38th National MILO Marathon Grand Finals - Ends Another Record-breaking Season

Tabal defends crown; Poliquit claims first title

Reigning MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal reveled in the spotlight as she defended her National MILO Marathon crown at the National Finals of the 38th National MILO Marathon held on December 13 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. Not to be overlooked, Rafael Poliquit was named the 2014 National MILO Marathon King as he won his first National MILO Marathon championship title in the prestigious footrace. Today’s race saw 19,242 registered runners, bringing the total headcount of the season to 228,000 which shattered last year’s record.

Over 19,200 runners joined the 38th National MILO Marathon National Finals in Manila, bringing the season’s record-breaking total headcount to 228,000 runners across all 18 legs.

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Running buddies Sammy and Yet enjoy the race under the beautiful weather during the 38th National MILO Marathon Finals.

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Tabal received P250,000 and a trophy for her outstanding victory in the 42K Open category, while Poliquit received P150,000 and a trophy for his win in the 42K Local category. Both will have the chance to run in an international marathon in 2015, with all-expense paid trips sponsored by MILO.
In the 42K Open category, only Rose Nyangacha finished ahead of Tabal, posting a time of 02:47:33.  Despite the blisters and blood on her feet, the 25-year-old Cebuana put up a brave fight as she trailed closely behind Nyangacha, finishing with a time of 02:51:55. Immaculate Chemutai (02:52:49) finished in third place. It was a tough competition amongst former MILO Marathon Queens in the 42K Local category. Christabel Martes led the pack and posted a time of 03:03:49, while Mary Grace Delos Santos (03:05:34) and Jhoan Banayag (03:07:59) came in second and third place, respectively.*
“There was a lot of pressure on me since I was expected by many to retain the title. I needed to overcome that immense amount of pressure and nervousness. I motivated myself to push harder and to enjoy the race. It was also good because I challenged myself to become better.  I am happy that I had another chance to show what I can do and what I am capable of. I hope to inspire more Filipino runners, especially the kids, to continue running and striving to achieve their dreams.” ~Mary Joy Tabal~
Renowned runner Mary Joy Tabal still reigns as the MILO Marathon Queen of the 38th National MILO Marathon Finals.

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Kenyans dominated the male 42K Open category, with 2011 MILO Marathon champion James Tallam recording an impressive time of 02:21:08, Josphat Kiptanui (02:21:31) following in second and Joel Kiplimo Kemboi (02:21:31) in third.*

First-time champion Rafael Poliquit set a swift pace against his local rivals with a time of 02:32:29, relegating five-time MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista (02:33:56) to second place and Ireneo Raquin (02:35:50) to third place.*
“I trained everyday with 20km runs, and a race every Sunday. I am my own coach. I did not expect to win because it is quite tough to balance work and training, but my victory today proved that despite difficulties, I am still able to compete with the nation’s elite runners.”  ~Rafael Poliquit~
Air Force member Rafael Poliquit, Jr. trumped his fiercest competitors and clinched the MILO Marathon King title for the first time.

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It was also his first time to face five-time MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista in the 42K event. Both are members of the Air Force of the Philippines, and Buenavista happens to be Poliquit’s senior officer.
“I could not believe I was able to beat Sir Eduardo. He is already an established veteran and one of the country’s running greats. He is my running idol. I admire him so much and he will continue to inspire me in my career.” ~Rafael Poliquit~
2014 MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal and 2014 MILO Marathon King Rafael Poliquit, Jr. proudly carry their trophies at the awarding ceremonies of the 38th National MILO Marathon National Finals.

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Kids, students, parents and families joined in on the fun as the running community gathered in the nation’s biggest footrace. Celebrity triathlete Kuya Kim Atienza ran in the 21K race, while fellow fitness buff, actress Anne Curtis, ran in the 10K race.

Actress and fitness buff Anne Curtis was among the hundreds who ran in the 10K category during the grand finale of the 38th National MILO Marathon Finals.

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“We would like to congratulate everyone who joined us in the 38th season of the National MILO Marathon. We would also like to thank all who made this success possible.  We look forward to another great running season in 2015. See you again in the 39th National MILO Marathon!” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager~
With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

The 38th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, ASICS, Lenovo, Manila Bulletin and Gatorade, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

38th National Milo Marathon POSTPONED!

 
MILO POSTPONES MARATHON FINALS

38TH NMM Postpone

In view of the imminent arrival of Typhoon Ruby and to ensure the safety and welfare of all concerned, it has been decided that the National Finals of the 38th Milo Marathon will be postponed.


Originally scheduled for Sunday, December 7, 2014 a new date will be announced within the next few days. 


