All set for Milo marathon-Baguio leg-A A +A
Friday, June 29, 2012
COME rain or shine, foot racers from all over the region will answer the firing gun for the opening leg of the 36th National Milo Marathon with the hundreds of running shoes to be given away to selected students.
Some to 6,000 runners will eye for the top three spots in the four race distances this Sunday, July 1, which will also be held in 17 key cities around the country, and will culminate with the 42K national finals on December 9 at Mall of Asia in Pasay City with the theme, “Iba’t ibang hinahabol, iisang takbuhan.”
The 5-kilometer race distance has the biggest registrants so far, according to local race coordinator Che Alberto, reaching to 4,200, which will comprise bulk of the participants while the 3-kilometer race distance has lured some 1,000 runners of different ages.
Alberto said to address the large number of participants in the 5-kilometer distance, participants will be released in different waves but runners are assured it will not be a big problem as timing chips are already installed in their race bibs.
Some 500 runners will also be seeing action in the 10K and the premiere 21K distances with the winners in the half marathon earning a slot for the national finals that is set to give out P300,000 in cash prizes for the open division.
Aside from the foot race, the event is also set to give out prizes for the cheering competition for the elementary, high school and collegiate division.
Schools that will benefit in the donations of shoes include Rizal, Quirino, Mabini, and Doña Josefa Elementary Schools, while Pines City National High School will be the lone beneficiary in the high school division.
Run Rio’s Rio Dela Cruz, who is now the organizer of all Milo Marathon events, is expected to join one of the distance races since he considers Baguio close to his heart where he used to train as part of the national team.
The country’s longest-running footrace has also become a member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (Aims), which is expected to be joined by foreigners, including the Kenyans, expected to slug it out for the open title, while the Filipino runners, including members of the national team, will vie in the local category.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 29, 2012.