Poliquit, Tabal conquer ASICS LA Marathon

Congratulations to Rafael Poliquit Jr. and Mary Joy Tabal for having completed the prestigious ASICS Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 15. Poliquit and Tabal, are the reigning MILO Marathon King and Queen and as part of their prize, they were given the opportunity to compete in this out of the country, world-class marathon race . They were pitted against over 26,000 runners from 50 states of the US and 55 countries in the world, including the top athletes from the United States, who competed in the 42K running event to qualify for the US National Team for the 2016 Olympics.

Kudos to MILO for making it possible for our Filipino elite runners gain international race exposure. Saludo! 😉

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Poliquit, Tabal conquer ASICS LA Marathon

Manila, Philippines – Fresh from their stellar victories in the 38th National MILO Marathon, Philippine Air Force member Rafael Poliquit Jr. and marathon record-holder Mary Joy Tabal completed the prestigious ASICS Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 15. Poliquit and Tabal, the reigning MILO Marathon King and Queen, were pitted against over 26,000 runners from 50 states of the US and 55 countries in the world, including the top athletes from the United States, who competed in the 42K running event to qualify for the US National Team for the 2016 Olympics.

Following last year’s delegation to the Paris Marathon, the National MILO Marathon awarded both athletes with all-expenses paid trips to the ASICS LA Marathon as the Philippine delegates sponsored by MILO. The ASICS LA Marathon is one of the five largest full marathons in the United States, and one of the ten largest races in the world.

The 26-year-old Davaoeño Poliquit clocked in at 2:36:09 and ranked 27th overall in the men’s division. In the distaff side, 25-year-old Cebuana Tabal posted a time of 2:51:17 and finished 27th overall in the women’s division.

Journey to the finish line

According to race organizer Rio dela Cruz, the athletes traveled early and were able to prepare and acclimatize to the cool weather. Both were in top shape in the months leading to the race, fully focused in following their training regimen which consisted of muscle recovery, strength and speed workouts and endurance training, as well as mental conditioning and proper nutrition.

California was baked in heat on race day, but it was nothing compared to the scorching sun in the Philippines. In fact, Poliquit found the weather to be cool, and made the race very challenging. “I am not really used to colder weather. I had difficulties in breathing normally as I went along the race. I was also unable to hydrate myself well because I thought I wasn’t thirsty because of the cold,” admitted Poliquit. “I also felt that my lower limbs were starting to cramp past the 30KM mark. This was truly challenging, because the route had more uphill parts towards the second half.”

Tabal, however, found the colder weather good and used it to her advantage. “It wasn’t too cold and it wasn’t too hot, which, for me, is good for a race. The route was wide open, no vehicles, and it was safe for us to move freely, but still, it was very challenging,” shared Tabal. “I was not included amongst the group of elite runners whose gun time was ahead by ten minutes, so I had to catch up and make up for the delay. I also wanted to run alongside somebody so I can set my pace, but I could not find anyone and had to push myself and maintain a good pace until the finish line.”

Running with the greats

Aside from the different challenges both were faced with, it was an added test for both Poliquit and Tabal to run with elite runners from all over the United States who were vying to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Still, this fueled the two more to strive and persevere to show that Filipinos can compete with the world’s best.

“The Africans, especially the Ethiopians and Kenyans, were the fastest among the group, and it was very hard to keep stride with them. They really are made of a different caliber,” shared Poliquit. “During the start of the race, I was able to run alongside my idol, US marathoner Ryan Hall. It is one of the highlights of my first international race. I didn’t expect that I would be able to join a big international race like this. It’s a dream come true.”

Tabal admitted that she had to chase the female elite runners in the hopes of finishing with a higher rank. “I was able to keep up with best runners and I was really confident of finishing in the top 10, but I suddenly had a bad stomach and it affected my running,” said Tabal. “I had to shift to a relaxed pace in order to survive the race. The supporters along the road cheered me on, shouting “Go Baby Girl!”, and it spurred me on. I made it and it was a very wonderful and rewarding experience.”

