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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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!.


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


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