Milo apologizes for this disappointment and assure all officially registered runners that their registration will be honored in the new race schedule.

Grand Finale - 38th National MILO Marathon Season

The finish line is in sight for the 38th National MILO Marathon as runners of all ages gear up for a heated grand finale in the National Finals, to be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds.

A grand prize of P300,000 in cash, a trophy, and a chance to compete in an international marathon is up for grabs for the National MILO Marathon King and Queen bets from across the nation.

Reigning MILO Marathon King and Queen Eduardo Buenavista and Mary Joy Tabal are focused on their training as they prepare to face fellow elite runners Eric Panique, Christabel Martes, Anthony Nerza and Philip Dueñas, among others, in the esteemed international race event.
“I have been training hard in preparation for the National Finals. I think my fiercest rival would be Ricky Panique.  My target is to get into the Top 3 finishers, but I am confident that I have what it takes to win the MILO Marathon King title once again.” ~Eduardo Buenavista~
Not to miss out on the fun, celebrity and fitness advocate Kuya Kim Atienza, and former congressman Gilbert Remulla, are geared up for the 21K running event, while actress LJ Reyes is set to join the 10K event. Runners of all ages, such as students, moms, dads, kids and families will grace the 3K and 5K events.

To further the support for young Filipino talents, MILO will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year to reach the 50,000 mark through the Help Give Shoes advocacy. This year, the little champions of Tacloban will be the recipients. The shoes will come with Messages of Hope which can be sent to the children. Runners and avid MILO drinkers can write a message of inspiration on a foot cutout at the Help Give Shoes booth during the MILO Marathon National Finals. Netizens can get involved by sharing their inspiring messages, including the hashtag #MessagesOfHope, via posting on the MILO Philippines Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/milo.ph), tweeting @MILOPH on Twitter, or tagging @MiloPhilippines on Instagram.
“As we near the close of this year’s MILO Marathon season, we would like to thank the support of everyone who made this big success possible.  We are very excited for the upcoming finale that is sure to be a thrilling end to a great running season. We invite everyone to join us in cheering on our runners as they race to the finish line, and be one with us as a Filipino sports community in our celebration at this grand running event.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager~
38th NATIONAL MILO MARATHON FINALS
December 7, 2014
SM Mall of Asia Grounds
Start point: Seaside Blvd. in front of Block 6
Finish line: Seaside Blvd. in front of Block 6
Gun time per category
42K: 3:00AM
21K: 4:30AM
10K: 5:00AM
5K: 5:35AM
3K: 5:30AM

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38TH NMM Route Map All Categories














38th MILO Marathon: Davao Eliminations Leg Result

More than 10,000 runners break out at the starting point during the 38th National MILO Marathon in Davao City.

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Sonny Wagdos and Judelyn Miranda claimed the top honors in the 21K event at the Davao leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon. Over 10,000 runners joined the last qualifying leg of this year’s National MILO Marathon season. The Davao leg is the last qualifying race of this year’s National MILO Marathon season.

Sonny Wagdos and Judelyn Miranda hoists up their trophies as the 21K winners of the last qualifying race of the 38th National MILO Marathon.

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Wagdos and Mirands each received a cash prize of P10,000 and a trophy, and will join the rest of the qualified elite runners in a heated finale at the National Finals in Manila on December 7, where the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles are up for grabs. The 2014 MILO Marathon King and Queen will also have the chance to run in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon, with all-expense paid trips to Japan sponsored by MILO.

Easily navigating the route and using the good weather to his advantage, Wagos clinched first place with a time of 01:13:59, beating rivals Michale Jan Echalico (01:15:03) who followed in second, and Gilbert Maluyo (01:18:13) who placed third.

University of Mindanao student Sonny Wagdos wins his first 21K race in the 38th National MILO Marathon in Davao city.

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The 20-year-old University of Mindanao student has been running in the MILO Marathon for four years now, but it is first time to join and win the 21K running event.
“I feel so happy and blessed that I won, because everyone knew I never ran 21K before today. I didn’t expect to win because at the start, there were many runners ahead of me. I attacked at the turning point, and thankfully, I won.  It’s an amazing feeling. After the race, a kid approached me and asked if I am Sonny Wagdos. He wanted to have a picture taken with me. He told me that he was amazed that I won, and watching me made him want to try running. It’s heartwarming to know that I am able to inspire others, especially kids.” ~Sonny Wagdos~
On the distaff side, Miranda finished impressively with a time of 01:33:55, outpacing fellow runners Madelyn Carter (01:49:43), and Daisy Joy Dayondon (01:58:09), who placed second and third, respectively.

Running veteran Judelyn Miranda keeps a swift pace to race the finish line during the Davao leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon.

