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A photo of a man with long unkempt hair and raggedy clothes while seemingly participating in an official marathon went viral on Tuesday morning.
The man, dubbed by netizens as the “BeggarRunner,” was seen during the Run United 1 event held at the SM Mall of Asia last Sunday, March 13.
The picture was first posted on pinoyfitness.com’s Facebook page, with the caption: Nakita nyo ba si “beggarunner” kahapon sa Run United 1? Rumor has it na muntik na sya hatakin ng mga marshals palabas ng race route, kaso lang may valid race bib sya.
(Did you see ”beggarunner” yesterday at the Run United 1? Rumor has it that marshals almost pulled him out of the race route, until they saw his valid race bib.)
According to the post, the man was not an actual beggar, but rather an accomplished duathlete named Larry Ronquillo.
“BeggarRunner” played through with his gimmick as he was also seen collecting garbage while running.
He even posed for pictures with other participants after the event. Khristian Ibarrola