COACH Jershwin Angeles reigned supreme in the NMI National Football Association-Life in the Son Go the Xtra Mile Run/Walk Virtual Challenge held last month.

Angeles covered a total distance of 111.4 miles in the month-long  event.

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Sebastien Manabat, left, shares his experience during  the award ceremony of the NMI Football Association-Life in the Son Go the Xtra Mile Run/Walk Virtual Challenge at the Life In the Son Church on Sunday.

 Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

“Even in my age, I wanted to show the players that if I could do it then they could do it too,” Angeles said.

He plans to hold a similar virtual event for the entire month of January to give the team a reason to keep moving.

Finishing second overall was national player Anthony Fruit with a distance of 100.08 miles.

As for the 50-mile challenge, national player Sebastien Manabat took first place with a total distance of 75.03 miles.

In second place was Coach Michiteru Mita with a total of 61.93 miles.

“I would like to share three things I've learned by joining this challenge,” Manabat said. “One, you must have a plan; second is to stay consistent and disciplined; and third, enjoy the process.”

He said without a plan, you may get blindsided and fail to reach your goal. “My coach had a plan — that he was going to do seven miles every day, and with that plan, was able to reach over 100 miles,” Manabat said.

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Pastor Eric Abragan, left, poses with the top winners of the NMI Football Association-Life in the Son Go the Xtra Mile Run/Walk Virtual Challenge at the Life In the Son Church on Sunday.

Photo by James F. Sablan Jr

Consistency and discipline are also important because there will be days when a person does not want to run, he added.

But if you enjoy the process, then running will become a habit, he said.

For his part, event organizer and Life in the Son pastor Eric Abragan would like to thank the event sponsors: IT&E, Tan Siu Lin Foundation, The Athlete's Foot, Micronesian Brokers Inc., Joeten Enterprises, TRAC, R&M Printers, Gold's Gym, Latte Built, KFC, Shirley's Coffee Shop, the NMI Football Association and Life in the Son-Saipan.

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