Raising the Philippine flag high

Both runners shared that the support of MILO and the Filipino community powered their will to give pride to the country and inspire the youth to become champions.

“The ASICS LA Marathon is another accomplishment and a dream come true for me, as a runner. It’s an honor to represent the Philippines in a big international event. I would like to thank MILO for believing in us to reach the international stage. I am very grateful to my coach Philip Dueñas. I wouldn’t be here if not for his patience, effort and support,” said Tabal. “I would like to dedicate this achievement to my kababayans, especially the Cebuanos, who always give their all-out support. When I crossed the finish line, it felt like it wasn’t just me who did it, but my kababayans, the entire nation also crossed it with me.”

Poliquit echoes Tabal’s sentiments in representing the Philippines. “I’m so proud and happy to represent the country in Los Angeles. I am grateful to MILO for giving me this once in a lifetime chance, and to the Philippine Air Force for allowing me to grab this amazing opportunity, and of course, my family who has always believed in me,” expressed Poliquit.

MILO Sports Marketing Manager Andrew Neri expressed his pride for the two athletes. “Rafael and Mary Joy have truly raised the Philippine flag high in Los Angeles, and proved once again that Filipinos are exceptional and world class. We are delighted to have provided them the platform to showcase their athletic excellence amongst the world’s best runners,” remarked MILO Sports Marketing Manager Andrew Neri.

The National MILO Marathon holds an esteemed position in the world map of marathon destinations, due to its certification from the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The National MILO Marathon will usher in its 39th season in June of this year with a goal to engage more runners and continue its Help Give Shoes advocacy by donating brand new running shoes to school children.

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).

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Now Out – The 2015 National MILO Marathon Race Series Calendar

It’s here and look at the venue of the National Finals in December. Cool!

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38th MILO Marathon National Finals New Date Set to DEC. 13 (Saturday)

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MILO is pleased to announce that the much-awaited 2014 National MILO Marathon Finals will proceed this Saturday, December 13, at the SM MOA grounds, Pasay City. We thank all registered runners for their patience and wish them luck in the coming race. We invite everyone to join us for the conclusion of this prestigious event, and take part in the fun and excitement that this year’s event will bring to participants and spectators alike. See you all on Saturday!

MILO News Release & Results – 2nd Leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon in Dagupan City

PRESS RELEASE:

Herrera, Cardona win in 38th National MILO Marathon Dagupan City qualifying leg
48 runners qualify for National Finals

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DAGUPAN City, Philippines, 06 July 2014 – Elite runners Rene Herrera and Lany Cardona set a swift pace for the 21-K division run at the 38th National MILO Marathon on Sunday in Dagupan City. Each received a cash prize of P10,000, a trophy, and a coveted spot in the National Finals on December 7 for their respective victories.

Out of more than 10,000 runners, 48 qualified for the National Finals in this leg. As an added incentive to the prestige of winning the country’s premier footrace, MILO will be sending this season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen to compete with the world’s finest athletes at the Tokyo Marathon in 2015.

35-year-old Herrera led the pack, clocking in a time of 01:12:36. Robino Javier followed close behind, finishing at 01:15:59, and Ronnie Rosete placed third 01:19:37. Herrera, who hails from Guimaras, is a member of the Philippine Navy and a five time SEA Games gold medalist. He also competed in the 2012 London Olympics.

“I have joined the MILO marathon since 1995, and this year, the race is part of my training for my qualification in the Philippine Team for the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea,” expressed Herrera. “Qualifying for the National Finals is an added boost for me and it will certainly help me in my hopes to be part of the national team.”

Herrera has been training in Baguio, the Philippine Team’s base in preparation for the Asian Games in September. His training regime consists of morning and afternoon sessions with extensive runs in the city’s Marcos Highway. Coach Jim Saret, creator of the MILO R2-APEX Running School, has also invited Herrera to be his assistant coach for beginner runners in the Baguio roadshow of the running school in June this year.

