Monday, July 29, 2019

Nerza and Hallasgo wins National MILO Marathon Manila Elims

Marathon newcomer Anthony Nerza and back-to-back Manila champion Christine Hallasgo stamped their athletic mettle at the MILO Nutri-Up 42K centerpiece event after beating almost 2,000 elite runners at the Metro Manila Eliminations of the 2019 National MILO Marathon this Sunday.

Christine Hallasgo outraced its top competitor April Rose Diaz throughout the race to win the women’s division with a time of 3:06:28, while newcomer Anthony Nerza nabbed his debut marathon win in the men’s top honor with a clocking of 2:32:50.


Around 30,000 runners from the 3K, 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K races gathered to join the country’s longest and biggest footrace series which started and ended at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds in Pasay City. Participants were in high spirits over the overcast weather, making this year’s Manila race a perfect day for a morning run.

Winners Nerza and Hallasgo will each take home the top purse of P50,000.00 in cash and a trophy, and booked their slots to the National Finals in Tarlac City on January 2020 to try and claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles.

Despite training for only two weeks, Hallasgo managed to preserve a swift and steady pace against runner-up Diaz, keeping a cool one-kilometer distance against the latter throughout the race. “Nangunguna po ako simula palang ng gunstart,” said Hallasgo. “Malayo po ang agwat namin ‘nung sumunod sa akin na si Diaz. Siya at may isa pa po ang naghahabulan pero leading parin po ako hanggang sa huli,” she said.

Under the mentorship of National MILO Marathon record holder Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista, Hallasgo kept a stringent regimen regardless of the very short lead time she had to prepare for. With her sheer will and determination, she was able to breeze through the thoroughfares without a hitch. She said of her win: “Masaya at nabigyan po ako ng magandang kondisyon na katawan. Kahit kulang ang ensayo ko, nakuha ko pa ang goal ko na manalo.”

In the coming months, the 26-year-old mother of one will set her sights for the SEA Games after qualifying for the 10K event in the National Games that took place in March. But with her newfound victory, she may also consider to vie for the marathon event if given the chance. “Pag-uusapan pa po namin ni Coach Buenavista kung ano po ang okay sa akin,” she said.

Completing the women’s division podium finishes, second runner up April Rose Diaz clocked in with the time of 3:15:05, placing Maricar Camacho to a far third with the time of 3:26:03.

On the men’s side, it’s a different story for 29-year-old Nerza when the race broke out at the gun start. The Davao native had a different approach in relegating his opponents, most especially Jeson Agravante who came in third place. “Noong start, sinundan ko lang ang sarili kong pace. Malakas kasi magsimula ang mga kalaban ko at ayokong malunod pag sinabayan ko sila. Kaya naiwanan ako ni Agravante na mga 500 meters din ang agwat.” Beating the odds, Nerza’s grit and resilience prevailed, which enabled him to break away past Agravante while enduring an excruciating foot pain in the last nine kilometers. “Tinuloy ko talagang tumakbo kahit pagod na. Hanggang sa finish line tiniis ko ang sakit ng paa ko,” he shared.

Succeeding Nerza in the second place is Richel Laguido who finished with the time of 2:36:43, followed by Jeson Agravante with the time of 2:38:48.

Joining the Manila leg festivities was MILO Nutri-Up Ambassador Solenn Heussaff who handed out trophies to the winners at the awarding ceremonies.

Intensifying its advocacy in getting more children into sports, MILO along with Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA), have introduced a new innovation at the event with the Run, Jump, Throw program. The activity is designed to help prepare the physical readiness of children for them to engage in other sports.

The action continues in Subic Bay Freeport Zone (August 4), Lingayen (August 18), 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 2019 National MILO Marathon is endorsed by the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, and sanctioned by the PATAFA. The 2019 National MILO Marathon is organized by RunRio Events Inc., and supported by its official partners: Salonpas, Philam Life, Garmin, Clyde, Gardenia, Conrad Hotel, the Official Hotel Partner and bXTRA, the Official Cashback Partner.

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.
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