Monday, September 16, 2013

Press Release: Comendador, Calabroso win Tagbilaran qualifying race

Manila, Philippines, 15 September 2013 - Students Emmanuel Comendador and Teodelyn Calabroso overpowered their 21-K division rivals in the 37th National MILO Marathon last Sunday in Tagbilaran City.

Comendador and Calabroso took home the P10,000.00 top purse and trophy even as they lead other qualifiers to the finale in December.

The Tagbilaran race was participated by over 6,153 athletes, students, and running enthusiasts. MILO announced that it is sending this season's MILO Marathon King and Queen to the Paris Marathon next year.

Despite losing his way in the middle of the race, 24-year old Comendador rallied through the 21k track and won the men's race with an impressive one hour, 16 minutes and 5 seconds clocking. He was followed to the finish line by Jordan Bacong (1:17:47) and Dodong Vosotros (1:20:07).

"I am not trained for marathons but I gain my stamina and strength from biking and swimming," said Comendador, who is actually a triathlete.

Earlier this year, Comendador, a TriBohol member, competed in the Captivating Camotes Triathlon, 21-K Bohol International Marathon and the Vaseline Men Xterra Off-road Triathon Championship.

In the women's side, 20-year old Calabroso reached the finish line at the 1:43:44 mark by her lonesome. Leonora Villamor (1:54:43) and Alma Piquero (2:13:48) completed the podium finishers.

Calabroso, a varsity distance runner, said that her performance improved significantly this year. "I only placed second last year, so it feels good to finally top the ranks this season. I've worked hard on my speed through interval training. I'll train harder for the upcoming finals," she said.

"MILO drew new records across all its sports programs this season. We are ecstatic that more and more people, especially the youth, are being engaged to take a step toward a fit lifestyle not only through running but also other sports. As we approach our 50th year, we will continue our mission of leading grassroots sports development and form a stronger Philippine sports community for the next generation of champions," said MILO Sports Executive Andrew Neri.

Through MILO's Help Give Shoes advocacy, 500 pairs of running shoes were delivered to beneficiary schools including Tangcasan Elementary School, Kinagbaan Primary School, Lourdes High School, Doljo Elementary School, and Ubujan Elementary School.

With the invaluable support of the Department of Education and National MILO Marathon runners, MILO has given pairs of running shoes to 28,700 public school children to date.

The qualifying race will resume in Cebu on September 22, before shifting to Cagayan de Oro (September 29), Butuan (October 6), Davao (October 13), General Santos (October 20), Baguio (November 3), Dagupan (November 10), Tarlac (November 17) and Angeles (November 24).

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