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.

Today’s Run: Struggling But Still Racing

Today (Friday) is the last day of my personal training for the 37th MILO Marathon that is happening on Sunday July 28 at the SM Mall of Asia.  Sad to say I was not able to get back my regular pace.  I already accepted the fact that I will not be able to break or even meet my last year’s PR for the 10K category which is 1:30. Not that mine is a special record or competitive but my reason for running is to race against myself.  Considering my age and life’s circumstances I am very proud of this PR.  Anyway I'm still hopeful.  There's a certain adrenaline rush during race day that you can not get during daily runs.

As of date I still can’t make a full run for an hour or a straight run for 5K.  I have been struggling and it was actually my fault.  For the last three months I’ve been careless with my health.  I gained more than 20 lbs and did not run as regularly as I used to.  I guess that was an effect of quitting from my job.  I sort of missed of doing things leisurely including physical fitness and that’s what i have been doing for the last three months.  Now I really regret it.  I gained weight, feeling unhealthy and slow (sigh).

Thank God the Milo Marathon is here and it kind of a wake up call for me.  Nothing can motivate me to get up and run again than registering to the country’s longest and most prestigious foot race.  For the last three weeks I have been running at least 3 to 4 times a week. I'm struggling but still running.  And today being the last day for my personal training before race day I sprinted at the CCP ramp seven effin times! It was a killer but at least I feel a little lighter.

Today’s Running Wear:
My race singlet from my very first official 3K race “Run for Fun Race for Place” back in 2011. This singlet is blue and white that’s why I paired it with my blue with white stripes Adidas Half-split running shorts that I jokingly calls “skimpy” thus I seldom wear it.

For shoes – I started wearing my Nike Bowerman Structure 13 this week. This is the shoes I’m going to wear on the race day on Sunday.  It is a must that you familiarized your foot on the shoes that you are going to use for a race.

Today’s Song:
I will survive! Understandable eh? 

Today’s Eat:
Four pieces of huge toasted “pandesal”, cheddar cheese and a sunny-side up egg plus LOTS of water and lots of banana from this day forward.

Today’s Feeling:
DETERMINED!

I am determined to finish the 10K race in spite of my slow pace. Runners has this running motto “crawl if you must” injected in our veins and chipped in our brains.  I also accepted the fact that I am running slower than my regular pace but I don’t care. The important thing is to Run! and Keep on Running!



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37th Milo Marathon: Manila Elimination Leg Advancer, Gun Start and Race Map

Athletes, students and marathon enthusiasts alike will once again rise to the challenge of the 37th National MILO Marathon as it holds its fifth qualifying leg at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City on July 28. More than 40,000 runners are expected to join the country’s premier footrace this Sunday, marking the largest number of registered participants in a single race in the history of the MILO Marathon.

The country’s biggest annual race, the 37th National MILO Marathon, expects a 40,000 headcount in this year’s Manila qualifiers.
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Last year’s Manila Eliminations frontrunner Jeson Agravante seeks another victory to earn a spot at the 37thNational MILO Marathon National Finals.
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A cash prize of Php 50,000 and a trophy await the winners of the 42K division race, while 21K division victors will receive a cash prize of Php 10,000 and a trophy. 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 December.
MILO believes in providing a quality athletic platform for elite and aspiring runners . To provide an opportunity for Filipino runners to compete in international races, the 37th National MILO Marathon will be sponsoring this year’s MILO Marathon King and Queen for the 2014 Paris Marathon next April.

Now on its 3rd year of staging, the National MILO Marathon Help Give Shoes Advocacy will also continue its campaign towards developing the Philippine athletic community by inspiring the Filipino youth’s potential. The advocacy aims to raise 10,000 more pairs of shoes for public school children across the country to hit the 34,200 mark at the end of the season.

The 37th National MILO Marathon is set to launch another quality footrace en route to its target 230,000 mark for total number of runners across 17 cities in the Philippines.
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Gun Start Times
CATEGORY GUN START
3K 5:30AM
5K 5:30AM
10K 5:00AM
21K 4:30AM
42K 3:00AM


Manila Race Route Map
NMM Manila Race Route Map

See you all at the START line!

