27 March 2014

Subic Bay Int’l Triathlon expected to lure big field

Organizers expect a loaded two-day weekend when the K-Swiss ITU Subic Bay International Triathlon is held on April 26-27 at the Subic Bay Freeport in Olongapo City, Zambales.

“This is actually a 5-in-1 event,” said Triathlon Association of the Philippines secretary general Ramon Marchand during a press launch yesterday at the Seafood Island Restaurant at the Mall of Asia.

Marchand said the SUBIT Elite Open for men and women on April 27 will remain the centerpiece event and forms part of the Asia Cup 2014 Series where the winners will get International Triathlon Union points for Asian and world rankings.

“These ranking points will serve as part of their qualification for major international competitions,” he said.

Also on tap during the two-day meet is the National Age Group Championships where the winners in the boys’ and girls’ divisions will earn the right to represent the country in the World Age Group competitions in Edmonton Canada.

The event also serves as national tryouts “where promising athletes will be scouted for the national pool,” including the junior, Under-23 and Elite Open classes.

To spice up the event, TRAP has included the Asian Paratriathlon Championships for the second straight year in the event also sponsored by Century Tuna, Speedo, Harbor Point, Ayala Malls, Canon, SBMA, PSC, Gatorade, Standard Insurance, SM City Olongapo and Travelers Hotel.

Marchand stressed the SUBIT “remains a green event so we encourage all of our participants and fans to curb waste and pollution before and during the event.”

Part of entry fees during the two-day event will go to the TriGiving program supporting athletes in the national development pool. (Malaya)