Whoops, there it is! The official results of last Sunday’s MILO® Marathon Manila Eliminations for the 42K, 21K, 10K, 5K, and 3K have been released, courtesy of MILO® Philippines. To those who finished with integrity, Congratulations!
Updated Results Statistics:
780 runners crossed the finish line for 42K; 963 for 21K; 1,079 for 10K; a staggering 9,840 for 5K; and 1,471 for 3K (kids) totaling 14,133 runners (based on published race results).
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Looking at the race results (42K in particular) I noticed a lot of irregularities—incomplete chip time splits. This could mean a device failure (only in the middle of the race?) or not passing on the mat sensor (for some anomalous reasons). If you’re one of those that have these irregularities and you know that you finished your race “with honor” please contact MILO (their Facebook account may be faster) for clarification. I’m not saying that those who had irregularities cheated but for your name’s sake it’s better to be clear. You don’t want to be tagged as or associated with cheaters, right?
To those who cheated, you couldn’t have picked a worse place to stage this act—the results aren’t filtered for irregularities so as long as you crossed that Finish Line and claimed to have finished your race your names are listed. Yes, those shortcuts with skipped mat sensors do reflect in the results but the worst part of it was that your names are publicized for everyone to know! (That’s why it’s of keen importance to inform MILO for necessary corrections) Knowing cyberspace, once it’s out, it’s there (practically) forever!
I’m “curious” at the race results of a certain 42K “finisher” who started in the lead pack (2 seconds off between finish and chip times) and is “missing” his 37K split. He completed his first 15K in 02:04:26 (average pace of 08:17/km or 7.23kph), 26K in 03:47:16 (11K in 01:42:50, average pace of 09:20/km or 6.42kph), and finished the entire 42K in 04:52:34 (chip time, average pace of 06:56/km or 8.65kph for the entire race). That makes his final 16K in 01:05:18 (average pace of 04:04/km or 14.7kph)! If you Sir can read this I sure would love to get your side of the story as any person who can maintain a four minute kilometer pace for 16 kilometers (after already running for almost four hours!) is highly competitive (Bald Runner might be looking for you!).
Knowing runners, runners are tolerant with novice runners, slower runners, and even walkers but are most intolerant with cheaters. I’ve known of an incident like this quite some time ago and it took several marathons for that person to earn back some reputation, but to this date he/she remains to receive exoneration from some runners in the community (forgiven, possibly, but never forgotten). And this person enjoyed some anonymity; this particular race results don’t share that luxury. Potential cheaters beware!
Some reputable races ban people who had records of questionable conducts. For a moment of false glory, would you trade that for your dream race? It’s a lifetime of shame and regret for praises that were never yours to begin with. I could probably say that I have more respect to that person who finished his 10K in three hours (really?) than that who “finished” his marathon in the same time but actually completed just ¾ of it due to cheating.
I still can’t get over it, 10K in three hours? Wow!