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Miranda, a 29-year-old native of Tagum City, also won first place in the 2013 Butuan leg of the National MILO Marathon. When she was younger, she used to watch her older sisters run, and seeing them engage in the sport inspired her to join them in the races.
“My older sister Rosalie still runs with me today, and we are also joined by my son. He ran in the 3K race in Cagayan De Oro.  I felt that my training for this race was inadequate because I was very busy at work and caring for my son. I only ran whenever I had the time. I also had a difficult time during the race because I experienced stomach cramps and had a hard time breathing in the last 15 minutes of the race. Despite all this, I am grateful to God for still giving me the chance to win.” ~Judelyn Miranda~
With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Young Davaoenos sprint hand in hand in the Davao leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon.

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38th MILO Marathon: General Santos Eliminations Leg Result

Over 9,300 runners set a fast-paced course to reach the finish line of the 38th National MILO Marathon in General Santos City.

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MILO Marathon veterans Arnold Unabia and Liza Ambasa set a swift pace at the 21K centrepiece events at the General Santos leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon. Over 9,300 runners joined the prestigious race, establishing the record of the biggest race in General Santos City to date.

Running coaches Arnold Unabia and Liza Ambasa step into the limelight as the 21K winners of the 38th National MILO Marathon in General Santos City.

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Unabia and Ambasa took home the top purse of P10,000 in cash and a trophy. Both had also booked their slots to the National Finals in Manila on December 7, 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 Japan on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.


Using the good weather to his advantage, Arnold Unabia emerged first, posting a time of 01:15:12. Rivals Dante Baay (01:15:30) and Joselito Dugos (01:16:30) followed in second and third place, respectively.

The 36-year-old from Tangub, Misamis Oriental has been joining the MILO Marathon since 1997, and has an impressive list of awards to his name, most notably the nine champion titles in Cagayan De Oro and a third place finish in the 2013 National Finals. Unabia, Tangub City’s head coach in Athletics, trains students from Tangub City Central School and Tangub City National High School. Aside from the MILO Marathon, his students also compete in the MILO Little Olympics.
“I usually join the Cagayan De Oro race but this year, I was too busy coaching my students who won first place in the 5K and 10K events. My daughter also joined the race and she won third place in the 3K event.  I wasn’t able to train as much as I wanted to because I focused on my students. I am thankful to the Lord that I still won. For the National Finals, I need an intensive, focused training program. This is essential in preparing for the finals.” ~Arnold Unabia~
Athletics Team Coach Arnold Unabia celebrates his victory at the General Santos Leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon.
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In the distaff side, Liza Ambasa finished with a time of 01:31:36,  impressively beating fellow runners Gelyn Ninofranco (01:53:07) who came in second, and Rosilie Lim (01:53:18) who followed in third place.

Liza Ambasa led a swift pace against female runners and emerged as the 21K winner of the 38th National MILO Marathon in General Santos City.

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Ambasa, a 31-year-old native of Tiruray, South Cotabato currently living in Davao, has also been joining the MILO Marathon for many years now, and has been consistently winning her qualifying races. She is most proud of claiming the third place title twice in the National Finals.
“I am very pleased with my win. The route was good. I set my pace with the male runners during the entire race.  I train with my fellow members of my running club, Titan Davao, and I will continue with my training program to prepare for the National Finals. I hope I can finish impressively again.” ~Liza Ambasa~

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Young folks cross the finish line at the National MILO Marathon in General Santos City.

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The last qualifying race will be held in Davao on November 23. The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

38th MILO Marathon: Bacolod City Eliminations Leg Result

Number of runners unexpectedly soared to 9,266 at the 38th National MILO Marathon in Bacolod City.

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Spectators witnessed an invigorating cheer dance performance at the Bacolod City Government Center for the 38th National MILO Marathon.
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Elite runners Maclin Sadia and Stephani Cadosale emerged victorious from their respective categories in the 21K main event at the 38th National MILO Marathon Bacolod Qualifying Race. The competition featured a delegation of 9,266 runners – double that of last year when the race was held in Dumaguete.

Maclin Sadia and Stephanie Cadosale clinched the coveted 21K race champion trophy of the 38th National MILO Marathon in Bacolod City.
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With the achievement, Sadia and Cadosale captured a prize of P10,000 in cash, a trophy, as well as a coveted slot to the National Finals on December 7, for a chance to compete for the MILO Marathon King and Queen title. MILO will send this year’s King and Queen to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.