37th Milo Marathon: San Pablo, Laguna Elimination Leg Result

A Champion returns to win the 37th National MILO Marathon San Pablo race
Three-time MILO Marathon King Cresenciano Sabal and Janice Tawagin set the pace for the 21K division run of the 37th National MILO Marathon Sunday in San Pablo, Laguna. Both runners received a cash prize of P10,000.00, a trophy, and a coveted spot in the National Finals for their respective victories.

 Sabal, Tawagin seal 21-K distance to vie for finale crowns
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A total of 7,778 runners competed in the race.
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As an added incentive to the prestige of winning the country’s premier footrace, MILO will be sending this season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen to compete with the world’s finest athletes at the Paris Marathon in 2014.

Despite today’s challenging route, Sabal persevered and clinched victory at a swift 1:17:11, followed closely by Johnny Espana (1:17:38) and Bernardo Desamito Jr (1:19:01). The 34-year old Philippine Army bet took home the National MILO Marathon crown in 2005, 2007 and 2009 and won the 42K event of the Summit Water CamSur Marathon with his brother Elmer in 2011.
“I have been running with my brothers since our days in the province. Back then we ran to get an education, now we run for our own personal goals. My goal for this race is to win for a patient whose medical expenses I’m supporting.  What I love about running is that you don’t have to invest so much money. Anyone can run. Anyone can win a marathon.”  ~ Cresenciano Sabal~
At the National Finals, Sabal will be running alongside younger brother Gerald, who qualified in the earlier Lipa leg, and wife Ailene Tolentino, who finished second in today’s 21K race.
In the distaff side, 22-year old Tawagin crossed the finish line at 1:33:01, outpacing Sabal’s spouse Tolentino (1:36:37) and Marilyn Bermundo (1:42:43). Tawagin also topped last year’s MILO Marathon 21K female division race in Lipa.
“My training focuses on distance running and speed. I train for distance in the morning and for speed in the afternoon. For the National Finals, my strategy is to reserve my energy at the start of the race and accelerate my pace closer to the finish line.” ~Janice Tawagin~

Today’s race also proved to be a family affair, as brothers Alex and James Bryle Ballester, both sons of two-time MILO Marathon King Allan Ballester, competed and placed seventh and fifth in the 5K and 3K division races, respectively.
“I aspire to become a marathon champion like my dad and dream of one day being able to compete in international races. My dad helps me train for the race through a regimen of jogging and speed work,” ~Alex Ballester~
Alex is just 15 years old.  Sisters Noraisah and Sarah Zen Saripada also showed that speed runs in their blood as they finished in fourth and sixth place in the 3K division race.
“Each year, we see a diverse set of runners who run for heath, glory and good cause, but what brings everyone together is always family. Building the family bond has always been the most powerful motivation for our runners to cross the finish line.  We at MILO have been and continue to be inspired by the unwavering support of Filipino families from across the country. We hope to return the favor by providing families with a quality sports event to engage themselves in and to grow the strongest ties.” ~Andrew Neri-Milo Sports Executive~
As an ongoing commitment to develop sports in the country, MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy provides pairs of rubber shoes to various public schools across the country. A total of 500 pairs were delivered to beneficiary schools today in San Pablo, namely Placido Escudero Elementary School, San Diego Elementary School, San Lucas 1 Elementary School, Sto. Angel Elementary School, and San Bartolome National High School. With the invaluable support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO has given a total of 26,200 shoes to date.

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The qualifying race will resume in Manila on July 28, before advancing to Iloilo (August 4), 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 27th MILO Marathon National Finals will then be on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

The 37th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, Reebok, SMART and SM Mall of Asia, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee. For more information on the race and its advocacy, visit the MILO marathon website (milo.com.ph) or access the MILO Philippines fanpage on Facebook. Follow MILO on Twitter (@MILOPH).

Today’s Run: The Wind Blew A Familiar Scent And It Made Me Emotional – Ylang-ylang

Surprisingly after the rainy Monday, I woke up on a very sunny Tuesday! Haay tropical Philippines!  Your weather is as unreliable as your government (saying this with a smile).  We were racing against the sun so we hurried to PICC Complex.

