42nd National MILO Marathon Manila Leg

Former MILO Marathon King Jeson Agravante and MILO Marathon regular Christine Hallasgo embodied discipline, resilience and determination as they reigned supreme in the MILO Nutri-Up 42K race event of the 42nd National MILO Marathon Manila.  

Almost 28,000 runners hit the streets and braved the damp weather to conquer the race routes that covered the cities of Pasay, Makati, and Taguig in Metro Manila.


The city is brought to life as 27,835 runners fill the streets of Metro Manila for the 42nd National MILO Marathon.
                                                       
In the men’s division, Agravante beat his opponents with the time of 2:35:10, relegating Erick Panique (2:42:41) to second place, and Bryan Quinco (2:43:59) to third place. In the women’s division, Hallasgo clocked in with the time of 3:05:14, placing Jho-An Villarma (3:14:28) to second place, and Cinderella Lorenzo (3:17:46) to third.

Both Agravante and Hallasgo will each take home the top purse of P50,000.00 in cash and a trophy, and booked their slots to the National Finals in Laoag City on December 9 to try and claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles.

After falling short in last year’s National Finals, 2016 MILO Marathon King Agravante is campaigning for his return to reclaim the title. The Bacolod native admitted that he was not in his best condition during the 2017 finale, but assured that he is determined reverse that in this year’s races.
“I prepared really hard for this race because it is part of my training as a member of the National Team. This is also part of my preparation for the National Finals.  I wasn’t able to perform well in the National Finals in Cebu that is why I am working my hardest so I can come back strong. ~Jeson Agravante~


 Jeson Agravante proudly grabs the MILO breast tape as he crosses the finish line

On the other hand, Hallasgo won her first 42K race at the National MILO Marathon despite the stiff competition and the challenging thoroughfares brought by the bad weather. The 25-year-old, who usually gets podium finishes in 21K races of the MILO Marathon regional legs such as Butuan and Cagayan de Oro, took a great leap and spent four months of rigorous training for the 42K race. 
“It’s always been my dream to run 42K.  I’ve been running and winning 21K races multiple times and that’s why I thought it would be good for me to try a new challenge. I did not expect to win but it means a great deal for my family as this will help me with the expenses for the house we’ve been saving up for.” |~Christine Hallasgo~


Christine Hallasgo (left) and Jeson Agravante crowned as Champions of the 42nd National MILO 
Marathon Manila Leg

MILO Nutri Up Ambassador Solenn Heussaff clocked in a new personal best at the 10km category.

The country’s biggest footrace was also graced by celebrities who are fitness and running enthusiasts, including MILO Nutri-Up ambassador Solenn Heussaff who won 10th place in the 10K female category, Kuya Kim Atienza and CJ Jaravata who both ran in 21K, and Kevin Balot who ran in 10K.

MILO Nutri Up Ambassador Solenn Heussaff clocked in a new personal best at the 10km category

More than a staunch advocate of sports, MILO has an active role in helping underprivileged Filipino youth reach for their dreams by giving them brand new pairs of running shoes through the Help Give Shoes advocacy. This year, with the help of the Department of Education, MILO will donate 1,500 shoes to deserving public schoolchildren across the country. In addition to the shoes, MILO will also donate 2,500 basketballs to deserving public schools nationwide.

42nd National MILO Marathon Urdaneta Leg


The 42nd National MILO Marathon kicked off on a high note as the city of Urdaneta welcomed nearly 13,000 runners, making it the highest-participated race in the city. Track racer Kurt Jomar Lamparas and elite runner Christabel Martes took the spotlight and placed first in the MILO Nutri Up 21K male and female categories, respectively. They each took home the top purse of P10,000 in cash and a trophy, and booked their slots to the National Finals in Laoag on December 9 to try and claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles.

Nearly 13,000 runners have hit the streets at the pilot race of the 42nd National MILO Marathon in Urdaneta City
 
Kurt Jomar Lamparas posted a time of 1:14:26, beating his fiercest competitors Cesar Castaneto, Jr. (1:14:31), who placed second, and Robeno Javier (1:16:48), who placed third in the male category. In the female category, Christabel Martes clocked in with the time of 1:31:25, relegating Rowena Valdez (1:40:19) to second place, and Jocelyn Elijeran (1:46:53) to third.


 Christabel Martes and Kurt Jomar Lamparas land 1st place at the 42nd National MILO Marathon in Urdaneta City

It was the first time for Lamparas to win the 21K race at the National MILO Marathon. Admitting his shock on his win, Lamparas shared that he was only focused to finish the race and that certain pain points hindered his pace temporarily.
“I incurred blisters when I was at the 10K mark, which made it hard for me to continue because the pain was getting worse as I went on. But I was determined to push through and ran along with the other runners I was with.” ~Kurt Jomar Lamparas~

Nevertheless, the tracker from Arellano University has added another feather on his cap and looks ahead to vie for more short and long-distance races in the future.

