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21 March 2013

Subic Bay hosts Asian Triathlon Championships

Subic Bay Freeport will stage the K-Swiss Subic Bay ASTC Asian Triathlon Championships on April 27, 28 and 29 with another banner field fighting it out for top honors in various divisions in the $12,000 event.

A joint project of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP), the International Triathlon Union (ITU), the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Tourism Department, the three-day event marks the 20th edition of the longest running and premier standard distance triathlon in the country as well as the third time the Freeport has hosted the Asian Triathlon Championships.

In the event sponsored by K-Swiss, Speedo, David’s Salon, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines (ACIP), Gatorade, Fitness First and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), elite participants as well as those in the U-23, Elite Juniors, age-group sprint (750m swim, 20-km bike, 5.4-km run) and mini-sprint (350m swim, 9.8-km bike, 3-km run) categories will race on April 27.

The second day will have age-groupers and inter-club competitors race the standard distance (1.5-km swim, 40-km bike, 10-km run). Finally, the Asian Mixed Team Relay championships and the debut of the Paratriathlon competition will take place on April 29.

Over $12,000 in total prize money are at stake for winners in the elite, U-23 and Junior Sprint categories while medals and will be awarded to the top five finishers of the standard distance age-group categories, the top 3 finishers for sprint distance categories, and for the five members of the top three teams in the Inter-Club competition.

On starting the new year, the TRAP’s first two events slated are the PSC Aquathlon on Jan. 27 and the opening leg of the National Age-Group Triathlon (NAGT) series at Dungaree Beach, Subic Bay Freeport on Feb. 3. (Philippine Star)

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