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Title: Milo Marathon set on July 28 2019
Post by: MIKELIGALIG.com on June 29, 2019, 07:53:05 AM
MANILA -- More than 150,000 runners are expected to take part in the 2019 National MILO Marathon, which will kick off with the Manila leg next month.

This year's marathon series will center on the theme, “One Team. One Nation. Go Philippines!” in support for the Filipino athletes competing in the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG).

Six-time champion Mary Joy Tabal and 2018 National Finals runner-up Jerald Zabala will represent the Philippines in the SEA Games slated November 30 to December 11.

“We call on the entire nation to get involved and rally behind our athletes as they compete in our home soil for this significant sporting event,” said MILO Sports manager Lester Castillo during the event launching on Friday at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City.

“The SEA Games marks an exciting time for Philippine sports. May this event serve as an inspiration to all our runners to aspire for greatness throughout the season," he added.

The race will kick off in Metro Manila on July 28, followed by Subic Bay Freeport Zone (August 4), Lucena (September 15), Batangas (September 22), Cebu (September 29), Iloilo (October 6), General Santos (October 13), Davao (October 20), Cagayan De Oro (November 17), and in Tarlac (January 19, 2020).

For the first time, the National Finals will take place in January 2020 to make way for the SEA Games.

Tarlac City will host the grand finale in celebration of its annual KAISA Festival, the city’s week-long fiesta, to provide a festive and cultural experience for all participating runners.

“We, the City of Tarlac are thrilled to open our doors to all running enthusiasts to celebrate this grand milestone with us. Preparations are underway and we are in close coordination with our organizing committees to ensure that every runner will have a fun-filled experience in Tarlac," National Finals organizer Vlad Rodriguez said.

The 2020 National Finals is also something to look forward to with the participation of the Indonesian champions of the MILO 10-K run.

During the press conference, the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA) has awarded its Silver Label certification trophy to the 2018 National MILO Marathon for meeting the stringent criteria for quality location and logistics, course measurement and management, and actual event stage and flow.

“The Silver Label certification by PATAFA in their inaugural Road Race Tier Rating System has inspired us to deliver another unforgettable season this year,” Castillo said.

PATAFA president Philip Ella Juico said he is happy with the partnership with MILO.

“We are happy to work alongside MILO in our other events such as the Philippine National Games and the Philippine Athletics Championships. We are hard at work in helping our athletics athletes train for the much-awaited event, and with National MILO Marathon winners, SEA Games gold medalist Mary Joy Tabal and Jerald Zabala in the roster, we are hopeful in delivering a strong performance ahead.”

With the invaluable support of MILO Marathon runners and partners, MILO continues to help the youth across the country through the Help Give Shoes advocacy.

For years, MILO has given new pairs of running shoes and sports equipment to underserved students from public schools nationwide, to help them reach for their dreams and lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

MILO has so far donated 85,000 pairs of shoes and 2,500 basketballs to its beneficiaries and is set to give out 1,500 pairs of shoes and 2,500 basketballs this year. (PNA)

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