Miranda returns for 5th title in Milo Butuan race
Carolino wins in men’s division
MANILA, Philippines – Elite runner Judelyn Miranda reasserted her claim over the 21-K tracks last Sunday at the 37th National Milo Marathon in Butuan City.
This is Miranda’s fifth consecutive win in the regional leg, after placing fourth in last year’s National Finals local category race.
The 38-year old Miranda, who was at the head of the competing pack since gun start, finished at an impressive 1:30:04 to rout Lalaine Patricio (1:47:02) and Gina Factura (1:59:23) to second and third place, respectively.
Earlier this year, the seasoned marathoner won the 41.9-kilometer Mulatto Off Road Duathlon and 15-kilometer event of the 2013 Hunat Dabaw Run.
Miranda, who previously copped five qualifying spots in the National Finals, vowed to continue her strong bid for a finale title.
“I have been running races since grade school and even after almost 20 years, I am still motivated by the same amount of passion for the sport. I achieved my fastest time in the 42-K distance of last year’s finals and I am scheduled to resume training to beat this personal record in the upcoming competition,” she said.
Jobert Carolino also shifted into full gear and dominated his closest pursuers in the men’s division run.
The Tagum City native led the last stretch and crossed the finish line at a swift 1:13:50 to outpace distance contenders Jerald Zaballa (1:14:08) and Glendon Candinao (1:15:29).
His victory in this year’s Butuan leg grants him a fourth ticket to a Milo Marathon National Finals.
“The pressure to take home the title eliminates the opportunity to enjoy my passion for running that is why I try not to focus on only winning in every marathon I join. I intend to carry this perspective into the final race in December while setting the pace on track,” said 27-year old Carolino.
A distinguished athlete, Carolino recently bagged honors in the Columbia Eco Trail Run and ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Run 3.
The Philippine team hopeful further said he aims to raise his personal best by building on speed and endurance in time for the national tryouts in May.
Both Miranda and Carolino earned themselves a coveted spot in the finale and the P10,000 top purse.
Of the 10,060 runners who joined the race, 13 other qualifiers will join Miranda, Carolino and early qualifiers in December, where they will compete for the title of Milo Marathon King and Queen and for a trip to the Paris Marathon in 2014.