The National MILO Marathon is set to mark its 40th year milestone as it holds its National Finals in the city of Iloilo on Sunday, December 4. The reigning MILO Marathon King and Queen, two-time MILO Marathon King Rafael Poliquit and three-time MILO Marathon Queen and 2016 Olympian Mary Joy Tabal, are both raring to go head-to-head with their fierce rivals to defend their crowns in the final race of the season.
The city of Iloilo was selected to be the official venue of this year’s National Finals to provide better proximity to aspiring runners from the South, and enrich the experience of everyone with scenic routes, spacious thoroughfares and thrilling challenges that await the runners. The race, which expects to see 20,000 runners, will be held in the Iloilo Convention Center. Mayor of Ilolilo City Jed Mabilog affirms the city’s full preparations and support for the National MILO Marathon Finals. ”We are all very excited to be hosting the most prestigious and longest running footrace in the country,” said Mabilog. “We are honored to be part of the historic culminating event of the National MILO Marathon’s 40th anniversary. We hope all our runners will enjoy the race experience we have prepared for them.”
Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager, shares his enthusiasm for the grand event and expresses gratitude to all who have made the season’s success possible. “We are very thankful to all our friends from the local government, our partners, sponsors, volunteers, and everyone else who have contributed greatly to this finale,” says Neri. “As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we hope to continue to energize champions and inspire millions more through our runners who have become our agents of motivation that energized Filipinos to be at their best in their respective endeavors. We hope to continue this cycle in the future seasons and see more champions who have embodied values such as resilience, grit, and discipline, which have made them winners in sports and in life.”
The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. For the past 6 years, the National MILO Marathon’s Help Give Shoes advocacy, in partnership with the Department of Education, has inspired 60,000 aspiring athletes to fulfill their dreams by donating brand new pairs of running shoes. This year, the Help Give Shoes advocacy will be donating 10,000 pairs to underprivileged school children.
The 40th National MILO Marathon is made possible by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, Department of Education and the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association, and is supported by Asics, Salonpas, TIMEX, 2XU, Endurance, Hisense, Maynilad and PhilamLife.
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