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Road Running Philippines – Buenavista, Dela Torre conquer Milo Tarlac 21k

By MST Sports | Jul. 14, 2014 at 12:01am

TARLAC City—­Reigning MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista and FEU Manila varsity runner Mary Grace Dela Torre bested their rivals in the 21K division run at the 38th National MILO Marathon on Sunday in Tarlac City.

Almost 13,000 runners joined this leg and 39 qualified for the National Finals.

Buenavista and Dela Torre were awarded a cash prize of P10,000, a trophy, and a  spot in the National Finals on Dec. 7. MILO will be sending this season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen to compete alongside elite runners from across the globe in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.

Five-time MILO Marathon titlist Buenavista emerged victorious with a time of 01:10:30, finishing ahead of Ferdinand Corpuz (01:14:36) and Jujet Pacsis De Asis (01:15:34). 21K first-timer Dela Torre posted a time of 01:46:38, beating contenders Rowena Valdez (01:48:30) and Shane Acosta (01:49:58).

The two-time Olympian and three-time SEA Games gold medalist Buenavista persevered through the hot and dry weather conditions and pushed on to claim another sweet victory.

“The weather today was challenging. I’m used to the cold weather in Baguio, where I train with the national team. Thankfully there are adequate water stations throughout the race to help us cool down,” shared the athlete fondly called Vertek by his friends.

The 35-year-old native of South Cotabato is a sergeant of the Philippine Air Force and a member of the Philippine National Team. “I am really focused with my training and my target is to win in the finals. Because of MILO, I was able to experience running in the 2014 Paris Marathon. I would like to defend my crown as MILO Marathon King and run in the Tokyo Marathon next year.”

Road Running Philippines – Master Endurance – Poliquit – very serious about defending his 10k title at PNG

April 14, 2014

Camino, Poliquit and Salano with the fuzzy haired race organizer Rio Dela Cruz on the left.

25 year old Rafael Poliquit who was the surprise winner of the National 5k and 10k titles beating the legendary Eduardo Buenavista in blanket finishes at last years National Games in Manila. Poliquit who missed out on a slot to the SEA Games then was dealt defeat by Richard Salano of UE in the 5k and the 10k at the UAAP.

The Master who recently was able to beat 3K Steeple Chase Champion Christopher Ulboc in a 5k run, continued show fine form leading upto PNG with a win at the Del Run organized by Rio Dela Cruz in Marikina winning a race just over 10k on Road in 33.06 minutes, this time he held off NCAA Newcomer Immuel Camino of Arelano who was runner up in the 1500,3k steeples and 5k during that event (Camino has a best time of 15.08 which is better than Poliquit PB) and Salano. The race started in the oval and then went out onto the road and then back into the oval.

Road Running Philippines – A Strong field at PNG

Poliquit who is coached by 2001 SEA Games Marathon Champion Roy Vence, wants to show he is very serious about defending his 10k title at the National Games and his win last year was not just some one hit wonder. It will be a strong field with Poliquit expected to go head to head with National Record Holder and multiple SEA Games gold medalist Buenavista, former multiple sea games medalist Julius Sermona, UAAP Champion Salano, and SEA Games 2013 Marathon Bronze Medalist Eric Panique among others in what will be a strong field.

While Poliquit best time of 32.02.49 to win the National title pails in comparison to his older opponents best times, he had the fastest time last year in the 5k and 10k. Poliquit hopes he can lower his best performance at this coming PNG.

Poliquit with Coach Vence

Road Running Philippines Takbo sa Pagbangon ng Leyte Benefit Run

April 11, 2014


The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) is holding a Benefit Run dubbed Takbo sa Pagbangon ng Leyteon 4 May 2014, Sunday, 5:00 AM at the PNB Financial Center, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City. The Benefit Run aims to raise funds to help rebuild communities for Typhoon Yolanda victims as well as enhance awareness about PDIC’ and its CSR program. The Takbo sa Pagbangon ng Leyte is also the culminating activity of PDIC’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

For more details, please refer to the poster below and the PDIC website at  You will also find the files about the Benefit Run attached.

You can view the race map here



Yes, they can also register online through this link:
The registration form can also be downloaded from the site

For more details, please refer to the PDIC website at

Triathlete Monica Torres wins the Unilab Run United Run

18 March 2014

From the Manila Times

Veteran Triathlete Monica Torres surprise winner of women’s Unilab 21-Kilometre.

