(L-R: Brod JCL Artuz and Brod Atty. Dong Tumuran)
They are called the dynamic duo of kilometric running in Tau Kappa Phi Fraternity circle. This time, they both survived a “full marry” or a full marathon of 42 kilometers in the National Geographic Channel Earth Day Run 2016 held on April 17, 2016 in Taguig City, Metro Manila.
(At last, a “full mary”)
Brods John Christopher Leo “JCL” F. Artuz and Atty. Edinburgh “Dong” P. Tumuran have been “running mates” for quite some time. The Nat Geo 2016 race is the seventh full mary (42 km) for brod JCL while it is brod Dong’s first. The event started at Bonifacio Global City and ended in McKinley West, both in Taguig City.
(Brod JCL Artuz, in front wearing a red shirt, at the starting line of the 39th National Milo Marathon in 2015. He finished the full 42-km race.)
During this event, each of them donned a jersey where the name of Tau Kappa Phi is printed and described together with the words, “The Running Brethren”. Their team up started when one day brod JCL joined brod Dong in the latter’s run at the University of the Philippines (UP).
(Fueling up at the tummy at the “mobile home” for the Condura Skyway “I Ran for a Hero 2016” marathon)
Brod JCL finished the race with an official time of 3:58:18, which landed him as the top 12 over 504 other runners. Brod Dong clocked at 5:40:27 placing him at top 252. According to brod JCL, this is a strong finish for a first timer.
(Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2015)
Brod Dong prepared himself by making long races thrice a week at UP’s academic oval and the so-called heart break route. His perseverance was rewarded by successfully hurdling his initiation rite to become a certified full marathoner.
Being the veteran runner, brod JCL serves as brod Dong’s mentor and trainor.
Previously, on February 7, 2016, both brethren joined the Condura Skyway “I Ran for a Hero 2016” marathon. Brod JCL finished a 42-kilometer run while brod Dong, a 21 kilometer. They ran the same stretch respectively at the “39th Milo Marathon” in July 26, 2015 and the Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2015.
Before and after the run, the duo find solace in brod Dong’s Volkswagen van, which acts like a mobile home. They are encouraging other Tau Kappa Phi brethren to join them in their succeeding runs.
(The dynamic duo with Brod Danilo Cunanan in one marathon event)