37th Milo Marathon: Manila Elimination Leg Result

MILO shatters record headcount with 42,214 runners in Manila race

Elite runners Eric Panique and Luisa Raterta blew the competition away at the 42K division race of the 37th National MILO Marathon Manila qualifying leg Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City. A record-shattering 42,214 runners joined the country’s premier footrace, marking the largest number of participants in a single race in the history of the MILO Marathon.

Elite Runners Eric Paniwue and Luisa Raterta blew the competion away at the 42K division race of the 37th National MILO Marathon Manila Qualifying Leg 

42K Male and Female Winner with MILO Executives at the Manila Eliminations of the 37th National MILO Marathon
42K Male and Female Winner with MILO Executives at the Manila Eliminations of the 37th National MILO Marathon

Along with other 42K qualifiers, Panique and Raterta each took home a cash prize of Php 50,000, a trophy and a coveted spot at the National Finals in December for their respective victories. To increase the level of competition this year, MILO will sponsor this season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen to the 2014 Paris Marathon next April.

28-year old Panique settled the score towards the finish line and clocked in at a swift 2:30:20.51, beating Condura Skyway Marathon 2013 Filipino champion Irineo Raquin (2:30:20.73) with just 22 milliseconds to spare. Last year’s MILO Marathon Manila Eliminations champion Jeson Agravante placed a distant third with a time of 2:41:55.

Eric Panique outlasts Irineo Joaquin in heated bid for the 37th National MILO Marathon finale post.Eric Panique outlasts Irineo Joaquin in heated bid for the 37th National MILO Marathon finale post
Panique, who only started joining the National MILO Marathon in 2004, has since received numerous awards and accolades, including the 36th MILO Marathon Bacolod eliminations crown. The elite runner recounts his close call against a tough rival at the finish line.
“I beat Raquin by a mere inch and I feel very fortunate to have done so. We had kept a close distance since the 25th kilometer and maintained our pace until the last second. ~Eric Panique~
Panique said he has yet to decide whether he will be competing at the 37th MILO Marathon National Finals or at the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.

In the distaff side, Raterta crossed the finish line at 3:14:17, way ahead of 2012 MILO Marathon National Finals 42K women’s second runner-up Jennylyn Nobleza (3:23:27) and Geralden Sealza (3:32:40).

Female Winner Luisa Raterta crossed the finish line in 3 Hours, 14 Minutes and 17 Seconds
“I’ve kept a fast pace from the first few hours until the last 10 kilometers of the track. It was a very challenging race, not only in terms of route, but also because I was running alongside some of the country’s finest runners. My husband is a former elite runner who shares the same passion for running that I have. We also try to encourage our children to be active in sports and to always be humble and level-headed.”  ~Luisa Raterta~
As a mother of three, Raterta shares that her fervor for running has kept her family close.  Her daughter Leonalyn placed first in today’s 3K division race at an impressive 11:12.
In the 21K race, Richard SalaƱo (1:14:36) and Monica Torres (1:29:57) won their respective divisions and each received a cash prize of Php 10,000, a trophy and a spot in the finale. Actress, singer and fitness advocate Angelika Dela Cruz also ran in the 21K track, while local celebrities Aubrey Miles, Troy Montero, Karylle, LJ Reyes, Carl Guevarra, Arthur Solinap and Carlo Gonzales took part in the 5K and 3K divisions earlier today.
“MILO is very proud of surpassing our target headcount for the Manila qualifying leg, as well as of inspiring more runners, particularly the youth, to lace up their running shoes and take on the challenge of a marathon race.  The rise of local talent among the 42,214 marathoners in today’s race launches bright possibilities for the finale. We are looking forward to seeing an all-Filipino finish in December to bring pride to our home soil at the Paris Marathon next year.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive~
With the invaluable support of MILO Marathon runners and partners, the Help Give Shoes advocacy, a program initiated by MILO in 2010, provides pairs of running shoes to underprivileged students from public schools across the country. A total of 1,000 pairs were delivered to beneficiary schools today in Manila, bringing the total shoe count to 27,200. Manuel Quezon City Elementary School, San Diego Elementary School QC, Dagat Dagatan Elementary School Navotas, Hulo Elementary School Mandaluyong, Fourth Estate Elementary School Paranaque, North Bay Blvd. Elementary School Navotas, East Rembo Elementary School Makati, Amado Reyes Elementary School Mandaluyong, Cayetano Arellano High School and La Paz Elementary School Makati were among the advocacy’s beneficiaries.

The qualifying race will commence in Iloilo on August 4, before advancing to Dumaguete (August 11), Tagbilaran (September 15), Cebu (September 22), Cagayan de Oro (September 29), Butuan (October 6), Davao (October 13), General Santos (October 20), Baguio (November 3), Dagupan (November 10), Tarlac (November 17) and Angeles (November 24). The 37th MILO Marathon National Finals will then be on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.


Unknown said...

The Milo marching band soundtrack at the finish line is still ringing in my ears hehehe...Sana they played that along the route...it's raises the runner's spirit kasi, to keep going ba.

I am still tired til now lol! Muscle pains everywhere but happy to finish the race. I still have to check my official chip time. How was your run?

MEcoy said...

haha lam mo balut ang naiisip ko dito ee hunger games haha
district by district

Senyor Iskwater said...

natuwa naman ako sa hunger games na comment ni mecoy...

excited na nga ako sa finale niyan! sinong bet mo ms b?

Mar Verdan said...

Ang tindi naman! Daming sumali! Nakakatapos ba lahat o yong iba eh umaayaw na kalagitnaan at nagpupunta na lang sa mall?

Parang yan ang gagawin ko pag sumali ako haha

Anonymous said...

ang hirap tumakbo dahil siksikan. hehehe


BloggerRunner said...

Ha ha the band was really a big push! Sobra kasing dami kaya sa finish line lang.

Well I was really sitting all day resting after the race lol.

I clocked in better than I expected. Remember I was expecting the worst. But I will be posting a separate story about my own run :)

Congratulations to all of us and all the runners!

AKo rin MEcoy yun din nasa isip ko :)

Wala pa akong bet Senyor, I am still waiting for the contenders from the coming provincial eliminations. But the winner here in the Manila eliminations is somebody to watch. He bet the last year's winner.

@Super M
Halos karamihan tinatapos nila kahit gumagapang na. Ang sarap kasi ng feeling sa finish line

Babantayan kita pag sumali ka. Hihilahin kita sa finish line LOL.

Next time 21K na tayo para maluwag-luwag LOL. Yun nga lang unahan tayo sa pag gapang ha ha ha


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