Wednesday, July 3, 2019

National MILO Marathon 2019

An exciting season awaits running aspirants and professionals as leading beverage brand MILO today announced the launch of the 2019 National MILO Marathon. Building on the anticipation for the Philippine-hosted 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, this year’s marathon series will center on the theme, “One Team. One Nation. Go Philippines!” in support for the Filipino athletes competing in the prestigious biennial meet.

With its mission to promote nation-building in sports, MILO continues to champion sports and inspire excellence among Filipino athletes through its grassroots programs including the National MILO Marathon.

In partnership with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA), MILO will send six-time MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal and MILO Marathon runner-up Jerald Zabala to the SEA Games and represent the country in the marathon event.

After the unfortunate demise of MILO Marathon King Rafael Poliquit, PATAFA has decided to give the slot to the runner that succeeded Poliquit in the 2018 National Finals. Zabala, who won second place, thereby gets outright slot for the SEA Games. Poliquit still retains his title as the 2018 MILO Marathon King.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our country’s greatest athletics assets, Rafael Poliquit,” said Castillo. “As a three-time National MILO Marathon King and member of the National Track Team, he has been an inspiration to many. The values that he exemplified on and off the track have inspired countless individuals to persevere and strive for success not just in sports, but also in life.”


National Finals in 2020

The new developments are expected to drive the number of runners in this year’s marathon, with over 150,000 runners projected to join this season. The race will kick off in July in Metro Manila before shifting to other regional races across the country.

Subic Bay Freeport Zone is added in the list of regional legs, while Davao City returns in the lineup, making the National MILO Marathon accessible to running fans in Central Luzon and Mindanao.

For the first time, the National Finals will take place in January 2020 to make way for the SEA Games in November and December. The City of Tarlac has committed to host this season’s grand finale in celebration of their annual KAISA Festival, the city’s week-long fiesta, to provide a festive and cultural experience for all participating runners.

The 2020 National Finals will witness a fierce showdown between homegrown and international athletes as the Indonesian champions of the MILO 10KM run are set to take part in the grand finale. This unprecedented collaboration hopes to open more doors across MILO sports events in the region and also spark international interest in Philippine sports.

The PATAFA Road Race Tier Rating System is a certification given to PATAFA-sanctioned races that meet stringent criteria for quality location and logistics, course measurement and management, and actual event staging and flow.


Exciting Perks Await Runners

MILO will also roll out features to provide a holistic experience that runners can enjoy inside and outside the race track.

In partnership with cashback loyalty program provider, BeepXtra Philippines, Inc. (bXTRA), the Official Cashback Partner, all participants in categories 10KM and above will receive a limited edition bXTRA-MILO Marathon Cashback Card. Upon activation, cardholders will be qualified to receive Cashbacks from bXTRA partner outlets nationwide ranging from restaurants, hotels, retail stores, clothing, fitness centers to professional services and others.

Conrad Manila, the Official Hotel Partner, will provide exclusive discount privileges on hotel accommodations, amenities and restaurants including Brasserie, China Blue, C-Lounge, and Conrad Spa to all participants registered in the Manila Leg during the weekend of the race on July 26 to 28.

With the invaluable support of MILO Marathon runners and partners, MILO continues to help the youth across the country through the Help Give Shoes advocacy. For years, MILO has given new pairs of running shoes and sports equipment to undeserved students from public schools nationwide, in order to help them reach for their dreams and lead an active and healthy lifestyle. MILO has so far donated 85,000 pairs of shoes and 2,500 basketballs to its beneficiaries, and is set to give out 1,500 pairs of shoes and 2,500 basketballs this year.

The race will kick off in Metro Manila on July 28, followed by Subic Bay Freeport Zone (August 4), Lucena (September 15), Batangas (September 22), Cebu (September 29), Iloilo (October 6), General Santos (October 13), Davao (October 20), Cagayan De Oro (November 17), and in Tarlac for the National Finals on January 19, 2020. The Urdaneta leg, originally set on July 14, will be postponed. MILO is closely coordinating with local government and race organizers to finalize the new race date and venue.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Team 7-11 Phils Finish Strong In Phuket

A group of Philippines’ elite runners, collectively known as Team 7-Eleven Philippines, overcome tough weather conditions and a strong foreign competition to emerge as top finishers of their respective race categories in the recently-held Laguna Phuket Marathon in Phuket, Thailand.

