Sunday, September 28, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon Bacolod 2014

Elite runners Maclin Sadia and Stephani Cadosale emerged victorious from their respective categories in the 21K main event at the 38th National MILO Marathon Bacolod Qualifying Race. The competition featured a delegation of 9,266 runners – double that of last year when the race was held in Dumaguete.

Runners shrugged off the heat and used the sunny forecast to their advantage. In a tightly competed race, the 21k male category saw 21-year-old Maclin Sadia outlasted his fiercest rivals, posting a time of 01:14:16, narrowly edging Joel Alcorin (01:14:22) and Rowell Hulleza (01:17:16) who finished second and third place, respectively.*

Sadia, hailing from Cadiz City of Negros Occidental, has his humble beginnings as a runner during his elementary school days. Financial problems forced him to stop going to school in 2005 and work as a delivery boy of soft drinks to sari-sari stores to support his ten other siblings. Rekindling his love affair with running, he started training under the tutelage of his father Alino Sadia, a former runner who used to compete in marathons in Bacolod.

In the distaff side, Cadosale displayed a relentless drive from the get go, finishing with an impressive time of 01:33:43, relegating Mereeis Ramierez (01:38:59) to second place, and Iresh Belleza (01:42:42) to third place.*

Her running resume says that she is no stranger to success. With podium finishes in fun runs and school competitions under the State and Colleges Universities Athletics Association (SCUAA), she also prides herself with accolades in past MILO Marathons, winning Gold in Bacolod (2012) and Silver in Iloilo (2013). Though training was scarse due to harsh weather conditions leading to the race, her accummulated experience gave her enough to come out on top. “It was rainy leading up to this event but during my free time, I did some long runs and managed to work on my speed,” shared Cadosale. “My family was very supportive throughout the process and I owe this win to them.”

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.
The qualifying race will resume in Tagbilaran on October 5 before heading to Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Color Manila Run 2015

What: Color Manila Run 2015
When: Jan 4 2015 (Sunday)
Where: BGC
Categories: 3km, 5km, 10km

Runners experience color extravaganza at the race route with every color station they encounter. Burst of bright colored powder under the morning sun during the Color Festival

Race Tee

Finishers Medal

Registration Fee
3km - PHP850
5km - PHP850
10km - PHP850

Gun Start
620AM - 10km
6:30AM - 5km
6:45AM - 3km

Registration Process
Credit Card/Paypal
Visit the Official Color Manila website:www.colormanilarun.com
Click on REGISTER
Fill up your credit card details | Choose prepaid cards as payment optons and enter the code | Choose SM Tickets as payment option and enter the code
Fill up the online registration form
Wait for your confirmation email

Monday, September 22, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon Ilo-Ilo 2014

Elite runners Eric Panique and Adjene Rose Delos Santos conquered the 21K centerpiece events at the Iloilo leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon on Sunday, the biggest race in Iloilo, to date. Almost 15,000 runners joined the race, despite the stormy weather that battered the country in the past few days.

Last year’s MILO Marathon Manila leg winner Eric Panique grabbed another comfortable victory against his rivals as he used the better weather conditions to his advantage and clocked in at 01:14:06, beating second placer Roger Denolo (01:19:15) and third placer Roger Molinos (01:19:19).

The 28-year-old member of the National Team, hailing from Negros Occidental, trains everyday with the team under coach Mario Castro’s guidance. Perseverance is the key to winning, according to Panique. “Because of Typhoon Mario’s wrath in the past few days, I was worried it would still rain and the roads will be very wet. Thankfully the weather got better, although the high humidity levels made the race more challenging. But I did not let it stop me,” said Panique. “There were times when I had difficulty in breathing and experienced some chest pains, but I pushed myself since I knew I can still handle it. I’m proud that my perseverance paid off.”

Meanwhile, Adjene Rose Delos Santos went neck-and-neck in a thrilling bout with fellow contender Jioda Gagnao, beating the latter by only one second. Delos Santos settled the score towards the finish line and posted a time of 01:48:46, relegating Gagnao to second place (01:48:47), while Lorena Blanco finished in third place (01:53:16).

For Delos Santos, a 28-year-old native of the Quezon province, awareness and distribution were the main factors that helped her earn her victory. “During the race, I kept track of how many kilometers I’ve already covered, and the pace that I was running at. I tried to manage my distribution and pacing throughout the entire route as best as I can,” said Delos Santos. “We were lucky that it wasn’t rainy anymore and it wasn’t too hot either. The main challenge for me was when I felt some pains on my sides, and experienced dehydration due to the lack of sleep. I need to work on this for the National Finals.”