As expected I ran shorter today.  The heat is a real killer at past 7AM.  My cheeks are already showing sun burn.  Also, I was not able to sprint at the CCP ramp because the security guard did not allow me that day. He said that they will be having a flag raising ceremony.  I was wondering about this.  Isn't that the flag raising ceremony for government offices and most establishments is being done every Monday?  Am I correct or my knowledge about this is outdated?

So I headed to where we usually do our cooling down process and joined hubby inside the fenced park fronting the “Bulwagan ng Panginoon” (formerly Folk Arts Theater).  I usually do my cool down stretching just outside the fence but since it was so hot that day I did my stretching under the shades. The trees at the PICC Complex are at the fullest bloom.  Their shades is such a protective comfort against the burning sun.

The wind blew very softly and I smelled a familiar scent that never fails to make me emotional.  Ylang-ylang!

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The ylang-ylang flower is my late mother's favorite flower.  She loves flowers but she loves the ylang-ylang scent the most.  I remember when I was young and she was sick I always pick ylang-ylang flowers from somewhere to bring home to her.  My heart smiles every time I see her smile while looking and smelling the ylang-ylang.  But all those times that I was bringing her ylang-ylang, she was always scolding me sweetly because she knew that it’s not easy to get those flowers.

The ylang-ylang flower bears from a tree unlike the ordinary plant-bearing flowers. It also grows in the wilderness. Back in the province I found an ylang-ylang tree in a distant farm from our neighborhood planted near the river side. Every time I have the chance I go to this place, climb the tree to pick some flowers so I can bring them home to my mother. My mother always reprimands me from doing this.  She said that the place is not safe for a girl and that she does not want me climbing trees. I had a minor accident from climbing an Alatires tree which she never forgets.

This ylang-ylang tree at PICC Complex is unusually bended which makes it easy to pick flowers from its branches. 
The morning sun rays makes the scene more fitting to what I’m currently feeling.
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The ylang-ylang flowers usually grows at the edges of the branches of a full grown tree.Image00014

The face of my sick mother smiling while smelling the ylang-ylang flower is still vivid in my memory.  I was thinking while on my way back home from the run - I will never get tired of picking ylang-ylang from the wilderness as long as it brings smile to my mother.

Today’s Running Wear:
My 36th (2012) Milo Marathon Singlet; My 10 year-old Adidas shorts that I seldom wear before because it’s a size bigger to me then but fits fine now (aaw); New Balance SL-1 shoes.

Today’s Song:
Adele’s Set Fire To The Rain (and other songs that is under the album “YouTube” in my running playlist

Today's Eat:
Several glasses of water and a piece of apple.  I am feeling full from drinking water. 

Today’s Feeling:
Emotional.

I brought home some pieces of ylang-ylang from the park and scattered them on our family portrait’s table located near the door. When somebody enters they ask “What is that sweet smell?” In silence I answered “That is the scent of my mother”.

Today’s Run: Rainy Days and Mondays Never Get Me Down

Contrary to Karen Carpenter’s ballad these two culprit for stress and frustrations to most people never really gets me down when it comes to running.

Well given that I don’t do regular 8-5 job I want my Monday to start with a run.  And today Monday is raining!  Not a drizzle but real rain. 

This is not a scene from the movie “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (lol).  This is my running path today.  The man in the hoodie is a maintenance guy to this park.
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Monday – according to health studies is the day when most people suffer from heart attact, stroke and hypertension.  It is attributed to the victim’s anticipation of all the problems and stress that the day will bring.  I always keep this information in mind so I always try to condition myself every Monday.  I try to run every Monday and if I can’t, I do some stretching and anything that can make me sweat out a bit or loosen the nerves.

Rainy Days – for most people are sulk day or lazy day.  Of course it is better to curl in bed rather than to battle the cold rain (and most of the time the flooded roads in Manila) while all dressed up.

Not for me though!  For me running under the rain is the BEST!  There’s  no freaking hot sun to burn my skin, hurt my eyes, cause me to sweat out like pig and make me thirsty after every kilometer.  Even during fun runs I prefer to run under the rain.

