The Adidas King of the Road (KOTR) came to a colorful close unifying runners from all around Asia-with participants from Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It culminated in the Philippines being the first host country. Indeed, Philippines has made a mark as a race destination.
The multicolored Adidas singlets demonstrated that the running sport across Southeast Asia is truly alive. With three categories varying from 5K, 16.8K, and 21K, the routes make for an enjoyable and pleasant race day. The event was well attended not only by runners but also celebrities like Robi Domingo, Rich Hardin, Karylle, Iza Calzado, Will DeVaughn, Kim Atienza, and Rovilson Fernandez who embraced the sport and even made personal records.
The 16.8K category is the most distinctive signature distance this year as winners from the previous legs in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia were flown in to represent their countries.
Taking home the King of the Road 2011 crowns are I Gusti Gede Karang Asem with a running time of 57:58 and Mary Joy Tabal with a runnning time of 1:04:44 for our 16.8K Southeast Asian winners, David Mutai with a running time of 54:41 and Esthar Karimi with a running time of 1:02:07 for the 16.8K Open Category; John Philip Duenas with a running time of 54:41 for the 16.8K Closed Category; Kimbert Sarmiento with a running time of 15:59 for the 5K Category; and Frederick Mwingirwa Mathiu with a running time of 1:10:12 for the 21K Category.