38th National MILO Marathon kicks off in Baguio City – Race Results


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38th National MILO Marathon kicks off in Baguio City
82 runners qualified for country’s premier footrace finals

BAGUIO City, Philippines, 29 June 2014 – Elite runners Julius Sermona and Christabel Martes set the pace as they came out top in the 21K events as the 38th National MILO Marathon kicked off in Baguio City on Sunday. More than 6,700 runners joined the race.

Sermona, SEA Games silver medalist and 2006 MILO Marathon King, took category rival Cesar Castañeto down to the wire as they crossed the finish line, clocking in at 01:14:42 and 01:14:47 respectively. Castro Cudli finished third with a time of 01:23:40.

Two-time SEA Games gold medalist Martes bested the female category with an impressive time of 01:26:48 as she finished well ahead of second placer Sandi Menchi Abahan (01:34:23) and third placer Lua Angella Limbo (01:46:41).

The runners were blessed with very good weather but there were other challenges they needed to overcome. ”The uphill and downhill route was quite difficult to navigate. It was a very tight race. I had to sprint in the final kilometer,” said the 34-year-old Sermona, a military soldier who hails from Bacolod. “I am overjoyed that I won. For the national finals, I need to continue training to be able to give my best performance.”

Martes, the 34-year-old from La Trinidad, Benguet plans to take her training up a notch for the national finals. “For the qualifying race, I did not do any intensive training, unlike before when I was still with the national team. I also had difficulty in the uphill parts of the route. I had to exert twice the effort,” expressed Martes. “My training consisted of jogging and recreational running only. I need to step it up and be consistent with my routine to maintain my form for the finals.”

Sermona and Martesboth received P10, 000 and a trophy while securing their spots, along with 80 others,to compete in the National Finals on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. This season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen will get the chance to represent the country at the esteemed Tokyo Marathon in 2015.The country’s biggest and most prestigious footrace expects 230,000 runners to participate this year.

Sharing the spotlight with the inspiring elite runners is 60-year-old Senen Garcia from Novaliches. Garcia qualified for the national finals, finishing with a time of 01:57:59. “It’s a far cry from my record time of 01:07 back in the day,” laughs Garcia. “It’s harder to race now that I’m older, but my goal is to qualify for the national finals, and I’m very happy that I did. I’m also happy to contribute to the Help Give Shoes campaign.”

Josh Buenavista, son of two-time Olympian and reigning MILO Marathon King Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista also joined the Baguio leg. The 12-year-old definitely followed in his father’s winning footsteps as he clinched the top spot in the 3K events, posting a record time of 00:08:34. “My father encouraged me to take up running and join the MILO races,” said Josh, who has been running for four years now. “I really look up to him. He is my inspiration.”

As part of its ongoing commitment to support young Filipino talents through sports, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

“The National MILO Marathon strives to offer a challenging athletic experience for Filipino runners, and at the same time reach out to young Filipino athletes with strong potential and bright futures ahead of them,” said Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager. “We are blessed with the unwavering support of all the runners and Filipino families across the country as we continue to build champions not only in sports, but also in life.”

The elimination legs will resume in Dagupan on July 6, before heading to Tarlac (July 13), Angeles (July 20), Manila (July 27), Naga (August 24), Lucena (August 31), Puerto Princesa (September 7), Lipa (September 14), Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

The 38th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, ASICS, Lenovo, Manila Bulletin and Gatorade, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

For more information on MILO Philippines, log on to the official website (http://www.milo.com.ph) or the MILO Philippines Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/milo.ph). Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).


38th National MILO Marathon Leg 01 – Baguio 3k

38th National MILO Marathon Leg 01 – Baguio 5k

38th National MILO Marathon Leg 01 – Baguio 10k

38th National MILO Marathon Leg 01 – Baguio 21k

38th National MILO Marathon Leg 01 – Baguio School Competition

38th National MILO Marathon Leg 01 – Baguio Team_Company Competition

38th National MILO Marathon Leg 1 – Baguio ARETE

38th National MILO Marathon Leg 1 – Baguio Qualified to Finals

Video: FOUR Decades of the National MILO Marathon

For 4 decades, the #MILOMarathon has been a venue for Filipinos to display their commitment & passion to #BUILDCHAMPIONS. And this year, they’re celebrating the 50th year of MILO in the Philippines by providing running shoes to the areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda. Register for the #MILOmarathon now to inspire these children to stand up again and reach for their dreams.

