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The highly esteemed Manila International Marathon is set to take place at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park on February 24. Former national athlete and founding president, Dino Jose, has taken the initiative to bring back this annual race, which once attracted top runners from both local and international realms.

During the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports, Inc. (TOPS) Usapang Sports forum at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum VIP room, Jose expressed his commitment to rejuvenate the prestige of the marathon in the country. Reflecting on the inaugural edition in 1982, he reminisced about President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. gracing the finish line and personally awarding medals to the top finishers.

Having migrated to the US and retired from competitive running, Jose's passion for marathon running remains steadfast. His mission is to reignite interest in the sport and provide a platform for local runners to excel. He emphasized the need for more competitive events to elevate the training and focus of Filipino athletes, noting that the country has yet to break the two hours and 15 minutes mark.

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The marathon, certified by the Association of International Marathons (AIMS), has already attracted around 100 runners from countries such as Australia, Belgium, Japan, China, the USA, and France. Notable participants include Nasser Allali, who secured third place in the Spain Open in December.

Jose anticipates that the foreign participants will present a formidable challenge to local athletes, inspiring them to showcase their best performances. The event encompasses various categories, including 21km, 10km, and 5km races. A total cash prize of PHP250,000 is up for grabs, with the men's champion receiving PHP100,000.

Addressing entry fees, Jose announced a 20 percent discount for government employees and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, while non-government organizations can avail a 50 percent discount. Registration is currently open at any Chris Sports branch or online through the official website (manilamarathon.com). As the countdown to the Manila International Marathon begins, anticipation and excitement are building for this prestigious event on the running calendar.


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