MACLIN Sadia and Adjennie Delos Santos ruled the 21-kilometer Iloilo elimination race of the 37th National Milo Marathon on Sunday.
A total of 15,192 runners participated in the event featuring the half marathon, 10K and 5K races.
Under heavy rain the 20-year old Sadia finished at one hour, 14 minutes and 20 seconds, the fastest time posted for the 21K so far this season, while Rowell Hulleza placed second at 1:16:21 and Bennie Murillo third in 1:20:11.
“Today’s race was quite difficult, but I managed to pull through at my best time to date. I’ve seen a lot of progress since I started running competitively, and my ultimate dream is to become a champion,” said
Sadia, who started running competitively in 2011.
Delos Santos won the women’s category in 1:37:44, followed by Stepanie Cadosale (1:39:21) and Janine Arrey (1:42:46).
The 26-year old Delos Santos won the 10K race of the Pocari Sweat Fun Run II in 2010 and placed ninth in the 42K local category race in last year’s Milo Marathon National Finals.
“Fitness is both my passion and profession. My job inspires me to practice health and fitness even outside of work,” said Delos Santos, a fitness instructor in Abu Dhabi.
Dumaguete hosts the next elimination leg on August 11, followed by events in Tagbilaran (September 15), Cebu (September 22), Cagayan de Oro (September 29), Butuan (October 6), Davao (October 13), General Santos (October 20), Baguio (November 3), Dagupan (November 10), Tarlac (November 17) and Angeles (November 24). The 37th Milo Marathon National Finals is set December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.