It was a tight race in the men’s division, with only seconds separating the top three finishers. Unabia came out on top with a time of 01:15:27, followed closely by Jerald Zabala (01:15:40) in second place and Bryan Quiamco (01:15:50) in third place. In the distaff side, Hallasgo dominated with a time of 01:28:25. Michelle Ann Sampang (01:39:41) and Ailene Tolentino (01:45:35) finished in second and third place, respectively.
Hallasgo is also a returning champion to Cagayan De Oro, claiming back-to-back wins in the city for two years straight. The 22-year-old Public Administration student from Bukidnon has to balance her time between her studies and work, as she is also an intern at the Department of Agrarian Reform. “I have to wake up extra early and budget my time so I can train every morning before going to school or work,” shared Hallasgo. She also trains with her running group, the Malaybalay Runners, and her sister and brother, who also joined the race. The passion for running and winning surely runs in the family, with her sister Estelita Organiza placing first in the 10K event, and brother Ricky Organiza placing second in 3K event. “I’m happy to see my siblings excel in the sport. I am truly proud of them,” added Hallasgo.
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, Smart and Maynilad, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.
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