THE 42nd National Milo Marathon resumes its search for the next marathon king and queen, but this time, the champions get an added bonus—berths on the national team to the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games the country is hosting.
More than 150,000 runners, led by reigning Milo Marathon King Joerge Andrade and five-time champion Mary Joy Tabal, are expected to vie in the 11 legs set for this year—Urdaneta City on July 15, Manila on July 29, Tarlac on August 26, Batangas on September 16, Lucena on September 30, Iloilo on October 7, Cebu on October 14, General Santos City on October 21, Butuan on November 11 and Cagayan de Oro on November 18.
The winners in each leg will advance to the National Finals in Laoag City on December 9, with the new Marathon King and Queen earning the right to represent the country in next year’s SEA Games.
“Whoever wins will run in the Southeast Asian Games. We’re after the winners in both categories regardless of the time,” said Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) President Dr. Philip Ella Juico, who was accompanied by Secretary-General Reynato Unso, during the event’s launch recently at the Conrad Hotel.
The marathon is endorsed by the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee and Patafa.
“The 42nd National Milo Marathon continues to center on the life lessons that a runner can learn and take with him beyond the finish line,” Milo Philippines Sports Executive Lester Castillo said. “We are committed to delivering an inspiring season as we highlight the values of discipline, resilience and determination to help our runners be molded into true champions.”
Milo will again donate 1,500 pairs of shoes and 2,500 basketballs to deserving public schools across the country to expand its advocacy to reach more children and get them into sports.