A track-and-field varsity from the University of the East and a female triathlete dominated their respective categories to rule the first leg of this year’s Run United series.

Held on Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City. Richard Salaño, a 22-year old student-athlete from UE. And triathlon veteran Monica Torres stepped up their games to finish on top of the 21-kilometer division of Run United 1. Presented by Unilab Active Health (ULAH) and organized by RunRio Inc. Salaño showed off his fiery form to clock in at 01:16:52 in the men’s category. And finish ahead of fellow top placers Benjamin Raña Jr. and Andy Pope. Torres, on the other the hand, crossed the finish line with a time of 01:28:20, followed by IrineKipchumba and Kristy Abello, to rule the women’s category.

    Cebu City Half Marathon – Delos Santos and Tabal begin 2013 with PB over Half Marathon

(Jan 18) Mary Grace Delos Santos continued her superb seasonal form at the Cebu Marathon with a second place to Kenyan Jackline Nziza who won in a time of 1:18.28 over 21 km. Delos Santos the Milo Marathon champion clocked a personal best of 1:20.28. Improving on the season lead she established last year in the Half Marathon timing 1:24.14.

Also on the move was Cebu local Mary Joy Tabal the fourth place finisher at the Milo Marathon improved her personal best from 1:25.29 to 1:21.44 to secure third place.

As expected the top five to six places in the Mens were dominated by Kenyan athletes in both the 21k and marathon as where the top three places in the Womens Marathon.

Full Results are available here[youtube=]

Delos Santos, Buenavista Qualify for Asian Marathon

(Jan 15) Pinoyathletics would like to congratulate Eduardo Buenavista and Mary Grace Delos Santos for qualifying for the 14th Asian Marathon on March 10 in Nomi City Japan.

Buenavista top marathon man 2012
Buenavista top marathon man 2012

35 year old Buenavista is a veteran of the sport having finished 67th in the 2004 Olympic Games and currently holds the national record in 5k,10k and the Marathon his best being 2h18.44 set in Oita, Japan in 2004.

‘Vertek’ as he is known by his friends is the SEA Games 2003 5km, 2005 10km and 2009 Marathon Gold Medalist. He also had a bronze medal at the 2003 Asian Championships held in Manila. Vertek was the fastest Filipino at the recent Milo Marathon but finished fourth place in 2h29.45.

mary grace delos santos runner
Mary Grace Delos Santos

Delos Santos who originally hails from Zamboanga and is coached by former SEA Games athlete turned coach Roy Vence. The 25 year old is an upcoming athlete who is continuing a strong legacy of Womens Marathon. Her performance of 2h49.29 was just under a minute from the sea games bronze medal standard of 2h48.83.

She defended her title at the Milo Marathon in what was the third fastest time ever by a Filipina. Christabel Martes the 2001 and 2005 SEA Games Champion holds the Filipino Record with 2h38.44. While Jhoann Banayag who was the 2009 SEA Games Champion is #2 of all time. In the recent Milo Marathon Delos Santos finished in front of the two veterans. In doing so she booked her first flight to a major international tournament. Hopefully Mary Grace can qualify for the SEA Games at this meet and pave the way for another SEA Games Gold.



Veteran Eduardo Buenavista finished behind 3 Kenyans to win the local division of the meet in 2h27.14.

Buenavista, who was supposed to be part of the Team Philippines to see action in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar but was removed from the list at the last minute by the coaching staff.

“This victory at least proved that I deserve to be in the 2013 Myanmar Sea Games. I really wanted to win this race to prove my point. I am not yet fading,”

said Buenavista, a bronze medalist in the 2011 Sea Games in Indonesia and gold medalist in marathon in the 2009 Laos Games.

Rene Desuyo finished in 2:32:34 to place second in the local division and earned P100,000, while Ireneo Raquin was third in 2:32:57. He received P75,000.

Milo sports executive Andrew Neri said that a total of 26,681 runners participated in the 37th edition, which was more than the targeted 20,000.

“Last year, there were 214,000 participants throughout the country but this year we have 220,000 runners,” said Neri.


