The streets of Davao were transformed into a sea of green yesterday as 12,000 runners answered the starting gun of the 32nd Milo Marathon.
Clad in green shirts with the yellow logo of Milo, which incidentally are also the official colors of the city, the runners established a new record for most participants in the annual run. Over 60,000 joined in four cities nationwide in the first ever simultaneous start.
Together with MIlo executive Jojo Torrente, I spent two hours handling out the medals, trophies and cash prizes at the Rizal Park yesterday for winners in the 3K Kiddie run, 5K Fun run and 21K half marathon events. While waiting for the finishers, we enjoyed the dance-cheer contests among elementary, high school and college students. The winners also went home with prizes.
The top three finishers in the 21K run in both male and female categories will compete in the finals in Manila in November. Davao’s Joan Banayag, this year’s Female Athlete of the Year in the 14th So Kim Cheng Awards, is the defending titleholder.
Big thanks to Milo for this program to promote physical fitness and sports in the country.