NAGA CITY – New names emerged as the big winners of the 39th MILO Marathon Naga qualifying race held last Sunday (August 16) at the SM City Naga. Alvin Nicolas and Macrose Dichoso stole the thunder from their more illustrious competitors to join 59 men and three women who earned slots at the National Finals this December 6 at the SM City Clark in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Nicolas, an Agriculture Engineering student at the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, finished the 21-kilometer course in a new season record of 1:12:04 to better the 1:12:12 set by national athlete Mervin Guarte in the inaugural Calapan City qualifiers two weeks ago. Coming in at a far Second Place was Gilbert Laido (1:17:07) followed by Third Place Ernie Payong (1:18:09).
Dichoso, who runs for the University of the East varsity, submitted a time of 1:35:56. In Second Place was last year’s Third Placer Marilyn Bermundo (1:45:52) with Payong’s wife and 2013 Naga champion Gemma Payong in Third Place (1:46:16).
Nicolas won the five-kilometer category in 2013 and followed it up by taking the 10-kilometer category last season. Dichoso for her part has been a regular participant in the shorter distances in MILO races.
Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat fired the starting gun for over 7,300 participants. Nicolas and Dichoso were rewarded with trophies and PHP 10,000.00 each.
This year, bigger prizes amounting to as much as PHP 550,000.00 awaits the MILO King and Queen. More importantly, they will be the official Philippine representatives to the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016 in the United States.
The MILO Marathon takes a break this week and makes its final stop in Luzon two weeks from now (August 30) in Lucena City. For registration and more information, please contact Osmund Ng at (0915) 716-8310.
Other Winners: Marino Lagyap and Cindy Lopez (10 kilometers), Sirgio Junel Gaboyea and Lovely Joy Cordevilla (five kilometers) and Mark Andrei Lora and Princess Mae Lopez (three kilometers).