More than 40,000 Runners Expected To Break Record Attendance At The 38th Milo Marathon Manila Elimination Leg

38th National MILO Marathon race picks up pace

The country’s biggest and most prestigious footrace will once again welcome children, students, aspiring runners and professional athletes to its running routes as the 38th National MILO Marathon takes its act to Manila for its fifth qualifying leg on July 27 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds, Pasay City. With more than 40,000 participants expected to run on Sunday, another historic record of the most number of runners in a single race is anticipated to be achieved.

The winners of the 42K division race will be awarded a cash prize of Php 50,000 and a trophy, while the victors of the 21K division will receive a cash prize of Php 10,000 and a trophy. Runners who finish within the specified age-bracket and cut-off time per division will also receive a coveted slot in the National Finals on December 7.

Elite runners including former National MILO Marathon Queens Jho-an Banayag, Mary Grace Delos Santos and Aileen Tolentino, and Philippine National Games champion Rafael Poliquit, are raring to go head-to-head in the esteemed international race event for a chance to be crowned the National MILO Marathon King and Queen. In line with MILO’s steadfast commitment in enhancing the holistic development of Filipino athletes, the 38th NMM MILO King and Queen will be sent by MILO to Japan to showcase the Filipinos’ resilience, strength and excellence as they compete in the Tokyo Marathon in 2015. The Tokyo Marathon is one of the six grand prix races in the world, joining Berlin, Boston, Chicago, New York, and London in the illustrious list of major international marathons.

Young racers will also join in the fun in the 3K and 5K divisions. Celebrity running enthusiasts are also expected to participate in the running events, including MILO R2 APEX Running School founder and The Biggest Loser Philippines coach Jim Saret, his wife and fellow coach Toni Saret, and 2014 The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles contestants Ralph David Du, Yves Christian Du, Patricia Castillo, Bryan Castillo, Francis Asis, Mark Andrew Mavrides, Jepoy Arcilla, Tristan Nueva, Carl Lazaro, Cayen Lazaro, Patricia Martinez and Ma. Victoria Joy Nebreja.

To further the support for young Filipino talents, MILO will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year to reach the 50,000 mark through the Help Give Shoes advocacy. Help Give Shoes aims make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.
“We are very pleased that the selected recipients of the Help Give Shoes advocacy for this year are our aspiring runners from the Yolanda-hit areas. With the contributions of the National MILO Marathon runners, we will be able to give these children a ray of hope and pave the way for them to continue cultivating their passion for sports. “We aim to help these kids slowly heal from the devastation that the typhoon brought in, raise their spirits, and inspire them to carry on striving for their dreams.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager~
The gun start for participants of the 42K run is at 3:00AM, the 21K run at 4:30AM, 10K run at 5:00AM, 5K run at 5:35AM and the 3K run at 5:30AM. The starting line will be adjacent to the finish line at the Seaside Boulevard of SM MOA.

38th NMM Route Map

Today’s Run: On Calculated Running Route, Headset Mixed Up and Food Hassles

Thanks to my hubby’s invite it motivated me to drag my heavy fat a*s out of bed and collect my running gears while my eyes are still half closed.

Hubby said that it would be a fresh and nice running route for me because the road has less traffic, the place being a series of private classy residential houses.  He’s talking about the Acacia Estate in Taguig City wherein he has a Sunday coaching session.

It put a wide smile on my face when we finally reached our destination.  Indeed it’s one good running route.  As we enter the village we met a bunch of early runners enjoying the road.  And holy crap!  Most of them are wearing Milo Marathon singlet which reminds me like a strong slap in my lazy "ensaymada" face that the race is happening soon - in barely a week!  This coming Sunday! And I haven’t had even a good 5K run in my irregular “training”.  Holy crap I will crawl again to the finish line!

That race this coming Sunday brought another motivational jolt in my worsening lazy being.  So after exchanging pleasantries with hubby’s colleagues I immediately hit the road and started running slowly.  The sun is already up and there was no sign of warning rain cloud.  In fact the sun automatically made an impression on my skin quickly.

From the point where I started I reached the village entrance and saw a beholding sight!  A distance signage saying that it’s 500 meters away from where I started.  So this means when I make a round trip from where I started to this point is equal to 1 km!  Nice!  How I love to run exactly knowing the distance I am taking.  It feels just like you are on an official race with distance marker.

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I ended my run after three rounds (=3 kms).  The sun is already at its best toasting capability and I am badly needing hydration.  I was contemplating how will I survive my 10K run this Sunday when I can barely finish a 3K leisure run (frown).  Well back in my “crawl if you must” motivation.

Today’s Running Wear:
My old Nike classic running shorts with side and back pockets.  I intentionally wear this shorts because of its pockets so I can put my wallet/card holder, my mobile phone and an extra headset.  Well I don’t usually run with lots of things in my pocket but the place is unfamiliar to me.  Hubby will be busy with his coaching and might not be available to tend to me in case there would be unexpected incident along the road.  Better be ready than sorry you know.