The team, composed of fifteen elite runners from different parts of the Philippines, were brought by Philippine Seven Corporation to compete in Laguna Phuket Marathon in Thailand’s picturesque Phuket Island as part of their prize for landing in the podium of the 42km, 32km and 21km race categories of the 7-Eleven Run Series held simultaneously in Manila, Cebu and Davao last February.

Philippine Army’s Richard Salaño, who took time off his preparations for the upcoming SEA Games, emerged as the 21km race’s Male Division Champion, clocking in at 1:13:25. Cebu’s Prince Joey Lee came in second with a finish time of 1:14:00.6, while Davao’s Joerge Andrade finished at 1:18:29.5 to land at the fourth spot, behind Daisuke Yamauchi of Japan who claimed third place.

At the half-marathon Women’s Division, Bukidnon’s Christine Hallasgo bagged first place in what is to be her first-ever international race outing.

Hallasgo, who covered the race in 1:25:28.6, said “Una sa lahat nagpapasalamat ako sa Panginoon kasi binigyan Niya ako ng lakas kahit masama ang panahon kanina. Nagpapasalamat din po ako sa 7-Eleven dahil nabigyan ang katulad ko ng chance na makapag-participate sa ibang bansa. Ito ang first time ko at hindi ko ine-expect na makukuha ko itong panalo na ito. Pangarap ko lang dati na maiwagayway ang bandera ng Pilipinas at hindi ko naintindihan ang nararamdaman ko ngayong isa na ako sa mga Pinay na nakapagdala ng bandera ng Pilipinas sa finish line at maiuuwi ang panalo”.

Completing the team’s conquest in the half-marathon women’s division is track and field legend, Christabel Martes who clocked in at 1:29:51.4 to finish in third place, Manila’s Luisa Raterta (1:34:53.6 ) and Jocelyn Elijeran (1:36:55), finished fourth and seventh, respectively. The Phuket race was also Raterta’s and Elijeran’s first international race experience.

The team also claimed victories in the full marathon race. Bryan Quiamco from Davao finished with top two honors in the Men’s Division with a time of 2:40:15.1. Cebu’s Azlan Pagay snatched the third place spot from Japanese Hiroki Nakajima (2:41:20.2) with a come-from-behind sprint finish of 2:41:20. Richeel Languido, also from Bukidnon, settled for the fifth spot with a time of 2:50:22.2.

On the distaff side, April Rose Diaz from Manila, finished the 42km race in 3:24:57.6 which was good for the third spot in the podium. Caviteña Maricar Camacho finished at seventh with a time of 3:39:47.1.

Ever since 2013, 7-Eleven Philippines have given a set of Filipino elite runners a chance to compete in the international stage by bringing them to a foreign running race, all expenses paid for plus pocket money and all needs taken cared of. Apart from this, runners who successfully finish on any of the top three overall spots in their respective category will not only get to bring home the race prizes but also receive a bonus cash prize from 7-Eleven Philippines.

The participation of Filipino runners at the Laguna Phuket Marathon in Thailand was made possible through the effort of Philippine Seven Corporation together with the valuable support of Under Armour as exclusive sportswear partner, PLDT-Smart, ESPN 5 and Cignal as media partners and sponsors Selecta Cornetto, Nature’s Spring Water, Summit Water, Gatorade, Del Monte, Pocari Sweat, Refresh Mineral Water, Kopiko 78, San Miguel Beer, Selecta, Fit and Right, Aquafina, Pepsi, Jack N Jill Nova, Evian, Le Minerale, SIP water, Safeguard, C2 Iced Tea, Mogu Mogu and Magnolia.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

2019 National MILO Marathon Manila

The National MILO® Marathon has energized champions and continues to inspire millions more in what is now known as the biggest, grandest and most prestigious running event in the country. Winners, crowned MILO® Marathon King and Queen, are granted the privilege to represent the country in top international marathon events. Participants from all walks of life are able to help inspire underprivileged children to reach for their dreams through the HELP GIVE SHOES advocacy. Decade after decade, the National MILO® Marathon will always help the Filipino people in building a nation of champions.

