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TRIMAC Triathlon Program

Trimac Team

Whether you are contemplating in doing your first duathlon, aquathlon, sprint triathlon, olympic distance triathlon or a full Ironman, the TRIMAC Triathlon group/ individual training program will help you prepare reach these personal goals.

Lead by one of the premier triathlon coaches in the country, Coach Jojo (Jomac) Macalintal and his brilliant professional coaching team who are likewise ranked in the local triathlon scene, all will help you overcome your fears, break through old and bad training habits and achieve your peak performance on race day.

Coach Jomac during the launching of the Trimac Triathlon program

The program is a 3-month training program designed for beginners, intermediate and advance triathletes. Under the guidance of Coach Jomac and his coaching staff, athletes will train to improve their technique and build their endurance as they prepare for their target race. Training will cover all facets of a triathlon, including swimming, cycling, running, transition, brick work-outs, open water swimming, pacing, and nutrition.

‘‘As local triathlon grows, Trimac would like to extend its knowledge to help provide solid basic skills and hone talents,’’ Macalintal said during the press launch held yesterday at the Earth Kitchen at the Bonifacio Global City. Macalintal has coached scores of triathletes in all levels and ages — from beginners to elite and national athletes and from youngsters to seniors.

This 3-month long program is ideal for athletes who want to get an early start to the season and do sprint/Olympic races such as the TriUnited, Century Tuna, SBR Tri Series, and hopefully Cobra Ironman and Challenge Philippines. This program is ideal for someone who wants a short, 12-week program designed to get them ready for their first sprint triathlon, duathlon or aquathlon.

According to Coach Jomac, the programs aims to get more followers through this sport. First, the budding athlete is assessed if he/she has the potential to undergo the rigors of training, then focus on developing fundamental skills and improving technique. As your technique improves, they start to build race-specific fitness. Trimac don’t treat triathlons as a one-time challenge, but rather as a part of an ongoing healthy lifestyle.

With the Coaching staff of Trimac Team. (L-R) Jun Engracia, Coach Jomac and Coach Ian

The program begins on April 4 at the AS parking lot at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in Quezon City. Special introductory rate would be at P3,500.00/month or P10,500.00 for the 12-week program.

For more information, contact Coach Jomac at: 0977-8236529.

Coach Jomac being flanked by his wards, the Batang Tri Kids

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PRESS RELEASE:

One of the country’s top triathlon coaches, Jojo Macalintal, will launch a curriculum for beginner, intermediate and advance triathletes in a bid to complement the country’s campaign to send Filipino triathletes to future Olympic Games.

There will be a three-month program for each category where participants are prepared according to their fitness levels, Macalintal, owner and founder of Trimac Coaching, announced during the launch of the program at Earth Kitchen in Bonifacio Global City on Friday.

The program begins on April 4 at the AS parking lot in at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in Quezon City.

Popularly known in the triathlon community as Coach Jomac, Macalintal has 18 years of experience in triathlon coaching and competition. Coach Jomac has been in every nook and cranny of the sport as competitor, coach and organizer.

The program can accommodate affiliated and non-affiliated triathletes who wish to improve. Assisted by a pool of coaches, Macalintal will not only train beginners and turn them into triathletes; he will also train triathletes to be more competitive.

“Anyone can be a triathlete. Kids, students, housewives and mothers, and office workers and even whole families who aim just to be physically fit can swim, bike and run any distance, from sprints and mini-sprints to Olympic and Ironman distances under a good triathlon coach with a good program,”Macalintal said.

If they wish to, trainees may qualify as members of Team Trimac, one of the oldest and most active triathlon teams in the country.

Macalintal is certified as coach by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and was selected Coach of the Year twice, in 2011 and 2012, by the swimbikerun.ph, the country’s most popular multisport website. His team Trimac was Triathlon Team of the Year in 2011 and his program continues to churn out top-level age-group and elite and youth triathletes.

Also a certified spinning and TRX instructor, Macalintal also turned promising youths into national pool triathletes under the pioneering Trimac Kids program. Currently, he overseas the grassroots Batang Tri program, which trains poor but promising youths under the sponsorship of Seafood Island with the support of other sponsors like Brooks Running.

Trimac Coaching hopes to help a lot of newcomers at the sport with this program. After observing the impressive performances of youngsters in the IronKids part of the recent Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in Subic last weekend, Macalintal said it won’t be long before the country’s ever-growing triathlon community will produce a competitor who will compete in the Olympic Games.

Corporate supporters of the program are Brooks, TYR, Gu Gels, Apotheca, KLEAN and Unilab Active Health.

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3-Time Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae To Join Bataan International Triathlon

All eyes in the triathlon world will be looking at November 28-29, 2015 when 3-time female and reigning Ironman World Champion Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae is set to join the Bataan International Triathlon (Bi3) at the picturesque Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan.

F&F International Events Group, Inc. announced on Monday, September 7 that 3-time Ironman World Champion Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae will be competing in this years edition of the Bi3. It will be Rinny’s first race in the Philippines and it is the first time ever that a reigning women’s Ironman World Champion will be racing here in the country. As Bi3 does not have a separate professionals division, Rinny will share the starting line with other pro athletes, Filipino elites, and age groupers. This gives Bi3 participants a chance to race alongside their idol.

