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06
Jul
10

34th National MILO® Marathon: Race Results (Manila Eliminations)

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!

Update: Click here for the complete list of the official race results

Runner Distribution (42K, 21K, 10K)

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).

Overall Runner Distribution

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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!

05
Jul
10

34th National MILO® Marathon: Acknowledgments

First, I would like to thank our Almighty Father for allowing me to join and finish this race despite my physical handicaps with a “decent” time to boast and negligible injuries.

Second, I would like to personally thank my takbo.ph family for extending their support not just to me and the members of the family but also to the entire running community as a whole during yesterday’s MILO Marathon Manila Eliminations.  Thank you very much guys! I really appreciate all the efforts you gave, and I’m thankful to see familiar and friendly faces along the route.  The banana, boiled egg, liniments, and the cheers really helped me a lot!  MILO did a great support job but you guys made it excellent!

Finally, I would like to thank MILO, the Race Organizer, and the crew behind the 34th National MILO Marathon headed by Mr. Rudy Biscocho for consistently and continuously raising the standards of local races.  This was my third MILO Marathon Manila experience, my first during the 2008 Finals (10K) and last year’s Eliminations as my debut marathon, so I can safely say that MILO Marathon has gone a long way since then!  Thank you MILO for all these innovations!

To my fellow runners, those that worked hard to finish their respective races with integrity (regardless of the distance), be proud of your achievements!  Congratulations!

01
Jul
10

Signs of things to come…

Uh oh, I think I’m gonna do a crazy stint this weekend…

I see GREEN (Hmmm timing chip...)

Ehrm, wait... really? Hmmm

So what’s this for?

Good luck everyone!

(If I were you I’d still place that timing chip on your shoe laces as usual :))

16
Jun
10

34th National MILO® Marathon

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):

Age Group Men Women
18-34 3:45:00 4:20:00
35-39 3:50:00 4:25:00
40-44 3:55:00 4:30:00
45-49 4:00:00 4:35:00
50-54 4:05:00 4:40:00
55-59 4:10:00 4:45:00
60-64 4:15:00 4:50:00
65-69 4:20:00 4:55:00
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.

MILO® Marathon Singlets

As usual one (1) MILO® label (minimum of 300g) must accompany each accomplished and signed Official Entry Form.  Here are the new entry fees:

Provincial Races

  • 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.

Race routes (click to zoom)

For more information about the 34th National MILO® Marathon visit the official website at milo.com.ph.

09
Jun
10

Runner’s World Philippines, Page 36

Have you seen this month’s issue of Runner’s World (Philippines) magazine?

I missed the first issue (I’m not really much into reading, much less into magazines) and this one is my first copy of the magazine.  A friend of mine told me what’s inside that’s why I got myself a copy (included with this month’s issue of Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazine).  If you have one, turn to page 36!

That was me, Chris, and Que (left) as part of Team Runner’s World during this year’s Globe Run for Home promoting the launch of RW Philippines Magazine.  On the bottom right is none other than Coach Rio dela Cruz, the maiden issue’s cover.

This popup ad of the 34th National Milo Marathon certainly caught my eye (and lens). I’ll be featuring this event soon.

Thank you Runner’s World and Summit Media for including our pictures!

04
Jan
10

2009: Year in Review (Part 2: The Bests and the Worsts)

Not all races are made equal and this is the time to give due credit to those that gave us great experiences.  Because of the ordeal many runners encountered during the period it was requested that penitent races also be mentioned (79% of respondents to my poll want bloggers to feature lowlights for the year).  As much as I want to satisfy this request, I would just like to focus on the faults:

The Worsts

Race organizers did a lot of morbid offense to runners in 2009, the worst I’ve seen since I started running in August, 2008.  When we signed up for a race there’s a mutual understanding between runners and organizers that both parties would act accordingly on their behalf.  In many races it seemed that only runners were fulfilling their end of the bargain.  Here are my list of the top five most neglected:

5. Fast and accurate race results. As much as we’d love real time race results (as seen abroad) we can settle for accurate ones at a reasonable time frame, meaning within the week.  Runrio was able to come up with same day race results while still using manual timing proving it can be done even without disposable timing chips.  Accuracy is the key word as we don’t need race results where we have our name, not our time.  It would be best if the date of release of race results be announced beforehand, or if there would be race results at all!  Of course it is common sense that tabular race results be sorted by ranking, not alphabetically.

