39th National MILO Marathon Ready to Welcome Champions in Manila

The city is abuzz with excitement for the Manila qualifying leg of the 39th National MILO Marathon on July 26, Sunday. The country’s biggest and most prestigious footrace will see children, students, aspiring runners and professional athletes of all ages on its running routes at the SM Mall of Asia grounds, Pasay City.

Elite runners including Eric Panique and Criselyn Jaro will look to break records and defeat their fiercest rivals to clinch the top purse. Prizes await the winners of the 42K division race, who will receive Php 50,000 in cash and a trophy, while the victors of the 21K division will receive a cash prize of Php 10,000 and a trophy. All runners who finish within the specified age-bracket and cut-off time per division will also receive a coveted slot in the National Finals in Angeles on December 6 for a chance to be crowned the 2015 MILO Marathon King and Queen.

This year’s MILO Marathon King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon. One of the six World Marathon Majors, the Boston Marathon ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events. It is considered as the Mecca of all races, where the best of the best runners compete.

Young racers will also join in the fun in the 3K and 5K divisions. Celebrity runners are also expected to participate in the running events, including MILO APEX Running School founder and The Biggest Loser Philippines coach Jim Saret, his wife and fellow coach Toni Saret, and running enthusiast and triathlete Kuya Kim Atienza.

The gun start for participants of the 42K run is at 3:00AM, the 21K run at 4:30AM, 10K run at 5:00AM, 3K run at 5:30AM and 5K run at 5:35AM. The starting line will be adjacent to the finish line at the Seaside Boulevard of SM MOA.

Gun Start

Motorists are advised that from 2:00AM-9:00AM, Roxas Boulevard (northbound and southbound), Macapagal Boulevard (southbound) and J.W. Diokno Boulevard will be closed. From 2:00AM-11:00AM, Seaside Boulevard and Coral Way of the SM Mall of Asia will also be closed, as well as westbound to Makati Avenue, from 3:00AM-9:00AM. Due to these road closures and increased volume of pedestrian traffic, vehicles going to Cavite and Baclaran are advised to take Macapagal Boulevard, while those going to the south may take Padre Burgos Avenue, Taft Avenue, Mabini Street and F.B. Horrison Street. Those headed to Manila may take Taft Avenue and F.B. Horrison Street.

The 39th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, ASICS, Smart, Subaru, Hisense and Salonpas, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

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See you all at the START line!
Photo Credits to Strategic Edge and Milo FB Page

39th Milo Marathon (2015)–Baguio Race

Runners prove they can overcome challenges as they conquered the wet roads at the 39thNational MILO Marathon Baguio qualifying leg on Sunday. The rains were no match for veteran marathoner Julius Sermona and up-and-coming runner Gretchen Felipe, who placed first in the 21K running event for the male and female categories. The inclement weather did not dampen the spirits of the almost 7,000 runners who joined the race.


Philippine Air Force member Sermona bested his rivals, finishing with a time of 01:18:44. Michael Tolac (01:19:14) and Modesto Estoesta (01:22:07) followed in second and third place, respectively.
Philippine Air Force member Julius Sermona outpaced his opponents in the 39th National MILO Marathon in Baguio.

Philippine Air Force member Julius Sermona outpaced his opponents in the 39th National MILO Marathon in Baguio.
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In the distaff side, Felipe, a Cordillera Career Development College freshman, posted a new personal record as she secured a comfortable victory with a time of 01:39:46. Second placer Jessica Hieras (02:00:38) and third placer Rashel Pena (02:02:37) completed the top 3 winners.

Sermona and Felipe secured their slots in the National Finals and each took home the top prize of P10,000 in cash and a trophy. Both will go head-to-head with the country’s best runners at the National Finals in Angeles on December 6, where the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles are up for grabs. This year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon.

Julius Sermona and Gretchen Felipe bagged the highest prize as 21K Champions in the 39th National MILO Marathon in Baguio City.

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The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 10,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year. MILO is working with DepEd in the selection of deserving public school student beneficiaries.


The race will resume in Tarlac (July 12), and will head to Balanga (July 19), Manila (July 26), Calapan (August 2), Lipa (August 9), Naga (August 16), Lucena (August 30), Iloilo (September 20), Bacolod (September 27), Tagbilaran (October 4), Cebu (October 11), General Santos (October 18), Davao (November 8), Butuan (November 15), and Cagayan De Oro (November 22). The National Finals will be held on December 6 in Angeles, Pampanga.

39th Milo Marathon (2015)–Dagupan Race

The first race of the 39th National MILO Marathon set the stage for the season as over 11,000 runners excitedly raced to the finish line in Dagupan, Pangasinan. Leading the pack were former MILO Marathon queen Christabel Martes, and first-time 21K winner Cesar Castañeto.

The 39th National MILO Marathon kicked off with 11,000-strong locals in Dagupan.

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Martes and Castañeto each took home the top purse of P10,000 in cash and a trophy. Both had also booked their slots to the National Finals in Angeles on December 6, where they will meet the nation’s elite runners in a heated grand finale to claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles. To provide another level of prestige to the competition and incentive for the runners, this year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon.

Elite runner Christabel Martes reigned Dagupan's roads as the 21K champion of the 39th National MILO Marathon.

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26-year-old Castañeto clocked in at 01:13:11, besting hundreds of runners in the men’s 21K division. In the distaff side, 35-year-old Martes ruled with a time of 01:26:46. Javier Robeno (01:18:13) and Reynaldo Pascua (01:18:26) completed the top 3 male 21K finishers, while in the female 21K division, Lany Cardona (01:30:14) and Roselle Duldulao (01:59:25) finished second and third place, respectively.

Cesar Castañeto ruled over his opponents as today's 21K champion.

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Other notable winners are the Philippine Military Academy Running Team, who won the Fastest Delegation award, and the Umingan National High School, who won the Fastest School competition in Dagupan for the ninth consecutive time, showing that champions keep running in the National MILO Marathon.


Virginio Padilla, trainer of Umingan National High School’s student athletes, shares that his students first joined the National MILO Marathon in 2008. Even if their school does not have a track oval, Padilla encourages his students and coaches them after classes, on the public roads. Padilla also trains his students for the MILO Little Olympics.
“I am truly proud of my students who have come a long way. Before, we had to find old running shoes for them so they can run and play sports. MILO was able to give them new running shoes, which have inspired them to continue their training and pursue their dreams. Sports have improved my students’ character and self-belief, as well as their outlook in life and academics. I always remind them that although their sports have given a lot to them, such as scholarships and other great opportunities, they must always value and prioritize their academic life.” ~Virginio Padilla~

The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 10,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year. MILO is working with DepEd in the selection of deserving public school student beneficiaries.

Young sprinters warm up before the gun start in the 39th National MILO Marathon in Dagupan.

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Little marathoners from Dagupan share in the joy of a good run at the 39th National MILO Marathon.

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The race will resume in Baguio (July 5) before heading to Tarlac (July 12), Balanga (July 19), Manila (July 26), Calapan (August 2), Lipa (August 9), Naga (August 16), Lucena (August 30), Iloilo (September 20), Bacolod (September 27), Tagbilaran (October 4), Cebu (October 11), General Santos (October 18), Davao (November 8), Butuan (November 15), and Cagayan De Oro (November 22). The National Finals will be held on December 6 in Angeles, Pampanga.

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