Road race round up: Nike and Milo


Roadraces in the Philippines have become so big this last couple years that its usual to have up to 10 fun run events being held simultaneously in one Sunday.  The lure of the cash prizes has attracted high school and college players to regularly compete in said events.  It is but fitting for us to review some races which featured track athletes, both upcoming and veterans.

This post will feature two (2) road races: Nike Club 5k and Milo Marathon finals

A. Nike Club Manila 5k (December 5, The Fort)

The quality of this race was even more superior than the National Open 5,000m finals held last May at the Rizal memorial Track.  Nine (9) runners submitted sub 16 timing with the 9th place submitting a time of 15:57.  In comparison, only 4 runners went sub 16 in the 2009 National Open Men’s 5,000m finals.

The mens competition was won by San Sebastian College player Justin Tabunda, son of the 80s running legend Jun Tabunda.  The mens race was so competitive that 2010 UAAP 800m and 1500m gold medalist Wenlie Maulas settled for 6th place, and 2010 UAAP 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m run gold medalist Roger Denolo placed 7th.

In the distaff side, veteran warrior Mercedita Manipol won in 18:25, while UAAP sensation Serenata Saluan settled for 2nd place with a time of 18:48.

Top 10 Mens

1. Justin Tabunda, SSC, 15:15

2. Jujet de Asis 15:22

3. Ben ALejandrino 15:27

4. Ramie Lacson 15:29

5. Michael Bacong, SSC, 15:31

6. Wenlie Maulas,UE,  15:35

7. Roger Denolo, UST, 15:41

8. Ryan Hulleza 15:54

9. Rafael Poliquit 15:57

10. Kimbert Sarmiento 16:05

B. Milo Marathon (December 12, Quirino Grandstand)

42K: Eduardo Buenavista destroyed the field, including the resident Kenyans,  as he won the full marathon in 2:24:18, 5:32 minutes ahead of second placer Willy Tanui.  The victory came 2 weeks after the controversial Asian Games marathon wherein he submitted an eyebrow raising 2:45.

Flordeliza Donos won the womens 42k with the absence of big names such as Cristable Martes  and Joan Banayag as two were posted in the provinces by the AFP.  Donos timed 3:05:07, enough to hold off Kenyan Susan Jemutai who finished 45 seconds later.

Men’s Top 10:

1. Eduardo Buenavista 2:24:18

2. Willy Tanui, 2:29.50

3. William Kipyego, 2:30:19

4. Julius Sermona, 2:30:41

5. Anthony Nierza, 2:30:43

6. Cresenciano Sabal, 2:33:55

7. Phillip Ronoh, 2:35:38

8. Abraham Missos, 2:36:06

9. Ruben Samuya, 2:36:49

10. Elmer Sabal, 2:37:32

Below are the full results of the two races:

Nike 5k Results

Milo Marathon Results

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7 Responses to Road race round up: Nike and Milo

  1. Lili Garcia says:

    basta ako go ako ke Justin Tabunda well mannered pa at good looking very humble pa siya…….. mabait kausapin

  2. pirieandrew says:

    you wont see it at the national open because Maulas (1m53) (1989) is senior and Guarte (1m53) (1992) is junior. Maulas will run against filam Jeffrey Panera (1m50) and maybe Nelbert Ducusin (1m52) and Guarte will be up against Fil Kiwi Michael Eggleton (1992) (1m52) in the juniors.

  3. pirieandrew says:

    merry christmas. Those are some good times. How do they compare on track. Usually track is what about 30s faster so 15.15 is a sub 15 min run on a track?

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