In the distaff side, Lany Cardona took advantage of the good weather and placed first, posting a time of 01:30:20. Rivals Cinderella Lorenzo (01:33:27) and Cristina Melchor (01:50:58) placed second and third, respectively. The 23-year-old housewife from Bolinao, Pangasinan is the record holder for winning the most number of gold medals in the PATAFA National Open.

“We are lucky it is sunny today, which is great for running. It has been raining the past days when I’ve been training,” said Cardona. “For the qualifying race, I prepared by running four times a week. I also joined several races. I will continue my training and I hope to be at my best for the National Finals.”

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, 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.

“MILO’s Help Give Shoes is wonderful program which reaches out to underprivileged children who aspire to run and become future champions. I used to be one of those kids, and the advocacy continues to inspire me,” said Herrera. Cardona echoes the same sentiments. “What MILO does for the children is admirable, and I’m more than willing to contribute and help our aspiring athletes. We all share the same passion for running, and it’s great that the kids will be able to pursue their dreams,” she added.

The qualifying race will resume in Tarlac on July 13 before heading to 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).

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38th National MILO Marathon Leg 02 – Dagupan 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.

 

38th National MILO Marathon PROVINCIAL LEGS Information

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38TH NATIONAL MILO MARATHON
PROVINCIAL ELIMINATION LEGS
http://www.milo.com.ph

RACE ORGANIZER: RunRio, Inc.

BENEFICIARY:
P10 from the registration fee will be donated to the “HELP GIVE SHOES” advocacy.

RACE CATEGORIES:

  • 3km Kiddie Run
  • 5km Fun Run (students)
  • 5km Fun Run (adults)
  • 10km Run
  • 21km Elimination Run

RACE SCHEDULE AND VENUES:

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REGISTRATION SCHEDULE:

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REGISTRATION/ENTRY FEES:

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  • Race entry fee should be accompanied by one empty Milo 300g empty pack.
  • 21km category is a Qualifying Race for PROVINCIAL LEGS only.
  • Students should present a valid ID in order to avail of the Php80 registration fee.
  • P 10.00 from the registration fee will be donated to the “HELP GIVE SHOES” advocacy.
  • Participants must be 18 years and above on the race day to participate in the Half Marathon (21-K). Each will have to secure an official ‘Fit-To-Run’ medical certificate signed by a licensed physician within 2 months before race day. 
  • Participants must be 16 years and above on race day to be able to register and participate in the 10km race category.
  • Participants must be 7 years and above on race day to be able to register and participate in the 5km Fun Run race category.
  • Participants must be 7 to 12 years old on race day to be able to register and participate in the 3km Kiddie Run. They are required to have their entry forms signed by a parent/guardina and must submit a photocopy of their NSO birth certificate or current school ID.
  • Participants below the age of 18 must seek their parental/guardian consent andd fill up the entry form where the parent/guardian is required to sign.

REGISTRATION SITES:

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RACE START TIMES:

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RACE CUT-OFF TIMES:

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FINISHER’S ENTITLEMENTS:

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  • Finisher’s Certificate
  • Special MILO Lootbag (for finishers WITHIN THE CUT-OFF TIME of the 21km race categories only)
  • Finisher’s Medal (for finishers WITHIN THE CUT-OFF TIME of the 21km race categories only)

*Full RACE RESULTS will be posted at Official MILO website two (2) days after the race.

NATIONAL FINALS QUALIFYING TIMES:

Participants in the 21-K provincial elimination races will have two ways to qualify and compete in the 42.195-K National Finals:

a. Male finishing the race within 1:15:00 and female finishing the race within 1:35:00 will qualify and get an all-expense paid trip to Manila. It is their responsibility to contact the national race organizer on or before November 25, 2013 to coordinate their travel arrangements to Manila. Those who will not compete in the National Finals forfeit all their privileges.

b. Participants finishing the race within the specified age-bracket and time below will qualify. All expenses related to their participation will be shouldered by the qualifier.

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*All expenses related to their participation will be shouldered by the qualifier.

