Number of runners unexpectedly soared to 9,266 at the 38th National MILO Marathon in Bacolod City.
Spectators witnessed an invigorating cheer dance performance at the Bacolod City Government Center for the 38th National MILO Marathon.
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.
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.
Runners from all walks of life show their enjoyment in joining the 38th National MILO Marathon in Bacolod City.
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.