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

The qualifying race will pick up in Iloilo on September 21, then proceed to Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Little Olympics Wraps Up Regional Legs

The 2014 MILO Little Olympics recently concluded its last two regional legs in NCR, held in Marikina City, and Luzon, in Baguio City. San Beda College-Rizal and St. Jude Catholic School bagged top honors for the secondary and elementary divisions in the NCR leg, while Baguio City National High School and Baguio Central School ran the show at the Luzon leg.

Team NCR are looking to extend their winning streak as they begin their preparations for the National Finals. Over 5,400 student-athletes from 177 schools across the region participated in the prestigious inter-school competition, and competed in 13 different sports including Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Lawn Tennis, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and Volleyball, Chess, Sepak Takraw and Scrabble. More than 800 teams battled for the chance to represent Team NCR in defending their championship crown at the National Finals slated on October 24 to 26. Having won back-to-back Overall Champion titles, Team NCR are on a mission to win their third consecutive championship and secure the MILO Little Olympics Perpetual Trophy.

The opening ceremony, which preceded the five-day tournament, was graced by distinguished guests including Hon. Tonisito Umali, Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs for the Department of Education, Dr. Luz Almeda, Regional Director for the Department of Education, National Capital Region, and Hon. Del De Guzman, Mayor of Marikina City, along with over 30,000 spectators from the different participating schools.

Dr. Robert Milton Calo, Regional Organizer for the NCR leg of the 2014 MILO Little Olympics, expressed his delight in the competitiveness exhibited by the participating teams. “All of the student-athletes and their coaches are very ambitious to win the championships so that the Perpetual Trophy will be with us forever,” said Dr. Calo. “All of the regional teams are excellent and we are all in for a thrilling final on October. Everyone has a fair chance to win, but we will definitely put up a good fight come the National Finals.”

San Beda College-Rizal topped the ranks in the secondary division with 95 points. Joining the San Beda Red Cubs in the top ten teams are Emilio Aguinaldo College-ICA (85 points), King's Montessori School (62 points), Sta. Elena HS (47 points), St. Paul College-Pasig (44 points), Rizal HS (42 points), UP Integrated School (40 points), St. Jude Catholic School (37 points), Diliman Preparatory School 33 points, and University of the East (33 points).

In the elementary division, St. Jude Catholic School finished impressively with 67 points, and won first place over the rest of the top ten teams, namely, Concepcion Elementary School (54 points), Legarda Elementary School (53.5 points), Diosdado P. Macapagal Elem School (42 points), Mandaluyong Elementary School (40 points), San Diego Elementary School (40 points), Dasmarinas II Central School (40 points), Marist School (35.67 points), Escuela de Sophia of Caloocan Inc. (32 points), and Itaas Elementary School (32 points).

In the Luzon leg of the tournament, Baguio City National High School and Baguio Central School emerged victorious in the secondary and elementary divisions, respectively. More than 12,000 spectators, including Baguio Vice-Mayor Edison Bilog, graced the opening ceremonies and sporting events to support the 6,893 student-athletes from 215 schools across Luzon.

Tess Bernardino, 2014 MILO Little Olympics Regional Organizer for Luzon, was grateful of the fair weather as they encountered heavy rains during the week leading to the tournament. “It was a blessing for us that the storms did not make landfall on the days of the events,” said Bernardino. “We are delighted that this year’s regional leg of the MILO Little Olympics is well-participated by numerous student-athletes from various academic institutions. This proves that sports are deemed essential in the formation and development of the youth’s health and wellbeing.”

Baguio City National High School clinched the secondary division title for the eighth time, garnering a remarkable score of 197.5 points, with the highest marks in Athletics, Men’s Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Lawn Tennis. Holy Angel University’s domination of the basketball courts helped them secure second place (66 points), relegating University of Baguio to third place (64.5 points). Completing the ranks from fourth to tenth are Lorma Colleges Special Science High School (62 points), Angeles University Foundation (59 points), Benguet National High School (49 points), University of Baguio Science High School (43.17 points), Umingan Central National High School (40.5 points), Urdaneta City National High School (40 points), and Colegio Monterei De Pila (33 points).

