13 July 2015

Subic Bay Asian ParaTriathlon set

IN line with its mandate to develop high-caliber and more competitive national triathlon teams, the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) will be organizing the ASTC Asian ParaTriathlon Championships (APC) 2015 on August 16 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone as well as the Philippine National Triathlon Trials (NTT) in Iloilo City on August 22.

For the APC, a record field of around thirty participants from Japan, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Korea and the Philippines will engage in the competition for the much needed qualifying points for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. At the same time there will be a regular triathlon sprint distance races for elite (mixed relay) and age-groupers at Dungaree Beach in Subic Bay.

More notably the August 16 event sponsored by Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Tourism Department, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) ASTC, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines, Gatorade, SPEEDO, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Standard Insurance, DZSR Sports Radio 918, Channel 4’s TeleDyaryo Program, RaceDay, SBR.ph, Kikay Runner and PinoyFitness.com was officially recognized by the Asian Paralympic Committee.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Triathlon Trials hosted by Iloilo City headed by Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog will give triathletes from the Visayas region a chance to test their skills and try to qualify for the developmental pool as TRAP continues its search for new talents to represent the country. The event supports the local campaign on strengthening awareness and encouraging the public to support the ongoing Iloilo River Clean-Up Project.

The approved race courses for both Standard (1.5Km swim-40Km bike-10Km run) and Sprint (750M swim-20Km bike-6Km run) distances will start at the beach at Joe II Garden for the swim followed by cycling along the city’s thoroughfares and running using Benigno Aquino Avenue going to Esplanade.

At stake for Standard Distance Top 3 men and Top 3 women finishers are cash prizes of P10,000, P6,000 and P4,000. Medals and product prizes will be given to all Top 3 winners in other categories including the Relay category. Inquiries are accepted by the TRAP at 710-8259, 399-6598, 0915-6394233, 0916-5046513 and at email rreyes_upm@yahoo.com. (People's Tonight)