Runners shrugged off the heat and used the sunny forecast to their advantage. In a tightly competed race, the 21k male category saw 21-year-old Maclin Sadia outlasted his fiercest rivals, posting a time of 01:14:16, narrowly edging Joel Alcorin (01:14:22) and Rowell Hulleza (01:17:16) who finished second and third place, respectively.*

Sadia, hailing from Cadiz City of Negros Occidental, has his humble beginnings as a runner during his elementary school days. Financial problems forced him to stop going to school in 2005 and work as a delivery boy of soft drinks to sari-sari stores to support his ten other siblings. Rekindling his love affair with running, he started training under the tutelage of his father Alino Sadia, a former runner who used to compete in marathons in Bacolod.

Participating in his third year at the MILO Marathon, he cherishes the opportunity to compete with the best athletes.
“I came in with humble expectations of finishing with a good time, yet I am grateful to have not only won but achieve a career-best finish with this performance.  I was focused in my training and today’s success is a culmination of all those sacrifices. I look forward to celebrating this win and sharing my earnings with my family.” ~Maclin Sadia~

In the distaff side, Cadosale displayed a relentless drive from the get go, finishing with an impressive time of 01:33:43, relegating Mereeis Ramierez (01:38:59) to second place, and Iresh Belleza (01:42:42) to third place.*

Cadosale, a 4th year college student of Central Philippine University, got acquainted to training for running in grade 6. In time, she continued to hone her technique and develop her endurance, eventually earning an athletic scholarship in Track and Field at the university level.

Her running resume says that she is no stranger to success. With podium finishes in fun runs and school competitions under the State and Colleges Universities Athletics Association (SCUAA), she also prides herself with accolades in past MILO Marathons, winning Gold in Bacolod (2012) and Silver in Iloilo (2013). Though training was scarce due to harsh weather conditions leading to the race, her accumulated experience gave her enough to come out on top.
“It was rainy leading up to this event but during my free time, I did some long runs and managed to work on my speed.  My family was very supportive throughout the process and I owe this win to them.” ~Stephani Cadosale~

Each year, thousands of Filipinos join the National MILO Marathon and conquer the races together.
”We at MILO are thrilled to see a diverse set of participants ranging from kids, teens to adults.  The National MILO Marathon has seen champions emerge from every corner of the country and it is gratifying to be a part of a program that makes aspiring athletes reach for their dreams.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager~

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Teen runners hailing from the City of Smiles make a dash for the finish line at the 38th National MILO Marathon in Bacolod City.
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Runners from all walks of life show their enjoyment in joining the 38th National MILO Marathon in Bacolod City.
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The qualifying race will resume in Tagbilaran on October 5 before heading to Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

38th MILO Marathon: Iloilo City Eliminations Leg Result

About 15,000 runners are roaring to run in the Ilolilo leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon
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Elite runners Eric Panique and Adjene Rose Delos Santos conquered the 21K centrepiece events at the Iloilo leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon on Sunday, the biggest race in Iloilo, to date. Almost 15,000 runners joined the race, despite the stormy weather that battered the country in the past few days.

21K winners Eric Panique and Adjene De Los Santos bag top honors at the 38th National MILO Marathon in Iloilo City.
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National Team member Eric Panique gains a hard earned victory as the 21K Male champion of the 38th National MILO Marathon in Iloilo City.
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Each received a prize of Php 10,000 and a trophy for their respective victories. Along with the other 42K qualifiers, Panique and Delos Santos secured a slot for the National Finals slated on December 7 in Manila. To heighten the competition and to add a bigger incentive for the runners, MILO will sponsor this year’s MILO Marathon King and Queen to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon next February.


Last year’s MILO Marathon Manila leg winner Eric Panique grabbed another comfortable victory against his rivals as he used the better weather conditions to his advantage and clocked in at 01:14:06, beating second placer Roger Denolo (01:19:15) and third placer Roger Molinos (01:19:19).


The 28-year-old member of the National Team, hailing from Negros Occidental, trains everyday with the team under coach Mario Castro’s guidance. Perseverance is the key to winning, according to Panique.
“Because of Typhoon Mario’s wrath in the past few days, I was worried it would still rain and the roads will be very wet. Thankfully the weather got better, although the high humidity levels made the race more challenging. But I did not let it stop me.  There were times when I had difficulty in breathing and experienced some chest pains, but I pushed myself since I knew I can still handle it. I’m proud that my perseverance paid off.” ~Eric Panique~

Meanwhile, Adjene Rose Delos Santos went neck-and-neck in a thrilling bout with fellow contender Jioda Gagnao, beating the latter by only one second. Delos Santos settled the score towards the finish line and posted a time of 01:48:46, relegating Gagnao to second place (01:48:47), while Lorena Blanco finished in third place (01:53:16).