I brought an extra headset which is my own wired headset in case it will rain because I’m supposed to be using hubby’s wireless headset.  It turned out he brought one of his own wired headset also (he has a ton of headsets by the way).  I instantly frowned at the sight of his wired headset and when I questioned about it he reasoned that it did not cross his mind that I was borrowing his wireless because I have my own wireless. 

I explained that I haven’t tested mine in running and I didn’t brought it because it’s more bulky and so and so and so… (okay I will just tell this headset brouhaha in another post).  So there I went running with a wired headset and an extra wired headset in my pocket. LOL!

Anyway, I am also wearing my singlet from PUP Alumni Fun Run 2012 which design I really love and my Nike Bowerman which I have been using for a couple of morning runs because this is also the pair I’m planning to wear during the Milo race on the 27th.

Today’s Song:
I used the mixed collection from the iPOd instead of my own collection from my mobile phone.  I can’t remember any of the songs.  It’s one crazy playlist in there.

Today’s Eat:
After the run I dropped by at a nearby supermarket and bought myself a bottle of water.  I saw that there were food stands inside the supermarket and I automatically craved when I saw early shoppers enjoying a smoking bowl of goto!  Aaaw can’t wait for hubby’s coaching to be done so we can eat this smoking “goto”!

However hubby has another thing in mind so he requested to give way to my craving some other time. He was actually making fun of my “after run goto craving”.

I went with his plan to stop him making fun of my food idea which later I self-realized that it was really laughable (LOL).  It turned out he wanted to pass by and check for compression shorts from an Adidas outlet along our way home.  There are fast food  outlets in the area he said.

After the Adidas stop (they don't have compression shorts by the way), we decided for some Chinese taste today.  The place looks cozy and comfy so everything seems going okay until the food crew served our desert first before our main meal. I frowned at the service and wanted to say:
”Oh sorry, I was too exhausted to remind you that you should serve the main meal first before the dessert! It’s common sense by the way!”.  But instead I made a polite reminder to the crew and then I shut up.  I’m really am exhausted.

So today’s eat is an odd combination of hot and cold that we ate simultaneously ha ha. Hot Wanton soup , Siopao, Soda and  Halo-halo – odd!.

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All in all it was a good day!  Hope you are all having a good and blessed Sunday as well!

38th MILO Marathon: Angeles Eliminations Leg Result

Carolino, Gilbuena edge rivals in 38th National MILO Marathon Angeles Qualifying Race
52 runners qualify for National Finals


Jobert Carolino and Mischelle Gilbuena took advantage of the good weather and set a swift pace in the 21K division run at the 38th National MILO Marathon on Sunday in Angeles City, Pampanga. Each received a cash prize of P10,000 and a trophy.

(L-R) Jobert Carolino and Mischelle Gilbuena triumph in the 21K race in the 4th leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon in Angeles City, Pampanga.

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Out of the 10,312 runners who joined this leg, Carolino, Gilbuena and 50 others booked their place for the National Finals on December 7 for a chance to be crowned as the MILO Marathon King and Queen and fly to Japan on an all-expenses paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon courtesy of MILO.

It was a tight race as Jobert Carolino went head-to-head with Crescenciano Sabal and Sherwin Patron. Carolino was behind former champion Sabal for most of the race. As they neared the finish line, Carolino picked up pace and raced to the end, finishing with a time of 01:15:20, relegating Sabal to second place (01:15:35) and Patron to third (01:22:34).

Jobert Carolino who is a bronze medalist at the Philippine Olympic Festival said “Sabal was my toughest rival, I was behind him in the last few kilometers. In the last 500 meters, I gave it my all to beat him. He’s a very smart runner.  To be honest, I was not really prepared for this race, I only started training last week when I joined two other races. With my slot in the finals secured, I will focus more on my training, especially enhancing my endurance.”

On the distaff side, Philippine Air Force member Mischelle Gilbuena clinched the win with a time of 01:33:58. The 26-year-old veteran from Cebu, who usually join the Tarlac leg of the MILO Marathon, struggled throughout the race because of the unfamiliar route. Still, she persevered under pressure and bested challengers Chloe Jane Ong (01:52:00) and Denise Hernandez (01:54:15).

“I was supposed to join the Tarlac leg last week but I felt that my training was inadequate. I had slight difficulties in running the route, I need to continue my training and work again on my endurance to be in top shape for the National Finals.” ~Mischelle Gilbuena~

Both Carolino and Gilbuena have been consistently qualifying for the National Finals since 2010 and 2008, respectively.

More than 10,000 participants sprint their way in the country’s premiere footrace.
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Local stars also shared the spotlight with the top runners. Celebrity environmentalist and weatherman Kuya Kim Atienza, a passionate triathlete and marathon runner, qualified for the National Finals with a time of 01:52:52. Other celebrities who participated in the race include Isabel Granada, Yayo Aguila, Jaycee Parker, Katya Santos and Maui Taylor.

(second left) Coach Rio Dela Cruz, and celebrity runner Isabel Granada (far right) pose with youth racers of Pampanga.

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Various folks from Angeles including mothers and kids race their way to the finish line.

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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.

21K Male Winner Jobert Carolino crosses the finish line at 01:15:20

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The qualifying race will pick up pace in Manila on July 27 before bringing its act to Naga (August 24), 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.

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