Tuesday, September 29, 2015

MILO Little Olympics - Visayas Leg

In the fourth and final leg of the 2015 MILO Little Olympics, Sacred Heart School-Ateneo De Cebu (SHS-ADC) made a herculean feat and outclassed two-time regional champion University of San Carlos (USC) to become the overall winner for secondary division of the Visayas Regional Eliminations. Spectators at the Iloilo City Sports Complex were caught by surprise as SHS-ADC wrought a 23-point lead against the tournament favorites.

Meanwhile, USC Baby Warriors held its ground and retained its position as overall winners in the elementary division for the fourth straight year. USC Baby Warriors secured its spot as the Visayas representatives for the elementary division in the MLO finals to be held in Laguna in October. They will be joined by SHS-ADC who will represent Visayas in the high school division.

The Iloilo tourney was well represented by more than 5,000 athletes from over 200 schools throughout Visayas including those from Cebu, Bohol and Dumaguete. The Visayas bets went head to head to nab their respective victories in 15 sporting events namely Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Football, Gymnastics, Lawn Tennis, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Sepak Takraw, Scrabble, and two new sports in the line-up, Arnis and Karatedo.

Outstanding Achievements
The Magis Eagles exhibited excellent performances by topping its closest pursuers in Basketball and Swimming, while Tennis and Football greatly contributed USC’s overall score and claimed the second place, followed by University of San Jose Recoletos with 72 points.

In the elementary division, the USC Baby Warriors took the lead against its competitors in Chess and Track and Field which sealed their bid for the first spot with 72 points – a close two-point margin against second placer SHS-ADC with 70 points, who led the elementary Football and Athletics event, while Subangdaku Elementary School – Mandaue City finished third with 50 points.

Visayans Vow Finals Win
Recalling the heated rivalry between current Perpetual Trophy holder, Team NCR and Team Visayas, Ballesteros is hopeful to redeem their stature by winning the big event on October. “Team Visayas will do its best to win this year’s National Finals,” he said. “Our seasoned, yet young athletes will continue to practice more so we can finally reclaim the championship title against Team NCR.”

On October 23 to 25, all winners from the elimination legs will represent their region in the 2015 MILO Little Olympics National Finals which is set to take place in the Laguna Sports Complex in Santa Cruz, Laguna.

Now on its 28th season, the MILO Little Olympics has proven itself to be at the forefront in discovering young Filipino talents who could be the country’s next generation of sports heroes. With the conclusion of the regional legs for this season, MILO Sports Executive Robbie De Vera expressed his congratulations on the success of the annual sporting event. “As we close another successful regional of the MILO Little Olympics, we look back on the victories, the defeats and the challenges that shaped our student athletes in gaining a stronger outlook that will help them to be better not only as athletes, but also as individuals.” he said. “On behalf of MILO Philippines, our utmost appreciation goes to our regional organizers, provincial government units, academe, as well as the parents of our student-athletes in making this year’s MILO a fruitful one. We hope to see all our athletes and their supporters in the National Finals!”

Sunday, September 27, 2015

39th National MILO Marathon Iloilo

After a two-week hiatus, the 39th National MILO Marathon made a big return in Iloilo this Sunday, and drew over 17,000 runners who participated in the country’s most prestigious footrace. The local government of Iloilo showed its support for the MILO Marathon with the presence of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa, III. Mayor Mabilog demonstrated the importance of exercise to his constituents by participating as a runner in the 5K race while Vice Mayor Rojas sounded the gun start.

With the advantage of two additional weeks for training, NMM regulars Romulo Balinas and Lorena Blanco shared the spotlight at the 21K centerpiece event. Balinas clocked in at 01:17:13, besting hundreds of runners in the men’s 21K division. Bennis Murillo (01:18:04) and Norlan Warizal (01:19:20) completed the top 3 male 21K finishers.

In the distaff side, Blanco ruled with a time of 01:47:55, while in the female 21K division, Mellanay Rojas (01:52:06) and Merlyn Lumagbas (01:52:28) finished second and third place, respectively.

Balinas and Blanco each took home the top purse of P10,000 in cash and a trophy; and earned their slots to the National MILO Marathon Finals. The finals will be held in Angeles on December 6, where they will meet the nation’s elite runners in a heated grand finale to claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles. To provide another level of prestige to the competition and incentive for the runners, this year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon.

The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers underserved children nationwide. With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 10,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year. MILO is working with DepEd in the selection of deserving public school student beneficiaries.

The race will resume in Bacolod (September 27) before heading to Tagbilaran (October 4), Cebu (October 11), General Santos (October 18), Davao (November 8), Butuan (November 15), and Cagayan De Oro (November 22). The National Finals will be held on December 6 in Angeles, Pampanga.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Nike Zoom Air

Mo Farah, Galen Rupp and Allyson Felix have more in common than their medals and records. They share supernatural talent, unbelievable speed and an unwavering work ethic – and when it comes to lacing up, they reach for Nike Zoom Air, the most responsive version of Nike Air cushioning.

The difference between the greatest runners on the planet and those in their wake is measured in fractions of seconds. The fastest 100m times in the world have come down only half a second in the last 80 years. The 2015 Boston Marathon was won by 4 seconds.
When dreams are realized in milliseconds, Zoom Air—the fastest, most responsive cushioning platform Nike has ever delivered—can change how fast an athlete feels in an instant.

Now in its twentieth year, Nike Zoom Air continues to provide responsive low-profile cushioning that athletes can feel. We’ve worked with some of the world’s fastest athletes to develop Zoom Air footwear to meet the needs of runners, whether they’re in the glare of the global spotlight or everyday runners chasing their personal bests.

The snappy responsiveness of Zoom Air cushioning comes from tightly-stretched tensile fibers woven inside a pressurized Nike Air unit. When the athlete’s foot touches down, the fibers compress to cushion the impact before quickly snapping back to their original state, generating an explosive, powerful response off the ground. The result is a fast, cushioned ride whether the runner is out for a morning run or a marathon personal best.

Zoom Air was first introduced in 1995 after more than a decade of research and development. It made its performance debut in three styles: the Nike Air Marauder football cleat launched with both heel and forefoot Zoom Air units and the Air Go LWP basketball shoe debuted with forefoot Zoom Air units. Soon after, Zoom Air was introduced to running in the Air Zoom LWP. Ever since, athletes have trained, competed and won in shoes featuring its responsive cushioning.

Athletes love the fast, snappy, responsive ride and the energy return they get from it. Zoom Air shoes are preferred by many of Nike’s fast, elite runners. Athletes such as Mo Farah, Galen Rupp and Matt Tegenkamp say that when they’re running up to 20 miles a day, they want their shoe to do some more work for them. Zoom Air gives them a real snap-back feeling.

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