Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive announced that they are expecting as many as 200,000 participants this year. Joined by MILO Sports Executive Robbie De Vera, Race Organizer Head Rio dela Cruz of Runrio Inc, Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Ritchie Garcia and MILO Sports Consultant Pat Goc-Ong, they announced a better event for the 36th Milo Marathon during the media launch.
The MILO Marathon now on it's 36th Year and this year's theme is, “Iba’t ibang hinahabol, iisang takbuhan”, in celebration of the various aspirations of runners who participate in the race.
- Through MILO Marathon, they are able to provide shoes to under privileged children to help them become champions in sports and in life. The noblest motivation for running the MILO Marathon will be to continue the work of providing running shoes to public schoolchildren.
- Now on its 3rd year, the MILO ‘Help give shoes’ advocacy encourages runners of all ages to register in the 36th National MILO Marathon and make the pledge to give shoes to deserving kids nationwide. To date, MILO has given shoes to 14,200 children all over the Philippines through the advocacy.
- This year, another 10,000 children will be given a pair of running shoes in the hopes of helping them reach for their dreams. For every runner that joins, ten pesos from the registration fee will go to the advocacy. MILO then matches the proceeds, and in cooperation with the Department of Education, selects 100 students that show promise in academics and sports in 100 public schools all over the country as beneficiaries.
- The Milo Marathon is now a member of Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). This further elevated the world-class standards of the MILO Marathon.
- The 36th National MILO Marathon uses global standard of measurement for all its race categories and is now recognized in the world map of marathon destinations, attracting runners from all over the world.
- The 36th National MILO Marathon will now have Open and Local categories for the 42.195-K and 21-K races in the Manila Eliminations and National Finals.
- Both foreign and local participants can compete and win in the Open category. However, in case a local participant finishes in the top 3 of the Open category, the runner waives the right to win the prize in the Local category.
- Foreigners are eligible to win only in the Manila races. To qualify for the National Finals, foreign runners must provide proof of finish in any AIMS accredited races dating back at least one (1) year before race day or they may qualify in the 42.195-K Manila elimination race. They must have a finish time within the specified age-bracket and time identified for 21-K and 42.195-K races.
The National MILO Marathon continues to give away the biggest cash prize for marathon winners with over 8 million in prizes and 300,000 peso grand prize for the MILO Marathon King and Queen.The National MILO marathon will officially kicks off in Baguio on July 1, 2012. For complete provincial leg schedule you may check it from here.
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