15,000 runners to join 1st elimination leg

42nd MILO MARATHON

URDANETA CITY—About 15,000 runners are expected to join the 42nd Milo Marathon first elimination leg here on July 15.

Tess Bernardino, Milo Marathon sports organizer, told a press conference that Urdaneta City government led by Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez IV, is hosting the event for two successive years.

She said this year’s events will likely surpass the 12,000 number of participants last year.

The categories are 3K and 5K for elementary and secondary students aged seven years old and above who are fun runners, and the 10K and 21K categories are for elite and professional runners.

Participants from Regions 1, 2, 3 and the National Capital Region are expected, she added.

“It’s a good story to promote our region,” she said.  “It’s an LGU (local government unit) partnership shaping the community into good and healthy lifestyle,” she added.

City Administrator Ronald San Juan said the event was coordinated with the Department of Education to ensure a good number of participants including the local police, Public Order and Safety Office, City Health Office are set to provide the support services.

P/Superintendent Rollyfer Capoquian, city police chief, said an augmentation police force will be deployed to ensure smooth traffic flow and to maintain peace and order during the event which starts at around 4:30 a.m.

There will be re-routing of traffic flow during the marathon and normal routing will be restored at 8:00 a. m.

Capoquian said Urdaneta City was chosen again as host of the event because it is one of the safest cities in the country.

Registration fee is P110 each for 3K and 5K for kids while P160 for each adult while those joining10k have to pay each P850 and for 21K, fee is P950 each.  (Eva Visperas) 

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