Top Placers Open

BIB Name Gun Time Chip Time Age Group Country

  • 1st 42548 Joshphat Kiptanui Chobei 02:18:23 02:18:19 X Kenya
  • 2nd 42571 James Tallam 02:18:41 02:18:36 X Kenya
  • 3rd 42580 Alex Melly 02:22:30 02:22:26 X Kenya

Top Placers Local

  • 1st 42796 Eduardo Buenavista 02:27:14 02:27:11 X Philippines
  • 2nd 42680 Rene Desuyo 02:32:34 02:32:29 A:18-34 Philippines
  • 3rd 42636 Irineo Raquin 02:32:57 02:32:51 A:18-34 Philippines
  • 4th 42648 Jeson Agravante 02:33:13 02:33:12 A:18-34 Philippines
  • 5th 42733 Anthony Nerza 02:33:42 02:33:41 X Philippines
  • 6th 42775 Cresenciano Sabal 02:36:06 02:36:05 A:18-34 Philippines
  • 7th 42805 Julius Sermona 02:36:54 02:36:52 A:18-34 Philippines
  • 8th 42802 Arnold Unabia 02:38:00 02:37:58 B:35-39 Philippines
  • 9th 42681 Alley Quisay 02:38:18 02:38:17 A:18-34 Philippines
  • 10th 42619 Cesar Castaneto 02:41:38 02:41:31 X Philippines



Top Placers Open

BIB Name Gun Time Chip Time Age Group Country

  • 1st 43005 Margaret Njuguna 02:42:18 02:42:16 X Kenya
  • 2nd 42859 Mary Joy Tabal* 02:48:00 02:48:00 A:18-34 Philippines
  • 3rd 42647 Mary Grace Delos Santos 02:54:27 02:54:26 X Philippines

Top Placers Local

  • 1st 42886 Christabel Martes 02:57:15 02:57:12 A:18-34 Philippines
  • 2nd 42696 Luisa Raterta 03:07:18 03:07:17 A:18-34 Philippines
  • 3rd 42786 Mirasol Abad 03:07:46 03:07:43 A:18-34 Philippines
  • 4th 42828 Cynthia Jaro 03:14:09 03:14:08 A:18-34 Philippines
  • 5th 43047 Lany Cardona 03:18:54 03:18:50 A:18-34 Philippines
  • 6th 42734 Monaliza Ambasa 03:19:37 03:19:33 A:18-34 Philippines
  • 7th 42823 Miscelle Gilbuena 03:20:53 03:20:50 A:18-34 Philippines
  • 8th 42776 Ailene Tolentino 03:22:05 03:22:03 A:18-34 Philippines
  • 9th 42386 Janette Agura 03:22:52 03:22:50 B:35-39 Philippines
  • 10th 43041 Berna Pulmano 03:23:03 03:22:59 A:18-34 Philippines

* Broke the Women’s Record 02:48:16


New York Marathon Cancelled

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. AP FILE PHOTO Most agreed it was a good idea to cancel it



(Nov 9) NEW YORK—Organizers, police and even athletes called Friday’s cancelation of the New York Marathon the correct decision in the wake of the devastation caused by killer superstorm Sandy.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg axed what would have been the 43rd annual race after complaints over the timing and the notion of staging the event on Sunday while many people in the area remain without electricity or shelter.

“The best thing for New York and the best thing for the marathon for the future is unfortunately to move on. This isn’t the year or the time to run it,” said Mary Wittenberg, president of the organizing group, the New York Road Runners.

“It’s crushing and it’s really difficult. It’s one of the toughest decisions we ever made, but we really believe it’s the right thing for New York.”

Read more Here

Due to typhoon Sandy which ravaged the East Coast of the United Sates. The Annual New York Marathon was initially expected to go on.

(From Daily Inquirer)

NEW YORK — New York City’s mayor defended the running of the world’s largest marathon Sunday in a city still searching for bodies from Superstorm Sandy and struggling for basic necessities like power, while some storm victims and other residents said holding the race would be insensitive and divert resources like exhausted police.

The marathon was expected to draw about 20,000 international runners — close to half of participants — who continued to arrive Friday in a city where hotels already held many storm refugees. They crowded the marathon expo, which was criticized after the heavy metal song “Rock You Like a Hurricane” was among the background music.

Read More Here


However Mayor Bloomberg was forced to cancel it


A few hours after Bloomberg insisted the race would be held, he reversed his decision when top city officials lined up against him.

“We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it,” the mayor said in a statement. “We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track.”

