Familiar faces Buenavista, Martes dominate Baguio qualifiers of Milo marathon

Nov 4, 2013
Four-time National MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista was in a class of his own in the 37th National MILO Marathon qualifying leg in Baguio City. 

REIGNING Milo Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista and Cristabel Martes ruled the elimination run of the 37th National MILO Marathon in Baguio City on Sunday.

Two-time Olympian Buenavista started strong and finished at an impressive 1:12:39, Cesar Castaneto came in second at 1:14:21 and last year’s local champion Hernanie Sore crossed the line at 1:19:55 for third.

“I plan to train here in Baguio with the Philippine athletics team. My training will cover all aspects of running to ensure that I am prepared to meet strong local and foreign competitors,” said Buenavista as he looks forward to the national finals on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

In the women’s division, longtime Baguio bet Martes came in at 1:31:33 to handily beat closest pursuers Gretchen Ablaza (1:49:41) and Rowena Ba-A (1:50:43).

Martes claimed her sixth trip to the National Finals.

“I have had a long career as an athlete. I started running in 1992, and shifted to long-distance running in 1999 when a coach of the Philippine team discovered me,” she said.

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The 34-year old Martes, a mother of one and coach at the International Association of Athletics Federations, encouraged other runners her age that they can still hold their own against the younger runners.

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“Being 34-years-old, I am currently in my athletic prime. I want to maximize my physical peak and use it to cultivate and develop future running champions. However, I have to start focusing more on motherhood,” said Martes.

The qualifying phase will move to Dagupan on November 10, before advancing to Tarlac (November 17) and Angeles (November 24).

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Four-time National MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista was in a class of his own in the 37th National MILO Marathon qualifying leg in Baguio City. 
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