet of the season at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York.
“I didn’t beat my time in October and ran 9 seconds slower actually. The course is super hilly and over 200 feet of elevation gain over 5 kilometers,” said the 20-year-old junior.
Tan said the conditions were especially cold and windy that she had to wear gloves during the race.
“I was pretty tired going into it because it was a long season of cross country and Thanksgiving was coming up so that’s all I was looking forward to,” she said.
Coming in second to Tan was Audrey Christley in 22.23, while completing the Top 3 among the women was Anika Snyder. The former ran along the Saipan Beach Road Pathway, while the latter completed her course in Scotland.
Tang was surprised that he again finished first among the men, completing the 5K virtual race in 21.44 while running from the American Memorial Park to the Gov. Eloy S. Inos Peace Park last Nov. 20.
“It feels great as I wasn’t expecting to win two in a row!”
He hopes to top an actual face-to-face race soon and not to be known as a runner who only tops virtual ones.
“I prefer face-to-face running because there’s more interaction and more fun compared to virtual. It’s boring and lonely. But since there’s COVID-19 in the community I just have run by myself for now. I do hope the community spread slows down,” said the 15-year-old student from Marianas High School.
Sildrey Velorio finished runner-up in 23.50 while running on Saipan with Erico Castro placed third in 23:58 tackling the race in San Diego, California. A total of 19 took part in the Run Saipan’s 21.10 Virtual 5K, the club’s second consecutive virtual race.
Last October, Run Saipan scrapped its 5K Dash & Splash at Lao Lao Bay due to a recent surge in local COVID-19 cases.