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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.

“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!


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 DueƱas, 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~
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


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