Final preparations are underway for the 37th MILO Marathon National Finals on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds in Pasay City. With more than 35,000 runners expected to join the country’s premier footrace on Sunday, organizers are upbeat on surpassing the 230,000-target headcount set at the start of the season.
The starting pistol will set the clock ticking for participants of the 42K run at 3 a.m., 21K run at 4:30 a.m., 10K run at 5 a.m., 5K run at 5:30 a.m. and the 3K run at 5:30 a.m. The starting line will be adjacent to the finish line at the Seaside Boulevard (corner Coral Way and Macapagal Boulevard) of SM MOA.
To culminate the 17-race event, some of the nation’s finest athletes will settle the score at the 42K finish line in a final bid for the coveted MILO Marathon crown, the P300,000 top purse, and the chance to represent the country at the 2014 Paris Marathon.
According to Rio dela Cruz, national race director, 663 runners qualified for the finals, of which 44 beat the cut-off time . “Last year, we had 486 qualifiers with 38 complementary trips. This is a clear indication that the level of competition is higher this year,” said dela Cruz.
Reigning MILO Marathon Queen Mary Grace delos Santos is also expected to make an appearance at the National Finals, as well as 2006 MILO Marathon King Julius Sermona, 2010 MILO Marathon Queen Flordeliza Donos, last season’s third 42K male Filipino finisher Jeson Agravante, and fourth and fifth 42K distaff finishers Mary Joy Tabal and Jennylyn Nobleza.