Milo Launches The 2018 National MILO Marathon

MILO Philippines launches its 42nd National MILO Marathon with new race features.
(From left to right) Lester Castillo, MILO Sports Executive;  Robbie De Vera, Consumer Marketing Manager, Nestle Philippines; Coaches Jim Saret and Toni Saret; Dr. Philip Juico, President-PATAFA, Meg Panopio, Consumer Marketing Manager, Nestle Philippines; Joey Uy, Business Executive Officer – Senior Vice President, Nestle Philippines; Solenn Heussaff, MILO Nutri-Up Ambadassor, Willy De Ocampo, Business Unit Manager – Vice President, Nestle Philippines; Laurent Boisdron, General Manager, Conrad Hotel; Faivo Bartolome, National Finals Local Race Organizer; and Andrew Neri, RunRio, NMM National Race Organizer

The National MILO Marathon marks another milestone in its rich history as it celebrates its 42nd year with a bang. The country’s premiere running event is set to commence its first of 11 regional races in Urdaneta, Pangasinan on July 15th. Known as the “biggest and longest running footrace in the Philippines,” the marathon has earned a reputation for outstanding runner support, attention to detail, and beautiful race courses set throughout the country .

The 42nd Milo Marathon strives to maintain its level of excellence and offer the best running experience to runners in one of that molds its champions to greater heights.

While Urdaneta has been tasked to host the first leg of the race, the city of Laoag in Ilocos Norte has been selected to host this year’s National Finals on December 9.

Read on for more details:

Manila, Philippines, 08 June 2018 – Leading beverage brand MILO officially launches the 42nd National MILO Marathon. The country’s biggest and longest running footrace strives to be more than just a running event as it continues to highlight the character-forming lessons that can be learned from the race. With the ongoing theme, “Magsama-sama, Tumakbo, Matuto”, MILO strengthens the legacy of the National MILO Marathon in upholding a values-driven race experience for runners throughout the season.

The new season ushers the 11-leg event with the opening race happening in Urdaneta on July 15. Reigning MILO Marathon King Joerge Andrade and five-time MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal will go head-to-head with their top contenders to defend their titles with the hopes of bagging the top purse of this year’s marathon finale. The next MILO Marathon King and Queen will be given an opportunity participate in an international marathon in 2019. In partnership with PATAFA, this year’s NMM King and Queen will be the runners to beat for aspiring contenders for the 2019 SEA Games. MILO expects 150,000 runners to participate this season.

“The 42nd National MILO Marathon continues to center on the life lessons that runners can learn and take with them beyond the finish line,” said Lester P. Castillo, MILO Philippines Sports Executive. “We are committed to delivering an inspiring season as we highlight the values of discipline, resilience and determination to help our runners be molded into true champions.”

National Finals in Laoag

The city of Laoag has been selected to host this year’s National Finals on December 9. Laoag promises to offer a unique running experience for participants as the National Finals will be part of the city’s bicentennial culminating celebration. In addition to the festive race experience, runners can also look forward to marveling at the beauty of Laoag, as the race route goes along several tourist spots of the city, including the Paway and Laoag sand dunes in some of the long distance categories. Those who would like to combine a vacation along with their race can visit nearby landmarks and places of interest in the Ilocos region, such as the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, St. Augustine’s Church in Paway, Kapurpurawan rock formation in Burgos, the windmill farms of Bangui, and the white beaches of Pagudpud. Vigan, a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Center, is also just 80 kilometers away.

“The provincial government of Ilocos Norte, and the city of Laoag have given their full support for National MILO Marathon so it’s all systems go for the preparations of the National Finals,” said Faivo Bartolome, RunRio’s local race organizer of the Laoag National Finals. “We believe that this will be a new and exciting experience as the finale will highlight Laoag’s vibrant culture that runners can appreciate. We look forward to welcoming MILO and all of the participants to celebrate Laoag’s significant milestone with us.”

New Race Features

Keeping true to its intent on providing a unique running experience, MILO has added and refreshed some features for this year’s National MILO Marathon. The race kit for this season has been updated with new item inclusions. In addition to the newly-designed, values inspired race singlet and bib in the race kit, registered participants of the 3K and 5K categories will receive a MILO sachet, while registered runners in the 10K category will receive a drawstring bag and MILO Nutri-Up sachet. Participants of the 21K and 42K races will get to receive a new finisher’s training hoodie when they complete the race during event proper.