WHEN: July 28 2019

Online Registration:
https://www.runrio.com/race/registration/2019-national-milo-marathon-manila-elimination

Registration Fee:
P160 - 3km
P160 - 5km
P900 - 10km
P1000 - 21km (and a fit-to-run medical certificate)
P1100 - 42km (and a fit-to-run medical certificate)

Assembly Time and Gun Start:
3km - 0430AM - 0530AM
5km - 0430AM - 0535AM
10km - 0400AM - 0500AM
21km - 0330AM - 0430AM
42km - 0100AM - 0200AM

Cut-off Time:
3km - 1 hour (7 years old and above)
5km - 1 hour (7 years old and above)
10km - 1.5 hours (16 years old and above)
21km - 2.5 hours (must be at 10km marker in 1.5 hours)
42km - 6 hours (must be at 32km marker in 5 hours)



Reminders
* Participants must be 18 years and above, born in the year 2000, to participate in the Full Marathon (42.195-K) and Half Marathon (21-K). Each runner will have to secure an official ‘Fit-To-Run’ medical certificate signed by a licensed physician within 2 months before race day. Participants who are found to have tampered their medical certificates will automatically waive their insurance coverages
* Only local participants (Filipinos and foreigners with working visa) can join and win in the 42.195-K and 21-K qualifying races
* Pets, bicycles, motorcycles, vehicles and any other wheel-run objects are not allowed on the course other than the official race and medical vehicles.
* Participants in the 3K and 5K race categories are strongly encouraged not to bring any type of bag(s) on race day. The baggage area provided is solely for longer distance categories such as 10K, 21K, & 42K. The race organizer will not be responsible for any lost item.

Side Events
Biggest School Delegation Competition. Schools must submit their entry forms at the same time. Students must indicate the name of their school on the entry form and submit a photocopy of their school ID for the current school year (front and back). To qualify, a minimum of 50 students must finish the race. Top three schools in each area with the most number of students finishing the 5-K Fun Run and the 3-K Kiddie Run will win the awards
Cheer Leading Competition. Each team must have at least a minimum of 25 performers, and a maximum of 50 including props men and spotters. Any excess beyond the maximum number of participants will merit a point deduction equivalent to the total excess number of participants.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

7-Eleven Run 2019

Happening simultaneously in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao on February 3, 2019, 7-Eleven Run 2019 promises to be an exciting event for both professional and recreational runners. The race was first held simultaneously in 3 locations across the country last 2018, with over 25,000 runners participating. This year promises to be even bigger, better and more exciting. Runners can expect to see new race categories, a chance to compete in an international Asian marathon, and even have the opportunity to win P500,000 cash.

The race in Luzon will be held in Filinvest City, Alabang. The Visayas leg will be held at Cebu Business Park, while the Mindanao leg will be in SM City Davao.

This year, runners will see new distances that will challenge experienced and novice runners alike. 7-Eleven is introducing the 32K category. Runners also have other options: from a short 500 meter run for kids, a 10K buddy category, and up to a 42K full marathon.


As always, 7-Eleven continues to support Filipino athletes. This year, the overall top 3 Filipino winners for 21K, 32K, and 42K will be awarded cash prizes and medals, plus a chance to join an international marathon in Asia, all expenses paid. Last year, winners of the 21K and 42K races from 7-Eleven Run Series 2018 were sent to Jeju, South Korea to compete at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival where they dominated the top spots in their respective race categories.


To further encourage the spirit of competition, 7-Eleven will be giving away a bonus cash prize to the top Filipino runner who can beat the Philippine record for the 42K category. The record setter will get to take home P500,000 in cash.


Registration is now open until January 15, 2019. Be sure to visit the official website at https://run711.com/ and follow its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/run711 for more information about the race.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Over 7,000 runners joined McDonald’s Stripes Run 2018

Last December 2, 2018, McDonald’s continued its commitment to help children learn how to read through Stripes Run 2018. Now on its 9th year, Stripes Run brought together family and friends in its annual run for reading, which was held at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.

