Let’s just get this out of the way. I LOVE MILO! I’m not just talking about the choco-malt energy drink that I’ve grown up with. Ever since I can remember, the Milo brand has associated itself with Philippine athletics. When I was young, I thought I needed to be a gymnast or a basketball player or a judoka to get involved in Milo sports programs. I hadn’t yet heard of the Milo Marathon (Ha! Imagine that; I must have been a sheltered kid).
I’ve participated in the Milo Marathon in some way over the last two years (did the marathon in 2010, was in the commercial for a millisecond and helped man a support station in 2011) and I’ve always been struck by how Pinoy the Milo Marathon is, despite Milo being a multinational brand.
So it was a big honor to be invited to the 36th Milo Marathon press kick-off last week. I live-tweeted the event and broke some big news.
There was a misprint on the Milo Marathon registration form that said the 21K category in the Metro Manila elimination race was a “qualifying race”. I was so curious about this that I had to stand up during the Q&A to ask if this was true. It’s actually a misprint (I think this misprint was also in the forms during the 2010 race).
My Twitter friend @runner_ph posted some interesting information in reply to my tweets: as an IAAF and AIMS-certified race, Milo Marathon can be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Although I haven’t been able to train properly for a 21K or 42K, I’ve committed to running 10K during the Manila elimination race on July 29. Hope to see you there!
Race: 36th Milo Marathon
Dates: July 1 (Baguio), July 8 (Dagupan), July 15 (Tarlac), July 22 (Angeles), July 29 (Manila elims), August 19 (Naga), September 2 (San Pablo), September 16 (Lipa, Batangas), September 23 (Puerto Princesa), September 30 (Tagbilaran), October 7 (Cebu), October 14 (Bacolod), October 28 (Iloilo), November 4 (Gen. Santos), November 11 (Davao), November 18 (Butuan), November 25 (Cagayan de Oro), December 9 (Manila finals)
Manila Venue: SM Mall of Asia
Reg Fee: P50 (3K Kiddie/5K Students), P100 (5K Adults), P500 (10K/21K/42K)
Registration Sites: online or through area race organizers
More Information: Milo Marathon official website