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Race kit for the 10k Category

For years, MILO has played an active role in helping underprivileged Filipino youth reach for their dreams by giving them brand new pairs of running shoes through the Help Give Shoes advocacy. This year, with the help of the Department of Education, MILO will donate 1,500 pairs of shoes to deserving public schoolchildren across the country. In addition to the shoes, MILO will also donate 2,500 basketballs to deserving public schools nationwide. With this added initiative, MILO is beginning to expand its advocacy to reach more schoolchildren and get them into sports, and not just running.

“In our immersion and research, we found that there is an opportunity for more children to play and get into sports,” said Castillo. “We began encouraging children to get active through running, and getting them into sports seems to be the natural progression. We are donating basketballs as it is the most popular sport in the country. This new development in our advocacy is still aligned with our in our initiative to encourage more kids to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.”

The series will start in Urdaneta on July 15, and will continue in Metro Manila (July 29), Tarlac (August 26), Batangas (September 16), Lucena (September 30), Iloilo (October 7), Cebu (October 14), General Santos (October 21), Butuan (November 11), Cagayan De Oro (November 18), and in Laoag for the National Finals on December 9.

The 42nd National MILO Marathon is endorsed by the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, and sanctioned by the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association. The 42nd National MILO Marathon is organized by RunRio Events Inc., and supported by its official partners: TAG Heuer – the official time keeper of the 42nd National MILO Marathon, Conrad Hotel – the official hotel partner for the Manila Leg of the 42nd National MILO Marathon, Pocari, Salonpas, Sock Society, and Health Delivery Systems Inc.

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38th MILO Marathon 2014: A Great Legacy Lives On

The Milo Marathon, now on its 38th series is arguably the most famous Philippine marathon, as it’s also one of the biggest with 18 legs of this event spread all over the country. Qualifying for the Milo finals is an accomplishment in itself and offers a race experience many who have participated in have cherished.

Coach Rio dancing to the sound of funk during the launch!

The National MILO Marathon’s legacy lives on as it ushers the 18-leg event with the opening race in Baguio on June 29. The winners of this season’s National Finals will be given a chance to compete in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.

Last year’s victors Eduardo Buenavista and Mary Joy Tabal, will go head to head with the nation’s best to bag the top purse and claim the coveted spots in the esteemed international race event.

At the recent Milo Marathon 2014 Launch (from L-R) Coach Rio dela Cruz, National MILO Marathon Race Organizer; Ms. Sherilla Bayona, Nestle Philippines Beverages Unit, Business Executive Manager; Mr. Robbie de Vera, MILO Sports Marketing Executive; Atty. Tonisito Umali, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education for Legal and Legislative Affairs; Mr. Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager.

Part of their prize for winning the 37th NMM in 2013, Buenavista and Tabal recently competed in the Paris Marathon in April 2014. The country’s biggest and most prestigious footrace expects 230,000 runners to participate this year.

The brand will also further the support for young Filipino talents by providing 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year to reach the 50,000 mark through the Help Give Shoes advocacy. Help Give Shoes aims make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Also, the organizers have announced its partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the “One Child, One Sport” campaign. The One Child, One Sport campaign reinforces the new and existing sports programs of MILO and DepEd to promote one advocacy that is building a nation of champions.

As local running community continues to grow in number, MILO is steadfast in encouraging Filipinos to run not only for victory and the thrilling experience but also to join its noble cause. Interested participants may process their registration, payment, and direct-to-home delivery of race kits online through the official MILO website.

Following the pilot race in Baguio (June 29), the elimination legs will resume in Dagupan (July 6), Tarlac (July 13), Angeles (July 20), Manila (July 27), Naga (August 24), Lucena (August 31), Puerto Princesa (September 7), Lipa (September 14), Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

The 38th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, ASICS, Lenovo, Manila Bulletin and Gatorade, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

For more information on MILO Philippines, log on to the official website (http://www.milo.com.ph) or the MILO Philippines Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/milo.ph). Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).

A Week Before Race Day: Here’s What To Do

To those running the 36th Milo marathon and 21k distances for the first time, good luck on your race this coming July 29th! Milo is reputed to be the biggest and most prestigious foot race in the country and i’m sure many first time runners will aim to achieve a respectable time and hopefully qualify for the finals this December.