Despite sustaining injuries, with only three weeks to train before the race, the former SEA Games athlete Martes clinched the first prize once again after winning last year’s Urdaneta race. 
“I only had minimal training because I got an injury prior to this. Because of that, the race was extra challenging for me but I persevered and kept my own pace. I am very pleased that I still managed to claim the top prize.  I have booked my races that will take place before the National Finals. Those races will serve as my training for the finale.” ~Christabel Martes~

Nearly 13,000 runners have hit the streets at the pilot race of the 42nd National MILO Marathon in Urdaneta City

More than a staunch advocate of sports, MILO has played an active role in helping underprivileged Filipino youth reach for their dreams by giving them brand new pairs of running shoes through the Help Give Shoes advocacy. This year, with the help of the Department of Education, MILO will donate 1,500 shoes to deserving public schoolchildren across the country. In addition to the shoes, MILO will also donate 2,500 basketballs to deserving public schools nationwide. 

42nd Milo Marathon Launched!



Lester Castillo, MILO Sports Executive; Robbie De Vera, Consumer Marketing Manager, Nestle Philippines; Coach Jim Saret; Coach Toni Saret; Dr. Philip Juico, President-PATAFA; Meg Panopio, Consumer Marketing Manager, Nestle Philippines; Joey Uy, Business Executive Officer – Senior Vice President, Nestle Philippines; Solenn Heussaff, MILO Nutri-Up Ambadassor; Willy De Ocampo, Business Unit Manager – Vice President, Nestle Philippines; Laurent Boisdron, General Manager, Conrad Hotel; Faivo Bartolome, National Finals Local Race Organizer; Andrew Neri, RunRio, NMM National Race Organizer

Leading beverage brand MILO officially launches the 42nd National MILO Marathon. The country’s biggest and longest running footrace strives to be more than just a running event as it continues to highlight the character-forming lessons that can be learned from the race. With the ongoing theme, “Magsama-sama, Tumakbo, Matuto”, MILO strengthens the legacy of the National MILO Marathon in upholding a values-driven race experience for runners throughout the season.

The new season ushers the 11-leg event with the opening race happening in Urdaneta on July 15. Reigning MILO Marathon King Joerge Andrade and five-time MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal will go head-to-head with their top contenders to defend their titles with the hopes of bagging the top purse of this year’s marathon finale. The next MILO Marathon King and Queen will be given an opportunity participate in an international marathon in 2019. In partnership with PATAFA, this year’s NMM King and Queen will be the runners to beat for aspiring contenders for the 2019 SEA Games. MILO expects 150,000 runners to participate this season.

“The 42nd National MILO Marathon continues to center on the life lessons that runners can learn and take with them beyond the finish line,” said Lester P. Castillo, MILO Philippines Sports Executive. “We are committed to delivering an inspiring season as we highlight the values of discipline, resilience and determination to help our runners be molded into true champions.”

National Finals in Laoag

The city of Laoag has been selected to host this year’s National Finals on December 9. Laoag promises to offer a unique running experience for participants as the National Finals will be part of the city’s bicentennial culminating celebration. In addition to the festive race experience, runners can also look forward to marveling at the beauty of Laoag, as the race route goes along several tourist spots of the city, including the Paway and Laoag sand dunes in some of the long distance categories. Those who would like to combine a vacation along with their race can visit nearby landmarks and places of interest in the Ilocos region, such as the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, St. Augustine's Church in Paway, Kapurpurawan rock formation in Burgos, the windmill farms of Bangui, and the white beaches of Pagudpud. Vigan, a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Center, is also just 80 kilometers away.

“The provincial government of Ilocos Norte, and the city of Laoag have given their full support for National MILO Marathon so it’s all systems go for the preparations of the National Finals,” said Faivo Bartolome, RunRio’s local race organizer of the Laoag National Finals. “We believe that this will be a new and exciting experience as the finale will highlight Laoag’s vibrant culture that runners can appreciate. We look forward to welcoming MILO and all of the participants to celebrate Laoag’s significant milestone with us.”

New Race Features
Keeping true to its intent on providing a unique running experience, MILO has added and refreshed some features for this year’s National MILO Marathon. The race kit for this season has been updated with new item inclusions. In addition to the newly-designed, values inspired race singlet and bib in the race kit, registered participants of the 3K and 5K categories will receive a MILO sachet, while registered runners in the 10K category will receive a drawstring bag and MILO Nutri-Up sachet. Participants of the 21K and 42K races will get to receive a new finisher’s training hoodie when they complete the race during event proper.

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