For race details, click on the following links:

To register, go to http://www.milo.com.ph.



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August 17, 2014
SM Mall of Asia


TITLE SPONSOR: Sofitel Philippine Plaza

BENEFICIARY: Children of Virlanie Foundation

TARGET PARTICIPANTS: 6,000 RUNNERS (3,500 slots for 21km)


  • Online – June 27 to August 1, 2014
  • In-Store – July 14 to August 10, 2014


  • Move, 30th Street, BGC
  • Toby’s SM Mall of Asia
  • Toby’s The Block







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Race results will be available after two (2) days at http://www.runrio.com


  • Registration may end earlier than announced deadline. Kindly check online at http://www.runrio.com
  • A Valid ID must be presented upon registration. For group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID must be presented by the representative.
  • Singlet size availability will be on a first come first served basis.
  • A timing device will be used by all participants during the race.


  • Globe – 0916 5811153
  • Smart – 0929 717 8164
  • Landline – (632) 703-1736


  • feedback@runrio.com

Who is Rio de la Cruz? The Man behind the Afro
Those who have had the pleasure of knowing Coach Rio De La Cruz personally, or have heard even just bits and pieces of his rags-to-riches life story, will agree that the high-speed roadrunner, running coach extraordinaire, and running events maestro has come a very long way – literally and figuratively. From his humble beginnings as a native of Bato,Camarines Sur, he is the youngest of 14 children – 7 of which are his full-blooded siblings while the rest are half-siblings. At nine-months old, his biological mother left them and it was his biological father who raised their whole brood while they lived with his grandfather in Bicol. Innocence is bliss and despite the hardships that surrounded him and his family, he still found joy in childhood games where he had his first encounter with the sport that has made a great impact in his life: running.

What is Sofitel Manila Half Marathon?
The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon aims to be at par with other international marathons such as the Boston Marathon or Singapore Marathon. The greater aim of the event is to contribute to the upliftment of the lives of the street children of Manila through Virlanie Foundation, the beneficiary of the marathon.

In 2013, Sofitel Philippine Plaza has raised over Php 1. 5 million through the two runs organized, Sofitel Battle of the Sexes Leg 1 and 2 – a part of the proceeds had been used to purchase a van that was handed over to the foundation for their activities. This year, the target is to attract over 6,000 runners and better success in terms of fund raising.



Sofitel Philippine Plaza to revive the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon

Manila, June 3, 2014 – Sofitel Philippine Plaza announces the revival of the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon, last staged in 2008. The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon 2014 will feature 5k, 10k and 21k categories, and will be held at the Mall of Asia grounds. Cash prizes and luxury prizes from Sofitel are at stake for the top three male and female winners of category.

“The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon aims to be at par with other international marathons such as the Boston Marathon or Singapore Marathon. Aside from this, the greater aim of the event is to contribute to the upliftment of the lives of the street children of Manila through Virlanie Foundation, the beneficiary of the marathon. In the last year, we have raised over Php 1. 5 million through the two runs we have organized – a part of the proceeds had been used to purchase a van that was handed over to the foundation for their activities. This year we are targeting to have over 6,000 runners and for better success in terms of fund raising. ” says Sofitel Philippine Plaza General Manager Adam Laker.

The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon is collaboration between the Sofitel Philippine Plaza and the premier running event organizer in the country, Runrio, led by Coach Rio de la Cruz. “By organizing the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon, we hope to one day become one of the world’s most popular running event attracting both amateur and professional runners from all over the world to compete in Manila. This marathon is dedicated to the children of Virlanie Foundation with the objective of contributing to a better future for the children of Manila.” says Coach Rio de la Cruz.

The marathon takes the runners through a panoramic view of the Manila Bay while running with the cool breeze of the bay. Sofitel Manila Half Marathon 2014 follows the two highly successful running events brought about by the Sofitel-Runrio partnership in 2013: The Sofitel Runrio Battle of the Sexes Leg 1 and 2. Just like the two Battle of the Sexes events, the Manila Half Marathon shall be a green race. Runners are highly encouraged to bring their own water bottles for refilling at hydration stations, instead of using paper and plastic cups.

