39th Milo Marathon (2015) Manila Race

Veteran runners Eric Panique and Luisa Raterta made headlines as they grabbed the top spots in the 42K centrepiece event at the 39th National MILO Marathon Manila qualifying leg on Sunday. Almost 35,000 runners of all ages answered the challenge and enjoyed the great sunny weather as they conquered the MILO Marathon race routes.

Almost 35,000 folks across Metro Manila conquered the main streets to reach the finish line in the 39th National MILO Marathon Manila Race.
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In the men’s division, Panique outpaced his rivals, beating them with a time of 02:37:44. Mario Maglinao (02:39:47) followed in second place, while Rene Desuyo (02:45:57) finished in third place.
Running veterans Eric Panique and Luisa Raterta took the spotlight as the champions of the 42K race in the 39th National MILO Marathon Manila Qualifying Race.
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Panique trained with 5-time MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista in Baguio City to prepare for the race. Despite stiff competition from his fellow elite runners early on in the race, he persevered to move forward. “There were some runners ahead of me at the start,” shared Panique.
“I increased my pace in the last six kilometers and thankfully, I was able to beat them. I am very grateful to the Lord for his guidance in helping me achieve this honor.”~Eric Panique~
Elite runner Eric Panique raises his banner of victory in the 39th National MILO Marathon Manila Qualifying Race.
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In the distaff side, Luisa Raterta rose above her counterparts and topped the race with a time of 03:10:36. Rounding up the top 3 female 42K runners are Criselyn Jaro (03:25:03) in second place, and April Rose Diaz (03:34:02) in third place.
Whenever Raterte takes a break from her own personal training, she coaches aspiring runners and athletes on the street in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, to turn them away from bad vices. She revealed that she also trains her daughter. 13-year-old Leonalyn Raterta, a champion in her own right, won third place in the 5K category.
“Leonalyn just finished competing in the Palarong Pambansa, and now, she won in the MILO Marathon.  “She’s very dedicated to running. I always enjoy training with her and as her mother, I couldn’t be any prouder. “ ~Luisa Raterta~
Running mentor Luisa Raterta finally owned the highest honor of the women's 42K race of the 39th National MILO Marathon Manila Qualifying Race.
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The country’s biggest and most prestigious event was also graced by celebrities who are MILO Marathon regulars, including The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition coach and MILO APEX founder Jim Saret and Toni Saret, MILO R2 ambassador and football star Tata Garcia-Long, fitness enthusiast and triathlete Kuya Kim Atienza, and avid runner Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon.
“The race route was so beautiful because you could see the Manila Bay sunrise. The runners from the MILO community are also very friendly.  There was a group of students who stayed with me towards the end of the race. I was already a bit tired, but they waited for me to catch up and encouraged me to go on. The energy and support from everyone is the best.” ~Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon~
Celebrity and fitness buff Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon hit the roads in the 39th National MILO Marathon in Manila.
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Panique and Raterte have both secured their slots in the National Finals and each took home the top prize of P50,000 in cash and a trophy. Both will go head-to-head with the country’s best runners at the National Finals in Angeles on December 6, where the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles are up for grabs. This year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon.

The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 10,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year. MILO is working with DepEd in the selection of deserving public school student beneficiaries.
Local runners are brimming with high spirits during the 39th National MILO Marathon Manila Qualifying Race.
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Moms brought their kids out for a quality time in the 39th National MILO Marathon in Manila.
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Little cheerleader watches her co-dancers during the side events of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Manila.
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The race will resume in Calapan (August 2), before heading to Lipa (August 9), Naga (August 16), Lucena (August 30), Iloilo (September 20), Bacolod (September 27), Tagbilaran (October 4), Cebu (October 11), General Santos (October 18), Davao (November 8), Butuan (November 15), and Cagayan De Oro (November 22). The National Finals will be held onDecember 6 in Angeles, Pampanga.

39th National MILO Marathon Ready to Welcome Champions in Manila

The city is abuzz with excitement for the Manila qualifying leg of the 39th National MILO Marathon on July 26, Sunday. The country’s biggest and most prestigious footrace will see children, students, aspiring runners and professional athletes of all ages on its running routes at the SM Mall of Asia grounds, Pasay City.

Elite runners including Eric Panique and Criselyn Jaro will look to break records and defeat their fiercest rivals to clinch the top purse. Prizes await the winners of the 42K division race, who will receive Php 50,000 in cash and a trophy, while the victors of the 21K division will receive a cash prize of Php 10,000 and a trophy. All 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 Angeles on December 6 for a chance to be crowned the 2015 MILO Marathon King and Queen.

This year’s MILO Marathon King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon. One of the six World Marathon Majors, the Boston Marathon ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events. It is considered as the Mecca of all races, where the best of the best runners compete.

Young racers will also join in the fun in the 3K and 5K divisions. Celebrity runners are also expected to participate in the running events, including MILO APEX Running School founder and The Biggest Loser Philippines coach Jim Saret, his wife and fellow coach Toni Saret, and running enthusiast and triathlete Kuya Kim Atienza.

The gun start for participants of the 42K run is at 3:00AM, the 21K run at 4:30AM, 10K run at 5:00AM, 3K run at 5:30AM and 5K run at 5:35AM. The starting line will be adjacent to the finish line at the Seaside Boulevard of SM MOA.

