Thousands joined the 2019 National Milo Marathon finals in Tarlac City.
An epic finale
THE PEPPER MILL - Pepper Teehankee (The Philippine Star) - February 4, 2020 - 12:00am

A thrilling display of sportsmanship and athleticism transpired at the recently concluded National Milo Marathon Finals in Tarlac City.

The event marked the culmination of the 10-legged season that centered on the theme “One Team. One Nation. Go Philippines!” in celebration of unity and support for the athletes who competed in the Southeast Asian Games.

2019 National Milo Marathon King Jerald Zabala and Queen Christine Hallasgo.

The National Finals saw over 14,000 runners hit the streets in the 3K, 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K race categories. It was a showdown of the country’s top marathoners as SEA Games participants ruled the 42K centerpiece event, including Jerald Zabala and Christine Hallasgo, who were named the new Milo Marathon King and Queen for winning the said race.

(From left) Tarlac City councilor Vladimir Rodriguez, RunRio’s coach Rio dela Cruz, Jerald Zabala, Christine Hallasgo, Nestlé Philippines-Milo VP Caron Cruz and AVP Lester Castillo and Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association marketing communications director Edward Kho.

Present at the event were Nestlé Philippines-Milo executives Caron Cruz and Lester Castillo, Tarlac City councilor Vlad Rodriguez, Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association marketing and communications director Edward Kho, and national race organizer and celebrity running coach Rio dela Cruz. The event also coincided with Tarlac City’s celebration of the Kaisa Festival, a commemoration of the city’s history, culture, and heritage.

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