Post Iron Man Note

Dear Team Marquez,

Let me start by saying how proud I am to be a Team Marquez!

Yesterday was a great day. We showed them that we can! We showed the world that the team can fly! I am so proud to tell everyone that yes, all team Marquez who competed in the Iron Man Cebu 2016 finished. We all finished strong!

I was screaming at Jason when I saw him at the bike leg. I was thinking – “yes, redemption!” I kept reminding Elaine to be mindful of her pace during the run leg. When I saw her during my last loop, I was positive that she’ll make it and she did! The others got me concerned so I asked coach to tell the crew to push you in the run.

I think the “El Oh Beh Eh” chant was really meant for the team. Because that is what the support crew showed us. They cooked, cheered, and patiently waited until everyone crossed the finishline. When I went online and read all the 400+ messages on our Viber group, i realized that even those not in Cebu was providing blow by blow updates to those in Cebu. Monitoring peoples’ pace and their location in the route.

Thank you support crew! You are the best! Looking forward to supporting  you in your races.

Now in a few minutes I will be hearing my daily alarm. I’ll turn it off today and sleep.

El Oh Beh Eh



Not in the Photo: Jave Valdez and Koko Roura (Thanks Clang Tejada for the photos)


About Kit Atienza

A researcher/runner/triathlete/cancer survivor who found himself in the world of development work. He enjoys, reflects, and rants about things while doing his job, improving his personal record in running distances, and training for the IronMan in 2016.
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