Gun Start

Motorists are advised that from 2:00AM-9:00AM, Roxas Boulevard (northbound and southbound), Macapagal Boulevard (southbound) and J.W. Diokno Boulevard will be closed. From 2:00AM-11:00AM, Seaside Boulevard and Coral Way of the SM Mall of Asia will also be closed, as well as westbound to Makati Avenue, from 3:00AM-9:00AM. Due to these road closures and increased volume of pedestrian traffic, vehicles going to Cavite and Baclaran are advised to take Macapagal Boulevard, while those going to the south may take Padre Burgos Avenue, Taft Avenue, Mabini Street and F.B. Horrison Street. Those headed to Manila may take Taft Avenue and F.B. Horrison Street.

The 39th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, ASICS, Smart, Subaru, Hisense and Salonpas, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

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See you all at the START line!
Photo Credits to Strategic Edge and Milo FB Page

39th Milo Marathon (2015) Balanga, Bataan Race

MILO Marathon regulars Noel Fabros and Mary Grace Dela Torre topped the 21K centerpiece event at the 39th National MILO Marathon Balanga qualifying leg on Sunday.

Noel Fabros and Mary Grace Dela Torre clinched the highest spot as 21K winners of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Balanga.
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Over 8,000 runners joined the race, including Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia who ran in the 5K category. This is the first year that the MILO Marathon came to Balanga, and Sunday’s running event established the record of the biggest race in the city, to date.

More than 8,000 folks participated in the 39th National MILO Marathon making it the biggest race in Balanga City.
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Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia shares words of encouragement to fellow runners before the mass start of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Balanga.
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In the men’s division, 39-year-old Fabros beat his rivals with a time of 01:24:25. Harly Baguistan (01:24:30) and Gerald De Jesus (01:26:57) placed second and third place, respectively. Fabros, a security guard from Isabela who regularly runs with the Daruik Running Club, placed 4th in the 2013 MILO Marathon National Finals.


Fabros almost did not make it to the finish line.
“At some point in the race, I felt cramps and I tripped. Everyone thought I was not going to make it.  I thought to myself, I can’t give up now, after all the training and everything I’ve been through. I pushed myself and thankfully, I won.” ~Noel Fabros~

39-year-old Noel Fabros outpaced other runners in the 39th National MILO Marathon in Balanga.
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In the distaff side, 19-year-old Dela Torre bested her counterparts with a time of 01:47:34. Vanessa Grace Reyes (02:10:59) followed in second place, while Lilibeth Castro (02:15:28) finished in third. Dela Torre, a varsity member of the Far Eastern University running team, was last year’s MILO Marathon Tarlac qualifying leg champion.

FEU varsity athlete Mary Grace Dela Torre was in top speed to be the 21K female winner of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Balanga.
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Both Fabros and Dela Torre have secured their slots in the National Finals and each took home the top prize of P10,000 in cash and a trophy. Both will go head-to-head with the country’s best runners at the National Finals in Angeles on December 6, where the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles are up for grabs. This year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon.


The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 10,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year. MILO is working with DepEd in the selection of deserving public school student beneficiaries.


The race will resume in Manila (July 26), before going to Calapan (August 2), Lipa (August 9), Naga (August 16), Lucena (August 30), Iloilo (September 20), Bacolod (September 27), Tagbilaran (October 4), Cebu (October 11), General Santos (October 18), Davao (November 8), Butuan (November 15), and Cagayan De Oro (November 22). The National Finals will be held on December 6 in Angeles, Pampanga.

39th Milo Marathon (2015)–Baguio Race

Runners prove they can overcome challenges as they conquered the wet roads at the 39thNational MILO Marathon Baguio qualifying leg on Sunday. The rains were no match for veteran marathoner Julius Sermona and up-and-coming runner Gretchen Felipe, who placed first in the 21K running event for the male and female categories. The inclement weather did not dampen the spirits of the almost 7,000 runners who joined the race.


Philippine Air Force member Sermona bested his rivals, finishing with a time of 01:18:44. Michael Tolac (01:19:14) and Modesto Estoesta (01:22:07) followed in second and third place, respectively.
Philippine Air Force member Julius Sermona outpaced his opponents in the 39th National MILO Marathon in Baguio.

Philippine Air Force member Julius Sermona outpaced his opponents in the 39th National MILO Marathon in Baguio.
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In the distaff side, Felipe, a Cordillera Career Development College freshman, posted a new personal record as she secured a comfortable victory with a time of 01:39:46. Second placer Jessica Hieras (02:00:38) and third placer Rashel Pena (02:02:37) completed the top 3 winners.

Sermona and Felipe secured their slots in the National Finals and each took home the top prize of P10,000 in cash and a trophy. Both will go head-to-head with the country’s best runners at the National Finals in Angeles on December 6, where the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles are up for grabs. This year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon.

Julius Sermona and Gretchen Felipe bagged the highest prize as 21K Champions in the 39th National MILO Marathon in Baguio City.

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The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 10,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year. MILO is working with DepEd in the selection of deserving public school student beneficiaries.


The race will resume in Tarlac (July 12), and will head to Balanga (July 19), Manila (July 26), Calapan (August 2), Lipa (August 9), Naga (August 16), Lucena (August 30), Iloilo (September 20), Bacolod (September 27), Tagbilaran (October 4), Cebu (October 11), General Santos (October 18), Davao (November 8), Butuan (November 15), and Cagayan De Oro (November 22). The National Finals will be held on December 6 in Angeles, Pampanga.

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