The XTERRA Trail Run/Off Road Triathlon Series 2012

“The Philippines is one of the world’s best destinations for triathlons.  Its rugged terrain, picturesque sceneries and crystalline waters never fail to challenge even the most hardened triathlete.  It’s no wonder that world-class triathlons are staged in the country, foremost of which is the Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon Series”.

I would definitely agree with XTERRA’s claim as the country has one of the most scenic and breathtaking running trails, bike paths and beaches for triathlon competition ever! And this year will have more competitive triathletes joining in Liloan, Cebu with the likes of  Oliver Marceau, Daz Parker, Ben Allen, Carina Wasle and Takihiro Ogasawara seeing action.

I’m referring to the XTERRA 2012 Triathlon Series which is presented by Vaseline Men and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. These events comprises three legs: Pang Rave Run, XTERRA Weekend and Putik Pare.  Each activity promises to deliver a challenging yet enjoyable experience for all seasoned triathletes.

TIMBERLAND HEIGHTS, SAN MATEO, RIZAL: TRAIL RUN: February 26, 2012,

Kicking off the Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon Series is the Pang Rave Run, a trail run slated on February 26, 2012. The event will have an exciting course with magnificent views at the Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal.  It will feature a demanding trail run in 22- 10- and 5-kilometer categories all with very exciting cash prizes up for grabs.

I’ll be joining the 10k category of this race, having ran its rugged mountain trails several times in the past. They will be having a different route from that of the past Merrell Trail Run and the King of the Mountain trail races and organizers have promised a more challenging route.

Online registration is already ongoing at the Vaseline Men XTERRA website. To register, log on to www.xterraphil.com or visit any RUNNR or ROX store.

LILOAN, CEBU: TRAIL RUN and TRIATHLON RACES (March 17-18, 2012)

The excitement reaches fever pitch on March 17-18 in Liloan, Cebu for the Vaseline Men XTERRA Weekend.  Featuring trail run and triathlon races, the event promises to challenge even the most seasoned athletes.  This year, XTERRA brings back triathletes to the pristine waters and the rough terrains of Liloan, Cebu for a more exciting set of challenges that will surely test the athlete’s strengths and limits.

The Liloan, Cebu weekend kicks off with a trail run on March 17.  It will feature a demanding trail run in 21, 10 and 5 kilometer categories all with cash prizes both for the male and female categories.

More importantly, top age group finishers for the 21K trail run will qualify for the world championships for the XTERRA Trail Run slated in Hawaii this year. Registration for the March 17 Trail Run is ongoing at www.xterraphil.com and in all Runner Stores nationwide.

The two triathlon events on March 18 are the XTERRA Lite and the XTERRA Philippines Championship. The XTERRA Lite involves a 500-meter swim, 30-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run.  On the other hand, the XTERRA Philippines Championship involves a more grueling challenge with a 1.5-kilometer swim, 30-kilometer bike and a 10-kilometer run.  All of these will take place in scenic Liloan, Cebu.

One of the key segments of the triathlon is the ‘graveyard,’ aptly called due to the difficult terrain that it will pose in the mountain bike leg. The Vaseline Men XTERRA Team has exerted all efforts to ensure that the entire race route, including the run leg through the fishing lagoon Papa Kits, will be an interesting yet challenging segment for all participating athletes.

Apart from winning exciting cash prizes (total pro prize money is US$15,000), the top age group finishers will vie for 40 slots to the XTERRA World Championships in Maui, Hawaii.  Registration for the March 18 Triathlon events is also already ongoing in the Vaseline Men XTERRA Philippines website (www.xterraphil.com).

CLARK, PAMPANGA: TRAIL RUN/TRIATHLON, November 18, 2012

Finally, this remarkable series reaches its climax on November 18 with XTERRA Putik Pare at Clark, Pampanga. Like the Xterra Weekend in Cebu, Putik Pare will also feature trail run and triathlon activities. The literal translation of Global XTERRA Event entitled “Muddy Buddy,” this event is a duathlon relay involving a trail run and mountain bike, ending with a now-famous Putik Pit.  Those who have the will to gut it out also stand to win amazing cash prizes from Vaseline Men XTERRA.

From the launching of the Vaseline-XTERRA last night at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati, we were apprised by Sunrise Events Inc’s Princess Galura and Race Director Guy Concepcion on the race routes, participating athletes, hotel accommodations and almost everything you wanted to know about the events.

Here are some pictures of the launching last night:

Sunrise Event's Inc.'s Princess Galura

That's Jonathan, Brand Manager of Vaseline-men Philippines

Host Tricia Chiongbian, an athlete herself

Ms. Galura acknowledging the guests at the back

Part of last night's press and bloggers

A group pic with the bloggers and press people

So this year, prepare to conquer it all at the Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon Series.  To know more, log on to www.xterraphil.com or visit www.facebook.com/vaseline.   You can also visit XTERRA’s partner stores – ROX and Runnr for more details.

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