23 July 2012

Subic stages biggest-ever duathlon event

MANILA - More than 600 duathletes from around Asia are seeing action in the continent’s biggest duathlon event, the Subic Bay Asian Duathlon Championships (ADC) presented by Century Tuna on Nov. 25.

Organized by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) in cooperation with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), the event highlights top continental honors for run-bike-run competitors at stake with the Elite, Under-23, Junior Elite and Youth (13-15) categories.

ASTC’s Balwant Singh Kler confirmed that the ADC will serve as an official qualifier for the 2013 World Duathlon Championships in Cali, Colombia.

The event sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission, Fitness First, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines (ACIP) and Gatorade, will take place around the Freeport area with a 10K run, 40K bike and 5K run standard distance course for Elite, U23 and age-group competitors. A sprint distance course of 5K run-20K bike-2.5K run will be set for Junior Elite and Youth participants. The organizers are designing a challenging and exciting course assuring a spectator-friendly configuration.

Expected to join in are world-ranked duathletes from 25 member countries of the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC), including Japan, South Korea, China, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

On the local front, Robeno Javier and Mirasol Abad will lead the charge followed by their teammates Nikko Huelgas, Robin Estevez, Carlo Pedregosa and Kim Mangrobang.

The Subic Bay Asian Duathlon Championships (ADC) presented by Century Tuna is the third international multisport event to be hosted by the SBMA this year.

Registration is open. Contacts: TRAP (710-8259, 399-6598, 0916-504-6513, 0915-6394233); Triathlon.org.ph and Facebook. (The Philippine Star)