MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army’s Jujet de Asis served notice of his bid by ruling the men’s 21-k category in the Lipa qualifying leg of the 36th National Milo Marathon Sunday in Lipa, Batangas.
Not even the bad weather could deter De Asis, who finished the easy and flat 21-kilometer course in 1:16:15.
He will be seeking action against the country’s top runner, Eduardo Buenavista, in the most awaited National Finals, which offers P150,000 prize for the champion in the local category and P300,000 in the open division of both men’s and women’s elite class.
A few meters behind De Asis was another veteran, Desamito Bernardo, who crossed the finish line in 1:17:10 for second place. Franklin Penalosa was a distant third in 1:22:54.
In the distaff side, Janice Tawagin, who clocked in at 1:39:35, was followed by Jocelyn Elijeran of Wednesday Groups in 1:48:40 for second place and Jennelyn Portuguez in 1:52:12 for third.
21-K track female division winner Tawagin aspires to become a member of the Philippine athletics team.
“I’ve always dreamed of making it to the national team. I’m preparing myself for the big league by joining quality races such as the Milo marathon. I’m hoping to beat my time in the qualifying race by maintaining my discipline and building my strategies for the sport,” said the young athlete from Lucena City.
A total of 6,500 runners filled the Batangas track for the eighth leg of this year’s Milo races.