Around 9,000 runners and health enthusiasts joined the 42nd National MILO Marathon, Pangasinan Qualifying Race held at the Lingayen Baywalk on August 18.
Governor Amado “Pogi” I. Espino III led the gunstart for the marathon’s 21-km category.
“Nagpapasalamat po kami kay Gov. Amado Espino III. Napakaganda po ng suporta nila. There are a lot of preparations that were done to make this event successful,” Milo Sports Executive Nestor Castillo said.
The National MILO Marathon is an annual event which aims to promote healthy lifestyle to Filipinos. At the same time, the proceeds of the marathon help underprivileged children through the “Help Give Shoes” project.
“We encourage everyone to get an active lifestyle. Ang sports po ay napa-importante sa ating kabataan ngayon. Sa pamamagitan ng sports, matututo sila ng disiplina, kumpyansa, at pakikisama,” Castillo said citing the benefits of this marathon in youth development.
The marathon consists of four events including the 21-km half marathon, 10-km run, and 5-km, as well as 3-km fun run.
Winner of the race are the following: Christabel Martes (21-km female), Kurt Jomar Lamparas (21-km male), Mary Joy Trupa (10-km female), Bernard Caluza (10-km male), Lowelyn Pamatian (5-km female), Jose Barroga (5-km male), Jasmine Bartolome (3-km female), and John Rome Ablan (3-km male).
The race finishers of the 21-km qualifying race, who finished the race within the specified age-bracket and time, will compete in the National Finals on January 2020 in Tarlac City.
“Ang father ko po ay isang marathoner. Dito na rin po kami nag-eensayo para sa qualifying ng SEA games,” Lowelyn Pamatian, top finisher of the 5-km category, stated.
Elementary and High School level cheer dance competition was also held as a side-event of the Milo Marathon.
/Paula Jhea Sison (Photos by Cris Daniel Mendoza)