09 March 2014

Triathlon season fires off in Subic

THE 2014 triathlon season opens on Sunday with the Bikeking and Unilab Active Health Tri United 1 at Dungaree Beach inside the Subic Bay Freeport.

Competition in the elite category is expected to be tough with 2013 series champion Benjamin Rana, Philippine national team member Nikko Huelgas, leg champion Mark Anthony Hosana and John Chicano vying for the standard distance (1.5­ kilometer swim, 40­km bike and 10­km run) elite male title and the P10,000 cash prize at stake.

Last year's Tri United 2 champion Anna Stroh, ex­ Olympian Radka Vodickova of the Czech Republic, 2013 Tri United 4 champion Ma. Claire Adorna, Monica Torres, Kim Mangrobang and 2013 Tri United 3 champion Ani de Leon­Brown slug it out for the women's crown in the event sponsored by Unbilab, Aboitiz, Subic Holiday Villas, AboitizPower, Orbea, Shimano, Crystal Clear, Maxxis, Pocarii Sweat, Timex, Saucony and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority's tourism department.

Meanwhile, the Teens Sprint Distance category (age 16­17) has attracted eight competitors that include Vicky Deldio, Jimmuel Patilan and Samuel Ranque. Over at the Team Competition, nine sports clubs will engage for top honors.

All top three in the male and female categories and team winners will receive medals and gift packs, while the top three in the team competition will also receive trophies, medals and gift packs.

For the elite category, a grand total of P40,000 in cash prizes are at stake. For all participants, finisher's medals and post­race meals will be given. The awarding ceremony has been set for 10:30 a.m. at Dungaree Beach.

The Tri United series continues to be one of the most credible triathlon series to date with 700 participants representing various places and sports clubs from all over the nation signing up.

The next Tri United events are in San Juan, Batangas, on July 6 (Tri United 2); Subic Bay on October 26 (Tri United 3).

Another is set in November (Tri United 4) with the date and venue still being finalized. (Business Mirror)