Herrera and Nobleza each took home the top purse of P10,000 in cash and a trophy; and earned their slots to the National MILO Marathon Finals. The finals will be held 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.
Herrera, a five time SEA Games gold medalist, represented the Philippines in Athletics at the 2012 London Olympics and made his debut at the 5000 metres race. He has been running since he was in high school, and started joining the MILO Marathon in 1996. In 2001, the 36-year-old Guimaras native won first place in the 42K event of the MILO Marathon Manila leg. He also joined Coach Jim Saret as an assistant coach in the MILO R2-APEX Running Clinics last year, helping fellow runners prepare for marathons. “The lessons in the MILO R2 running clinics also helped me improve my performance in running,” shared Herrera. “My experience as a coach was also a learning experience for me, and to this day, I use all the techniques I gained from the clinics as I prepare for running events, especially the MILO Marathon.”
Nobleza, a 28-year-old from Negros Occidental, started her foray into running by leisurely jogging with her best friend who encouraged her to join races. She then realized her potential and pursued her passion for running. In 2014, she won second place in the 42K event in the Manila leg of the MILO Marathon, but she was unable to join the National Finals. This year, she is determined on training well for the grand finale in December. “I feel like I’ve lost a chance to prove myself, since I didn’t join the finals last year,” said Nobleza. “Hopefully, with the right training and focus, I will able to secure a good finish.”
The race will resume in Tagbilaran (October 4), before heading to 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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