NOT EVEN the threat of a coming super typhoon will stop the 38th MILO Marathon National Finals this
Sunday (December 7) Saturday (December 13) at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City starting at 3:00 AM. For sure, the field of over 1,000 qualifiers headed by defending champions Eduardo Buenavista and Mary Joy Tabal will storm the roads as they vie for top honors in the Philippines’ oldest and most prestigious footrace.
A whopping PHP 300,000.00 and trophies awaits the winners plus the chance to represent the country in the Tokyo Marathon on February 22, 2015. After 17 21-kilometer regional races held since June 29, this looms as the biggest MILO Marathon field ever.
Buenavista is aiming for his sixth MILO title since 2002 to match the record held by Roy Vence. Tabal is going for a back-to-back after she set a new all-time event record of 2:48:00 last season.
Cebu’s pride Tabal served notice of her title intentions by registering the fastest qualifying time of 1:20:46 in winning the Butuan City leg last October 19. The fastest male time belongs to Cagayan de Oro champion Juneil Languido at 1:10:16.
The Men’s Division will also feature former King Julius Sermona and national athletes Eric Panique and Rene Herrera and the expected contingent of overseas runners from Africa. The Women’s Division is just as exciting with the entry of former MILO Queens Cristabel Martes and Mary Grace de los Santos out to regain their thrones.
Other runners can join in the fun via the 21, 10, five and three-kilometer side events starting at 4:30 AM and share the road with the top 42-kilometer contenders. There will also be a lot of fun activities at the race village including the much-awaited inter-school cheering competition.
“Our team is closely monitoring the situation regarding Typhoon Hagupit,” said MILO Sports Executive Andrew Q. Neri. “So far, the race is a go but we will always prioritize the safety of everybody.”
As another successful MILO Marathon season draws to a close, new records have been already set as far as attendance is concerned. This has further fueled MILO’s continuing advocacy of providing athletic shoes to poor but deserving public school children in coordination with the Department of Education.
The 38th MILO Marathon National Finals is made possible with the assistance of Timex, Asics, Manila Bulletin, Lenovo, Gatorade and Bayview Park Hotel Manila with endorsements from the DepEd, Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippine Sports Commission. For more information, log on to www.milo.com.ph and follow MILO’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.