The nationally televised race that winds through the city’s five boroughs and ends in Central Park has been held annually since 1970 — it was held in 2001, about two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Read More Here


From Manila Times, Oct 31 by AFP
Rowell Hulleza and Alexandra Ganzon took advantage of the fair weather to top the Iloilo qualifying leg of the 36th National MILO Marathon.

Over 12,200 athletes and running enthusiasts ran the difficult course around Iloilo City for the thirteenth installment of the country’s premier foot race. Negrense Hulleza dominated the 21k men’s division race in 1:15:56 to pocket the P 10,000 top prize.

The West Negros University Criminology undergraduate finished ahead of runners Bennie Murillo and Jorge Sepida, who finished in 1:16:38 and 1:22:24, respectively. Completing the top 3 cast in the distaff side are Ganzon, who triumphantly crossed the finish line in first place at 1:44:59, Mellina Jane Jaroda at 1:52:34 and Mary Antonette Nuñez at 1:57:45.


Road Running Philippines Adidas King of the Road: Good Field in Local Womens 16.8k

Mary Grace Delos Santos (Photo Credits: Orange Magazine TV/Newton Running Shoes Company)

(Sept 30) Perhaps the most interesting race of this event was the Philippine Womens 16.8k road race.  This was won by National 5 and 10k Silver Medalist Mary Grace Delos Santos originally from Zamboanga now representing Cebu the 25 year old held off team mate Mary Joy Tabal. Tabal (23) the 2011 National Bronze Medalist in the 5k was originally a 59 second 400m sprinter who has moved up into the world of road running. 

Behind them was National 10k and Marathon record holder Christabel Martes, the 33 year-old veteran these days is an employee of Riovanna. Another veteran 30 year old Former 2005 SEA Games representative and UAAP Stand out Nheann Bharcena was fourth. And in fifth place to add diversity was 15 year old Ana Jean Tamayo.


Womens 16.8k Results

1.03.22Mary Grace Delos Santos
1.07.06Mary Joy Tabal
1.10.19Christabel Martes
1.13.50Nhea Ann Bharcena
1.14.20Ana Jean Tamayo


Floredeliza Donos of Baguio won the womens 5k while Michael Bacong won the Mens.  Veteran 10k Record Holder Eduardo Buenavista took out the Mens 16.8k easily.

Full results can be found here at


Road Running Philippines Rexona Run (Sept 23)

By Romina S. Austria (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

So Determined Jessa Mangsat won the Womens 5k Run.

(Sept 23), Manila Local runners struck in the 21K relay races with Flor-deliza Donos and Jho-ann Banayag ruling the all-female race (1:25:23); Rafael Poliquit Jr. and Richard Salano the all-male division (1:10:21); and Lowemar Strella and Michelle Tibagacay (1:26:23) the mixed relay category.

Willy Rotich, the 2010 21K Rexona Run king, settled for the 5K title in 14:55. Fellow Kenyan Philip Ronoh was second (15:14) and olympic 10k runner Rene Herrera third (15:25).

Jessa Mangsat topped the female side with a time of 19:55 while Lovely Gemeroy clocked 20:38 and Annaleah Cierva 24:48 for second the third places, respectively.

*Herrera and Banayag are members of the national team

Road Running Philippines Tabal, Tillor rule PSAN Run

By Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (The Freeman)

 (Sept 17) CEBU, Philippines – Mary Joy Tabal added feather on her cap as Noel Tillor continued to make waves in the local running scene via the Philippine Society of Animal Nutritionists at the Terraces grounds of Ayala Center-Cebu yesterday.

Tabal reigned supreme in the 25K women’s open with the time of one hour, 43 minutes and three seconds. The little known Jennylyn Nobleza was a distant second with a 1:53:54 clocking, while Christy Sevilleno-Tutor finished third in 2:03:59.

Tillor, on the other hand, came out the fastest among male entries with the time of 1:13:25. Jason Agravante placed second in 1:29:53 followed by Jobert Carolino in1:30:15.

In the 15K battle, Mary Jane Beboso and Riez Enriquez stamped their respective classes.

Beboso dominated the women’s category with the time of 1:13:25, while Enriquez ruled the men’s side in 55 minutes and 21 seconds.

Joel Delposo stole part the show after dominating the 5K run in 18 minutes and 16 seconds. In the distaff side, the Andrin sisters Lovely and Cherry posted a 1-2 finish.

