10 August 2015

Subic Asian paratriathlon slated August 16

Sixto Ducay, Godfrey Taberna, Arnel Aba, Andy Avellana, and the visually impaired twins Joshua and Jerome Nelmida of the Philippines are all set to engage with their foreign counterparts in their quest for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games as the ASTC Asian ParaTriathlon Championships (APC) 2015 fires off on Aug. 16 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

In the race sanctioned by Asian Paralympic Committee and Philspada, the Filipinos will challenge crack paratriathletes from Japan, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Hongkong and Korea in designated categories of competitions that will cover 750 meter swim – 18 km bike – 5 km run. Paratriathlon has categories of Tri1, Tri2, Tri3, Tri4, Tri5 and Tri6 for newcomers.

The event supported by the SBMA Tourism Department, Philippine Sports Commission, ASTC, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines, Gatorade, Speedo, Philippine Olympic Committee, Standard Insurance, DZSR Sports Radio 918, Channel 4’s TeleDyaryo Program, RaceDay, SBR.ph, Kikay Runner and PinoyFitness.com, got a boost as Asian Paralympic Committee CEO and acting secretary general Tarek Souei certified the APC as a Rio 2016 Paralympics qualifier where participants can earn points.

Serving as side event are sprint and mini sprint distances (750M swim-20K bike-5K run and 300m-9km-2.5km) which will be joined by members of the national triathlon and duathlon teams. Each competition will start at the Sands of Triboa and end at San Bernardino Street. Sands of Triboa is also the venue for the awarding ceremony which will take place at 9:30 a.m. Team relays will also be held for most beginners.

Race briefings will be held a day before the race for paratriathlon and sprint and mixed relay participants at the Subic Holiday Villas at 4 p.m. Race packets will be distributed all day at the lobby. A paratriathlon technical course for all officiating staff will be conducted by technical delegate Daniel Sng of Singapore. (The Philippine Star)