It takes courage to finish the final step

DO YOU feel exhausted watching cops with “beer bellies” chasing up thieves? Well, meet the police officers of Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 who competed in a 160-kilometer run!

For these cops, exercise and healthy lifestyle are not the only means to fulfill their job but an extra achievement of self-discipline.

PO1 Jonathan Pido, PO3 Eduardo Tumol and Non-Uniformed Personnel Gigi Castillones Gorre went to the finish line of 160 ultra-marathon dubbed as “Rizal Epic Run” on December 29-30, 2014 where PO1 Pido was declared as champion for finishing the race in just 21 hours.

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ULTRA Runners Club of Davao’s 160 kilometer Ultra Marathon Winners

On the other hand, Police Senior Inspector (PSI) Stephen Abella of Regional Headquarters Service Support Group of PRO 11, joined the Ultra Runners Club of Davao’s 160 kilometer Ultra Marathon in Kapalong, Davao del Norte last May 23-24, 2015. He ranked number seven (7) as he stepped to the finish line for about 37 hours run. Only 15 out of 32 participants were able to reach the cut-off time.

When asked why he joined this event, he simply said, “It started as a hobby.” He said that as a hobby, he enjoyed running from 5 kilometer to 21 kilometer until a big challenge came for the Ultra Marathon.

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POLICE Senior Inspector (PSI) Stephen Abella of Regional Headquarters Service Support Group of PRO 1. Ranked number seven (7) in Ultra Runners Club of Davao’s 160 kilometer Ultra Marathon in Kapalong, Davao del Norte last May 23-24, 2015.

“We are always bringing the name of the organization whenever we join an event, so whenever we report to our units, we want to bring good news to our colleagues, the last time I ran, I was full of sweat and a little bit tired when two mobiles passed by beside me and all onboard personnel went to cheer for me, that was the greatest encouragement I received” PSINSP Abella told Regional Public Information Office.

PSINSP Abella received various medals for joining long runs. He finished Kadayawan Run and Team Davao Runners last year with 100 and 80 kilometer, respectively. He aims to join another 60 kilometer run this September from Davao City to Digos City.

“ Ang unang sasagi sa isip mo kapag sumali ka sa isang Ultra Marathon, bakit ako nandito, bakit ko pinapahirapan sarili ko, pero pag pumasok ka sa cut off at sakto pa ang oras, gaganahan ka nang tapusin ang sinimulan mo” PSINSP Abella said.

When asked for his message to encourage police officers in staying fit, he simply said one word. “Discipline” He added that joining a marathon is easy, but the training will test all your physical strength, mind conditioning and mental attitude. He said that if you have discipline, you can endure the training and finish the race just like in the PNP, if you are disciplined you will endure the training and finish your service up to the retirement level.

For PSINSP Abella, joining an Ultra Marathon is a self-fulfillment as “It takes courage to finish the final step.”

PRO 11 spokesperson Police Superintendent Antonio Rivera said that this achievement proves that policemen are truly tough and healthy.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) had been subjected to public ridicule because of the policemen’s “beer bellies” once they were already in the service. To erase such negative impression, the PNP has introduced regular physical fitness test to its members. GLL

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