Kenyans barred in Milo run-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
NO KENYANS allowed.
With the upcoming Baguio leg of the 37th National Milo Marathon, organizers will implement strict rules regarding the participation of Kenyans when the annual run fires off November 3 at the Baguio Melvin Jones grandstand.
“Kaka-open palang before ng registrations marami ng nag-iinquire na mga foreign participants, we let most of them join but not those Kenyan,” race director Che Alberto said.
Alberto said organizers would like to make the marathon a meaningful one banked by its donate a shoe project and not on the cash prizes alone.
“We don’t have anything against Kenyan runners, pero gusto kasi namin na bukod sa competition, every participant will also have sentiments sa cause ng Milo like the program of giving shoes to chosen beneficiaries,” Alberto quipped.
“Most of the time kasi kapag mga Kenyan na ang nagtanong laging nauuna, how much will the prize be, something that shows na pinag-kakakitan lang nila ang mga patakbo na ino-organize natin,” added Alberto.
Milo launched its program “help give a pair of shoe” back in 2010 where every marathon they organize, a sum of the registration fee will be given as a donation to the cause.
This year, five randomly chosen schools from Baguio and Benguet were lucky to receive 500 pairs of shoes for the children.
More than 4000 runners and sports enthusiasts are expected to join the event mostly from Baguio, Benguet, and other neighboring provinces.
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.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 30, 2013.