Some may not like it primarily because of not wanting to get wet and all.  But for me I really don’t mind if I end up looking like “basang sisiw”.  Sorry to foreign readers there’s no exact translation for “basang sisiw” but it looks something how I look in the photo below (LOL). 

I can hear Aegis Song “Basang-basa sa Ulan” being played in the background” (LOL)
Today’s Running Wear:
Hoodie Tops, my hideous shorts that I wear when I’m doing home chores (LOL), and my worn out New Balance Women’s 1000-3 shoes.

Today’s Song: Together in Electric Dreams by Philip Oakey
I feel like I’m going to suffer from electric shock listening to this song while running under the rain.. But heck the beat will really motivate you to run along with the other 80’s songs on my running playlist.

Today’s Eat: A mug of a very hot Milo R2 (I had coffee before the run) , 3 slices of white bread, a sunny-side-up egg and some squeeze of cheddar cheese :)

I ran for an hour today - longer than my regular morning runs.  Aaah! I’m ready to face whatever Monday will bring me!

37th MILO Marathon: Naga Eliminations Leg Result

Eugene Postrado and Gemma Payong ruled the 21-K division run of the 37th National MILO Marathon Sunday in Naga City. Both runners received a cash prize of P10,000.00 and a trophy for their respective victories, but only Postrado earned himself a coveted spot in the National Finals on December 8.



6,601 runners competed in the third qualifying run 6601 runners competed in the third qualifying run of the 37th National MILO Marathon Sunday in Naga City.

Of the 6,601 runners who competed in the race, 19 other male runners also qualified for the National Finals. The stakes are higher for this season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen, as they will be competing alongside elite runners from across the world at the esteemed Paris Marathon in 2014.

34-year old Postrado who has been running in the National MILO Marathon for over 8 years used the fair weather to his advantage, and crossed the finish line at an impressive 1:16:08, outrunning counterparts Martin Balaybo (1:18:12) and Marino Jr. Lagyap (1:18:36). Last year, Postrado was the 2012 all-Filipino category winner of the 10-K Mayon Trail Run and the second runner-up of the 21-K Xterra Trail Run.
“I have been running for 16 years already, but this is only the second time I’ve qualified for the MILO Marathon National Finals. Qualifying for the finale is a huge accomplishment. I will continue to train hard and focus on my training regimen for the competition,” ~ Eugene Postrado.
In the distaff side, 32-year old Payong clocked in at 1:48:53, way ahead of rivals Melissa Missy Hilario (1:55:43) and Ma. Jean Benito (2:05:53). Although the Naga-bred mother of four wasn’t able to secure a spot in the National Finals, she says she is determined to make a name for herself in the seasons ahead.

Gemma Payong ruled the women's 21-K division by clocking in at 1-48-53Gemma Payong ruled the women's 21-K division by clocking in at 1-48-53 at the 37th National MILO Marathon Naga qualifying leg
“This is the fourth time I’ve run in the MILO Marathon. My pace was fine but I struggled towards the end of the race.  I’m really not an athlete, but my family always encourages me to run. My husband is a trained runner who started during the 15th season of the MILO Marathon. He tells me that there’s nothing quite like the thrill of a national marathon. His determination never fails to inspire me.”  ~Gemma Payong ~
Ernie Payong won the 10-K division run earlier today and finished with a time of 35:23.08.

“The National MILO Marathon has been inspired not only by talent and determination but by the unwavering support of Filipino families across the country. As MILO strives to raise champions, we will continue to motivate every athlete to embody the rich local values as they showcase their passion in each race,” ~Andrew Neri/Milo Sports Executive~
 Families joined the exciting display of passion and determinationFamilies joined the exciting display of passion and determination at the 37th National MILO Marathon qualifiers in Naga City.

As an ongoing commitment to develop sports in the country, MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy provides pairs of rubber shoes to various public schools across the country. A total of 500 pairs were delivered to beneficiary schools today in Naga, namely San Jose High School, Central Bicol State University of Agriculture High School, Tinawagan Elementary School, Tigaon National High School, and Bonbon Central School. With the invaluable support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO has given a total of 25,700 shoes to date.

500 little champions received brand new rubber shoes from MILO's 4-year campaign,
the Help Give Shoes advocacy
500 little champions received brand new rubber shoes from MILO's 4-year campaign, the Help Give Shoes advocacy.