Wearing the iconic red and white striped socks, thousands of runners also enjoyed a morning of fun games and activities around the race village. The run ended on a high note with a star-studded awarding session where McDonald’s endorsers Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, and Gabby Concepcion joined hosts Atom Araullo and Jackie Lou Blanco. Runners were also excited to see GMA artists Rayver Cruz, Janine Gutierrez, and Camille Prats with her husband John Yambao and son Nathan, who were present at the run to show their support for the advocacy. Kids of all ages got to experience a live reading session given by Kapuso celebrity mom, Chynna Ortaleza with her husband, singer Kean Cipriano and their daughter, Stellar along with McDonald’s Chief Happiness Officer, Ronald McDonald.

Through McDonald’s Stripes Run, P2 million was donated to Ronald McDonald Read to Learn, a beginning reading program of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) which aims to improve the literacy skills of Grades 1 and 2 public school students while they are in the early stages of learning. To date, the Read to Learn program has enrolled close to 10,000 partner schools nationwide— reaching more than 12 million students.

“With McDonald's Stripes Run, we are able to strengthen our commitment to families, by giving kids and their parents an event where they can spend a day of active play together and contribute to a great cause at the same time. We're grateful for the continuous support we get from Stripes Run participants every year, and we hope they also extend that support to all our other advocates," said McDonald’s Philippines Marketing Director Christina Lao.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Filinvest City Endurance Weekend Race 2018

Filinvest City Endurance Weekend will once again challenge all elite and amateur MTB racers to test their endurance on July 7–8, 2018. On its sixth year, Endurance Weekend is now one of the toughest endurance races in the metro. Experience a more exciting race course and attempt to beat your personal records on the trails! Register now, only limited slots are open!

When: July 7 and 8 2018
Where: Pacific Rim, Filinvest

SOLO CATEGORY
Male | Female Elite
6 Hour – PhP 1,800
12 Hour – PhP 2,300
24 Hour – PhP 2,800

TEAM CATEGORY
All Male | Mixed
12 Hour – PhP 4,000
24 Hour – PhP 7,000


Registration Details
All registrations will be online - https://reg.goorahna.com/#/event/endurance-weekend-2018
Payment can be made via credit card, bank transfer or in authorized payment centers

Cycling Zone
Shell Pacific Gas Station Alabang Zapote Road, Muntinlupa

Storck Store Manila
The Portal, Greenfield District, United Street, Mandaluyong

Paulina’s Bluebay
Bluebay Walk, Macapagal Avenue, Pasay

Celeste Cycles
188 Congressional Av, Project 8, QC South Cycles
Greenworld Plaza, President Av, Paranaque

RACE COURSE
The course is a loop course of up to 5km consisting of single-track and asphalt roads. It will be marked by the use of a mixture of arrows, buntings, and traffic cones. There will be sections throughout the course where there are no markings. There will be no decision points either - just keep riding. At the end of each lap, the course passes through a Transition Zone.

FINISHERS
All teams or individuals must complete the minimum number of laps to be counted as a finisher.

Minimum number of laps

24 hours: 24 laps
12 hours: 12 laps
6 hours: 6 laps

For relay teams, there is a minimum number of laps per team mate

24 hours: 8 laps (teams of 3)
12 hours: 6 laps (teams of 2)

If your team mate is incapacitated, another team member may take the additional lap. You will be considered a finisher but will not be eligible to win any prize. You may finish the event at any time during the race. Riders and teams can take a break anytime throughout the event.


Monday, June 11, 2018

2018 National MILO Marathon

Leading beverage brand MILO officially launches the 42nd National MILO Marathon. The country’s biggest and longest running footrace strives to be more than just a running event as it continues to highlight the character-forming lessons that can be learned from the race. With the ongoing theme, “Magsama-sama, Tumakbo, Matuto”, MILO strengthens the legacy of the National MILO Marathon in upholding a values-driven race experience for runners throughout the season.

