NAGA CITY, August 19, 2012 – Runner Darwin Lim took advantage of better weather conditions and his familiarity with the 21-k course to rule the men’s division of the 36th National MILO Marathon Naga Eliminations leg Sunday in Naga City. A total of 7,848 runners participated in the race.
Lim of the NCF running club timed 1:16:29 and pocketed the P10,000 top purse, followed by Crifrankreadel Indapan in 1:17:54, and Jucell Laya in 1:22:26.
“My aim is to beat my own time at the 42-k track of the National Finals. I will not prioritize qualifying for the Top 10 runners, but focus on giving a better performance than last year,” said Lim. “I will try to set the pace for the next race to achieve my goal and win.”
In the distaff side, Jolly Ann Ballester dominated the 21-k track and clocked in at 1:42:43. Completing the top 3 cast in the women’s division were Myla Jamon in second place with 1:48:10 and Cherry Palles in third with 1:50:06.
Ballester expressed that she is also determined to do better in the National Finals. “I’m going to focus on training for the next race. Last week’s weather conditions affected my training routine and pace today. I intend to improve my time by increasing the difficulty of my training,” said the five-time 21-k track runner.
It was a double celebration for Naga College runners as they gained both the fastest and biggest delegations awards with an aggregate time of 19:13.47 and the participation of 823 runners.
Lim and Ballester will face-off withotherNaga leg qualifiers at the 36th MILO Marathon National Finals on December 9.
Organizers are expecting a total of 200,000 runners to join the prestigious nationwide marathon. Cash prizes await the winners of the MILO Marathon National Finals as P300,000 will be given to the champions of the open category and P150,000 to winners of the local category.
A P50,000 bonus prize will also be awarded to the runner who can break the 2:15:00 invisible barrier. P20,000 will be given to a male and female runner who can beat the course records set by Eduardo Buenavista in 2004 and Jho-Ann Banayag in 2008, respectively.
MILO strives to develop the future of the Filipino youth by promoting and actualizing its advocacy program, ‘Help Give Shoes’, which has already reached 17,200 underprivileged school children nationwide. The program has distributed running shoes to students from five schools in Naga City namely, Triangulo Elementary School, Concepcion Grande Elementary School, Naga City Science High School, Sabang Elementary School, and San Isidro Elementary School.
The qualifying race of the 36th National MILO Marathon will now shift to San Pablo, Laguna on September 2, then to Lipa City, Batangas on September 16 and finally to Puerto Princesa, Palawan on September 23 for the last Luzon elimination.
The Visayas run will then follow starting in Tagbilaran City, Bohol on September 30, then Cebu City on October 7, Bacolod on October 14, and Iloilo City on October 28. The Mindanao leg will commence in General Santos on November 4, Davao City on November 11, Butuan City on November 18, and Cagayan de Oro City on November 25. The 36th MILO Marathon National Finals will be on December 9 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds in Pasay City.
The 36th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, SM Mall of Asia and Reebok, along with partnerships with the Department of Education and the Philippine Olympic Committee. For more information on the race and its advocacy, visit the MILO marathon website or access the MILO Philippines fanpage on Facebook. Follow MILO on Twitter (@MILOPH).