Many i know are beginning to feel antsy just a week away from this race and probably are feeling the butterflies hanging in their tummies. This is normal and it may be good as you’re taking the upcoming effort seriously and bodes well for the outcome. However, too much anxiety may also do the reverse for you and may result to sleepless nights coming into the race.  What’s to do then? By taking care of last- minute training preparations.

I’ve prepared some simple guide to do for the week before the race and this comes with my own and many other veteran runners’ experiences to keep you calm and focused.

  • Cramming on your training at the last week–we all know that this is counter-productive and pushing for more intensity on your last few runs will only result on more stress and exhaustion come race day. Proper tapering is key specially for those doing the marathon. Running during this week should be mostly EASY and should include some light cross-training and even walking for the last few days.
  • If you’re going to do some speed work, i suggest doing some short strides of 100 to 300 meters at 70% of full speed with a lot of easy running in between. It helps to maintain your form and leg turn-over that you developed during your training. But this should be done sparingly and with caution.
  • Nourish, hydrate and carbo-load. Loading with complex-carbohydrates 2-3 days before race day will provide you fuel on race day and will fend-off feelings of fatigue. Stay hydrated the week before, alternating water with sports and other nutritional drinks. Avoid drinking alcohol a few days before the race as it will just cause dehydration specially if the weather will be hot.
  • Many will be familiar with the Milo route already so try to make strategies for some segments of the race course like “this is where i’ll step-up the pace” or ‘ i’ll walk when i reach the uphill of this bridge and zoom past it on my way back” etc.
  • Try to run segments of the route for familiarity. Before i did the T2N 50K Ultra last May, me and my team-mates ran the first 32k in practice just to get the feel of it and strategize what parts of the route we would slow down and where we would pick-up the pace.
  • Prepare your gear 2 nights before race day. This will give you ample time to decide what to wear, what energy gels and bars to bring on the starting line. Don’t wear anything new on race day.
  • Seek the comfort of others, your teammates, runner friends who will be doing the same race. Run with them during the last few days and offer support and encouragement.
  • Try to have a good night’s sleep on Friday night as you may have trouble sleeping the night before the early Sunday morning race. Stay calm and relaxed. Watch some TV or read a book.
  • On the race itself, pace yourself! Hold back in the beginning (wag mang gigil!) and don’t get carried away by the others who are going out too fast! Go out on a slower pace than you plan to run the whole race. This will give you more chances of improving on the second half of the race thus increasing your chances of finishing strongly.

There are many other ways to prepare yourself and this is just some of what i have learned in the past.

Good luck to all MILO runners and i hope you sleep well the night before the race!

A Father’s Lament: Remus’ Dad Speaks Out

Mr. Rudy Fuentes is sharing the agonizing story of the death of his runner son, Remus, who collapsed and later died of multiple organ failures as a result of heat stroke 2 days after running the Milo Marathon eliminations. Here is his story:

REMUS FUENTES died of multiple organ failures as result of heatstroke two days
after he ran the 21K in the recent 34th Milo Marathon last Sunday, July 4, 2010.
His death was the result of fatal mistakes, sheer incompetence and gross
negligence in the event organized by the Organizing Team.
My son, 37-year-old Remus ran the 21K together with a running buddy when he
collapsed at 19.9 kilometer mark. There was none of organizer’s ambulance nor
marshalls to respond in the incident. Policemen hailed for a taxi and they,
together with his buddy, assisted in bringing him to the nearest hospital,
Ospital ng Maynila. At the ER, the diagnose was suspected heart attack. My wife
and me, upon being informed by his younger brother, Roy Fuentes, who also ran
the 21K, rushed to the hospital and saw that Remus in coma, had seizures and
struggled breathing in spite of hand-pumped oxygen and dextrose attached. His
body temperature was 40 degrees C and when asked, the medical attendant told
us he had fever. She introduced paracetamol intravenously twice at interval of
about 15 minutes. Remus continued having seizures even until the arrival of
Medical City doctor & ambulance attendants that we have arranged for his
transfer.
 
The Medical City doctor attending said his status was unstable,
contrary to the earlier advice to her by the Ospital ng Maynila ER doctor. They
rushed him with the ambulance to Medical City at about 11:30 AM. There, a
series of tests were done, including blood chemistry, CT scan, etc.
 
