Energy levels soar in jam-packed 39th MILO Marathon Dagupan race
Dagupan, Philippines, 28 June 2015 – The first race of the 39th National MILO Marathon set the stage for the season as over 11,000 runners excitedly raced to the finish line in Dagupan, Pangasinan. Leading the pack were former MILO Marathon queen Christabel Martes, and first-time 21K winner Cesar Castañeto.
Elite runner Christabel Martes reigned Dagupan’s roads as the 21K champion of the 39th National MILO Marathon.
Martes and Castañeto each took home the top purse of P10,000 in cash and a trophy. Both had also booked their slots to the National Finals in Angeles on December 6, where they will meet the nation’s elite runners in a heated grand finale to claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles. To provide another level of prestige to the competition and incentive for the runners, this year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon.
26-year-old Castañeto clocked in at 01:13:11, besting hundreds of runners in the men’s 21K division. In the distaff side, 35-year-old Martes ruled with a time of 01:26:46. Javier Robeno (01:18:13) and Reynaldo Pascua (01:18:26) completed the top 3 male 21K finishers, while in the female 21K division, Lany Cardona (01:30:14) and Roselle Duldulao (01:59:25) finished second and third place, respectively.
Other notable winners are the Philippine Military Academy Running Team, who won the Fastest Delegation award, and the Umingan National High School, who won the Fastest School competition in Dagupan for the ninth consecutive time, showing that champions keep running in the National MILO Marathon.
Virginio Padilla, trainer of Umingan National High School’s student athletes, shares that his students first joined the National MILO Marathon in 2008. Even if their school does not have a track oval, Padilla encourages his students and coaches them after classes, on the public roads. Padilla also trains his students for the MILO Little Olympics. “I am truly proud of my students who have come a long way. Before, we had to find old running shoes for them so they can run and play sports. MILO was able to give them new running shoes, which have inspired them to continue their training and pursue their dreams,” says Padilla. “Sports have improved my students’ character and self-belief, as well as their outlook in life and academics. I always remind them that although their sports have given a lot to them, such as scholarships and other great opportunities, they must always value and prioritize their academic life.”
The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 10,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year. MILO is working with DepEd in the selection of deserving public school student beneficiaries.
The race will resume in Baguio (July 5) before heading to Tarlac (July 12), Balanga (July 19), Manila (July 26), Calapan (August 2), Lipa (August 9), Naga (August 16), Lucena (August 30), Iloilo (September 20), Bacolod (September 27), Tagbilaran (October 4), Cebu (October 11), General Santos (October 18), Davao (November 8), Butuan (November 15), and Cagayan De Oro (November 22). The National Finals will be held on December 6 in Angeles, Pampanga.
The 39th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, ASICS and Smart, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.
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The MILO brand is the world’s leading chocolate malt beverage that can be prepared with hot or cold milk or water. 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.
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 nearly 4,000 men and women nationwide, and is now among the country’s Top 8 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.