Chasing Dreams: The Journey of Filipino Runners in the Marathon Majors

The journey to conquer the six major marathons - Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City - represents a pinnacle in the world of long-distance running. These events aren't merely races; they're international celebrations of endurance and spirit, uniting runners from every corner of the globe.

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The pursuit of running the six major marathons – Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City – is a dream cherished by many in the Filipino running community. These races are not just athletic events; they are global gatherings that celebrate the spirit of marathon running. As of 2023, out of 12,772 runners worldwide who have completed all six majors, only 60 passionate Filipino runners have etched their names in the records of marathon history, joining this elite group by overcoming this formidable challenge.

For runners, these marathons are more than just a test of physical endurance; they are a journey across cultural landscapes, each race offering a unique experience that goes beyond the 42.195 kilometers. These marathons represent the pinnacle of running achievement, offering an opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with international athletes, absorbing the energy of world-famous routes, and experiencing the sheer thrill of participating in globally recognized events.

This goal, however, is as challenging as it is rewarding. The journey to complete all six marathons is marked by intense training, unwavering dedication, and significant financial investment. It requires not only physical preparation but also a commitment to overcoming logistical and financial hurdles. Yet, those who have embarked on this journey will unanimously agree that the experience is incomparable and worth every effort.

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The pride of wearing the Philippine colors across these international marathons cannot be understated. It’s about representing one’s country and culture in a global arena, showcasing the Filipino spirit that resonates with resilience and determination. This achievement transcends personal glory; it’s about inspiring a nation and encouraging fellow athletes to dream big and aim high.

As we celebrate these remarkable athletes, we encourage the next generation of Filipino runners to set their sights on this prestigious goal. It’s a dream that demands perseverance, a passion for running, and the courage to venture beyond one’s limits. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a newcomer to the sport, the journey to the marathon majors is an open invitation to challenge yourself and create unforgettable memories.

Here, we proudly acknowledge the 60 Filipino runners who have completed this extraordinary challenge as of 2023. Their dedication and passion stand as a beacon of inspiration for all aspiring marathoners. Here is the list of these remarkable individuals who have turned their marathon dreams into reality.

# Name Year Completed
1 JAYMIE PIZARRO 2015
2 JOSE MARTIN PAISO 2016
3 CARLOS RAMIREZ MACASARTE 2017
4 ANTHONY PANGILINAN 2017
5 MENCHIE DIZON 2017
6 MELINDA LANGLOIS 2017
7 SANDY SANTOS 2017
8 POTENCIANO LARRAZABAL 2018
9 JOSE BERNARDO II LOPEZ PACHECO 2018
10 GEOFFREY PEREZ 2018
11 EDGAR BRIAN NG 2018
12 RIZALINA MANTARING 2018
13 NILO VERGARA 2018
14 CHASE HERMIT MAGSALIN 2018
15 DIONNE MARIE SANCHEZ 2018
16 BERMEL PAZ 2018
17 EDUARDO FRANCISCO 2018
18 GLENN AMANTE 2019
19 ANTONINO HIDALGO 2019
20 NAPOLEON VENTURINA 2019
21 CECILE DURAN 2019
22 MAALIDDIN BIRUAR 2019
23 MAXIMILLAN MARTY 2019
24 JENNIFER LIQUIDO 2019
25 BENJAMIN TAN 2019
26 YHIZA PENA 2022
27 JORGE BUENAVENTURA 2022
28 ARTEMIO ENGRACIA 2022
29 GLENN KELLY CHUA 2022
30 LEONARDO LINGAN 2022
31 WILLIAM CHUA 2022
32 ANNE SILAO-SOLOMON 2022
33 ELIZABETH JILL TAMAYO-HUTCHINSON 2023
34 STELLA QUE 2023
35 GRACIELLO REYES 2023
36 RANDY ROQUID 2023
37 GENE GERALD TIONGCO 2023
38 RAYMOND UY 2023
39 BONIFACIO JR SANTOS 2023
40 CHRISTOPHER TABING 2023
41 JENNY QUINTO 2023
42 MARIA STELLA PAZ MALE 2023
43 JANE-JANE ONG 2023
44 LOUIS ANGELES 2023
45 ISAGANI RAMON JR BAUTISTA 2023
46 MARIA FE BEREDO 2023
47 GERMAN CAMIGLA 2023
48 RYAN CHIO 2023
49 WILLIAM II CHIONGBIAN 2023
50 BERNADETTE CORNEJO 2023
51 CESAR JOSEPH GLORIA 2023
52 RACHEL MADELLAINE LAMB 2023
53 MANUEL JR LIM 2023
54 CANDY LU 2023
55 RONALD LUI 2023
56 JOSE MARI MAGSALIN 2023
57 RESTIE MALE 2023
58 MA LOURDES MANALASTAS 2023
59 ANTONETTE PACQUING 2023
60 EMERSON YAO 2023
* data from https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/six-star/hall-of-fame

Embark on your journey, dream big, and perhaps one day, your name will join this esteemed list of marathon finishers. The road is long, the challenge is daunting, but the reward is a story of a lifetime.

2 COMMENTS

    • It’s not easy to enter these races. If you’re unsuccessful through the ballots, you can run for a charity or buy a travel package through a travel company.

      Hope this helps.

      Best wishes
      Betty

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