 
Cardiologist told us his heart was strong and no intervening medicine was
necessary. Blood Chemistry results showed positive findings on creatinin level,
an indication of kidney failure. They suspected liver failure too. To stop his
seizures, Remus was put on full sedation for 12 hours. Kidney functions further
deteriorated after 36 hours. Blood pressure and heart rate went erratic.
Doctors attending him in the ICU asked our permission to do dialysis and blood
transfusion to stabilize his blood pressure. Seven hours later, ICU nurse wake
us up and asked us to rush to the ICU. We saw 18 medical people around him,
several taking turn doing the CPR. Failing to revive him, the doctor asked our
consent to stop the CPR after 15 minutes. We begged them to continue hoping for
miracle. 30 minutes further, doctor told us again that all numbers in the
monitoring “were bad” and asked again the consent to stop the CPR. Finally, we
relented. Few minutes later, his heart rate monitor went flat. All these
happened in front of my wife and me. We lost Remus 48 hours after he collapsed
into coma which he has never recovered. His young wife and his eight-year old
son took the news very badly.
About Heatstroke:
It usually happen in extreme sports like basketball, football, boxing and
marathon.
Heat stroke is a life-threatening medical condition. The person’s cooling
system, which is controlled by the brain, stops working and the internal body
temperature rises to the point where brain damage or damage to other internal
organs may result. The body temperature, usually at normal 37 C, goes up during
the exertion of effort as result of the increased heart rate. When it reaches
40 C, the person is in danger of getting heatstroke. Above 40 C and mostly at
about 42 C, the person can collapse into unconsciousness. If nothing is done
within few minutes, he can slip into coma and brain damage may occur. The
proven first aid response for heatstroke is cooling the body rapidly in
whatever means to the level of below 40 C before bringing him to a hospital.
Ice and water is the best way to do this, the same way it is done for a child
having high fever who has convulsion.
 
Another way of understanding heatstroke is comparing it to the performance of
car engine. At idling, the engine temp is low and safe. At sustained high
speed, engine temperature increases rapidly but because of the cooling system,
the heat is continuously dissipated in the radiator and safe temperature level
is maintained. But when the water in the radiator is gone, Undissipated heat
will rack up the engine temperature and ultimately exceeds the safe limits. At
this condition, engine breakdown will occur in minutes starting with broken
piston rings, rods, pistons, etc.
Why Heatstroke is More Dangerous in Marathon than in other Extreme Sports? 
With the human body, perspiration cools down the body so hydration by drinking
water is essential. Without water, perspiration stops and body temperature goes
to critical level and into heatstroke and then organs and brain begin to fail.
Big obvious difference between human body and car engine is that you can always
overhaul the engine but you cannot do that on the human body.

 

In basketball, the player exerts extreme effort only in bursts, stopping or
slowing down intermittently which slows down heart rate and cools down the
body. At timeout, they drink to replenish lost body water hence you always have
the waterboy. Heart stroke is rare but ask any PBA player what they do when a
player collapse. They don’t move the body but cool them off with water or ice
before bringing him to the hospital.
The same is true in football and in many similar sports.
In boxing, in between rounds of three minutes, boxer rests and drinks water. We
can only wonder what will happen if the rule of the sport is drastically
changed and will only end when one is down and out.
In Marathon , the risk of heatstroke is much higher for the following reasons:
 
 

1. The long distance runner aims for shorter time as a goal and therefore
motivated to keep a sustained effort, not unlike cars at high speed in the
highway.
2. Furthermore, the target minimum time set by the organizer adds more to
the motivation to run faster. The cut-off time added more pressure to the
marginal marathon runner, meaning if you are used to run above the target
time, the tendency is to do better time, probably at pace unproven by your
body in practice. (Milo Marathon set the target for 21K medal at 2 ½ hours
or less. Remus collapsed at near 20th km. with time of 2 hours 10 minutes
when his previous record was 2 hours and 27 minutes. )

3. The more critical factor is that the hydration management is not in the
control of the runner. He has to rely on water availability at the water
stations provided and planned by the organizer along the route. ( In this
34th Milo Marathon, several runners including Remus brother, Roy and Remus
running buddy asserted that practically there was no water to drink in the
last 2~3 kilometers before the finish line, a fatal failure for Remus by
the organizer when they changed the route resulting in over-traffic near
the finish line. There were record 28,000 runners on that day and
obviously the organizers failed to anticipate the complexity of hydration.
Milo ’s last year marathon participant was well below 10,000 runners.)

