19k run­ners, out-of-town­ers to see ac­tion in Nat’l Milo Marathon to­day


OR­GA­NIZ­ERS are leav­ing no stone un­turned for to­day’s 42nd Na­tional Milo Marathon Cebu Leg that will start at the Cebu Nor­mal Univer­sity (CNU) along Os­meña Boule­vard and end at the Cebu City Sports Cen­ter.

Cebu leg or­ga­nizer Ricky Balles­teros said that ev­ery­thing’s in place and it is all sys­tems go for to­day’s race that will fea­ture a mas­sive 19,000 run­ners that will turn Cebu City’s main thor­ough­fares into a sea of green as run­ners don the green jersey of the Milo Marathon.

Balles­teros added that they ex­ceeded Milo’s de­sired num­ber of run­ners for the Cebu leg which was 18,000 af­ter clos­ing the reg­is­tra­tion yes­ter­day.

“We ex­ceeded our quota of 18,000 by hav­ing more than 19,000 run­ners for to­mor­row’s (to­day’s) race,” said Balles­teros, adding that “to make sure that the race will be se­cured and well or­ga­nized, there are around 1,000 vol­un­teers and or­ga­niz­ing staff that will man the race route.”

Balles­teros said that 200 Cebu City Traf­fic Op­er­a­tions Man­age­ment en­forcers will be de­ployed in the 21-kilo­me­ter race route along with around a hun­dred PNP per­son­nel. There will be med­i­cal sta­tions and am­bu­lances will also be de­ployed while the rest are vol­un­teers and mar­shals.

The bulk of the run­ners to­day will be join­ing the 5kilo­me­ter race num­ber­ing to 15,000 while there’s 3,000 run­ners in the 3k, 700 in the 10k and more than 700 in the 21k.


As a last-minute re­minder, Balles­teros is urg­ing par­tic­i­pants to go early at the start­ing line in front of CNU be­cause the check-in time and the gun time of the dis­tances are to­tally dif­fer­ent.

He also ad­vised run­ners to drink lots of wa­ter and re­hy­drate well be­fore the race be­cause the weather to­day is ex­pected to be very hu­mid.


Ac­cord­ing to Balles­teros, most of the run­ners who will be vy­ing in the 21k qual­i­fy­ing race are from out­side Cebu. He said that most Ce­buano long dis­tance run­ners and con­tenders de­cided to join the other qual­i­fy­ing legs. The best ex­am­ple for that is Spec­trum Run­ners Club’s Prince Joey Lee who topped the 21k race in the Iloilo Qual­i­fy­ing leg ear­lier this month.

“I do not rec­og­nize the 21k con­tenders for the Cebu qual­i­fy­ing leg be­cause most of them are from out of Cebu, they come here to com­pete and qual­ify for the na­tional fi­nals and most Ce­buanos al­ready joined the other qual­i­fy­ing legs, so we are ex­pect­ing to crown new cham­pi­ons to­day,” said Balles­teros.

Spec­trum Run­ners Club’s top bet for the 21k race is Bukid­non’s Keenan Lou Janes. Ac­cord­ing to the club’s pres­i­dent, Dr. Gerry Mayo, Janes is at par with Lee in terms of per­for­mance. He will be joined by other Spec­trum run­ners in Ar­nel Florentino, Ychon Agustin, Ron­ald Al­varado, Sano Eng­bino, Ian Re­fu­ela, Edil­berto Ba­tian­cila, Richard Luchavez, Michael Largo and Florendo Lapiz.

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