The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through the Ilocos Norte Sports and Development Council (INSPDC) has begun preparing for the 42nd Milo Marathon-National Finals, which will take place at Laoag City this December 9, 2018.
Sports Consultant Mr. Faivo Bartolome answer that the province is continuously preparing to ensure the smooth flow of the said event. “Nakahanda na ang rota para sa darating na marathon. Ang dapat na lang napagtuunan ng pansin ay kung paano yung magagawang coordination,” he stated.
A total of 12,000 visitors are expected to come for the marathon’s national finals. With this, the INSDPC are coordinating with local hotels to ensure that there are sufficient accommodation for the expected participants.
Mr. Bartolome remains hopeful for a successful and flawless national finals as the province had already hosted for a leg of the milo marathon last year.
“Our province competed with many cities just to hold this kind of event. Luckily, we were given the privilege. Naranasan na nating mag-host and they appreciate naman kung paano tayo nag-organize noon. For sure, we can do it again. Kaya nating mag-host ulit,” he added.
Senior Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc, known to be an advocate for youth development through sports, expressed his gratefulness for the opportunity. He hopes that it will give the province pride and fulfillment, especially in strengthening sports tourism.
The Milo Marathon is considered as the biggest, grandest, and most prestigious running event in the country. It serves as an avenue for local runners to be scouted, discovered, and chosen to represent the country internationally.