BACOLOD CITY – The City of Smiles welcomed back the country’s oldest and most prestigious running event as the 38th MILO Marathon Bacolod City qualifying race was successfully concluded last Sunday (September 28) at the Bacolod City Government Center. Elite runners Maclin Sadia and Stephani Cadosale emerged victorious in the over 9,000-strong field as they blazed through the 21-kilometer course that passed through Burgos Avenue and Granada Alangilan Road and back.
Sadia, who also won last year’s Iloilo City qualifier, timed 1:14:16 to barely beat out Joel Alcorin who ended up six seconds behind at 1:14:22. Third Place went to Rowell Hulleza (1:17:16).
Cadosale, a member of the Central Philippine University athletics varsity, submitted a winning time of 1:33:43. Finishing in Second Place was last year’s Dumaguete City champion Mereeis Ramirez (1:38:59) followed by Iresh Belleza (1:42:42).
A total of 58 men and five women managed to beat the needed times to earn spots in the National Finals set for December 7, 2014 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. This early, around 828 runners have already qualified with still six more regional races to be completed compared to the 661 qualifiers from all of last season.
The MILO King and Queen will be sent on all-expense paid trip to compete at the 2015 Tokyo Marathon. That is a bonus to the PHP 300,000.00 winner’s purse, the largest in the local running circuit.
In the other distance categories, Arnel Florentino (35:44) and Jelyn Duran topped the 10 kilometers while the five kilometers went to Dexter Galos (16:30) of the University of Saint La Salle and Melyn Joy Baddong (20:22) of Negros Occidental High School. The special three-kilometer kiddy race for seven to 12-year olds belonged to Jaden Gil Rivera (12:00) of Bacolod Tay Tung High School and Aubrey Mercado (13:09) of Sum-ag Elementary School.
As MILO celebrates its 50th year in the Philippine market, the brand will continue its advocacy of giving athletic shoes to poor but deserving public school pupils with special attention this year to those from typhoon-ravaged areas in Eastern Visayas. MILO is also supporting the “One Child, One Sport” program in cooperation with the Department of Education to encourage more children to get into sports.
Bacolod took the place of Dumaguete in this year’s 17-leg calendar which will have Tagbilaran City hosting next week’s race on October 5. For registration and other inquiries, the public may contact local organizer Boboy Balite at (0943) 266-1639 or (0917) 323-5272.