For Delos Santos, a 28-year-old native of the Quezon province, awareness and distribution were the main factors that helped her earn her victory.
“During the race, I kept track of how many kilometers I’ve already covered, and the pace that I was running at. I tried to manage my distribution and pacing throughout the entire route as best as I can.  We were lucky that it wasn’t rainy anymore and it wasn’t too hot either. The main challenge for me was when I felt some pains on my sides, and experienced dehydration due to the lack of sleep. I need to work on this for the National Finals.” ~Adjene Rose Delos Santos~
MILO Sports Marketing Manager Andrew Neri was full of praise for the runners who joined the Iloilo leg.
“We at MILO are very delighted with the impressive turnout. The threatening winds and rains of Typhoon Mario and the Habagat in the past week could did not stop our racers from enjoying their passion for running. However, the welfare and safety of our runners is of utmost importance. We closely monitored the weather conditions and we would not have put our runners’ safety on the line had it been too dangerous for the race to push through.  Our contingency plans are well set in place, and we are very grateful for the all-out support of the Iloilo city government, especially Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, who also joined the race. Thankfully, we were blessed with better weather and our runners were able to enjoy the race. Today’s turnout proves that the Filipino spirit is truly strong and resilient. Nothing can stop us from celebrating our passions and achieving our dreams.” ~ Andrew Neri - MILO Sports Marketing Manager~
With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Coach Rio Dela Cruz poses with promising young runners in the 38th National MILO Marathon in Iloio City.
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National MILO Marathon upholds the spirit of a well-balanced and pro-active lifestyle for kids and adults alike.
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The qualifying race will pick up in Iloilo on September 21, then proceed to Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

38th MILO Marathon: Lipa Eliminations Leg Result

Elite runners Joseph Macaladlad and Criselyn Jaro bagged the top purse in the 21K centrepiece events at the Lipa leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon on Sunday. Each pocketed a prize of P10,000 in cash, a trophy and a coveted slot to the National Finals on December 7, for a chance to be crowned as the MILO Marathon King and Queen. MILO will send this year’s King and Queen to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon. Over 8,000 runners joined today’s race.

21K category winners Joseph Macaladlad and Criselyn Jaro outsprinted competitors during the Lipa Leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon.
 
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Not even the rainy skies and slippery wet roads could stop the racers from running to their heart’s content. In the 21K male category, 24-year-old Lyceum of the Philippines Batangas Criminology student Joseph Macaladlad beat his fiercest rivals, posting a time of 01:17:14, relegating Greg Vincent Osorio (01:19:25) and Jay Laya (01:19:43) to second and third place, respectively.

About 8,000 spirited runners charged under the rain during the Lipa leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon.
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10K top finisher Jomad Angus crosses the finish line in the 38th National MILO Marathon in Lipa City.
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Macaladlad, originally from Mindoro but residing in Batangas, has been running for six years and has been joining the MILO Marathon for three years now. He makes the most out of his passion for running by joining races to help him with his schooling.
“I really love running. I’m grateful that I am able to use my winnings for my college tuition and expenses.  I’m very happy that I won. Even if it was very rainy, which proved to be a big challenge, the cool weather was nice and I had a lot of fun in the race.” ~Joseph Macaladlad~

On the distaff side, 22-year-old Brokenshire College of Davao alumna Criselyn Jaro  came out on top with a time of 01:29:16, followed by fellow contenders Mirasol Abad (01:33:47) in second place and Cellie Rose Jaro (01:34:36) in third place.

Davao native Criselyn Jaro ran ahead against contenders to be the 21K female race winner of the 38th National MILO Marathon in Lipa City.

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The Jaro sisters are no strangers to the running scene. Running definitely runs in their family, with their names consistently appearing at the top of running results in the different race categories of the MILO Marathon, amongst various races.
“My sisters and I are all runners. We grew up into a poor family, and we had to go to school which was about 11 kilometers away from our house. We would run to school to avoid being late, and that was the start of our foray into running.  Our family is our inspiration, and our eldest sister Cynthia is our biggest influence. She was the one who first started running competitively, and we all followed in her footsteps. Through running, we are able to help our family enjoy a better life.” ~Criselyn Jaro~

Each year, thousands of families join the National MILO Marathon and conquer the races together.
”We at MILO are delighted to see children, whether kids or adults, run with their parents and their siblings at the MILO Marathon. It is heartwarming to see families become really engaged in running, such as the Jaro sisters. The National MILO Marathon is a communal gathering where numerous Filipino families channel their athletic spirits and enjoy family bonding through running together. We encourage more families to join our national family affair that is truly fun for all ages.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager~

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.
The qualifying race will pick up in Iloilo on September 21, then proceed to Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

38th MILO Marathon: Puerto Princesa Eliminations Leg Result

Returning champs rule 38th National MILO Marathon Puerto Princesa race
21 runners qualify for the National Finals

Four-time winner Norlan Warizal and returning champ Jila Dela Rosa proved their authority in the 21K events at the Puerto Princesa of the 38th National MILO Marathon Qualifying Race on Sunday. From about 7,000 runners who joined the qualifying race, Warizal and Dela Rosa, together with 19 other runners, booked their slots for the National Finals in Manila on December 7 for a chance to claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen crowns. MILO will send this year’s King and Queen to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon. Along with the slot in the finals, both Warizal and Dela Rosa received P10,000 in cash and a trophy as their prize.