NATIONAL FINALS QUALIFIER ENTITLEMENTS:

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PRIZES:

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  • Additional Notes: 
    • Metro Manila qualifiers from the 42.195-K race and provincial qualifiers from the 21-K race CAN NO LONGER compete in any of the elimination races. They will not be accepted even in shorter distance races. They may only compete in the full marathon of the National Finals.
    • All winners in the 21-K, 10-K, 5-K, and 3-K races (top 10 male and female) CAN NO LONGER compete in any of the succeeding elimination races. However, they (excluding the qualifiers) can compete in the 21-K, 10-K, 5-K, and 3-K races of the National Finals.
    • The 42.195-K and 21-K races of the National Finals will have two categories, Open and Local. Both overseas and local participants can compete and win in the Open category (only the top 3 winners will be recognized). In case a local participant finishes in the top 3 of the Open category, he/she waives the right to win the prize in the Local category.
    • To qualify, overseas runners must provide proof of finish in any AIMS/IAAF accredited races dating back at least one (1) year before race day or they may qualify in the Manila elimination race. They must have a finish time within the specified age-bracket and time identified in items 18 (for 21-K) & 19 (for 42.195-K).
  • Bonus Prizes for Local Runners: 
    • P100,000 bonus for the first runner who breaks the 2:15:00 invisible time barrier 
    • P50,000 bonus for the first runner who breaks the 2:18:53 men’s course record of Eduardo Buenavista 
    • P50,000 bonus for the first female runner who breaks the 2:48:00 women’s course record of Mary Joy Tabal 
    • Finishers in all categories within the cut-off time will receive a certificate of finish. 
    • Winners must be physically present to receive their awards during the awarding ceremony. Uncollected prizes will be donated to the “HELP GIVE SHOES ADVOCACY” or disposed at the discretion of the race organizer. 
    • Results will be uploaded two (2) days after each race. Visit http://www.milo.com.ph for more details.

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38th National MILO Marathon MANILA Eliminations Leg – July 27, 2014

It’s MILO Philippines 50th year anniversary this year! To celebrate, they continue with their passion of building a nation of champions by supporting the country’s athletic community through grassroots sports development. This includes the holding of the annual National MILO Marathon series of running races all over the country. The much-awaited Manila eliminations leg will be held on July 27, 2014. Read on the post below for the important race details. 

Cheers!
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38TH NATIONAL MILO MARATHON
MANILA ELIMINATIONS LEG
July 27, 2014
Mall of Asia, Pasay City
http://www.milo.com.ph

RACE ORGANIZER: RunRio, Inc.

BENEFICIARY:
P10 from the registration fee will be donated to the “HELP GIVE SHOES” advocacy.

RACE CATEGORIES:

  • 3km Kiddie Run
  • 5km Fun Run (students)
  • 5km Fun Run (adults)
  • 10km Run
  • 21km Run
  • 42.195km Elimination Run

REGISTRATION SCHEDULE:


REGISTRATION/ENTRY FEES:

  • Race entry fee should be accompanied by one empty Milo 300g empty pack.
  • Qualifying race for Manila Elimination race is 42km category.
  • 21km category is a Qualifying Race for PROVINCIAL LEGS only.
  • Students should present a valid ID in order to avail of the Php80 registration fee.
  • P 10.00 from the registration fee will be donated to the “HELP GIVE SHOES” advocacy.
  • Participants must be 18 years and above on the race day to participate in the Full Marathon (42.195-K) and Half Marathon (21-K). Each will have to secure an official ‘Fit-To-Run’ medical certificate signed by a licensed physician within 2 months before race day. 
  • Participants must be 16 years and above on race day to be able to register and participate in the 10km race category.
  • Participants must be 7 years and above on race day to be able to register and participate in the 5km Fun Run race category.
  • Participants must be 7 to 12 years old on race day to be able to register and participate in the 3km Kiddie Run. They are required to have their entry forms signed by a parent/guardina and must submit a photocopy of their NSO birth certificate or current school ID.
  • Participants below the age of 18 must seek their parental/guardian consent andd fill up the entry form where the parent/guardian is required to sign.

