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.

ASICS Relay Philippines




Thousands of runners have hit the streets in the country’s first-ever night relay race, the ASICS Relay Philippines 2018 at SM By The Bay, Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Hundreds of teams vied for the grand prize, but Team Kenya, Ganda R, and Team LTIMESTUDIO 1 emerged victorious in their respective Full Marathon categories – Male, Female, and Mixed.

As part of the grand prize, the three champion teams in the Full Marathon category will receive an all-inclusive flight and accommodation trip to run in the next ASICS Relay race in the country of their choice. In addition to the complimentary race slots, the winning teams received cash and product prizes worth over Php 790,000.

ASICS Relay Philippines presents a fresh take on marathon racing as runners are required to race in teams of 4 to complete a half or full marathon distance. Each member of the team in the 21km and 42km category ran a quarter of the total distance to complete the race.
“We really enjoyed the race.  We were nervous at first of what is going to come when the race started, but we’re very happy with our experience because it was well organized and it had a good route.” ~Luisa Raterta - members of the Full Marathon Female category winner team, Ganda R. ~
“It was our first time to run in a relay race, so our strategy was to arrange our turns based on our running strengths, and we think our tactic paid off really well.  We’re very happy with the teamwork that we’ve built with one another,”~ Joida Gagnao - members =of Team LTIMESTUDIO 1. 
“It was a good thing for us to establish that kind of camaraderie as it helped us win the race.” ~Kevin Capampangan, member of Full Marathon Mixed category winner Team LTIMESTUDIO 1. ~
The ASICS Relay not only promises a competitive, team-bonding race, it also offers unique experiences for runners to enjoy. At the scenic seaside race village nestled in SM By The Bay, participants were treated to music entertainment by local musicians and dancers held on a 360 degree LED stage, fireworks, interactive games, and unique photo booths.

After the Philippines leg, the ASICS Relay 2018 will continue the action on August 4th in Indonesia.

Winners list
Full marathon:
Male category – Team Kenya 02:21:55
Female category – Ganda R 02:56:56
Mixed category – Team LTIMESTUDIO 02:37:43

Half marathon:
Male category – BRW Team 01:19:17
Female category – Laguna Gazelles 01:37:51
Mixed category – Army Team 01:15:44

NatGeo Earth Day Run 2018


Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018, one of the most awaited and well-attended running events in the country every year, is slated for April 22, at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds. Now on its 9th year, the Nat Geo Earth Day Run reinforces its commitment to preserving the planet by calling all “Eco Warriors” to be part of the exciting race which will coincide with the celebration of the International Earth Day.

Since its inception, the Nat Geo Earth Day Run has been attracting thousands of individuals across Asia who have pledged to save the planet. In the Philippines, National Geographic is looking to see 15,000 runners across the 3K, 5K, 10K, and 21K categories.

Following its success in the previous years, Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018 will continue to extend its support to groups and societies with causes that are largely dedicated to environmental conservation. In the past, Nat Geo was able to give its support to organizations and communities such as the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Tawbuid Mangyan Tribe in Mindoro, and the Abuan Watershed in Sierra Madre.

This year, Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018 puts the spotlight on the fast-becoming global issue of water shortage. National Geographic vows to sponsor rain storage tanks to in-need communities remotely situated in Mindoro.

New Race, New Journey
Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018 will present a lineup of exciting and meaningful activities participants can join. This year’s edition includes the Fun Run under the new 3K race category that encourages more Eco Warriors to participate and champion the environmental causes they believe in.

Elite runners registered in the 21K category can join a series of running clinics where experts will share warm-up and cool-down lessons, hydration and post-run exercises that will help runners prepare for the race. The running clinics took place on March 5 and 7 and will resume on April 9 and 11 at Track 30th at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Registered runners will be able to receive a singlet, race bib, timing chip, water bottle and towel. 21K race finishers will receive a finisher’s medal, a loot bag and a finisher’s shirt, while 10K finishers will receive a finisher’s medal and a loot bag.

Interested participants can log onto the Nat Geo Earth Day Run website (http://www.natgeoearthdayrun.com/). Offline registration is available starting March 17 at authorized booths located at SM MoA, SM Aura, and SM the Block.

Registration fee for the 3K category is Php 750.00, 5K category is Php 850.00, 10K category is Php 950.00, and 21K is Php1, 400.00.

The gun start for participants of the 21K run is at 3:30AM, 10K is at 4:00AM, 5K is at 5:30AM, and 3K is at 6:00AM.

For more information, visit http://www.natgeoearthdayrun.com/ or log on to its official Facebook page, NatGeo Run.
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About National Geographic Earth Day Run
Year after year, Eco Warriors rise up to the challenge of preserving the planet through the collective running phenomenon that began in 2009, the Nat Geo Earth Day Run. Since its inception, National Geographic religiously mounts the run open for all individuals who wishes to make their contribution in saving the planet, making this one of the most awaited and well-attended running event every year.

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