BUTUAN CITY – Patience has finally paid off for seasoned runners Bobby Tadlas and Michell Ann Aclo after they finally nailed a regional leg as the 39th MILO Marathon completed its penultimate qualifier at the Father Saturnino Urios University last Sunday (November 15). Sunday’s winners are long time participants in MILO-sponsored races.
Tadlas won out in his duel with Ramil Neri by crossing the line in 1:13:25. Neri settled for Second Place, missing top honors by a mere seven seconds at 1:13:32, followed by Third Placer Arlon Gape (17:02).
It was sweet redemption for Tadlas who finished runner-up a year ago to Jerald Zabala. Neri took third spot in the same race.
Aclo had the same story as Tadlas, a former 10-kilometer champion who finished runner-up in 2014 to eventual MILO Queen Mary Joy Tabal. She timed 1:42:13, followed by Jennifer Red Salceda (1:51:23) and Janette Mendoza (1:55:11).
Both winners received PHP 10,000.00 and trophies. Butuan produced 32 male and two female qualifiers that will go on to the National Finals set for December 6, 2015 at the SM City Clark in Angeles City, Pampanga.
This year’s MILO Marathon will reward the King and Queen with the chance to represent the Philippines in the 120th Boston Marathon in the United States on April 18, 2016. This marks the third straight year that the MILO champions will be sent to an international race after Paris in 2014 and Los Angeles earlier this year.
Thousands of public school children from Butuan and nearby areas also benefited from the MILO Marathon’s advocacy of giving athletic shoes. It is hoped that these shoes will be the tools to help build the next generation of Filipino sports champions.
The final chance for runners to earn coveted slots in the Nationals will be next Sunday (November 22) at Cagayan de Oro City. For more information and registration, contact Circle Productions Inc. At (0915) 375-3117.
Other Winners: Kheenan Luo James Caburnay and Jeneper Paloma (10 kilometers), Raymund Lopez and Weljaleyn Puro (five kilometers) and Jayvier Duhac and Jenibie Pras (three kilometers).