The qualifying race will resume in San Pablo on July 21, before taking its act to Manila (July 28), Iloilo (August 4), 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 27th MILO Marathon National Finals will then be on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

37th MILO Marathon: Lipa Eliminations Leg Result

A total of 5,973 runners joined the Lipa qualifiers of the premier nationwide marathon race, the 37th National MILO Marathon.
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Elite runners Gerald Sabal and Janette Agura set a swift pace for the 21-K division run at the 37th National MILO Marathon Sunday in Lipa City. 2

Sabal and Agura each received a cash prize of P10,000, a trophy, and a coveted spot in the National Finals on December 8 for their respective victories.

Of the 5,973 runners who competed in the race, 24 other runners had also qualified for the National Finals. The stakes have been raised for this season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen, as they will be competing alongside elite runners from across the world at the esteemed Paris Marathon in 2014.

27-year old Sabal, who placed sixth in the 36th MILO Marathon National Finals, once again proved he is a force in the sport when he crossed the finish line at 1:21:06, outpacing counterparts Nelson Eligiran (1:21:11) and Ronilo Moreno (1:26:04). The Philippine Army runner was also part of the team that won the 2nd International Boulder Face Challenge, a 24-hour endurance race to the peak of Mt. Apo, early last year.
Running excellence certainly runs in the Sabal bloodline as Gerald is a brother to award-winning marathon runners Elmer and Cresenciano Sabal.
“I have been running with my brothers for as far as I can remember. They encourage me to push my limits and become the best that I can be. They are my greatest teachers and my strongest rivals,” ~Gerald Sabal~
Gerald and Elmer placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in last year’s 42K National MILO Marathon Manila eliminations race, while elder brother Cresenciano is a three-time MILO Marathon King.
In the distaff side, 35-year old Agura clocked in at an impressive 1:31:36, earning her an all-expenses paid trip to Manila for the season finale, way ahead of rivals Cindy Lorenzo (1:35:11) and Jocelyn Eligiran (1:44:53).
“I work hard to represent and bring honor to my hometown,” said Agura, a native of the City of All Seasons. “I will continue to train hard to prepare myself for the National Finals as this will give me a chance to compete against the country’s best. Determination and training are requisite for success.” ~Janette Agura~
Agura is also the female champion of last year’s Mayon 360 80KM Ultramarathon.

To add to their already stellar credentials, both Sabal and Agura are trainers of the MILO R2 – APEX (Athletic Performance Enhancement) Running School, the biggest running camp in the country. Under the leadership of world-class fitness coach Jim Saret and top local sports trainers, Sabal and Agura help shape a stronger and healthier Filipino community through a common passion for running. Four students of the leading program also ran alongside the winning marathoners in today’s 21-K distance and placed in the Top 10 of the women’s category.
“For 37 seasons, MILO has carried its vision of pioneering Filipino wellness through the sport of running. To further strengthen this commitment, MILO has recently partnered with the largest running program in the country, the APEX Running School. We are proud to say that today's frontrunners Gerald and Janette share the same aspiration of creating a healthier sports community through athletics as they inspire the students of the MILO APEX Running School,”  ~ Andrew Neri - MILO Sports Executive ~
As an ongoing commitment to develop sports in the country, MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy delivered a total of 500 pairs to beneficiary schools today in Lipa.1

The beneficiary schools are Sto. Toribio Elementary School, San Guillermo Elementary School, Balacnin National High School, Senator Ma. Kalaw Katigbak Elementary School, and Dagatan Elementary School. With the invaluable support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO has given a total of 25,200 shoes to date.

The qualifying race will resume in Naga City on July 14, before taking its act to San Pablo (July 21), Manila (July 28), Iloilo (August 4), 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).

Today’s Run

“Today’s Run” will be a new category on this blog.  Nothing special but just the random things that I encounter on my (ir)regular running.  This won’t be daily though but it would be anytime that I find something interesting to share with.