In the elementary division, Baguio Central School outclassed their rival schools in the Girls’ Athletics, Chess, Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Girls’ Volleyball events, which propelled them to first place with a grand total of 119.8 points. Special Education for the Gifted (SPED-G) followed in second place with 53 points, and Urdaneta High School in third place with 51.67 points. The remaining schools who made it to the top 10 are Don Bosco Technical Institute-Tarlac (51points), Bonifacio Elementary School (41 points), St. Louis University Laboratory Elementary School (37 points), Hilario Valdez Elementary School (32 points), Colegio Monterei De Pila (30 points), and Don Felipe Maramba Elementary School (30 points).

The MILO Little Olympics is an arena for student-athletes to showcase their athletic prowess. The tournament also gives them a chance to begin stamping their authority in their chosen sport. For Roland Daniel Saavedra, captain of the San Beda College-Rizal High School football team, the MILO Little Olympics is a stage where he can make his dreams come true. “I really want to become like my idols Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, among others, who serve as my inspiration. In the MILO Little Olympics, we get to experience playing competitively, which is similar to how these professional players get to play in high quality tournaments,” shared Saavedra. The 17-year-old budding football star, who also plays chess as a hobby, however, does not forget the importance of becoming a well-rounded student-athlete. “It’s easy to get so caught up with sports because you enjoy it so much, but a good education is very important. For us student-athletes, academics should always come first,” Saavedra said. “You have to have good time management. Prioritize academics, after that, if there’s time, you can train.”

To further encourage student-athletes and coaches to aim for excellence in sports, Most Valuable Player and Winning Coach awards were also presented at the closing ceremonies. In line with MILO’s 50th year anniversary, the leading beverage brand will also select in the National Finals in October the 50 Most Outstanding Athletes in the MILO Little Olympics and provide them with special prizes.

“The MILO Little Olympics is an avenue for our young athletes to be immersed in the competitive ethos, which is essential in their formation and progress from the grassroots level to the elite level,” said MILO Sports Executive Robbie De Vera. “We are blessed to have the support of the schools, the Department of Education, the local government, and our partners in making the MILO Little Olympics a success. We at MILO remain steadfast in our commitment in helping enhance and uplift the level and quality of our grassroots sports programs.”

With all regional legs now completed, teams NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are focused on their preparations as they go head to head with the top student-athletes across the country. The stage is set for the National Finals on October 24 to 26 at the Marikina Sports Center.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Filinvest Endurance Weekend 2014


When weekend bikers turn into competitive cyclists, and casual joggers evolve into avid runners, they want to keep the momentum alive by constantly going for races that will push them to the next level. Whether elite, intermediate or relative beginner, a new twist or challenge in a race gives additional motivation and excitement for every biker or runner.

This is exactly what Filinvest City offers as it hosts the second Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2014: Ride, Rock and Run, a race that will test their limits – whether they’re hard-core cyclists and runners, or just racing enthusiasts who want to see how far they can go.

When: November 8-9, 2014 (Saturday, Sunday)
Time: 6AM – 6PM
Gun Start: Endurance MTB
6AM: 12 Hour Category
12NN: 6 Hour Category
Gun Start: Endurance Trail Run
6AM: 3 Hour and 12 Hour Category
9AM: 6 Hour Category
Where: Filinvest City, Alabang Muntinlupa

The races are set to take place on November 8 and 9, 2014 at the picturesque nature trails within this garden city. Lined with stately palms and shady trees, and filled with beautiful landscapes and lush greenery, these popular trails make it that much more enjoyable for competitors to race and attempt to beat their Personal Records.

Adding to the festive atmosphere of the entire weekend are the rockin’ side activities that will provide entertainment for the spectators and give that much-needed energy boost for the racers.

Race Pack Inclusion
Race Bib with RFID
Bike Number with RFID (Endurance MTB)
Event Shirt
Lunch Meal (For 12 Hour Category)

Registration Centers
Chris Sports SM North EDSA
Chris Sports SM MOA
Chris Sports SM City BF
Chris Sports Glorietta 3
Chris Sports Festival Mall
Second Wind Running Store 88 Malingap Street Teachers Village QC
Second Wind Running Store Unit 3A Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas Pasig City
Second Wind Running Store Unit GS 107 G-Strip Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan
The Brick Multisport Store Woodridge Building Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill Taguig
Velocipede Unit B, Royale Place Arcade, Don Antonio Drive, Commonwealth Quezon City
Cycling Zone Shell Pacific Gas station, Alabang-Zapote Rd., Alabang
John Wilkie Concepcion J. P. Rizal Street, Barangay Concepcion I, Marikina City
Enso’s Bike Shop 58 J.P. Rizal St.,Calumpang, Marikina City

