News Release – Davao Leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon

Wagdos, Miranda sparkle in 38th National MILO Marathon Davao race
42 runners qualified to the National Finals

Photo1More than 10,000 runners break out at the starting point during the 38th National MILO Marathon in Davao City.

DAVAO City, Philippines, 09 November 2014 –Sonny Wagdos and Judelyn Miranda claimed the top honors in the 21K event at the Davao leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon. Over 10,000 runners joined the last qualifying leg of this year’s National MILO Marathon season. The Davao leg is the last qualifying race of this year’s National MILO Marathon season.

Wagdos and Mirands each received a cash prize of P10,000 and a trophy, and will join the rest of the qualified elite runners in a heated finale at the National Finals in Manila on December 7, where the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles are up for grabs. The 2014 MILO Marathon King and Queen will also have the chance to run in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon, with all-expense paid trips to Japan sponsored by MILO.

Photo4University of Mindanao student Sonny Wagdos wins his first 21K race in the 38th National MILO Marathon in Davao city.

Easily navigating the route and using the good weather to his advantage, Wagos clinched first place with a time of 01:13:59, beating rivals Michale Jan Echalico (01:15:03) who followed in second, and Gilbert Maluyo (01:18:13) who placed third.

The 20-year-old University of Mindanao student has been running in the MILO Marathon for four years now, but it is first time to join and win the 21K running event. “I feel so happy and blessed that I won, because everyone knew I never ran 21K before today. I didn’t expect to win because at the start, there were many runners ahead of me. I attacked at the turning point, and thankfully, I won,” shared Wagos. “It’s an amazing feeling. After the race, a kid approached me and asked if I am Sonny Wagdos. He wanted to have a picture taken with me. He told me that he was amazed that I won, and watching me made him want to try running. It’s heartwarming to know that I am able to inspire others, especially kids.”

On the distaff side, Miranda finished impressively with a time of 01:33:55, outpacing fellow runners Madelyn Carter (01:49:43), and Daisy Joy Dayondon (01:58:09), who placed second and third, respectively.

Photo2Running veteran Judelyn Miranda keeps a swift pace to race the finish line during the Davao leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon.
Photo3(L-R) Sonny Wagdos and Judelyn Miranda hoists up their trophies as the 21K winners of the last qualifying race of the 38th National MILO Marathon.

Miranda, a 29-year-old native of Tagum City, also won first place in the 2013 Butuan leg of the National MILO Marathon. When she was younger, she used to watch her older sisters run, and seeing them engage in the sport inspired her to join them in the races. “My older sister Rosalie still runs with me today, and we are also joined by my son. He ran in the 3K race in Cagayan De Oro,” shared Miranda. “I felt that my training for this race was inadequate because I was very busy at work and caring for my son. I only ran whenever I had the time. I also had a difficult time during the race because I experienced stomach cramps and had a hard time breathing in the last 15 minutes of the race. Despite all this, I am grateful to God for still giving me the chance to win.”

Photo5Young Davaoenos sprint hand in hand in the Davao leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon.

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

The 38th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, ASICS, Lenovo, Manila Bulletin and Gatorade, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

For more information on MILO Philippines, log on to the official website (http://www.milo.com.ph) or the MILO Philippines Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/milo.ph). Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).

* – results as of 23 November 2014

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About MILO

The MILO brand is the world’s leading chocolate malt beverage that can be prepared with hot or cold milk or water. Given its popularity it is a “must have” product for food service operators particularly in Asia, Africa and Oceania.

MILO also promotes participation in sports through its Summer Sports Clinics, MILO-B.E.S.T. Center Training Program, MILO Marathon, and MILO Little Olympics. The leading beverage brand believes that these contribute to the holistic development of Filipino champions in sports and in life. 2014 marks MILO’s 50th year in the country.

About the National MILO Marathon

The National MILO Marathon is an annual marathon event open to amateur and professional runners. From its humble beginnings in 1974 as a single marathon race in Metro Manila attended by 747 participants, the National MILO Marathon has grown to be the biggest, longest, grandest national running event in the country attracting more than hundreds of thousands of runners across the country.

The National MILO Marathon has grown into a globally renowned running event having been certified by the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and hosts foreign marathoners from Kenya, Ethiopia, and other countries across the world. The race is organized by RunRio, Inc.

About Nestle Philippines

Over a hundred years after it first started operations in the country, Nestle Philippines, Inc. (NPI) today is a robust and stable organization, proud of its role in bringing the best food and beverage throughout the stages of the Filipino consumers’ lives. The Company employs more than 3,200 men and women nationwide, and is now among the country’s Top 10 Corporations.

Driven by its mission to nurture generations of Filipino families, Nestle today produces and markets products under some of the country’s well-known brands such as NESCAFE, NIDO, MILO, NESTEA, MAGGI, BEAR BRAND, NESTLE and PURINA, among others. Its product range has expanded to include coffee, milk, beverages, non-dairy creamer, food, infant nutrition, ice cream and chilled dairy, breakfast cereals, confectionery and pet care.

Press contacts:
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Strategic Edge, Inc.
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