38th MILO Marathon: Naga Eliminations Leg Result

The 6th Leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon advances to Naga City with participants displaying high spirits and determination.

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Mario Maglinao and Luisa Raterta trumped their fiercest rivals in 21K events at the 38th National MILO Marathon Eliminations in Naga City on Sunday. Each earned a cash prize of P10,000, a trophy, and a coveted slot in the National Finals.

21K runner Janette Agura poised to take her last victorious step as she crosses the finish line in the prestigious footrace.

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Despite the high level of humidity during the race, over 9,000 runners rose to the challenge and exhibited their commitment and passion for running. 73 runners have qualified for the National Finals and will join Maglinao and Raterta as they go head-to-head with elite runners from across the country in Manila on December 7. The MILO Marathon King and Queen, to be crowned on that day, will be sent by MILO to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.

The National MILO Marathon upholds family bonding and wellness through sports.

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Over 9,000 participants race their way into action for the 38th National MILO Marathon in Naga City.

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26-year-old Maglinao posted a time of 01:12:47, besting contenders Martin Balaybo (01:13:33), and Eugin Postrado (01:16:43). The native of Legazpi City, Albay, who currently works in Manila, has not received any formal training in running.
“Like swimming and biking, running has always been a hobby and passion of mine. I do it recreationally whenever I go home to Albay.  I didn’t have enough time to train for the race because I’m always very busy at work, but thankfully I still qualified and won. I will adjust and train for long distance running to prepare for the National Finals.” ~Mario Maglinao~

Finishing with an impressive time of 01:32:10 on the distaff side is 33-year-old Raterta, outdoing challengers Janette Agura (01:37:41) and Marilyn Bermundo (01:40:59). Hailing from Laguna, the housewife also trains youth runners and considers her coaching as part of her own training as well.
“The route was organized well this year, unlike before, when we would merge with the 3K runners that caused the slowing down of our pace.  It’s always a challenge to maintain the proper pace throughout the race. I will focus on this as I train for the finals.” ~Luisa Raterta~
Raterta had also won first place in the Manila leg, and second place in the National Finals of the 37th National MILO Marathon last year, among other awards.

“It is great to see excellent runners like Mario and Luisa who are able to balance their time between daily life, work, and their passion for sports.  Through our various sports programs and competitions, MILO is committed in helping shape our Filipino athletes into well-rounded champions as they progress in life.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager~
With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Young sprinters show their athletic prowess during the Naga leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon.

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The qualifying race will continue in Lucena on August 31, and will head to Puerto Princesa (September 7), Lipa (September 14), Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Sunday Running Motivation: Fireflies Of The Race Track

While you were sleeping, we are all dressed up, laced up, hydrated, warmed up and ready to take the road.

38th Milo Marathon 10K Category Gun Start at 5:00AM on July 29, 2014 at the Mall Of Asia

Video taken at the 38th Milo Marathon 10K Category. Gun fired at exactly 5:00Am and the fireflies went flying.

38th National MILO Marathon: Manila Qualifying Race Result

Raquin, Delos Santos triumph in 38th National MILO Marathon Manila Qualifying Race
37,063 runners raced to the finish line in the country’s premier footrace

Runners in high spirits readily anticipating the gun start.

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Veteran runner Ireneo Raquin stamped his authority as he clinched his first ever victory at the 42K tracks in the 38th National MILO Marathon Manila Qualifying Race held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds, Pasay City. Former MILO Marathon Queen Mary Grace Delos Santos was not to be out shined as she reclaimed her title in the female’s division race. Both are being trained by coach Mario Castro in Baguio City.

(Above L-R) Ireneo Raquin and Mary Grace Delos Santos victorious as champions for the 42K category of the 38th National MILO Marathon Manila Qualifying Race with (Below L-R) Ms. Ellen Isturis, MILO Team Lead; Ms. Sherilla Bayona, Nestle Philippines Beverages Unit, Business Executive Manager and Mr. Robbie de Vera, MILO Sports Marketing Executive awarding the P50,000 cash prize

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Each pocketed a cash prize of P50,000, a trophy, and a sought-after slot in the National Finals on December 7. As an added motivation for this year’s runners, MILO will send the MILO Marathon King and Queen to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.


Raquin finished at an impressive 02:31:15, which set back rivals Jeson Agravante (02:38:36) and Rafael Poliquit (02:44:15) to second and third place, respectively. The 29-year-old native from Occidental Mindoro, currently based in Baguio, has been joining the MILO Marathon since 2005 and has been consistently qualifying for and placing in the finals.
“I didn't expect to win because my fiercest rivals are more experienced than me. I am overjoyed because finally, I won first place.  We aimed to enhance my speed and endurance in training, and I’m happy that it paid off. For the National Finals, I will continue training hard.” ~Ireneo Raquin~

On the distaff side, Mary Grace Delos Santos posted a stellar time of 03:08:18 and excelled over fellow elite runners Jennylyn Nobleza (03:17:43) and Aileen Tolentino (03:33:04). The 27-year-old Philippine Air Force member added today’s victory to her long list of local and international awards.
“We’re grateful that the weather today was great and we used that to our advantage. We’re also thankful for the abundant water stations which help us runners hydrate during the race,”  felt that my training was not enough. My main aim was to qualify for the finals. I’m very proud to have conquered the 42K event and I will work doubly hard for the National Finals.”~Mary Grace Delos Santos~

42K female category winner Mary Grace Delos Santos sprints gleefully to the finish line.

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Kids, aspiring runners, running enthusiasts and professional athletes graced the esteemed running event. Other distinguished participants who exhibited their passion for fitness and running are MILO R2 APEX Running School (MARS) founder Coach Jim Saret, fellow coach Toni Saret, the MARS graduates and the 2014 The Biggest Loser Contestants.

“We are extremely pleased with today’s turnout. We always welcome runners of all ages and from all backgrounds to join in on the fun.  “We take pride in saying that the MILO Marathon inspires not only athletic excellence and sportsmanship, but also camaraderie in the Philippine sports community.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager~

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

The qualifying race will resume in Naga on August 24 before heading to Lucena (August 31), Puerto Princesa (September 7), Lipa (September 14), Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

The 38th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, ASICS, Lenovo, Manila Bulletin and Gatorade, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

More than 37,000 runners from all running events raced their way to the finish line for the 38th National MILO Marathon in SM Mall of Asia grounds, Pasay City.

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Cheerleaders from Taguig City University flash their dance moves for the MILO Cheerleading Competition as a side event of the marathon.

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