Security tight for Milo Davao race-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
SECURITY will be very tight as some 14,000 runners are expected to answer the starting gun of the 37th National Milo Marathon Davao elimination race that will fire off at 4:30 a.m. Sunday in an out-and-back course from Roxas Avenue.
National organizer Rio dela Cruz, in a press conference at Penong's restaurant along Quirino Avenue, on Friday said: "Our objective is to secure the participants. We will be deploying a lot of marshalls. We will have a total of 100 police personnel, 250 station marshall, 40 traffic personnel, six units of ambulances with 40 medical staff and K-9 dogs as well as water and hydration stations every 1.5 kilometers and sports drinks for 10K and 21K runners."
De la Cruz also said, "We are comfortable for this Sunday's race. Malaking bagay ang tulong ng local government sa takbo."
Milo sports executive Andrew Neri, for his part, said they are adopting the waving system for the third straight year in releasing runners of the 5-kilometer (5K) by batches through the human barricades instead of the steel barricades.
Neri also lauded the backing the Davao City Government has thrown into the event, saying, "We are very happy that the LGU, through the office of Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, is supporting us."
Leg organizer Kenneth Sai of Vantage Sports Promotions said Councilors Nilo Abellera and Leonardo Avila III are running the 5K race while Human Resources Management Office (HRMO) chief Erwin Alparaque and lawyer Mans Carpio, husband of former Mayor Sara Duterte, are entered in men's 10K.
"A total of 11,000 are running in the 5K while 1,700 in the 3K. The 10K has drawn 280 participants while the 21K has 462 but we expect turnout to increase as registrations winds up this afternoon," Sai said.
Neri cited two major innovations in this year.
"We are sending the marathon king and queen of the national finals to the Paris Marathon 2014 in April. This is the biggest stake for the fastest Filipino runners aside from the cash prizes they will be receiving," Neri said.
Foreigners may run in regional races but will not be eligible to win since organizers wanted locals to qualify to the grand finals. Foreign runners, however, may vie for honors in the nationals but only the fastest Filipino male and female finishers in the 42K will make it to Paris.
The inclusion of the inter-company and fastest company delegation further spice up the race, which has already been featuring regular inter-school running and biggest school delegation events.
Help give shoes
Some 500 students from five public schools are beneficiaries of the footrace's Help Give Shoes campaign.
Milo event coordinator Johanna Relacion said selected students of Sped Bangkal, Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School, Davao City National High School and Sta. Ana National High School have received their new running shoes while Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr. Elementary School beneficiaries were set to receive their sneakers in a formal turnover rites set as of Friday.
Milo is giving away a total of 10,000 new pair of shoes in 18 areas where they have set their elimination races.
Milo sports consultant Pat Goc-Ong said the selected students sent out their shoe sizes earlier through the traditional way of tracing the foot on paper.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 12, 2013.