The new season ushers the 11-leg event with the opening race happening in Urdaneta on July 15. Reigning MILO Marathon King Joerge Andrade and five-time MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal will go head-to-head with their top contenders to defend their titles with the hopes of bagging the top purse of this year’s marathon finale. The next MILO Marathon King and Queen will be given an opportunity participate in an international marathon in 2019. In partnership with PATAFA, this year’s NMM King and Queen will be the runners to beat for aspiring contenders for the 2019 SEA Games. MILO expects 150,000 runners to participate this season.

“The 42nd National MILO Marathon continues to center on the life lessons that runners can learn and take with them beyond the finish line,” said Lester P. Castillo, MILO Philippines Sports Executive. “We are committed to delivering an inspiring season as we highlight the values of discipline, resilience and determination to help our runners be molded into true champions.”


National Finals in Laoag

The city of Laoag has been selected to host this year’s National Finals on December 9. Laoag promises to offer a unique running experience for participants as the National Finals will be part of the city’s bicentennial culminating celebration. In addition to the festive race experience, runners can also look forward to marveling at the beauty of Laoag, as the race route goes along several tourist spots of the city, including the Paway and Laoag sand dunes in some of the long distance categories.

Those who would like to combine a vacation along with their race can visit nearby landmarks and places of interest in the Ilocos region, such as the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, St. Augustine's Church in Paway, Kapurpurawan rock formation in Burgos, the windmill farms of Bangui, and the white beaches of Pagudpud. Vigan, a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Center, is also just 80 kilometers away.

“The provincial government of Ilocos Norte, and the city of Laoag have given their full support for National MILO Marathon so it’s all systems go for the preparations of the National Finals,” said Faivo Bartolome, RunRio’s local race organizer of the Laoag National Finals. “We believe that this will be a new and exciting experience as the finale will highlight Laoag’s vibrant culture that runners can appreciate. We look forward to welcoming MILO and all of the participants to celebrate Laoag’s significant milestone with us.”


New Race Features

Keeping true to its intent on providing a unique running experience, MILO has added and refreshed some features for this year’s National MILO Marathon. The race kit for this season has been updated with new item inclusions. In addition to the newly-designed, values inspired race singlet and bib in the race kit, registered participants of the 3K and 5K categories will receive a MILO sachet, while registered runners in the 10K category will receive a drawstring bag and MILO Nutri-Up sachet. Participants of the 21K and 42K races will get to receive a new finisher’s training hoodie when they complete the race during event proper.

For years, MILO has played an active role in helping underprivileged Filipino youth reach for their dreams by giving them brand new pairs of running shoes through the Help Give Shoes advocacy. This year, with the help of the Department of Education, MILO will donate 1,500 pairs of shoes to deserving public schoolchildren across the country. In addition to the shoes, MILO will also donate 2,500 basketballs to deserving public schools nationwide. With this added initiative, MILO is beginning to expand its advocacy to reach more schoolchildren and get them into sports, and not just running.

“In our immersion and research, we found that there is an opportunity for more children to play and get into sports,” said Castillo. “We began encouraging children to get active through running, and getting them into sports seems to be the natural progression. We are donating basketballs as it is the most popular sport in the country. This new development in our advocacy is still aligned with our in our initiative to encourage more kids to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.”

The series will start in Urdaneta on July 15, and will continue in Metro Manila (July 29), Tarlac (August 26), Batangas (September 16), Lucena (September 30), Iloilo (October 7), Cebu (October 14), General Santos (October 21), Butuan (November 11), Cagayan De Oro (November 18), and in Laoag for the National Finals on December 9.


Registration Dates
Online: June 11 - July 08
Onsite: June 18 - July 14

Registration Center
Olympic World Trinoma
Olympic World Alabang
Olympic Village Market Market
Sports House Mall of Asia

Registration Fee
42km - P1,050 (requires medical certificate)
21km - P950 (requires medical certificate)
10km - P850
3km - P160 (adult); P110 (student)

Gun Start / Start Time
42km - 3:00AM
21km - 3:30AM
21km - 4:30AM
10km - 5:00AM
3km - 5:30AM
5km - 5:35AM
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