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MILO’s Winners Biometric Identification System
Fig. 1. Identification Screen
Fig. 2. Winner’s Enrollment Screen
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LIKE ANY other sport, marathon must be constantly dynamic and innovative to keep up with the
In response to the challenge, National Milo Marathon organizer Rudy Biscocho is introducing a
special feature that is being done for the first time in Philippine foot racing history.
Starting this year, a state-of-the-art Biometric Technology will be used by the National Milo
Marathon to digitally store the identities and vital statistics of the top finishers in its 14 regional
legs as well as the National Finals slated in Metro Manila on October 9.
This is being done to eliminate fraudulent winners who race in multiple elimination legs. Milo
Marathon rules state that a marathoner can only compete once in the elimination stages — the
place of his or her residence.
Supplied by Biometrics pioneer, E.D.S. innoventions, the "Milo’s Winners Biometric Identification
System" uses fingerprint scanning technology to automatically identify previous winners who are
disqualified from joining the succeeding regional elimination races.
The technology also incorporates a camera that automatically captures the pictures of the winners
and stores them within its database.
Since information is stored in the database, the system will also weed out those who cheat on their
ages in the age category competition.
The 29th National Milo Marathon, in partnership with Bayview Park Hotel, Adidas, Cebu Pacific,
Smart Kid, Department of Tourism, Addict Mobile Prepaid, and Power Bar, kicks off on June 26 in
General Santos City with Vic Sai as the local organizer.
After the Gen. Santos City leg, the regional elims shift to Tacloban City on July 3 and Cagayan de
Oro City on July 10. The race then goes to Luzon for the Lipa City and Naga City stages on July
17 and 24 respectively before going back to Mindanao for the Davao City leg on July 31.
The Metro Manila race, the only regional leg being run with a 42K marathon, fires off on August 7
while the Laoag City and Tarlac City stages are slated on August 14 and 21, respectively.
Last year, the National Milo Marathon broke its own record for number of participants. More than
100,000 runners participated in the 14 regional elimination races and the National Finals in Metro
This year, organizers are expecting to break the 110,000-runner barrier.
Screen shot of news brief from Manila Bulletin