40th Milo Marathon National Finals (2016)

The National MILO Marathon is set to mark its 40th year milestone as it holds its National Finals in the city of Iloilo on Sunday, December 4. The reigning MILO Marathon King and Queen, two-time MILO Marathon King Rafael Poliquit and three-time MILO Marathon Queen and 2016 Olympian Mary Joy Tabal, are both raring to go head-to-head with their fierce rivals to defend their crowns in the final race of the season.

The city of Iloilo was selected to be the official venue of this year’s National Finals to provide better proximity to aspiring runners from the South, and enrich the experience of everyone with scenic routes, spacious thoroughfares and thrilling challenges that await the runners. The race, which expects to see 20,000 runners, will be held in the Iloilo Convention Center. Mayor of Ilolilo City Jed Mabilog affirms the city’s full preparations and support for the National MILO Marathon Finals.

”We are all very excited to be hosting the most prestigious and longest running footrace in the country. We are honored to be part of the historic culminating event of the National MILO Marathon’s 40th anniversary. We hope all our runners will enjoy the race experience we have prepared for them.  We are honored to be part of the historic culminating event of the National MILO Marathon’s 40th anniversary. We hope all our runners will enjoy the race experience we have prepared for them. ~Mayor of Ilolilo City Jed Mabilog~
Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager, shares his enthusiasm for the grand event and expresses gratitude to all who have made the season’s success possible.

 “We are very thankful to all our friends from the local government, our partners, sponsors, volunteers, and everyone else who have contributed greatly to this finale. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we hope to continue to energize champions and inspire millions more through our runners who have become our agents of motivation that energized Filipinos to be at their best in their respective endeavors. We hope to continue this cycle in the future seasons and see more champions who have embodied values such as resilience, grit, and discipline, which have made them winners in sports and in life.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager~

Milo Sports Marketing Manager Andrew Neri with Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog and Sports Development Officer of Iloilo Jojo Castro

Today's Run: On Monsoon Rain, Sea Bugs and Waves Kissing The Sea Wall

6:52AM on a Monday, 15th of August 2016

Oh I’m just glad that I am not only back to running but also to posting one of my favorite series on this blog “Today’s Run”.

Obviously because my favorite time of the year is back – the rainy season. Can’t remember how many posts I made here that I am running under the (strong) rain (sometimes typhoon)  and how many times did I mention how I love doing it.

So what’s the difference of this run versus my other run under the rain?

Well, while everybody's busy catching Pokemon! I’m busy chasing sea bugs, the monsoon rain and wind and watching fierce waves kissing the sea wall!  Ever wonder how good that is?  Wow! this is reality and one of nature's best show!

This post first appeared on my Instagram and Twitter.

Compared to chasing virtual creatures from your mobile devices which cost you extra budget for your mobile data, centralized your life in charging your devices and power banks and having the risk in falling off bridges or run over by vehicles or smashing your cars to some PokeStops, I absolutely prefer what I'm doing right now.

Not that I can't do it or can't afford to do PokemonGo.  My mobile subscription includes a 5gig data and I'm using a waterproof mobile device  - I am actually all equipped to play the game.  But thank God I resisted!

Today’s Music: Fast Car via Spotify 

Today's Running Outfit
Hoodie Jacket/Windbreaker – Dark Blue Adidas
Singlet – Great Walled City Run
Sports Bra – Triumph (it's complicated and I wish to make a separate entry about this LOL) 
Running Pants – All Star
Shades: Cybershades
Watch: Spalding
Shoes: Nike Free (I should have worn my worn New Balance) 

After The Run Food: French Toast and Tea (At home - need to rush home as I am soaked and dripping after the run).


PokemonGo is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices.  It was release in the Philippines on end July 2016.

The idea of the game is to travel between the real and the virtual world of Pokemon.  The game used real locations to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokemon.  PokemonGo allows the gamer to find and catch more than a hundred species of Pokemon as they explore their surroundings. 

CTT Source: Wikipedia and Pokemon,com

40th (2016) Milo Marathon: Manila Leg Race Result

Five-time MILO Marathon King Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista and veteran MILO Marathon winner Luisa Raterta returned to the top as they claimed the prized spots in the centerpiece 42K event at the 40thNational MILO Marathon Manila qualifying leg held on Sunday. Participants and spectators enjoyed the good weather in the SM Mall of Asia grounds, with almost 33,000 runners crossing the finish line.

First wave of runners commences the race: the Manila qualifying race of the 40th National MILO Marathon was able to gather almost 33,000 runners.

Buenavista and Raterta each took home P50,000 in cash and a trophy, and booked their slots to the National Finals in Iloilo onDecember 4 for a chance to be crowned the MILO Marathon King and Queen. Both will go head-to-head with the country’s best runners in a new, refreshing race experience away from the hustle and bustle of Manila. The lucky winners who will take the coveted titles will also have the chance to compete in an international marathon in 2017 on all-expense paid trips from MILO as part of their prizes.

 Luisa Raterta and Eduardo "Vertek" Buenavista hoist their trophies as the 42K Female and Male winners of the 40th National MILO Marathon Manila qualifying race. Both were awarded by (from bottom left) Sherilla Bayona, Business Executive Manager for Beverages, Nestle Philippines and Ellen Isturis, MILO Team Lead.

Leading the pack, Buenavista clocked in at 02:45:34, followed by Cresenciano Sabal (02:54:20) in second place and Roger Denolo (02:54:53) in third. In the distaff side, Raterta posted a time of 03:15:00, with Jho-an Banayag (03:17:47) and Cinderella Lorenzo (03:20:03) placing second and third place, respectively.

