NORLAN Warizal and Bernardita Mag-Aso distinguished themselves as the first leg champions of the 37th National Milo Marathon this year after topping the kickoff race Sunday in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
Warizal emerged winner in the 21k event of the men’s division with a clocking of 1:17:55, beating out Orly Maestro (1:21:56) and Mark Julius Mendoza (1:22:01).
The 28-year-old runner also topped the Puerto Princesa leg last year.
Mag-Aso, 26, meanwhile ruled the distaff side with a winning time of 1:21:56.
Rowena Quipquip placed second (1:53:32), while Joanna Flores settled for third place (2:00:38).
Both Warizal and Mag-Aso received P10,000 and a trophy, while clinching berths along with 13 others in the Milo Marathon National Finals set Dec. 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.
This year’s grand champions will get the chance to represent the country in the prestigious Paris Marathon in 2014.
A total of 6,846 runners saw action in the opening leg of the country’s longest running footrace.