4. The correct life-saving response for heatstroke depends on few
knowledgable people who may happen to be around the person. To mitigate
this, the organizer deploys ambulances with water & ice for cooling
heatstroke victims and is expected to respond within minutes. In addition,
marshalls are provided along the route to assess runner situations
continuously. (Obviously, the organizer failed again on this aspect
because Remus was helped by policemen and his buddy instead. By this time,
Remus is probably already brain damaged as evident by his seizure at the
hospital. No Milo people knew of Remus case on that day until Roy, his
brother, sent an email informing the organizer of the incident in the next
morning).
 
5. The Sun Factor adds to the danger in Marathon . Running under the heat
of the sun in tropical country like ours cannot be underestimated. To
minimize the effect of the sunheat, Marathon run is planned to finish in
the early morning avoiding the heat at later time. Organizers usually take
this into consideration. ( Milo organized the 21K to start at 5:30 AM , a
departure of common practice of other marathons which started at 5:00 AM.
Remus collapsed at about 7:57 AM. Roy who is a better runner than his
brother Remus, complained that it was unusually hot that morning even if
he was able to finish it earlier in 2 hours 45 minutes ).
Clearly, Marathon is an extreme and dangerous sport even to the young, healthy
and trained runners. This is not the “fun run” many people confused of.
The organizer has clear life-and-death responsibility to make sure that the
conditions the runner will run under item 3, 4 and 5 above are done properly.
Obviously they did not do their job properly in the 34th Milo Marathon. In my
opinion, being the father of Remus, Milo Marathon Organizers have failed my
son. It is their sheer incompetence and consequently the gross negligence in
their duty that results in the death of Remus …an unneccesary death.
 
About Remus:
At the time of his death, he was an IT project manager of Hewlett-Packard (HP)
responsible in computerizing big companies like Unilab, Coke, etc. including
installation of hardwares (servers, etc.) and software system. He used to
worked for Intel for 10 years before he moved to HP 3 years ago. He graduated
in Computer Engineering. He left a housewife, Takako and two children, Raphael,
8 years old and Therese, 4 years old. Raphael is enrolled at La Salle
Greenhills. He played basketball with his brothers regularly on weekends. He
has been running since his high school days in Lourdes School of Mandaluyong.
He has run many 10Ks and two 21Ks before these, the “Freedom Run” in June 13
and “ Nature Valley ” in May 20 only this year. He has no history nor complaint
of illness and he lived clean.
 
My Questions for the Organizers:
1. How many died in the 34th Milo Marathon last July 4? Is it true that
there was another runner at 42K who collapsed at 33 km and later died?
2. How many runner collapsed in that marathon due to heatstroke who later
survived but now are no longer the same person as before due to partial
brain injury? At Ospital ng Maynila, we saw a 2nd runner brought in
unconscious and woke up later but he can no longer recognize his family.
Do the Organizers of knew this? What happened to him. Are their more?
3. Is it true that another 36 year-old runner, Fidel Camson, who ran the
42K 31st Milo Marathon in November 2007 collapsed near the finish line,
brought to the Ospital ng Maynila and died later of undetermined cause? If
true, what did they do avoid a repeat which apparently did not happen in
this 34th Milo Marathon? If true, why do they still keep Rudy Biscocho as their
Marathon organizer for 10 years until now?
4. Do they keep tally of deaths in the 34 years of Milo Marathon? Do they
study the statistics and establish how many died of heatstroke, the
preventable one?
5. What is the corporate culture of the Organizers regarding its respect
of the value of life? Upon knowing the death of my son Remus, A Senior
Vice President of one of the organizing team, who head its Beverages
Business Unit went to see me and among other things, he told me that the
Marathon is continuously improved and but sometimes “lapses occur and they
will learn from these lapses”. Lapse is defined as a ‘mistake’. People
learn from ‘error’, a deviation from being correct but a ‘mistake’ is
caused by a fault: the fault could be misjudgment or carelessness. We learn
from ‘error’ but we take action on ‘mistake’ and more drastic action when
people die of this ‘mistake’. So death in my son’s case is a mere
learning process for this person? Is this the culture that pervades in
their Organization? or only in him?
6. Is the measly “humanitarian” offer to help the family shoulder medical
& funeral expense to the family had become an SOP too often? Was it their
expectation that as appreciation of this help, the family will keep quiet
about the whole thing? Do they really think that the waiver signed by the
runners protect them from being liable? Do they know that this waiver
won’t apply if negligence of their duty as organizer can be established?
7. What did the Organizers do, if any, to keep the news of Remus death
from appearing in the media even after one week? Not one news item of his
death appeared in the newspaper, TV or radio. Could the news of “ HP Manager
Died of HeatStroke during the Milo Marathon” not interest the public? Were
they afraid that the bigger news is when the subline “Father charged Milo
Marathon Organizer of Incompetence and Negligence” which may damage the
public image of the company?

