PETCHABUN, Thailand – Reuben Galon, a Bangkok-based Filipino runner, cruised through the 60k Khao Kho Ultra Trail race to land as the 3rd Runner-Up in the Men’s Division (30-39 Age Bracket), on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in Petchabun, Thailand.
Galon finished the course in 8 hours, 39 minutes and 25 seconds – clinching the 11th place in the overall out of at least 120 runners and 4th in his division.
Galon admitted he faced difficulty in the race route and hot weather condition.
“The uphill course was really one of the toughest challenges I had to face. It’s really my struggle and my weakness in trail running. I had a hard time moving forward,” Galon told Pinoy Legacy.
“The hot temperature was also exhausting. I could feel the sun was already burning my shoulders and my neck but I had to keep running to reach the finish line,” he added.
Galon started joining marathons in 2014. From an Independence Day Fun Run organized by the Pilok Pinoyz’ organization in Phitsanulok province, Galon went on to run for various local and international marathons held in Bangkok, Rayong, Suphanburi, Chiang Mai and the latest, Petchabun.
Galon, who works as a high school teacher in Bangkok, is set to run his first international 54k trail run outside of Thailand on December 1, 2019, in Lantau Island in Hongkong.
Galon is a member of ‘Teddy Bear Runners’, a group of Filipino runners in Bangkok, Thailand.