4. Distance. No one can make a “perfect” course but it’s a different thing if it’s half a kilometer or more off.  Runners would know if the margin was notable because even PATAFA-certified courses get criticized (oftentimes inappropriately) particularly by GPS-equipped runners.  At this day and age there’s no reason for such huge inaccuracy especially in Metro areas nationwide because of the availability of free online maps with measuring tool (which is GPS-accurate).  A 1% margin of error is ideal (e.g. 100 meters for 10K, 400 meters for marathon) but anything beyond 2% should be avoided.

3. Punctuality. Runners do struggle to get up very early in the morning just to make it on time in a race.  It’s an utter disrespect of runners’ time if organizers delay the race just to let their sponsors talk about their product.  It’s the runners’ skins that get burned in the sun in the first place.

2. Protection. Runners aren’t demanding that the entire course be fenced (like those abroad) but they should have some protection when out on the street.  There were many that just let runners run on the street like there was no race.

1. Water. Basic need for life.  Basic arithmetic on how much you need.  If organizers don’t think they have enough for all they should mention it beforehand so that runners are aware.  Just attach the phrase, “runners are encouraged to be self-sufficient.”

The Bests

Finally here are my personal picks for the best local races for 2009:

Best Sub-Half Marathon: The Happy Run

At par with the best local races, this race was one of the most enjoyable while still having the low race fees of 2008.

Best Half-Marathon: Timex Run

One of the most organized and expensive local races of the year.  Excellent no frills course utilizing disposable timing chips with fun post-race area.  The huge heavy medal could’ve been more specific with the race though.

Best Marathon: 33rd Milo Marathon Manila Eliminations

The most hydrated marathon for 2009 beating all races for the year.  It was well organized but race marshals could have been more professional, typical for Milo races.

Best International Marathon: Quezon City International Marathon

It was far from being perfect but for this category it was easily the best.  If there would be a lone international marathon in the country, this would be my best pick.  Government and local community support goes a long way making this race one with the most potential of truly reaching international standards.

Best Ultramarathon: The North Face 100

It was my most expensive local race for the year, also the longest time-wise and distance-wise, and most difficult.  This was one race I was proud of finishing and the experience was well worth all the ordeals.  Combining trail runs and an ultramarathon proved to be the ultimate race.

Best Trail Run: The North Face Thrill of the Trail

There were very few races for this category but the natural and picturesque trails of Batulao were enough to make this my favorite trail run for the year.  It was my first and the reason I fell in love with trail runs.

Best Race Finisher’s Medal: Quezon City International Marathon

Personally I believe that a beautiful medal is one that needs no paint—it in itself is enough.  QCIM’s finisher’s medal is at par with those given abroad although the medal for 21K seemed to look better that for 42K.

QCIM Finisher’s Medal

Best Race Singlet: adidas King of the Road

For the second year in a row adidas gave runners the best race singlet that was the envy of runners and non-runners alike, and no other local race singlet even came close!

adidas KOTR 2009 singlets

Best Marathon Route: Quezon City International Marathon

There were so many marathons with excellent route in 2009 but the La Mesa Dam route was quite tough to beat.

QCIM Marathon Route

Best Race: The North Face 100

An ultramarathon combined with crazily difficult trails traversing mountains and with countless river-crossings—it’s an experience of a lifetime! Of course only a proud few have bragging rights of conquering TNF100 Philippines 2009, completing it was an achievement.

I hope that this year we have enough examples of which races to emulate, and which ones to learn from.  I just hope that organizers start paying attention to details, not just profit.  2009 proved that if you provide a good quality event, fees aren’t much of a deterrent.  It also proved that fees are not relative to the quality of races as many “free” races were much better than the majority. We should all demand for quality, not quantity—a good resolution for the year, agree?

28
Dec
09

runningpinoy’s 2009 Second Half Report

Before we look back at the year in its entirety let us first review the Philippine running scene for the last six months.  This period saw highs and lows as far as races were concerned.  Races reached all-time high in terms of participants while inversely its quality fell to all-time lows (since August 2008 when I started joining races).  We’ve also seen race fees skyrocket to outrageous levels but there were still great races from good organizers that gave free races.

July

July marked my marathon debut on one of the best organized race of the year with the 33rd Milo Marathon Manila Eliminations. It was at a caliber unseen before locally and although it fell a little short it served as an epitome on how races should be organized.  Globe’s Run for Home was also a milestone as it introduced disposable timing chips while being virtually a free race when prepaid loads served as registration fees.