I thought about this because it is in running and while running that I usually weave my blog ideas.  There’s nothing more motivating than opening your imagination while the wind is kissing your cheeks, blowing away your hair, thirsting or to the extent of dehydrating from too much heat, exchanging smiles to fellow runners or to complete strangers, soaking from rain and sweating like pig ha ha.

It could be about the shoes, the socks, the singlet that I am wearing or the others are wearing..

It could be about the rain, the sun, the wind, the flowers…

It could be about the music I am listening to, the topic that the running couple that I’m running  along with are discussing about...

It could be anything under the sun that I happen to think of and experienced with while running.  One thing that I’m sure of is it’s all about life.  Anyway all the random things that is happening daily is what really goes on with real life and it is about life that we write yeah?

So come and run along with me in life.

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37th MILO Marathon: Kicks Off in Puerto Princesa Palawan

2 - A total of 6846 runners participated in the 37th National MILO Marathon Sunday in Puerto Princesa.

Norlan Warizal and Bernardita Mag-Aso ruled the centerpiece 21-K events in dominant fashion on Sunday as the Puerto Princesa leg officially kicked off the 37th National MILO Marathon in Palawan. A total of 6,846 runners joined the event.

3 - Norlan Warizal and Bernardita Mag-Aso topped the 21-K category at the 37th National MILO Marathon Puerto Princesa qualifiers.

Under an overcast sky, 28-year old Warizal, who also topped last year’s Puerto Princesa leg, sustained his mastery over category rivals and submitted a time of 1:17:55 that proved enough to hold off counterparts Orly Maestro (1:21:56) and Mark Julius Mendoza (1:22:01).

Warizal is a Nestle merchandiser.  He has been a Milo marathon runner for seven years.
“I am passionate about my job but I also carry great enthusiasm for running. I took a one-week break from my profession to significantly prepare for today’s race”
“Despite the dreary weather, the terrain remained favorable to complement my pace and help me beat my final time in last year’s Palawan leg.”
~ Norlan Warizal ~
In the distaff side, 26-year old Mag-Aso proved she’s a cut above the rest by clocking in at 1:21:56, way ahead of rivals Rowena Quipquip (1:53:32) and Joanna Flores (2:00:38) who came in at second and third, respectively.

University of Sto. Tomas Library Science graduate Mag-Aso, who previously ruled the Puerto Princesa leg in 2010, said her focus is clearly on the bigger task ahead, Mag-Aso’s impressive qualifying time earned her an all-expense paid trip to the finale.
“My trainer and I aim to compete and place in the 42-K distance in this season’s National Finals. This victory takes us a step further towards realizing that dream.” ~Bernardita Mag-Aso~
Warizal and Mag-Aso both received P10, 000 and a trophy while clinching their spots along with 13 others in the National Finals set on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. This season’s winners will get the chance to represent the country at the esteemed Paris Marathon in 2014.

Getting a fair share of the limelight was Isidro Vildosola, a handicapped runner, who finished fifth in the 21-K men’s event with a time of 1:24:11. Vildosola is an eight-year Philippine Paralympic delegate and has represented the country at the London Paralympic Games in 2012. The 37-year old amputee also bested 2005 National MILO Marathon General Santos leg runners in the half-marathon distance.

As an ongoing commitment to develop sports in the country, MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy aims to provide a total of 34,200 pairs of shoes to various public schools across the country. A total of 500 pairs were delivered to beneficiary schools today in Puerto Princesa, namely San Miguel National High School, Bancao Bancao Elementary School, Calategas Elementary School, Tiniguiban Elementary School, and Abanico Elementary School.
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“With today’s display of Filipino talent and thrilling rivalries, we expect the 37th season of the National MILO Marathon to make a headway for outstanding athletic action across. MILO is ecstatic to once again provide a quality platform for runners that features global standards to challenge and advance the Philippine athletic community.”
~Andrew Neri - MILO Sports Executive ~
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The qualifying race resumes in Lipa City, Batangas this Sunday before taking its act to Naga (July 14), San Pablo (July 21), Manila (July 28), Iloilo (August 4), 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 National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, Reebok, SMART and SM Mall of Asia, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee. For more information on the race and its advocacy, visit the MILO marathon website or access the MILO Philippines fanpage on Facebook. Follow MILO on Twitter (@MILOPH).

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