For those of you who don't know, Milo is a chocolate sports drink in the Philippines. But, even though Milo is a popular drink, it's easy to imagine that more people run or walk in Milo races than actually drink Milo. I ran the 5-K with my Doktora friend. We shared the race day with over 11,300 other people...there was a 3-K, 5-K, 10-K and 21-K happening the same morning. It's a BIG production.
For a claustrophobic person, standing in the starting gate with 11,000 new friends and then trying not to get trampled when the gun goes off is definitely a stretching experience.
The Milo Marathon series is now in it's 37th year in the Philippines. The first race had less than 800 people. But now, there are 3-K, 5-K, 10-K, and 21-K combination race days in 17 locations around the Philippines, leading up to the final HUGE marathon day in Manila. If it seems like every school kid in town is in the 5-K race, it's because they are. It's often required for PE class.
Race completion certificate, baby!
And yes, since you're asking, I was the only person in the crowd of 11,000 that didn't wear her race shirt for the race.
In all those thousands of people...we actually spotted people that we knew.
If you are a runner in the Philippines, sooner or later you have to have the Milo Experience!