LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN—The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), in its regular session on October 23, approved a resolution commending and congratulating Kimberly Garcia Gaela of Calasiao town for emerging as champion in the 100-kilometer Women Open Foot Race in the Magnificent Baling 100 (TMB100), held recently in Kedah, Malaysia.
Authored by SP Member Shiela Marie F. Baniqued and co-authored by SP Member Vici M. Ventanilla, the resolution stated that the Province of Pangasinan has consistently extended due recognition and commendation to its outstanding Pangasinense athletes for their excellent performance in their chosen sports.
“The recent achievement of Kimberly G. Gaela not only serves as an inspiration to her fellow Calasiaoeno but also to all Pangasinenses to continuously aim for their dreams and to believe in their full potential,” the resolution disclosed.
Gaela emerged as champion in the said sporting event, held last October 13–14, and finished with a record time of 17 hours and 29 minutes.
“Prior to this international feat, Kimberly G. Gaela started from humble beginnings and has relentlessly persisted to reach her trail running dreams and gradually dominated the local and international trail running scene by competing and winning several awards and breaking course records,” the resolution further cited.
The Magnificent Baling 100 (TMB100) was founded as a trail-running event to promote Baling as one of the eco-tourism locations in Malaysia.
This year’s race is the first-ever edition, which included different categories such as 10km, 25km, and 100km.
As noted in the resolution, participants were tasked with running through the beautiful trail of Baling, passing through some of the iconic landscape, paddy fields, traditional Malay villages, orchards, jungles, and wading through refreshing rivers in Kedah, Malaysia.
Photo courtesy of Kim Garcia Gaela
(Ruby R. Bernardino/Pangasinan PIO)