Deluge of runners seen in Milo-A A +A
Sunday, October 27, 2013
NOT even two major holidays, including the long school break, will stop the Baguio leg of the 37th National Milo Marathon from postponing the largest and longest nationwide running competition.
Regardless of being caught between the celebration of All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, and the school break, organizers of the event said they are almost done with the expected number quota for the coming November 3 race.
Race director Che Alberto during an interview said slots for registration are almost done and full.
“Right now, we are close to reaching the expected quota, with the 21K event, baka sumobra pa since hindi pa na-momonitor ng team ang mga on-line registrants,” said Alberto.
“Marami ang nag-speculate na baka kaunti lang ang mag-paregister since naisabay sa school break at sa celebration ng undas pero actually up until now pinipilahan at marami pang naghahabol sa manual an registration natin,” Alberto added.
This year, organizers limited the number of participants to not more than 4,700, a lot less than the previous year where participants blew to more than 6,100 runners.
Alberto said it is because of the factors to be considered for the race including the road routes, traffic, and the runners as a whole.
Organizers said that the 3K category has already enlisted more than a thousand, about 2,000 in the 5K category, about 500 in the 10K, and close to 500 in the 21K where 375 of the runners are from the city alone.
Alberto said bulk of the participants from Baguio will come from the Philippine National Police and students from the University of Baguio.
Included in the list of participants are from Cebu, Palawan, Laguna, Manila, La Union, Bontoc, Mt. Province, Nueva Vizcaya, and Ilocos Sur.
“Marami sa kanila eh employees rin ng Nestle who plan to join the race together with taking vacation here sa Baguio,” Alberto pronounced.
“Baguio and Dagupan nalang kasi ang may qualifying race since Milo took out La Union, Isabela, and Laoag eliminations,” Alberto added.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 28, 2013.