The 2017 Milo Marathon - MILO Launches 41st Season of the National MILO Marathon

The National MILO Marathon, the country’s most accessible national race, today announced the official opening of its 41st season. The first of the 16 races is set to kick-off in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan on July 16. With new features and race locations added for the fresh cycle ahead, MILO expects to see around 200,000 participants from across the country compete in 3km, 5km, 10km, 21km, and 42km distance categories.

(L-R) Coach Rio dela Cruz, 41st National MILO Marathon Race Organizer; Joey Uy, Business Executive Officer; Ricky Ballesteros, National MILO Marathon National Finals Cebu Race Organizer; Willy De Ocampo, Business Unit Manager; Robbie De Vera, MILO Philippines Sports Executive; Lester Castillo, MILO Philippines Sports Executive

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The National MILO Marathon has long been energizing and inspiring champions for over 40 years and, as such, has been attracting runners of all kinds, from children, rookies, veterans, friends, and families from all over the country and the world. Centered on the theme “Magsama-sama, Tumakbo, Matuto”, this season is driven by values such as discipline, resilience, and determination, which runners can take with them in their journey in life.
“In the National MILO Marathon, we see people from all walks of life who come to run, to learn, and to live. This year, we shine the spotlight on the runners who are learning along the way and taking these lessons beyond the finish line to shape their lives.” ~Robbie De Vera, MILO Philippines Sports Executive~
New roads, new features

Three new areas, Urdaneta, Laoag and Roxas cities, are added in this year’s 16-leg tourney. The additional locations will provide runners with new and exciting challenges, showcasing the great running experience the National MILO Marathon is known for.
“We at MILO make it a mission to engage more Filipinos in adapting active and healthy lifestyles, and that is what the National MILO Marathon is all about. By adding more key cities, we will be able to reach more champions and hopefully inspire them to achieve new heights, be it in sports or in life. We look forward to seeing our champions!” added De Vera.
Following the success of the Iloilo finale last year, the National MILO Marathon will be staging its final race in Cebu City on December 3rd. This is the second time for Visayas to host the much-anticipated culminating event, and the third time to be held outside of Metro Manila.
“We are excited to be fielding the National Finals in Cebu where the sporting landscape is more invigorating than ever. Our team is on its way to prepare for the biggest race of the season, so expect for this year’s finale to be grander and bolder.” Ricky Ballesteros/National MILO Marathon National Finals Organizer.
To encourage runners to celebrate their victories, MILO will debut the new Age Group Category in the National Finals. The Age Group Category is an added feature in the 21K and 42K distance races, that lets participants track and compare their performance with other runners in similar age groups. The new feature intends to motivate runners in reaching their personal goals and attract more contenders to the higher categories.

More than a staunch advocate of Philippine sports and Filipino athletes, the National MILO Marathon is also a platform that empowers children nationwide. For the past 7 years, the National MILO Marathon’s Help Give Shoes advocacy, in partnership with Department of Education, has inspired 70,000 aspiring athletes to fulfill their dreams by donating brand new pairs of running shoes. This year, the Help Give Shoes advocacy will be donating 5,000 pairs to underprivileged school children.
The series will start in Urdaneta on July 16, which expects around 10,000 runners. Following the pilot race, the National MILO Marathon will continue in Laoag (July 23), Metro Manila (July 30), Angeles (August 6), Tarlac (August 13), Naga (August 27), Lucena (September 03), Lipa (September 10), Tagbilaran (September 24), Roxas (October 1), Iloilo (October 8), General Santos (October 15), Davao (October 22), Butuan (November 12), and Cagayan De Oro (November 19). The National Finals in Cebu City will be on December 3.

The 41st National MILO Marathon is endorsed by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, Department of Education, the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association, and the International Association of Athletics Federations – Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. The National MILO Marathon is in partnership with Salonpas, and supported by Garmin, Hisense, Manila Bulletin, Maynilad and Walter Mart Supermarket.

The Running Bride and Groom

Hello everyone!  It’d been quite a while I know right?

But anyway,  I am so glad that something motivated me and lead me back clicking that new post icon on this blog which I feel is already covered by thick cobwebs similar to haunted houses in horror movies.  Forgive me with the simile ha ha.  Also forgive me if I’ll have grammar lapses cause you know it’s been quite a while and my vocabulary and grammar are both quite rusty.  Besides, I’m not planning to give this a proof reading or whatever so as not to lose the spontaneity as I type my happy thoughts away. 

A wedding!

Yep a wedding is the culprit cum inspiration why I suddenly went back tapping on my lappy.  Yesterday I felt so honored to be a part of a running-inspired wedding event.  This is also the reason why I am sharing this here instead to my other home at Balut Manila

So before I proceed, I hope that the bride and groom won’t mind me sharing on this site some bits of their beautiful wedding.  And if they do mind, then I’ll just use my “Ninang-Pass-Card” (grins).

