It was like yesterday when I had my first marathon with the 33rd National MILO® Marathon last year as I remember vividly all the trials and lessons I learned with that wonderful experience of a lifetime. I remember that it was one of the best races in the country that year outdone only by the MILO® Marathon Finals (which I didn’t qualify for, unfortunately) with the introduction of timing chips. You haven’t seen a crowd until you see MILO® Marathon’s crowd. Despite being well attended MILO® Marathon keeps improving itself, and this year a new cause and higher levels of competition are being introduced.
This year MILO® continues to up the ante by introducing a more competitive age group qualifying time. Previously there were only two sets of qualifying time, one for men and the other for women, regardless of age. Here are the new qualifying rules:
For the 21K provincial elimination races to qualify for the National Finals competing in 42.195K:
- Male finishing the race within 1:15:00 and female within 1:35:00 will qualify for an all-expense paid round trip to Manila; or
- Runners finishing the race within the specified age-bracket and time (all expenses to be covered by the qualifier):
Age Group Men Women 18-34 1:30:00 1:40:00 35-39 1:35:00 1:45:00 40-44 1:40:00 1:50:00 45-49 1:45:00 1:55:00 50-54 1:50:00 2:00:00 55-59 2:00:00 2:10:00 60-64 2:10:00 2:20:00 65-69 2:20:00 2:25:00 70 & up 2:30:00 2:30:00
For the 42K Metro Manila elimination race, all runners finishing the race within the specified age-bracket and time (all expenses to be covered by the qualifier):
|70 & up||5:30:00||5:30:00|
The number of registration sites has also improved. Aside from the familiar Ground Floor of Vasquez Madrigal Plaza in Annapolis St., San Juan, Runnr (Bonifacio High Street), and Toby’s (The Block, SM North EDSA; Greenhills; Park Square I) joined the list of registration sites for the Manila Eliminations. Here’s the complete list of registration sites for the nationwide events.
As usual one (1) MILO® label (minimum of 300g) must accompany each accomplished and signed Official Entry Form. Here are the new entry fees:
- 21K Half Marathon Elimination Race – P500
- 10K Run – P500
- 5K Fun Run – P50
- 3K Kiddie Run – P50
Metro Manila Races
- 42.195K Elimination Race – P500
- 21K Run – P 500
- 10K Run – P 500
- 5K Fun Run – P100
- Student Runners (3K & 5K) – P50
Since its first run in 1974, the National MILO® Marathon is the country’s longest running and most attended running event. Its nationwide coverage allows “grassroots” talents to be discovered from all around the country from all sectors of society. If we adults enjoy running for personal reasons, we could only imagine how much joy it brings to children. Joining many races I’ve seen some really talented kids outrunning adults but unfortunately some of these talents don’t have the support they need—some of them don’t even have shoes to wear! These kids may one day win us that elusive Olympic gold medal, but that vision will remain a dream if we don’t help them now.
“The root of this advocacy lies in our belief that we’re not just giving these children running shoes. We’re giving them something that they can wear to school, for sports and other activities. It’s definitely a step to help them reach their true potential and be the best that they can be.”
MILO® realized this potential and as such a portion of each participant’s registration fee (P5 to be exact) will be donated to the Run-For-A-Cause which in return, MILO® will donate an equivalent amount to the total fund raised. The money collected from all the participants will be used to produce running shoes that will be donated to selected public schools in the areas where the 2010 MILO® Marathon will be held. Here are the complete details of the cause.
The Manila Eliminations is on July 04, 2010 and the National Finals is on December 12, 2010, both starting at Km 0, Roxas Blvd., Luneta Park, Manila. Here’s the complete race schedules nationwide.
For more information about the 34th National MILO® Marathon visit the official website at milo.com.ph.