Norlan Warizal and Jila Dela Rosa defeated top contenders in the 21K race of the Puerta Princesa Leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon.
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Elite runners braved an exciting route filled with uphill challenges. Warizal, a  29-year-old native of Sta. Maria, Puerto Princesa, emerged victorious for the 21K men’s category with a time of 01:19:13, beating rivals Ben Alejandrino (01:21:26) and Nicko Cortes (01:22:42). On the distaff side, 20-year-old Dela Rosa, also a local of Puerto Princesa, convincingly reclaimed her crown in the race, finishing at an impressive 01:39:24 Bernardita Mag-aso 01:47:56 Michelle Anne Tibagacay 01:51:37


Winning is not new for the seven-year veteran MILO marathoner but he always cherishes each hard-earned victory.  As a logistics helper, he helps deliver MILO and other Nestle products to sari-sari stores. In the past few weeks, Warizal shared that he usually does overtime at work and had to adjust his training.
“I prepared for only two months, starting in July, but I couldn’t really focus on training because my job comes first. I really love my job, and of course I love running, but work is my priority.”
“When I have time, I try to run at least five times a week, every morning at 4:30. I couldn’t run in the afternoons anymore because I’m too tired by then. I’m very happy that I still placed first despite feeling that my training isn’t enough. I went all out in this race, even if I started to feel cramping in my legs, I willed myself to go on. ~Norlan Warizal~
21K male category winner Norlan Warizal dashes into action.
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For youngster Dela Rosa, winning also comes almost naturally. She started running at five years old, joining her father, also a runner, in his training.   Like Warizal, preparing for the race was also a challenge for her. As a varsity member of the University of Santo Tomas’ track and field team, they focused on middle distance training for the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) track meets.
“I didn’t know I was training already then. I thought it was just fun and games. Eventually, my dad entered me in running events with him and we kept on winning, so I decided to pursue running.”
“I took my chances in joining the MILO marathon this year even if I felt that I didn’t prepare well for it. The uphill route proved to be very challenging because it consumes a lot more energy than running on flat surfaces. It was quite hard to maintain momentum.  My strategy was to run at my own pace. It’s okay for others to go ahead of me, as long as I did my best. I’m glad that my best was enough for me to win this race, but I need to prepare well for the National Finals.” ~Jila Dela Rosa~
21K female winner Jila Dela Rosa crosses the finish line of the 38th National MILO Marathon in Puerta Princesa.
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With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Warizal and Dela Rosa both have high praises for MILO’s Help Give Shoes Advocacy.

“This project is really admirable, because young runners who have great potential will be encouraged to pursue running. It’s hard to run barefooted, or wearing slippers. It’s such a great feeling to be able to help fellow runners.” ~Jila Dela Rosa~

“I hope MILO continues to help the youth realize their dreams. A lot of children and even adults are being helped by the MILO Marathon and the MILO Little Olympics. It’s also very good exposure especially for the kids. They are able to get into sports and avoid vices and bad influences. We are very grateful to MILO.” ~Norlan Warizal~

Palawenyos conquered the test of endurance to reach the finish line in the Puerta Princesa leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon.
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Aspiring runners enjoy an exciting race event at the 38th National MILO Marathon in Puerta Princesa.
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The qualifying race will resume in Lipa on September 14 and will head to Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

38th MILO Marathon: Lucena City Eliminations Leg Result

Unsung heroes dominate 38th National MILO Marathon Lucena race
50 runners qualify for the National Finals

Philippine Air Force Airman Anthony Nerza and Philippine Army Private Janice Tawa
in showcased their running prowess as they dominated in the 21K events at the Lucena leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon Qualifying Race on Sunday. About 10,000 runners joined the race, with 50 runners qualifying for the National Finals.

21K Winners Anthony Nerza and Janice Tawagin relish their hard earned victory in the Lucena race of the 38th National MILO Marathon.