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Ten Hard-Rock Reasons #RunCorregidor

#10 Corregidor is so near Manila, but away from the city chaos

#9 Corregidor is traffic-free, smog-free

#8 Run and rock through history

#7 Race shirt, Finisher’s Medal, Finisher’s Medallion, Massive 42K Finisher’s Medallion, Limited edition Jacket

#6 Ferry ride, identical gears

#5 “Hardest” race in the country All-terrain race

#4 CM & CIHM is the perfect year-opener for runners aiming to start the year with a bang

#3 Cross the finish line with the view of the infinity line

#2 Corregidor offers runners the best possible way to cool down after a challenging race – taking a plunge in the Corregidor beach

#1 CM & CIHM are both for serious and fun runners, the two races are loaded with memorable running experience

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon Lucena 2014

Philippine Air Force Airman Anthony Nerza and Philippine Army Private Janice Tawagin showcased their running prowess as they dominated in the 21K events at the Lucena leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon Qualifying Race on Sunday. About 10,000 runners joined the race, with 50 runners qualifying for the National Finals.

Nerza and Tawagin each earned a cash prize of P10,000, a trophy, and a coveted slot in the National Finals slated on December 7. Both will join the country’s finest elite runners in their quest to clinch the MILO Marathon King and Queen crowns. As an added incentive, MILO will send this year’s King and Queen to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.

The runners were blessed with good weather and they surely used it to their advantage. The thrilling race saw Nerza finish ahead of Richard Salaño, who put up a good fight right to the final second. Nerza posted a time of 01:12:12, while Salaño clocked in at 01:12:39, finishing first and second place, respectively. Elmer Sabal came in at third place with a time of 01:16:07.

The 25-year-old Davaoeño, currently residing in Pasig, expressed his elation and relief in winning the race. “It was really competitive, my fellow runners were ahead of me in the first 100 meters, and I was falling behind. I thought I wouldn’t be able to catch up, but thankfully I was able to do so and even won,” shared Nerza. “I still have a long way to go in terms of my training. Every day, I run in the morning and in the afternoon. For the National Finals, I will add three-hour runs for endurance to improve my performance.”

In the distaff side, Tawagin displayed a convincing victory with an impressive time of 01:29:59, relegating rivals Jeany Rose Hari (01:44:57) to second place, and Rose Ann Valencia (02:03:01) to third place.

The qualifying race will continue in Lucena on August 31, and will head to Puerto Princesa (September 7), Lipa (September 14), Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Monday, September 1, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon Naga 2014

Mario Maglinao and Luisa Raterta trumped their fiercest rivals in 21K events at the 38th National MILO Marathon Eliminations in Naga City on Sunday. Each earned a cash prize of P10,000, a trophy, and a coveted slot in the National Finals.

Despite the high level of humidity during the race, over 9,000 runners rose to the challenge and exhibited their commitment and passion for running. 73 runners have qualified for the National Finals and will join Maglinao and Raterta as they go head-to-head with elite runners from across the country in Manila on December 7. The MILO Marathon King and Queen, to be crowned on that day, will be sent by MILO to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.

26-year-old Maglinao posted a time of 01:12:47, besting contenders Martin Balaybo (01:13:33), and Eugin Postrado (01:16:43). The native of Legazpi City, Albay, who currently works in Manila, has not received any formal training in running. “Like swimming and biking, running has always been a hobby and passion of mine. I do it recreationally whenever I go home to Albay,” shared Maglinao. “I didn’t have enough time to train for the race because I’m always very busy at work, but thankfully I still qualified and won. I will adjust and train for long distance running to prepare for the National Finals.”

Finishing with an impressive time of 01:32:10 on the distaff side is 33-year-old Raterta, outdoing challengers Janette Agura (01:37:41) and Marilyn Bermundo (01:40:59). Hailing from Laguna, the housewife also trains youth runners and considers her coaching as part of her own training as well. “The route was organized well this year, unlike before, when we would merge with the 3K runners that caused the slowing down of our pace,” said Raterta. “It’s always a challenge to maintain the proper pace throughout the race. I will focus on this as I train for the finals.” Raterta had also won first place in the Manila leg, and second place in the National Finals of the 37th National MILO Marathon last year, among other awards.

The qualifying race will continue in Lucena on August 31, and will head to Puerto Princesa (September 7), Lipa (September 14), Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.
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