The answers to these questions will help enlightened the public whether Milo
Marathon is safe or not for the runner. To the runners, their parents, wives
and relatives…they all better asked these questions before the runners decide
to run in Milo Marathon.

Last Words from Remus Father:
I am not condemning the sport but the organizer who failed to make sure runners
will not die of heatstroke, when the risks can be grossly minimized with proper
route planning, hydration management and quick medical response. I am
condemning the contribution of the apparent culture of the sponsor of
diminished value of human life as indicative of its senior executive’s attitude
calling my son’s death a result of lapses. My hope is something good will come
out of his death and as result of improved organizing of the marathon run, few
lives will be saved from heatstroke. My other hope is to get justice and for
the Organizing team to answer for his untimely death. I am working on it.

Rudy Fuentes, Father of Remus

From: http://www.pinoyfitness.com/2010/07/remus-story-as-told-by-his-father/

Cheaters: Running Their Amazing Race!

Rosie Ruiz, the first globally publicized marathon cheater

Despite the hostility and abomination the majority of runners feel about runners who cheat during marathons, this shameful act is still prevalent that bring with them an honorary lifetime of curse and contempt. Running–or running a marathon is supposed to be a pure, honest sport where patience, sacrifice, courage, solitude, victory and defeat are components of what this sport is about–an honest assessment of oneself.

Yet, this noblest of sports is robbed of its purity when some cheapie runners succumb to temptation and flaunt it without shame. I was a bit sad when i heard that last Sunday’s Milo Marathon eliminations was marred by a few cheaters, making this supposed most prestigious local marathon another breeding ground for these pests to lay their eggs on. Unbelievable that many of these runners were brazen enough to cross the finish line when they were seen being dropped-off at a point near the finish from a vehicle as they sheepishly continued their run.

Too, even the BDM 102km Ultrarun which is supposed to be the ultimate distance run here was not spared by this cheats. All the tricks in the books have been employed and here are some of the methods used by these charlatans:

1.  Taking a lift from a vehicle (usually their own support vehicle) when no one is watching to take them nearer the finish.

2.  Riding in a bus, taxi, jeepney or other public transportation after taking off their race bib nos. or putting on another shirt to conceal it and getting off near the finish, replacing their bibs and continuing their run.

3.  Taking short-cuts, applying trick no. 2, pretending to jog by their lonesome (oblivious to their surroundings) then joining the race again after the short-cut has been made.

4.  Stepping off the course, hiding in a building or gas station or making a stop-over at a fastfood joint to eat while killing time to re-join when runners have come back from the turn-around point.

5.  Stopping at a designated place then taking off their official bib or timing chip and giving it to a faster runner to officially record their progress along the course.

6.  Have another impostor run on your behalf or make him run the first 42k and hand back the identification back to you so you could finish the last 195 meters!

7.  Scanning an original race bib and making a counterfeit bib out of it with exact size, text and color giving the semblance that you are officially registered and therefore running the race legally! (I’ve witnessed this personally being fabricated on a Photocopy shop near POEA. The race was for a Runrio event!)

These are some of the scam i have witnessed personally and heard from co-runners and if you have other more to add, please do so. Race Directors should have the option of either exposing these cheats publicly if they are confident that cheating has occured or informing them privately that they are being banned from their future races.

Distance running and bus riding do not mix—unless you are competing in the “Amazing Race”!