All systems go for historic 40 th National MILO Marathon Finals in Ilolilo

All systems go for historic 40 th National MILO Marathon Finals in Ilolilo

All systems go for historic 40 th National MILO Marathon Finals in Ilolilo

All systems go for historic 40 th National MILO Marathon Finals in Ilolilo

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Manila, Philippines, 01 December 2016 – The National MILO Marathon is set to mark its 40 th year

milestone as it holds its National Finals in the city of Iloilo on Sunday, December 4. The reigning

MILO Marathon King and Queen, two-time MILO Marathon King Rafael Poliquit and three-time MILO

Marathon Queen and 2016 Olympian Mary Joy Tabal, are both raring to go head-to- head with their

fierce rivals to defend their crowns in the final race of the season.

The city of Iloilo was selected to be the official venue of this year’s National Finals to provide better

proximity to aspiring runners from the South, and enrich the experience of everyone with scenic

routes, spacious thoroughfares and thrilling challenges that await the runners. The race, which

expects to see 20,000 runners, will be held in the Iloilo Convention Center. Mayor of Ilolilo City Jed

Mabilog affirms the city’s full preparations and support for the National MILO Marathon Finals. ”We

are all very excited to be hosting the most prestigious and longest running footrace in the country,”

said Mabilog.


“We are honored to be part of the historic culminating event of the National MILO

Marathon’s 40 th anniversary. We hope all our runners will enjoy the race experience we have

prepared for them.”


Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager, shares his enthusiasm for the grand event and

expresses gratitude to all who have made the season’s success possible. “We are very thankful to

all our friends from the local government, our partners, sponsors, volunteers, and everyone else who

have contributed greatly to this finale,” says Neri. “As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we hope to

continue to energize champions and inspire millions more through our runners who have become

our agents of motivation that energized Filipinos to be at their best in their respective endeavors. We

hope to continue this cycle in the future seasons and see more champions who have embodied

values such as resilience, grit, and discipline, which have made them winners in sports and in life.”

The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that

empowers children nationwide. For the past 6 years, the National MILO Marathon’s Help Give Shoes

advocacy, in partnership with the Department of Education, has inspired 60,000 aspiring athletes to

fulfill their dreams by donating brand new pairs of running shoes. This year, the Help Give Shoes

advocacy will be donating 10,000 pairs to underprivileged school children.

The 40 th National MILO Marathon is made possible by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine

Olympic Committee, Department of Education and the Philippine Athletics Track and Field

Association, and is supported by Asics, Salonpas, TIMEX, 2XU, Endurance, Hisense, Maynilad and PhilamLife.

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(@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).


About MILO

The MILO brand is the world’s leading chocolate malt beverage that can be prepared with hot or cold milk or water. MILO also

promotes participation in sports through its Summer Sports Clinics, MILO-B.E.S.T. Center Training Program, MILO Marathon, and

MILO Little Olympics. The leading beverage brand believes that these contribute to the holistic development of Filipino champions in

sports and in life.

About the National MILO Marathon

The National MILO Marathon is an annual marathon event open to amateur and professional runners. From its humble beginnings

in 1974 as a single marathon race in Metro Manila attended by 747 participants, the National MILO Marathon has grown to be the

biggest, longest, grandest national running event in the country attracting more than hundreds of thousands of runners across the


The National MILO Marathon has grown into a globally renowned running event having been certified by the Association of

International Marathons (AIMS) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and hosts foreign marathoners from

Kenya, Ethiopia, and other countries across the world. The race is organized by RunRio, Inc.

About Nestle Philippines

Over a hundred years after it first started operations in the country, Nestle Philippines, Inc. (NPI) today is a robust and stable

organization, proud of its role in bringing the best food and beverage throughout the stages of the Filipino consumers’ lives. The

Company employs nearly 4,000 men and women nationwide, and is now among the country’s Top 8 Corporations. Driven by its

mission to nurture generations of Filipino families, Nestle today produces and markets products under some of the country’s well-

known brands such as NESCAFE, NIDO, MILO, NESTEA, MAGGI, BEAR BRAND, NESTLE and Purina, among others. Its product

range has expanded to include coffee, milk, beverages, non-dairy creamer, food, infant nutrition, ice cream and chilled dairy,

breakfast cereals, confectionery and pet care.