Online registration, selling of prepaid cards, and instore registration shall start this June 27 at Toby’s MOA, Toby’s SM North The Block and Move, 30th Street BGC. Complete race information can be found on http://www.runrio.com

Registration fees are as follows: P750 for the 5k, P850 for the 10k, and P950 for the 21k. All runners shall receive a race bib, singlet, and finishers lootbag and drinks. The 21km category shall also receive a finishers medal and finishers shirt.

This event is co-presented by Gatorade and sponsored by the following: Gold’s Gym, DOCOMO, StarXpo, DOLE,Delsan Office Systems,Canon Fashion Tailoring,10 Inch Lights and sounds, Dowi Hosiery, Delizio Fine Foods, Diversey, MJ Global, M Plus, Timex, Premier water and Nizoral. Media partners include ANC, Business World, Fox International Channels, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Radio High.

For more information, please call 02-703-1736 or 02-463-4814 or email feedback@runrio.com

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July 20, 2014
Spectrum Midway near Filinvest Tent
Filinvest City, Alabang

  • A race of fun, fitness, and empowerment for Women!
  • For experienced and competitive female runners, a rapidly growing category both locally and globally
  • For non-runners and beginners who want to have fun with their girlfriends






  • race bib
  • RunRio’s IPICO timing chip
  • singlet for females
  • tutu for males – for male runners to run as “Honorary Women of the Day”
  • carbtrim capsules
  • carbtrim iced tea






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  • for female runners:
    • pink boas


  • bracelets to be given by male models


  • for male runners:
    • finisher’s medal



  • program and awarding hosted by Tessa Valdes
  • photos with male models
  • free manicure
  • free BMI from Hi-Precision
  • shopping for women’s running items such as sports bras, apparel, socks, etc.


  • top 3 female finishers of each race distance
  • winners get medals, gift certificates and goodies from sponsors





Women are expected to lace up and run for women empowerment, camaraderie, and fun at the Carbtrim – The Bull Runner All Woman Race on July 20, 2014.  This run for womanity features 5k, 10k and 21k race distances along the safe and friendly roads of Filinvest City in Alabang.

Runners can expect lots of bling, boas, and tutus on this fun-filled event. Special edition charm bracelets will be awarded to all 21k female finishers.  All female finishers will receive groovy pink boas upon crossing the finish line. Prizes await the top three female finishers for each race category. 

As for the male runners, limited slots will be open to men who wish to run as “honorary women of the day!” The only requirement is that they wear tutus provided in the race kit.  21k male finishers will receive medals.

Registration is on-going at Planet Sports, Women’s Floor at Bonifacio High Street, Planet Sports Trinoma, and New Balance Festival Mall. Regular race fees from June 9 to 30 are 21k P1400, 10k P1000, and 5k P800 and late registration race fees from July 1 to 6 are 21k P1600, 10k P1200, and 5k P1000.  

All runners will receive free CarbTrim Capsules and Carbtrim Iced Tea in their race kits to help them reach their ideal race weight by race day.  Female participants will also receive an attractive dri-fit women-specific racerback All Woman Race singlet along with the race bib and ipico timing chip.

The race starts at Spectrum Midway Avenue in front of Filinvest Tent in Filinvest City. Gun start for 21k is 4:30AM, for 10k 5:30AM, and for 5k 5:45AM. Runners will be treated to shopping and pampering at the post-race area.

Carbtrim – The Bull Runner All Woman Race is sponsored by the

following: Title Sponsor – Carbtrim, Presenters – Filinvest City and Runrio, Official Sports Drink – Gatorade, Official Endurance Multivitamin – Enervon Activ, Official Recovery Drink – Enervon HP, Official Timing Partner – Garmin, Official Insurance Provider – Paramount Insurance, Silver Sponsor – Creamsilk, Regular Sponsors –Dole and Planet Sports. Media partners – Women’s Health, Race Day Magazine, Multisport, Urban Mom, PinoyFitness.ph, SwimBikeRun.ph, MommyMundo.com, and WhenInManila.com.  The event is organized by TheBullRunner.com.

For more information, please contact Macel at mobile number 0942.477.6099 or email tbrallwoman@gmail.  You may also visit http://www.facebook.com/allwomanrace or thebullrunner.com