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No More Laoag MILO Elimination Race

21 05 2010

Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Mr Andrew Neri of MILO/Nestle Phils with the following message:

“Due to the recent change in the political environment, we’d like to inform everyone that we will be transferring the 34th National MILO® Marathon Laoag Elimination race to Dagupan slated on July 11, 2010.”

Being a native of Laoag City, I was surprised to receive such information. Although, I don’t have plans to join this MILO Elimination Race in Laoag City, I am “intrigued” with the reason stated why MILO had to transfer the race from Laoag City to Dagupan City.

As a result of the May 10 elections, former Senator Imee Marcos won over the incumbent Governor Michael Keon for the Governor of Ilocos Norte. I could only surmise that the change in the leadership of the provincial government of Ilocos Norte has made some changes in the “organizational” preparations for the said race. With the limited time between the assumption of the new provincial administration and the date of the event, the organizers of the race do not want to compromise the preparation and conduct of the race with another coordination with the new administration.

However, in my own experience in attending this Laoag Elimination Race two years ago, I found out that there was a dismal turnout on the number of runners for the 21K elimination race. Despite the fact that you have a Governor who was a former Director of the Project Gintong Alay, POC Chairman, and PATAFA President, I could only see few runners (less than 30) who competed for the half-marathon distance. I guess, this could be the actual reason why MILO has to transfer the venue to Dagupan City.

This is a good chance for the people of Pangasinan to shine in long distance running. 

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21 05 2010
Arthur

RunningLakay will be thrilled with this development. The problem though, is the heavy traffic around Dagupan and nearby towns. Just have to wait and look at the course map.

As BR said, this is the opportunity of the Pangasinense to shine.

22 05 2010
kingofpots

yes, rey will be happy to be our host for the Dagupan;s MILO Elimination Race. hehehe!

21 05 2010
runninglakay

Too bad for Laoag, but a window of opportunities for Pangasinan, Dagupan City in particular.. Hope you could run in this race, Lakay BR, along with all the “Usual Suspects” of the PAU event(s).

Inihaw na bangus, on me!

22 05 2010
kingofpots

inihaw na bonoan bangus & bagoong with sili & calamansi juice as saw-sawan with ar-arosip will be a perfect post-carbo-protein meal for the “crazy & hardcore” ultrarunners!

21 05 2010
docchester

this is what i’m afraid of, tio. been training for the past 11wks now for the 21k race. it seems like exercise in futility now… on the brighter side, this gives me more time to train for the aug29 65km pasuquin-pagudpud ultra. as for the ambulance and med team tio, i will send my request letter next week to the head of mariano marcos hospital. i will also talk to the provincial health officer in case batac turns me down. basta i promise you, the event will have its medical support, even if it means sacrificing my entry into the race.

22 05 2010
kingofpots

doc, at least, you have already a headstart for the 65K run! thanks for the ambulance & medical team support! i hope you can encourage more of our runners in ilocos region to join this ultra run.

22 05 2010
starkapopolis

Hi Jovie,

Thought you might like to hear about my upcoming summer plans – a solo 500 mile trail run across Nebraska!

Follow the adventure and keep running,

Brian Stark
http://www.statesrunner.com

22 05 2010
kingofpots

brian, thanks for dropping by. as always, i will be visiting your blog regularly. good luck on your next adventure run!

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