40th National Marathon kicks off in Dagupan

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Country’s premiere running event marks another milestone as the 40th National Milo Marathon commence its first regional race on July 17 in Dagupan.

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”The national Milo marathon marks another milestone in its rich history as we celebrate its 40th year. We turn the spotlight to our champions and past winners who have inspired others to be the best that they can be and these are not just about elite runners but also everyday champions,” said Milo Sports Executive Manager Andrew Neri during the media launch on Thursday at The City Club in Makati.

Neri said they are expecting over 200,000 runners from all walks of life to join the 14 different regional races with some P8 million cash prize is at stake.

For the first time in its vast history, the National Finals will be held in Iloilo City.

“The city of Iloilo is honored and excited to be part of the National Milo Marathon’s historic culminating event,” said Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog in a statement.

The National Finals qualifiers will be treated with scenic routes, spacious thoroughfares and thrilling challenges.

Defending champion two-time Marathon king Rafael Poliquit and three-time Marathon queen and Rio-bound marathoner Mary Joy Tabal will go head-to-head with their closest rivals to defend their title.

After Dagupan, the race will take place in Tarlac (July 24), Metro Manila (July 31), Batangas (August 7), Lucena (August 14), Naga (August 28) Tagbilaran (September 28), Cebu (September 25), Dumaguete (October 2), Davao (October 9), General Santos (October 16) Cagayan De Oro (October 23) and Butuan (October 30).

Milo has also partnered with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association to accredit and make the races certified by the national sports association.

The National Milo Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide.

In the past years, Milo has inspired 60,000 aspiring athletes by donating brand new pairs of running shoes.

JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID

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