Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Thirty Eight Thousand Pounded The Streets Of Manila

Two-time champion and MILO Marathon national record holder Jho-An Banayag ruled the 42-k women’s division, as Jason Agravante dominated the men's division, Sunday in the record-breaking Metro Manila Leg of the 36th National MILO Marathon at the Mall of Asia (MOA) grounds in Pasay City. Nestle Philippines officials expressed elation over the heavy 38,429 runners who participated in the prestigious event, which shattered last year's 35,000 turnout

Thirty year-old Banayag showed no sign of weakness and maintained her swift pace from the early stages of the track to the finish line, clocking in at 3:02:20. A far second behind Banayag was Jennelyn Nobleza of Silay City at 3:17:44, followed by veteran Luisa Raterta who clocked in at 3:23:55

After six years of participation, the 23-year-old Agravante of Silay City finally secured his first major title, topping the men’s category in 2:39:57. He relegated brothers Elmer and Gerald Sabal to second and third place with 2:45:16 and 2:46:10, respectively

Meanwhile, in the men’s 21-k race, Rafael Poliquit Jr. finished first in 1:14:35, while Nhea Ann Barcena topped the women’s category in 1:33:38. Also among today’s participants is Aklanon Mark Joseph “Aga” Casidsid, who successfully completed the 42-k track despite the challenges of being visually impaired. Of the 38,429 runners who competed in the MILO Marathon Metro Manila eliminations, over 2,000 runners registered for the 42-k race

To further MILO’s vision to inspire and equip underprivileged school children to excel in sports and in life, MILO’s “Help Give Shoes” advocacy program, which is now on its third year of staging, will provide 10,000 pairs of shoes to children nationwide. In Metro Manila alone, students from ten schools benefited from the program, namely San Rafael National High School, Ramon Magsaysay High School, Tibangan Elementary School, Gen. M. Hizon Elementary School, Pasay Science High School, Tatalon Elementary School, Carlos Albert High School, and Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School

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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