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Nerza and Tawagin each earned a cash prize of P10,000, a trophy, and a coveted slot in the National Finals slated on December 7. Both will join the country’s finest elite runners in their quest to clinch the MILO Marathon King and Queen crowns. As an added incentive, MILO will send this year’s King and Queen to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.


The runners were blessed with good weather and they surely used it to their advantage. The thrilling race saw Nerza finish ahead of Richard Salaño, who put up a good fight right to the final second. Nerza posted a time of 01:12:12, while Salaño clocked in at 01:12:39, finishing first and second place, respectively. Elmer Sabal came in at third place with a time of 01:16:07.

Champion Anthony Nerza conquers the 21K event of the 38th National MILO Marathon in Lucena City.

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The 25-year-old Davaoeño, currently residing in Pasig, expressed his elation and relief in winning the race.
“It was really competitive, my fellow runners were ahead of me in the first 100 meters, and I was falling behind. I thought I wouldn’t be able to catch up, but thankfully I was able to do so and even won.   I still have a long way to go in terms of my training. Every day, I run in the morning and in the afternoon. For the National Finals, I will add three-hour runs for endurance to improve my performance.” ~Anthony Nerza~

In the distaff side, Tawagin displayed a convincing victory with an impressive time of 01:29:59, relegating rivals Jeany Rose Hari (01:44:57) to second place, and Rose Ann Valencia (02:03:01) to third place.*
Tawagin, a 23-year-old local of Lucena, voiced her satisfaction over the race.
“I’m always proud to race in my hometown. I’m glad that the route was well-balanced. I was able to manage my time and pace well.  The other contenders are also very good runners, and I’m sure that the competition will even be fiercer in the National Finals. I’ve been using my training for the AFP Olympics to help me prepare for the MILO Marathon. My everyday routine comprises of 5K runs and an extra two hours of training for endurance. My strategy for the finals needs to be adjusted because it’s a 42K event. Strength, endurance and discipline will be the areas I will focus on.” ~Janice Tawagin~

Nerza and Tawagin have been joining the National MILO Marathon for four years already. Both have been consistently winning in regional legs and qualifying for the National Finals.
“Anthony and Janice are only two of our many unsung heroes from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. We are proud to say that we are able to engage our local heroes to participate in the MILO marathon each year.  We at MILO are delighted to honor their passion and devotion in serving the country, as well as their dedication to sports and athleticism. They are truly admirable champions who serve as inspirational models to all.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager~
With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Like father, like son: enjoying the race with big smiles

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Budding running champs start the race with a bang at the 38th National MILO Marathon Lucena leg.

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Coach Rio Dela Cruz and Lucena City Mayor Roderick Alcala strike a pose with young runners at the 38th National MILO Marathon Lucena leg.

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The qualifying race will continue in Lucena on August 31, and will head to Puerto Princesa (September 7), Lipa (September 14), Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

38th MILO Marathon: Naga Eliminations Leg Result

The 6th Leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon advances to Naga City with participants displaying high spirits and determination.

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Mario Maglinao and Luisa Raterta trumped their fiercest rivals in 21K events at the 38th National MILO Marathon Eliminations in Naga City on Sunday. Each earned a cash prize of P10,000, a trophy, and a coveted slot in the National Finals.

21K runner Janette Agura poised to take her last victorious step as she crosses the finish line in the prestigious footrace.

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Despite the high level of humidity during the race, over 9,000 runners rose to the challenge and exhibited their commitment and passion for running. 73 runners have qualified for the National Finals and will join Maglinao and Raterta as they go head-to-head with elite runners from across the country in Manila on December 7. The MILO Marathon King and Queen, to be crowned on that day, will be sent by MILO to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.

The National MILO Marathon upholds family bonding and wellness through sports.

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Over 9,000 participants race their way into action for the 38th National MILO Marathon in Naga City.

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26-year-old Maglinao posted a time of 01:12:47, besting contenders Martin Balaybo (01:13:33), and Eugin Postrado (01:16:43). The native of Legazpi City, Albay, who currently works in Manila, has not received any formal training in running.
“Like swimming and biking, running has always been a hobby and passion of mine. I do it recreationally whenever I go home to Albay.  I didn’t have enough time to train for the race because I’m always very busy at work, but thankfully I still qualified and won. I will adjust and train for long distance running to prepare for the National Finals.” ~Mario Maglinao~

Finishing with an impressive time of 01:32:10 on the distaff side is 33-year-old Raterta, outdoing challengers Janette Agura (01:37:41) and Marilyn Bermundo (01:40:59). Hailing from Laguna, the housewife also trains youth runners and considers her coaching as part of her own training as well.
“The route was organized well this year, unlike before, when we would merge with the 3K runners that caused the slowing down of our pace.  It’s always a challenge to maintain the proper pace throughout the race. I will focus on this as I train for the finals.” ~Luisa Raterta~
Raterta had also won first place in the Manila leg, and second place in the National Finals of the 37th National MILO Marathon last year, among other awards.