In the 3K action, John Cliff Debulusan and Jhean Andrin lorded it over in their respective categories. (FREEMAN)

Road Running Philippines Beboso and Kenyans win VCMC Run Cebu (rev 1)

Article by Emmanuel B. Villaruel, Philippine Star Cebu.

(Sept 3) In yesterdays Value Charity Make a Change (VCMC) Run. Run starting and ending at Park Mall Grounds. The Kenyans dominated the mens distance running in Cebu. However in the womens with top distance runners Mary Joy Tabal and Mary Grace delos Santos missing in action.

Mary Jane Beboso won the Womens 21K (Half Marathon) would win in 1h47:37.33, Preciosa Sanchez came out second in 1:53:13.85 followed by Emeralde Hermosilla (1:56:02.86), Jane Ong (2:01:49.81) and Eri Miyamura (2:04:04.31). Rounding up the top 10 finishers were Marissa Yap (2:08:52.98), Marjorie Jore (2:09:36.99), Pamela Apuhin (2:11:08.19), Edna Herale (2:14:04.94) and Rose Caballero (2:17:57.37).

.Full Article from the Phil Star Cebu can be found here

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Road Running Philippines Hypersports Get Fit Run Review and Results (July 8)

(Aug 18) Hypersports successfully staged its first ever road race ‘Hypersports Get Fit Run’ at Quirino Grandstand, Manila July 8.  Hypersports is a sports events management group, composed primarily of  a group of mainly ex-national track and field athletes.

They conducted a 3k, 5k, 10k and 21k (half-marathon) event, with the timing done with the IPICO Sports Chip.

The 3K Road Race was won by Kenyan Jackson Chirchir in 8:38, who has a best Marathon time of 2 hours 33.31 according to Allathletics. Second was former San Sebastian stand out Michael Bacong in 8:48, National 1500m Record Holder and double SEA games silver medalist Mervin Guarte (SSC) was third well behind in 9:20, with his training partner Michael ‘Topix’ Villamor of UPHR running with him at 9:21. The fastest women in the 3k finished 5th overall and that was Josephine Mendoza in 10:56.

Meanwhile in the Mens 5K  35-year old Kenyan Samuel Tarus Too (who holds a life time pb of 2h21.01 in the Marathon) clocked 15:14.3 in the 5K, well ahead of Roger Denolio of UST 15:45.9 and fellow Kenyan Elid Kipliomo 15:58.8.

National 5k Record Holder Mercidita Fetalvero (nee. ‘Bunso’ Manipol) was the fastest women the 30-year old former member of the national team jogged 18:37.2 well off her glory days of 16:40.81, but held off UAAP 5k medalist Mary Ann Dela Cruz (FEU) 19:00.5 who is in good shape coming into the next UAAP, and National Junior 10K Record Holder Jessa Mangsat (Baguio) was third in 19:13.0

The Mens 10k was dominated by Kenyans with 36- year old Willie Rotich 31:16 winning.

(If Rotich is the same guy on he has best times of 1:45.33 800m (2002), 3:38.63 1500m (2004) which are below the Philippine records. He has run 14:19.60 (2012) in 5k which would be very competitive at the PNG. He has a best 10k time of 29:07.26 which is parallel to the Philippine record.)

Samson Tuwei was second 31:50, Eliud Kerring third in 32:32, Kiptala Kimuge 33:30, James Mirei 37:42.  The fastest women in this event was also a Kenyan Irene  Kipchumba who ran 40:10 (there is another Irene Kwamai Kipcumba who was a world championship finalist)

Kipkazi (via flickr)

The Half Marathon was won by Kenyan Benjamin Kipkazi in 1:12.14 who edged out 10K national record holder Eduardo Buenavista 1:12.22, and National 10k Champion Julius Sermona 1:12.27 narrowly for the win. His Kenyan team-mate Philip Rono was fourth in a very close 1:12.35, and SEA Games Marathon Medalist Eric Paniqui was fifth in 1:13.55.

(NB. Could someone please comment in regards to the Kenyan runners and there best times etc.. over various distances. Are they working in the Philippines? Would they be fairly competitive at national level. Are they recreational runners? or just older runners or where very good at one stage?)

Full Results can be found here

Hyper Sports is now organizing another road run at General Santos as part of the 14th Tuna Festival Activities on September 2, 2012. This race will be called Get Fit Run- Gen San Tuna Festival for more information  about entering this run and registration please visit the Hyper Sports Website below

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