THE longest running marathon in the Philippines IS the MILO MARATHON. Having stood the test of time is no small feat, for every year, the challenges become almost insurmountable, as if to say that life is, indeed, a battle for survival among the fittest…and the elimination of the unfit.
I have personally battled my own demons, having crossed the 42.195 Finish Line for the past 10 years and still yearning for more. For how does one explain a promise made to oneself and his community, to partake of each other’s blood, sweat and tears, just to earn the coveted medal and be a Milo marathoner. Those were truly among the best years, as I documented the race as a life event, with the fervent hope of inspiring others to make a journey into this unknown, a GIANT STEP towards a united people.
2019 began unfolding as a maverick year for the Milo Marathon organizers, with the mandate to encourage Filipinos to rally behind our best athletes as the country hosts the 2019 South East Asian Games. An integral strategy of the Philippine contingent is 6-time consecutive National Milo Marathon Queen, Mary Joy Tabal, who embodies the Milo Marathon’s undaunted spirit, discipline, confidence and teamwork, as its ambassador of greatness.
So here’s a heartfelt message from one Milo baby to another: They say that you keep a memory alive by remembering. I say, we can only be truly runners if we keep to time-honored traditions like Milo Marathon. Unleash the CHAMPION from within! #BuildChampions #MiloMarathon
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