For its 41st 12 months, the National MILO Marathon continues to encourage champion runners from all walks of life. 2017 noticed the addition of two new areas to the now 16-leg tourney: Laoag and Roxas cities.
The sequence began in Urdaneta on July 16, persevering with in Laoag (July 23), Metro Manila (July 30), Angeles (August 6), Tarlac (August 13), Naga (August 27), Lucena (September 03), Lipa (September 10), Tagbilaran (September 24), Roxas (October 1), Iloilo (October eight), General Santos (October 15), Davao (October 22), Butuan (November 12), and Cagayan De Oro (November 19). The lately concluded National Finals in Cebu City occurred on December three.
Besides debuting new cities, MILO additionally unveiled the brand new Age Group Category within the 21Ok and 42Ok distance races. The new class inspired individuals to trace and evaluate their outcomes with different runners in related age teams, thereby motivating one another in the direction of surpassing their particular person objectives. Thus “Magsama-sama, Tumakbo, Matuto” was this season’s theme, pushed by values like self-discipline, resilience, and dedication; values completely embodied by champions Mary Joy Tabal and Joerge Andrade.
Cebuana Olympian Tabal turned the primary girl to win the National MILO Marathon 5 instances in a row, whereas Davaoeño salesman and self-trained runner Andrade received his very first MILO Marathon King title. This was Andrade’s first time to hitch the MILO Marathon National Finals, and solely his second time competing within the 42Ok class, working alongside—and finally, previous—his veteran idols and heroes within the working group.
“We couldn’t help but be inspired knowing that we have a new marathon king and a first-timer at that. Joy (Tabal) was once like him (Andrade) and he has what it takes to be a champion,” stated MILO Sports Executive Robbie De Vera. Both Tabal and Andrade will probably be despatched by MILO on all expense-paid journeys to take part in a global marathon subsequent 12 months.
Firm within the perception that champions can come from anywhere, the National MILO Marathon’s Help Give Shoes advocacy, in partnership with Department of Education, has donated 5,000 pairs to underprivileged college youngsters this 12 months—having already impressed 70,000 aspiring athletes because the advocacy began in 2010; setting the stage for extra champions like Tabal and Andrade to come ahead within the years forward.