The much-awaited return of the National MILO® Marathon kicked off on March 26 with its first leg in the SM Mall of Asia Complex. After a 3 year hiatus, the marathon brought together over 12,000 runners for 3K, 5K, 10K, 21K, and 42K race categories.
The longest-running marathon in the country, this year’s National MILO® Marathon comeback marks its 44th iteration. It follows the brand’s MILO® ACTIVE PILIPINAS launch in January which was a call for the nation to go from couch to court with the help of MILO®’s energizing nutrition and sports programs.
“We started the year with a call to go from couch to court— to ease our way back into sports— and the return of the iconic National MILO® Marathon is one of the ways we’re doing that. Although it’s not on the scale that we’ve gotten used to, the MILO® Marathon continues to be a safe and trusted space where Filipinos can get together to start or strengthen their active lifestyles,” said MILO® Sports Head Carlo Sampan.
In line with the brand’s commitment to easing Filipinos back into sports, MILO® also launched its first-ever Virtual MILO® Race where over 2,000 runners nationwide were also able to join the MILO® Marathon festivities despite not being physically present in the Manila leg.
While the Virtual Race invited runners outside of Metro Manila to join the fun of running, the National MILO® Marathon, in its 44th year, did not only bring together seasoned runners, but also welcomed casual and first-time runners. Among the marathon’s podium finishers was James Kevin Cruz from Montalban, Rizal, a returning runner who joined three MILO® marathons and took home the gold medal for the 42K run men’s category. When asked about how he prepared for the 42K category after recently doing only a 32K run, he shared, “Tinest ko lang laruin itong 42[K] na ito kasi 10K lang pagitan kaya ginrab ko na din. Nagpatulong ako sa kaibigan ko na bigyan ako ng program training para makalaro ako sa MILO®.”
Aside from the elite runners who heated up the competition for the various race categories, the event was also filled with casual runners who shared the joy of running with their families and friends. Joining the National MILO® Marathon for the third year, Kjerstin Janikka R. Schei shared that her running experience was “relaxing especially [since I trained] and I haven’t done it in a long time.” The 10-year old runner finished the 5K run with her friends. When asked why she likes to run, she said that it’s productive and helps her train for her other sports like soccer.
Attendees also had fun activities to try such as the Active Zones that gave kids an introduction to taekwondo, basketball, and sepak taraw. Keeping the energy high, MILO® also welcomed cheer dancing teams from elementary, high school, and college divisions for a cheer dancing competition.
The successful comeback of the National MILO® Marathon was made possible with the support of its official venue partner SM, hydration partners Cristalino and Crystal Clear, timing partner Garmin, fitness partner Anytime Fitness and Surge, hotel partner TRYP by Wyndham, registration partners and sponsors Decathlon Mall of Asia, Landmark, Super 8, Puregold, Waltermart, Metro Gaisano, Ford, Nestlé Cereals, Kitkat, Chuckie, Nescafé, and adidas; and sports partners Best Center, Philippine Taekwondo Association, Club Gymnastica, Gymnastic Association of the Philippines, and the Associate for the Advance of Karatedo.
It will continue to energize Filipinos to run towards the finish line as it kicks off its second leg in Batangas City on May 28, 2023. For more details about the National MILO® Marathon and other MILO® Active Pilipinas initiatives, visit https://www.milo.com.ph/activepilipinas and follow MILO® on Facebook.