REGISTRATION SITES:

  • ONLINE: http://www.milo.com.ph
  • IN-STORE:
    • RUNNR Store – BHS
    • MOVE Store – BGC (Across Track 30th in BGC)
    • TOBY’s
      • Shangri-la Plaza Mall
      • SM Mall of Asia
      • SM North EDSA The Block
    • SM HYPERMARKETS (registration availability to be announced)
    • SAVEMORE Stores (registration availability to be announced)

BAGGAGE DEPOSIT:

  • Baggage deposit services will be available exclusively for 10km, 21km and 42.195km participants only.
  • 3km and 5km race category participants are strongly encouraged not to bring any type of bag(s) on race day.

RACE START TIMES:

RACE CUT-OFF TIMES:

RACE TIME LIMITS:

FINISHER’S ENTITLEMENTS:

  • Finisher’s Certificate
  • Special MILO Lootbag (for finishers WITHIN THE CUT-OFF TIME of the 21km and 42km race categories only)
  • Finisher’s Medal (for finishers WITHIN THE CUT-OFF TIME of the 21km and 42km race categories only)
  • Finisher’s Shirt (for finishers WITHIN THE CUT-OFF TIME of the 42km race category only)

*Full RACE RESULTS will be posted at Official MILO website two (2) days after the race.

NATIONAL FINALS QUALIFYING TIMES:
To qualify and compete in the National Finals, runners in the 42.195k Manila Elimination Race will have to finish the race within the specified age-bracket and time as shown below:

*All expenses related to their participation will be shouldered by the qualifier.

NATIONAL FINALS QUALIFIER ENTITLEMENTS:

PRIZES:

  • Additional Notes: 
    • Fastest Filipino 42.195K winners (male & female) will be dubbed as the 2014 MILO® Marathon King and Queen respectively and will be given the opportunity to compete in an international race outside the country. All expenses will be shouldered by MILO. 
    • All 42.195K finishers within the cut-off time will receive a medal, a loot bag, and an exclusive finisher’s shirt. 
    • Metro Manila qualifiers from the 42.195-K race and provincial qualifiers from the 21-K race CAN NO LONGER compete in any of the elimination races. They will not be accepted even in shorter distance races. They may only compete in the full marathon of the National Finals.
    • All winners in the 21-K, 10-K, 5-K, and 3-K races (top 10 male and female) CAN NO LONGER compete in any of the succeeding elimination races. However, they (excluding the qualifiers) can compete in the 21-K, 10-K, 5-K, and 3-K races of the National Finals.
    • The 42.195-K and 21-K races of the National Finals will have two categories, Open and Local. Both overseas and local participants can compete and win in the Open category (only the top 3 winners will be recognized). In case a local participant finishes in the top 3 of the Open category, he/she waives the right to win the prize in the Local category.
    • To qualify, overseas runners must provide proof of finish in any AIMS/IAAF accredited races dating back at least one (1) year before race day or they may qualify in the Manila elimination race. They must have a finish time within the specified age-bracket and time identified in items 18 (for 21-K) & 19 (for 42.195-K).
  • Bonus Prizes for Local Runners: 
    • P100,000 bonus for the first runner who breaks the 2:15:00 invisible time barrier 
    • P50,000 bonus for the first runner who breaks the 2:18:53 men’s course record of Eduardo Buenavista 
    • P50,000 bonus for the first female runner who breaks the 2:48:00 women’s course record of Mary Joy Tabal 
    • Finishers in all categories within the cut-off time will receive a certificate of finish. 
    • Winners must be physically present to receive their awards during the awarding ceremony. Uncollected prizes will be donated to the “HELP GIVE SHOES ADVOCACY” or disposed at the discretion of the race organizer. 
    • Results will be uploaded two (2) days after each race. Visit http://www.milo.com.ph for more details.

SIDE EVENTS:

  • Inter-Company Running Competition
  • Biggest School Delegation Competition
  • Inter-School Running Competition
  • Cheer Dance Competition

*Download National MILO Marathon Rules and Regulation for details of each side event.

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