BACOLOD CITY – 2012 London Olympian Rene Herrera and elite runner Jennelyn Nobleza were all smiles after winning the 39th MILO Marathon Bacolod qualifying race Sunday (September 27) at the Bacolod City Government Center. A total of 46 men and six women blazed the 21-kilometer course to earn slots to the National Finals set for December 6, 2015 at the SM City Clark in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Herrera outran defending leg champion Maclin Sadia to clock 1:14:12 compared to the latter’s 1:15:04. Jason Agravante took Third Place at 1:16:41.
Last year, Hererra qualified for the Nationals after topping the Dagupan leg. Aside from being a national athlete, he is also a running coach and member of the Philippine Navy.
Nobleza timed 1:34:23 to unseat last year’s winner Stephanie Cadosale (1:38:15) with Helen Ison (1:46:32) settling for Third Place. This time, Nobleza opted to compete in her home province of Negros Occidental after back-to-back Second Place finishes in the 42-kilometer Metro Manila qualifiers in 2013 and 2014.
Although she failed to compete in the 2014 Nationals, Nobleza is really focused on making it good this year. On top of the expected cash windfall, the 39th MILO Marathon King and Queen will be sent as the official Philippine representatives to the prestigious 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016 in the United States.
A banner field of 10,400 runners participated in Sunday’s races. A portion of their registration fees will go to funding MILO’s continuing advocacy of providing athletic shoes to poor but deserving public schoolchildren in coordination with the Department of Education.
Next week’s qualifiers will be held in Tagbilaran City, Bohol on October 4 (Sunday). For more information and registration, contact Boboy Balite at (0943) 266-1639.
Other Winners: Dexter Galos and Jelyn Duran (10 kilometers), Ken Lorenz Cabalhin and Marialyn Pantaliano (five kilometers) and Load Laloy and Mea Tubongbanua (three kilometers).