Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Iba’t Ibang Hinahabol, Iisang Takbuhan

MILO inspires all runners to once again lace up their running shoes for the country’s biggest footrace, the 36th National MILO Marathon. On July 1, the country’s most prestigious nationwide running event will kick-off in Baguio. A total of 200,000 runners are expected to pound their feet on the pavement in 18 races across 17 cities in the country

This year, the theme of the MILO Marathon is “Iba’t ibang hinahabol, iisang takbuhan”, in celebration of the various aspirations of runners who participate in the race. Some run for prize and honor, while others run for fun and fitness, but whatever the reason for running, the 36th National MILO Marathon runners will also be running for a good cause

“Through the MILO Marathon, we are able to provide shoes to underprivileged children to help them become champions in sports and in life,” said Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive. “The noblest motivation for running the MILO Marathon will be to continue the work of providing running shoes to public schoolchildren. Now on its 3rd year, the MILO ‘Help give shoes’ advocacy encourages runners of all ages to register in the 36th National MILO Marathon and make the pledge to give shoes to deserving kids nationwide.”

To date, MILO has given shoes to 14,200 children all over the Philippines through the advocacy. This year, another 10,000 children will be given a pair of running shoes in the hopes of helping them reach for their dreams. For every runner that joins, ten pesos from the registration fee will go to the advocacy. MILO then matches the proceeds, and in cooperation with the Department of Education, selects 100 students that show promise in academics and sports in 100 public schools all over the country as beneficiaries

Continuing its legacy as the pioneering annual marathon in the country, the current certification as a member of the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) further elevated the world-class standards of the MILO Marathon. The 36th National MILO Marathon uses global standard of measurement for all its race categories and is now recognized in the world map of marathon destinations, attracting runners from all over the world

To support homegrown talent, while also giving a venue for foreign runners to compete, the 36th National MILO Marathon will now have Open and Local categories for the 42.195-K and 21-K races in the Manila Eliminations and National Finals. Both foreign and local participants can compete and win in the Open category. However, in case a local participant finishes in the top 3 of the Open category, the runner waives the right to win the prize in the Local category. Foreigners are eligible to win only in the Manila races. To qualify for the National Finals, foreign runners must provide proof of finish in any AIMS accredited races dating back at least one (1) year before race day or they may qualify in the 42.195-K Manila elimination race. They must have a finish time within the specified age-bracket and time identified for 21-K and 42.195-K races

The National MILO Marathon continues to give away the biggest cash prize for marathon winners with over 8 million in prizes and 300,000 peso grand prize for the MILO Marathon King and Queen. Last year’s 42K marathon champions, Mary Grace delos Santos and James Tallam, will be defending their titles and aiming to break their best time of 2:53:07 for the female division and 2:28:02 for the males

Registration is also made more accessible through the National MILO Marathon website which enables runners to process their registration form and payment online and avail of direct-to-home delivery of race kits. This year, registration fees for 5K and 3K race categories has been set at P50 for students, making it more affordable to young student runners. Register and pay through www.nestle.com.ph/milo/marathon


About the National MILO Marathon
The National MILO Marathon is an annual marathon event open to amateur and professional runners. From its humble beginnings in 1974 as a single marathon race in Metro Manila attended by 747 participants, the National MILO Marathon has grown to be the biggest, longest, grandest national running event in the country attracting more than hundreds of thousands of runners across the country. The race is organized by RunRio, Inc.

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