Personal achievement: First marathon and half-marathon PR

Disposable timing chip used in Run for Home

August

Kenny’s Open Urbanite Run introduced the first organized night race in the Metro with disposable timing chips to boot.  It could also be credited with starting the steep rise of race fees that would ensue throughout the year.

Personal achievement: 10-mile PR

Scene from KOUR

September

Mommy Milkshake was one of the most organized fun run of the year and the only one to be really free!  It puts in question organizers’ “reasons” for putting up expensive registration fees with races.  It was also during this month when race distance accuracy became a serious issue when RotaRun’s 21K was 3K short.

Personal achievement: First provincial Milo race

Pink Power at Mommy Milkshake Fun Run!

October

International Marathon (IM) season has begun with Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM) followed the following weekend with Subic International Marathon (SIM).  The use of the words “international” and “prestigious” became in question when races that used these didn’t live up to their promises. This month also started the “Kenyan invasion.”

Personal achievement: First marathon pacer duty; first back-to-back marathon (second and third)

World-class competition at the QCIM

November

The Philippine International Marathon (PIM) ended the “IM” season and was also highly criticized for not rewarding marathon finishers with a medal (the only one to do so thus far). It was a month plagued with poorly organized races!  The month seemed to turn for the better when Timex Run came but was derailed when Fit ‘n Right Fun Run didn’t turn out to be fit or fun for many disappointed runners.  Fortunately Run Ahead in Laoag, Ilocos Norte reminded everyone of how races should be with a well-organized, fun, generous, and charitable race making Metro Manila-based organizers look very greedy.

Personal achievement: Fourth marathon; 5K PR

Team Logan during PIM

December

Corregidor was a breather for many local runners and although it wasn’t trouble-free it was definitely unique.  There were still plenty of races for the month but personally I’ve had my dose of preposterous registration fees with mediocre races so I decided to be in abstentia for the month.

Personal achievement: Fifth marathon and new PR (via Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon)

Takbo.ph in Singapore!

Lessons and Tips

There were a lot of lessons both runners and organizers can learn with these period.  As long as these points were taken we have no reason not to improve next year.  Personally here are some tips I can give to fellow runners especially those that are just beginning to join races here in the Philippines:

  • Time yourself. Not all races we join are “reliable” and if you intend to monitor your progress get a watch.  You don’t even need one with a stopwatch, you just you’re your common sense.  Buy an über cheap children’s digital watch for P20 (from sidewalk vendors; no reason not to have a budget), remember your time when you start and look at it when you cross the finish.  You should get a rough approximate of your time which not accurate but it’s much better than nothing (what do you expect for P20?). You may validate it later when the race results come out.  If you have some dough buy a stopwatch, but if you have some serious dough get a GPS watch!
  • Bring your own water/sports drink. You need not buy a hydration belt; just bring a small flask or bottle of water or your preferred sports drink in case the organizer didn’t fulfill his obligation.  Consider investing in one though but ask around fellow runners first before purchasing.
  • Don’t be a distance freak! A few meters off the mentioned distance doesn’t mean you’ve been ripped off by the organizers.  Here’s my point: try to make an accurate 1K route using any GPS device.  Run that same route at least twice and see if you can get an accurate 1K every single time.  If you do try to make routes in 5K, 10K, 21K, and 42K and do the same.   If you still have an accurate distance every time you can make yourself a race route director.

I hope that newbies don’t get intimidated by bad experiences from previous races and continue joining reputable races, especially those with a “real” cause.  Before signing up for a race, don’t just join because everyone else does—ask fellow runners about the reputation of the organizers or the conduct of its past races.  Even the “pros” have “bad days” while on the other hand everyone deserves a second chance.  Best of all follow your heart—regardless of what everyone says it’s up to you to decide where you’re investing your hard earned cash.  Remember that we are not only paying for our right to join their race, we are also paying for the experience.

Summary

It was a “one step forward, two steps back” half for the year.  Disposable timing chips definitely placed Philippine races forward at par with races abroad but the proliferation of unbelievably disorganized races with outlandish registration fees were really traumatizing especially to newcomers to the sport.  Even race results became optional as we saw some races with no official race results, and those that do have inaccurate, very much delayed, or alphabetically-sorted race results!  Common sense wasn’t very commonly applied as far as this half was concerned!




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