“It is great to see excellent runners like Mario and Luisa who are able to balance their time between daily life, work, and their passion for sports.  Through our various sports programs and competitions, MILO is committed in helping shape our Filipino athletes into well-rounded champions as they progress in life.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager~
With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Young sprinters show their athletic prowess during the Naga leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon.

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The qualifying race will continue in Lucena on August 31, and will head to Puerto Princesa (September 7), Lipa (September 14), Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Sunday Running Motivation: Fireflies Of The Race Track

While you were sleeping, we are all dressed up, laced up, hydrated, warmed up and ready to take the road.

38th Milo Marathon 10K Category Gun Start at 5:00AM on July 29, 2014 at the Mall Of Asia

Video taken at the 38th Milo Marathon 10K Category. Gun fired at exactly 5:00Am and the fireflies went flying.

38th National MILO Marathon: Manila Qualifying Race Result

Raquin, Delos Santos triumph in 38th National MILO Marathon Manila Qualifying Race
37,063 runners raced to the finish line in the country’s premier footrace

Runners in high spirits readily anticipating the gun start.

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Veteran runner Ireneo Raquin stamped his authority as he clinched his first ever victory at the 42K tracks in the 38th National MILO Marathon Manila Qualifying Race held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds, Pasay City. Former MILO Marathon Queen Mary Grace Delos Santos was not to be out shined as she reclaimed her title in the female’s division race. Both are being trained by coach Mario Castro in Baguio City.

(Above L-R) Ireneo Raquin and Mary Grace Delos Santos victorious as champions for the 42K category of the 38th National MILO Marathon Manila Qualifying Race with (Below L-R) Ms. Ellen Isturis, MILO Team Lead; Ms. Sherilla Bayona, Nestle Philippines Beverages Unit, Business Executive Manager and Mr. Robbie de Vera, MILO Sports Marketing Executive awarding the P50,000 cash prize

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Each pocketed a cash prize of P50,000, a trophy, and a sought-after slot in the National Finals on December 7. As an added motivation for this year’s runners, MILO will send the MILO Marathon King and Queen to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.


Raquin finished at an impressive 02:31:15, which set back rivals Jeson Agravante (02:38:36) and Rafael Poliquit (02:44:15) to second and third place, respectively. The 29-year-old native from Occidental Mindoro, currently based in Baguio, has been joining the MILO Marathon since 2005 and has been consistently qualifying for and placing in the finals.
“I didn't expect to win because my fiercest rivals are more experienced than me. I am overjoyed because finally, I won first place.  We aimed to enhance my speed and endurance in training, and I’m happy that it paid off. For the National Finals, I will continue training hard.” ~Ireneo Raquin~

On the distaff side, Mary Grace Delos Santos posted a stellar time of 03:08:18 and excelled over fellow elite runners Jennylyn Nobleza (03:17:43) and Aileen Tolentino (03:33:04). The 27-year-old Philippine Air Force member added today’s victory to her long list of local and international awards.
“We’re grateful that the weather today was great and we used that to our advantage. We’re also thankful for the abundant water stations which help us runners hydrate during the race,”  felt that my training was not enough. My main aim was to qualify for the finals. I’m very proud to have conquered the 42K event and I will work doubly hard for the National Finals.”~Mary Grace Delos Santos~

42K female category winner Mary Grace Delos Santos sprints gleefully to the finish line.

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Kids, aspiring runners, running enthusiasts and professional athletes graced the esteemed running event. Other distinguished participants who exhibited their passion for fitness and running are MILO R2 APEX Running School (MARS) founder Coach Jim Saret, fellow coach Toni Saret, the MARS graduates and the 2014 The Biggest Loser Contestants.

“We are extremely pleased with today’s turnout. We always welcome runners of all ages and from all backgrounds to join in on the fun.  “We take pride in saying that the MILO Marathon inspires not only athletic excellence and sportsmanship, but also camaraderie in the Philippine sports community.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager~

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

The qualifying race will resume in Naga on August 24 before heading to Lucena (August 31), Puerto Princesa (September 7), Lipa (September 14), Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

The 38th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, ASICS, Lenovo, Manila Bulletin and Gatorade, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

More than 37,000 runners from all running events raced their way to the finish line for the 38th National MILO Marathon in SM Mall of Asia grounds, Pasay City.

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Cheerleaders from Taguig City University flash their dance moves for the MILO Cheerleading Competition as a side event of the marathon.

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