Denolo, Bermundo shine in Laguna leg of the 36th National MILO marathon
San Pablo City, September 2, 2012 – Roger Denolo and Marlyn Bermundo topped the men’s and women’s 21-k categories respectively in the seventh qualifying leg of the 36th National MILO Marathon Sunday in San Pablo City, Laguna, where 6, 904 athletes and running enthusiasts raced to the finish line.
Aided by the fair weather, Denolo finished the premier class with a time of 1:15:53, followed by Rene Desuyo in second place with 1:17:58 and Isagani Tacutaco in third with 1:18:03. Denolo is looking to finish his first 42-k track and lead several other qualifiers into the MILO Marathon National Finals on December 9.
22-year old Denolo went through a month long focus training to prepare for the Laguna qualifying leg. “I did not race for three months to condition myself for this leg. However, I am not sure if I can do as much training for the National Finals, as I am competing at this year’s UAAP games. I am hoping to improve my performance and place at the Top 10 nonetheless,” said the Mina, IloIlo native who is currently a varsity member of the University of Santo Tomas athletics team.
In the distaff side, Bermundo nabbed the P10,000 top prize with a time of 1:49:52 at the resumption of the 18-leg, 17-city nationwide elimination races. Finishing a distant second, Genervieve Dela Pena clocked in at 1:53:30, followed by Mila Paje in third place with 1:55:41.
Bermundo said she used the racetrack to her advantage when she set the pace for today’s event. “The uphill trail helped me gain distance from the other runners. I was able to prepare for the landscape of the race more than the others, and I am still aiming to develop my shape for the next race,” said the women’s division front-runner.
San Pablo City National High School celebrated double victories as they bagged both the “Biggest Delegation” and the “Fastest Delegation” awards with 555 participants and an aggregate time of 27:52.02.
Organizers of the prestigious annual race expressed satisfaction over the turnout of runners in the seven initial qualifying legs and maintained that they are on the right track of the targeted 200,000 race participants this year.
Cash prizes await the winners of the 36th MILO Marathon National Finals as a hefty sum of 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 be awarded to the runner who can break the 2:15:00 invisible barrier, and P20,000 will also 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 encourages Filipinos from all walks of life to lead a healthy lifestyle and to support the nation’s youth through MILO’s ‘Help Give Shoes’ advocacy program, which demonstrates its commitment to inspiring public school children to pursue their goals through their love of running. Since the advocacy’s conception in 2010, MILO has provided a total of 17,700 pairs of shoes to children nationwide, including children from Guerilla Elementary School, Dapdapan Elementary School, San Nicolas Elementary School, Sto. Nino Elementary School and Sta. Maria Elementary School in San Pablo, Laguna.
After the San Pablo, Laguna Leg, the qualifying race will proceed to Lipa City, Batangas on September 16 and to Puerto Princesa, Palawan on September 23 for the last two legs of the Luzon elimination races. The Visayas run will then follow in Tagbilaran City, Bohol on September 30, Cebu City on October 7, Bacolod City on October 14 and Iloilo City on October 28, after which the Mindanao run will commence in Gen. 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 is slated 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).