So I got the invitation!
Gosh it asked me to train which I felt so guilty of because I was not able to.  I got so caught up with the d*mn thing called work!  (excuses, excuses, more excuses!  Duh!) The result = I looked obese in spite of the midnight blue color motif.  (Sighs and cries insert here)

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Running Shoes Recommended!

Yes the bride and groom and so does the entourage are wearing running shoes!  Cute right!

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What is running without the Finish Line?

I consider this as one of the highlights of the occasion.  The bride and groom ran to the finish line!  Awesome!

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If you are wondering why running is the motif of Eric and Dada’s wedding - it’s because Eric and Dada’s relationship developed while they are joining race events and running together.  In short, running is their common denominator.  By the way, I am the one who introduced running to the bride that is why she sometimes endearingly calls me “coach”. 

The Reception!  It topped all the after-the-run event I attended! 

Of course I’m VIP (winks*).  The venue is decorated with running-related items.  And their videos reflects a lot about running apart from travel.

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The Loot Bag!

Wooot I so love them.  I got a loot bag full of goodies fit for runners, a running-inspired cup cake and for us Ninangs – a beautiful rosary pearl bracelet – aaaw my weakness! I can not ask for more!

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My message,

To the gorgeous bride and the dashing groom Eric and Dada, first off my congratulations for your successful wedding.  The ceremony is touching, heartwarming and fun at the same time.  You were able to combine both the solemnity and fun on this very important occasion of your lives.  The reception is awesome!  The venue and the food are equally great!  Jeez I was so full and feeling sleepy that I need to ask for coffee but it voids its purpose because I sip the cup while munching a plateful of sweet pastries ha ha.  Your entourage are all amazing and that includes me! The host is so funny and witty – thumbs up to his hosting!  The videos are all soo interesting and wow for the “same-date edit” of your wedding vid coverage (May pa-drone pa talaga!).  all in all kudos to both of you and to all the people behind the success of your wedding!

Now, my serious message,

Eric and Dada, your wedding marks the Start Line of your married life but this is one race that we wouldn’t wish for a finish line.  There will be lots of challenges, bumps, sprains and injuries that you will meet and experience along the way but, I am sure you will surpass them all if you will run this race together.  Be the best running buddy to each other. Make sure that as you race and one of you falls along the route, the other one should always be there to help the other one.  Carry him/her or crawl together if you must.  Share each others strength.  Love and trust one another.  Above all, trust the One Great Guy above!  He’s the master of all races.  He’s the only One you two can rely on who will definitely help you tackle all the races that married life will be giving you.  Welcome them with love, strength and prayers,

And of course, know that I will always be around as your friend, running buddy and your Ninang.  As I always say, Run and keep on running.  Now, love and keep on loving!

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Pssst Dada, I am so in love with your gown that  I am now insanely thinking to borrow it but the problem is “how and why” - for all the reasons for both questions (gulo ko)!

I hope that you two have already forgiven me by now about the Christmas card.  Sssssh…

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The best thing to hold onto in life is each other 
~Audrey Hepburn~

40th Milo Marathon National Finals (2016)

The National MILO Marathon is set to mark its 40th year milestone as it holds its National Finals in the city of Iloilo on Sunday, December 4. The reigning MILO Marathon King and Queen, two-time MILO Marathon King Rafael Poliquit and three-time MILO Marathon Queen and 2016 Olympian Mary Joy Tabal, are both raring to go head-to-head with their fierce rivals to defend their crowns in the final race of the season.

The city of Iloilo was selected to be the official venue of this year’s National Finals to provide better proximity to aspiring runners from the South, and enrich the experience of everyone with scenic routes, spacious thoroughfares and thrilling challenges that await the runners. The race, which expects to see 20,000 runners, will be held in the Iloilo Convention Center. Mayor of Ilolilo City Jed Mabilog affirms the city’s full preparations and support for the National MILO Marathon Finals.

”We are all very excited to be hosting the most prestigious and longest running footrace in the country. We are honored to be part of the historic culminating event of the National MILO Marathon’s 40th anniversary. We hope all our runners will enjoy the race experience we have prepared for them.  We are honored to be part of the historic culminating event of the National MILO Marathon’s 40th anniversary. We hope all our runners will enjoy the race experience we have prepared for them. ~Mayor of Ilolilo City Jed Mabilog~
Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager, shares his enthusiasm for the grand event and expresses gratitude to all who have made the season’s success possible.

 “We are very thankful to all our friends from the local government, our partners, sponsors, volunteers, and everyone else who have contributed greatly to this finale. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we hope to continue to energize champions and inspire millions more through our runners who have become our agents of motivation that energized Filipinos to be at their best in their respective endeavors. We hope to continue this cycle in the future seasons and see more champions who have embodied values such as resilience, grit, and discipline, which have made them winners in sports and in life.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager~


Milo Sports Marketing Manager Andrew Neri with Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog and Sports Development Officer of Iloilo Jojo Castro

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