Waves of athletes and running enthusiasts are set to blaze the tracks of the Visayas region once again for the 36th National MILO Marathon Cebu eliminations leg this Sunday, October 7. Organizers of the regional qualifying leg said they will adopt a new track this year and shift to the Northern part of the region, marking a first in the history of the MILO Marathon in Cebu.
22,000 runners rev up for 36th National MILO Marathon Cebu leg
The country’s biggest marathon event paces for 11th regional qualifying leg
the MILO Cebu route (click to view a larger version)
Manila, Philippines, October 5, 2012 – Waves of athletes and running enthusiasts are set to blaze the tracks of the Visayas region once again for the 36th National MILO Marathon Cebu eliminations leg this Sunday. Organizers of the regional qualifying leg said they will adopt a new track this year and shift to the Northern part of the region, marking a first in the history of the MILO Marathon in Cebu.
The event will also host an exciting cheer dance competition, special side events and a thrilling firework display onsite to up the ante and entertain runners and spectators alike. Along with the thousands of runners expected to hit the track is Biggest Loser former contestant and fitness advocate Alan Choachuy.
“We are expecting a big turnout this Sunday. About 22,000 runners will be joining the race and we would like to give all of them the best experience all throughout the event. We are also looking to select the best representative for the region in the National Finals,” said Cebu City race organizer Ricky Ballesteros.
MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy program has already reached 19,700 underprivileged school children nationwide. This Sunday, 500 pairs of shoes will be awarded to beneficiaries from five schools in Cebu City, namely Camp Lapu-Lapu Elementary School, Liloan National High School, Cabangcalan National High School, Mabolo Elementary School, and City Central School.
“Fostering bright futures through the MILO Marathon is only the beginning. In line with our endeavors to support the Philippine sports community and encourage Filipinos to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, we will continue to create opportunities for talents young and old to accomplish their aspirations,” said Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive. “The great athletic potentials that we see each year in the MILO races serve as our inspiration to develop the Filipino youth further.”
After the Cebu eliminations leg, the next qualifying race of the 36th National MILO Marathon will shift to Bacolod on October 14, and Iloilo City on October 28. The Mindanao leg will commence in General Santos on November 4, Davao City on November 11, Butuan City on November 18, and Cagayan de Oro City on November 25. The 36th MILO Marathon National Finals will be on December 9 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds in Pasay City.
The 36th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, SM Mall of Asia and Reebok, along with partnerships with the Department of Education and the Philippine Olympic Committee. For more information on the race and its advocacy, visit the MILO marathon website or access the MILO Philippines fanpage on Facebook. Follow MILO on Twitter (@MILOPH).
About the National MILO Marathon
The National MILO Marathon is an annual marathon event open to amateur and professional runners. From its humble beginnings in 1974 as a single marathon race in Metro Manila attended by 747 participants, the National MILO Marathon has grown to be the biggest, longest, grandest national running event in the country attracting more than hundreds of thousands of runners across the country. The race is organized by RunRio, Inc.
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