DUE to a growing public clamor, the Davao leg of the National Milo Marathon (NMR), which was scrapped last year, expects 10,000 runners when it returns for its 2019 edition on October 20 in an out-and-back course from SM Lanang Premier car park in Davao City.
Milo regional sports coordinator Kirk Mojica, guesting in the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at The Annex of SM City Davao on Thursday, September 19, said, “Positive ang reception sa mga runners sa pagbalik sa Davao leg. Actually gipa miss sa Davao, once nawala sya, pangitaon gyud (The runners welcome the revival of the Davao leg. The public really anticipated what they missed last year).”
The bulk of 3K and 5K participants, he said, are students as the Department of Education (Deped) has endorsed the city qualifying of the 42nd NMR.
He also said that instead of just giving rubber shoes to one beneficiary school, organizers will also give 20 balls each of the five public school beneficiaries including Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr. Elementary School and Magallanes Elementary School, which they can use for physical education (PE) classes and other sports activities.
Davao leg coordinator Kenneth Sai, for his part, said NMR 2017 men’s champion Jeorge Andrade of Digos City will join the men’s 21K event here, thus, raising the level of competition.
“Elite runners from Butuan, Manila, Zamboanga and other nearby cities and provinces are also eyeing slots for the national finals during the Davao leg. Hopefully, we exceed the target,” Sai said, adding that the flat course attracted more participants unlike previous routes that passed through Buhangin.
The 21K route will head towards Quimpo Boulevard.
Cash prizes, trophies and medals await winners of the event.
He added that a cheering competition featuring four schools each in elementary, high school and college divisions will spice up the run.
The first NMR Davao leg drew the biggest turnout of 14,000 runners, Sai said, but it declined in the years that followed.
Registration is ongoing at Puma Store Gaisano and Toby’s Arena Abreeza Mall.