DAVAO CITY – The final spots to the National Finals were handed out at the conclusion of the 38th MILO Marathon Davao City qualifying race Sunday morning (November 23) at the Ateneo de Davao University. Sonny Wagdos and Judelyn Miranda emerged the toast of the estimated field of 10,000 participants by topping the centerpiece 21-kilometer category.
Wagdos’ winning time of 1:13:59 was also good enough to earn an all-expense paid trip to the Nationals on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City on top of a trophy and PHP 10,000.00 in cash. Finishing two minutes later in Second Place Machale Jan Echalico (1:15:03) followed by Gilbert Maluyo (1:18:13).
Miranda had an easy time by checking in at 1:33:55, adding another regional championship to her resume after topping last year’s Butuan City qualifiers. Coming in at a far Second Place was Madelyn Carter at 1:49:43 followed by Daisy Joy Dayondon at 1:58:09.
In other distance categories, the 10 kilometers were won by Joerge Andrade (34:26) and Diana Mae Memoracion (44:54) while the five kilometers went to Erwin Gubal of Holy Cross of Davao College (18:39) and Meagey Ninura (21:25). Emmalyn Typin retained her three-kilometer kiddy race Girls crown in 11:03 to share honors with Boys winner Jimboy Er-Er (10:25).
This year saw a lot of runners raising their game. Wagdos, a student at the University of Mindanao, won the local 10 kilometers last season while Echalico improved from his Third Place finish in the 21 kilometers.
The 17th and final regional qualifying leg for the year had 38 men and four women earning spots after meeting their respective age group time standards. Since the qualifiers started last June 29, a total of over 1,100 runners made the grade in what could be the largest field ever in the country’s oldest and most prestigious footrace.
The start list is expected to grow as several overseas-based runners have signified their intention to compete. All they need is to submit a certification that they have met MILO’s qualifying time in any 21 or 42.195-kilometer AIMS member race held after December 7, 2013.
Other runners can still join the marathon qualifiers on the road by signing up for the 21, 10, five and three-kilometer categories. Registration is ongoing at Asics branches at Bonifacio High Street, Fairview Terraces and Trinoma Mall and at Sports Central branches at the SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall.
As the 2014 season draws to a close, the MILO Marathon has once more broken attendance records, thus ensuring more funding for its advocacies primarily the distribution of athletic shoes to poor but deserving public school pupils in coordination with the Department of Education. This year also marked the start of the “One Child, One Sport” program to encourage more children to get into sports.