Eduardo "Vertek" Buenavista was able to set another all-time high for achieving his fifth win as the 42K Male Winner of the 40th National MILO Marathon Manila qualifying race.

The 37-year-old Buenavista did not let pain faze him. He incurred a foot injury last December and had to go through a tough recovery process. 

“This is my first 42K race in 2016. I still feel pain in my foot, and I joined today’s race because I wanted to see if I can handle the intensity of the 42K event now.  I’m glad that I’m recovering well and hopefully I can prepare fully for the National Finals. It’s also my goal to beat my MILO Marathon record time.” ~Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista~

 Buenavista’s 15-year-old son, Eduard Josh, is following his father’s footsteps. He also competed in his first 5K race and placed 7th with a time of 19:09. The father and son pair trains together for their races in uphill roads in Antipolo.

Raterta’s inspiration is also her children. The 35-year-old Sta. Rosa, Laguna local shared that her eldest daughter wants to be just like her.

“I always tell my children to trust in their selves, to work hard and persevere because it’s not easy to achieve success.  This is my fourth win in the Manila leg of the MILO Marathon. My goal now is to train well and improve my performance so I can achieve my target of being in the top overall female runners in the National Finals." ~Luisa Raterta~

Raterta also shared that she did not expect to win because of fierce competition from her rivals.

 Four-time winner of the National MILO Marathon Manila qualifying races Luisa Raterta (right) gutted through the streets of Metro Manila to reach the finish line.

Luisa Raterta, 40th NMM Manila 42K Female Winner and Eduardo Buenavista, 40th NMM Manila Male Winner celebrate their victory with Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager (far right) and Coach Rio de la Cruz, RunRio (far left).

Joining in the fun, celebrities Erwan and Solenn Heusaff, Nico Bolzico, Yael Yuzon, Aga Mulach and Charlene Gonzales also conquered the running routes as they helped energize champions and inspire others who truly idolize them. Families, kids and students also stepped up to the challenge in the 3K and 5K running events. Dingdong Dantes was also present to support his sister who joined the race.

The next qualifying leg will take place in Batangas (August 7), followed by Lucena (August 14), Naga (August 28), Tagbilaran (September 18), Cebu (September 25), Dumaguete (October 2), Davao (October 9), General Santos (October 16), Cagayan De Oro (October 23), and Butuan (October 30). The National Finals will be held on December 4 in Iloilo City.

MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal obtains Olympics slot in Ottawa Marathon

Mary Joy Tabal once again proved that hard work and determination can propel oneself to success. Finally making her dream come true, Tabal secured her slot for the Rio Olympics when she finished the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon on Sunday, May 29 (May 30, Philippine time). After falling short in her stint at the Boston Marathon last April, the reigning MILO Marathon Queen was able to make an impressive comeback in Ottawa’s prestigious footrace.

Known as the Great White North’s largest and fastest marathon, the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon is one of two International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Gold Label races in Canada, attracting a world contingent of about 7,000 runners every year because of its flat and fast race course.  

Tabal clocked in with the time of 2:43:29, beating the 2:45:00 Olympic qualifying time for the women’s marathon. The 26-year-old Cebuana gained a substantial lead against other competitors, and was able to rank 5th in the female age group, 8th in the overall elite female category and 38th in the overall elite male and female category, out of a total of 4,416 elite participants.

The unusually hot and humid weather prompted the organizers to implement route and time changes before the event but Tabal was able to deliver a strong performance at the start of the race. As she neared the finish line, she was troubled by intense leg pains which caused her to slow down. Despite this, the Filipina fron trunner still willed herself to overcome the challenge.

“My body felt heavier when I reached the 35km mark and my pacing got slower and slower as I went farther.  When I checked, I was only 7km shy to the end of the race. I decided to carry on forcefully and ignore the pain. It was very difficult to preserve my stride especially in the last 200 meters. I kept on telling myself that if I stop now, I won’t be able to make it here again so I ran like it was the last my race of my life. I was so happy to be able to hit my goal I broke down in tears as I ran past the finish line.” ~Mary Joy Tabal~

After the disappointment of not qualifying through the Boston Marathon, Tabal never gave up and immediately returned to her training ground to pursue her Olympic dream. Now with another feather on her cap, Tabal, with the help of her coach Philip Duenas, will be embarking on a new journey to prepare for the Rio Olympics.
 “I couldn’t believe this is happening! I often ask myself if this is real or not. To play in the Olympics was once a dream but now it’s finally in my hands.  I hope this will inspire more Filipino athletes who dream like I did. It may seem impossible at first, but all it really takes is a lot of effort and willpower in overcoming trials to be able to achieve your goals.
“I am very thankful to the well-wishers who prayed for my success and to MILO who has supported me right from the start.  I started to dream big because of MILO. And now, I am slowly achieving those dreams one by one.” ~Mary Joy Tabal~

Tabal adds that the support of MILO and the Filipinos helped her to keep going.

40th National MILO Marathon Schedule of Races 2016

Last December, the 39th National MILO Marathon concluded an exhilarating season of Champions. This year, MILO celebrates the 40th year anniversary of the MILO Marathon, and continues its legacy of providing quality races for runners, young and old, with 18 leg races across NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

To welcome an exciting season ahead, here is the race schedules for the 40th National MILO Marathon!

40th National MILO Marathon Schedule of Races
Metro Manila
General Santos
Cagayan De Oro
National Finals in Iloilo

See you all at the race track!


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