Rinny’s triathlon career started when she represented Australia at the ITU Triathlon World Championships from 2001-2005, where she bagged silver medals in the years 2002 and 2003. In 2009, she landed in second place in her first ever appearance at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii – considered the most prestigious triathlon event in the world.

Since then, Rinny has landed in the podium in all her appearances at the World Championships. In 2010, she dominated the women’s field and took first place, repeating this feat in 2013 and 2014. She owns the Ironman World Championship women’s course record at 8:52:13 and women’s marathon run record with a time of 2:50:38.

On top of her athletic athletic career, Rinny is also involved in charitable initiatives such as the programs of World Bicycle Relief, which aim to provide bicycles to residents of rural Africa and connect them with education, healthcare and economic opportunities.

She brings this same charitable heart to the Philippines as she will help launch the Batang Tri Grassroots Program, a program that aims to fight poverty in Philippines and Asia through multisport.

BATAAN INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON 2015

After winning the 2014 SBR.ph Awards Race of the Year (below 600), the  Bataan International Triathlon (Bi3) comes back with the promise of an even bigger and better eco-heritage triathlon festival.

The homegrown race that boasts of being truly Filipino, is set once again in the picturesque Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan on November 28-29, 2015, where participants will race past Filipino heritage homes and buildings. It features unique race  distances – the Largo (1.5km swim-55km bike-11km run) and Rapido (750m swim-30km bike-5.5km run) – in which participants have the option to race individually in the Solo category, as buddies in the Amigo category or as part of a Relay team (only available in Largo).

Aspiring young athletes are also expected to make waves in the Junior Aquathlon events where kids from 6 to 16 years old will race in the swim-run event. Participants in the 6 to 8 and 9 to 12 age groups can participate individually or in the unique parent-child category where they can race alongside their parent. Those in the 13 to 16 age group will participate as individuals.

The Largo and Rapido categories will be held on a Saturday (November 28), while the Junior Aquathlon is set on Sunday (November 29), giving the participants more time to enjoy the venue with families and friends after the race.  Bi3 promises a weekend full of activities, which includes heritage tours, cultural shows, a post-race fiesta and a whole lot more.

BATANG TRI GRASSROOTS PROGRAM

The Batang Tri Grassroots Program is an initiative by CEO and President of F&F International Events Group, Inc. and restaurateur Raymund Magdaluyo. It started as a small-scale CSR of the Blackbeard’s Seafood Island Group in partnership with coach Jojo Macalintal, wherein part of the proceeds from the sales of Jomac Boodle, a meal created by coach Jomac, are used in buying bicycles for young individuals that want to enter the world of multisports but do not have the capacity to do so.

With the young athletes of the Batang Tri Grassroots Program

This year, Batang Tri Grassroots Program is set to expand to new horizons as coach Melvin Fausto of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines and Carlos De Guzman of SwimBikeRun.ph join Raymund Magdaluyo and Jojo Macalintal to combat poverty through the help of multisports. The renewed program aims to acquire more bicycles and funds for different training programs for deserving young individuals.

Standing in middle is Coach Jojo Macalintal and on extreme right is Carlos De Guzman of Swim, Bike, Run.ph group.

One hundred special slots for the Bataan International Triathlon will be open to the public wherein a part of the proceeds will directly go to the Batang Tri Grassroots Program.

CEO/President of F&F International Events Group, Inc. and restaurateur Raymund Magdaluyo.

Mirinda Rinny Cafrae

8 Pinoy Triathletes To Participate in the 2015 Datev Challenge Roth

Philippine triathlon will put its best foot forward when eight Pinoy triathletes will take part in the DATEV Challenge Roth 2015, the world’s biggest long-distance triathlon event, which will take place on July 12 in the German city of Roth.

A combination of veteran and elite triathletes who are active in the local multi-sports scene will represent the country in this prestigious competition which will attract close to 3,500 triathletes plus 650 relay teams from more than 60 countries.

Let’s give a shout-out to these athletes who are all set to accomplish their best individual performance and serve as goodwill ambassadors for the sports of Triathlon in the Philippines!

Swim leg, DATEV Challenge Roth 2014

About 3,500 individual participants and 650 relay teams from more than 60 nations, a high-class field of participants and around 250,000 spectators along the race course and at the triathlon stadium: This is DATEV Challenge Roth, the world’s biggest long-distance triathlon event, which will take place on July 12 in the German city of Roth. And the race has long become a legend: Last year, the European stronghold of triathlon celebrated a magnificent anniversary of “30 Years of Triathlon in Roth”. So this year’s motto is “Race the Legend”.

ROTH, GERMANY – JULY 14: Crowds congregate on Solar Hill on the bike stage during the Challenge Roth Triathlon on July 14, 2013 in Roth, Germany. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

The competition starts with a 3.8 kilometers swim in the Main-Donau-Canal, followed by a 180 kilometers bike race and a marathon run of 42 kilometers. The winner will probably again cross the finish-line in less than eight hours this year. The unbelievable world record established by Andreas Raelert in Roth in 2011 is
7:41:33 hours.

Run leg, Datav Roth Challenge

On July 12, the city and county of Roth will again experience a spectacular high-class sports event under the Challenge brand. There will be an excellent field of participants including many well-known top athletes from all over the world. At the same time, DATEV Challenge Roth is a big family festival, including a great surrounding program, e. g. triathlon expo at the Roth Triathlon Park (Thursday to Monday), NightRun, Junior Challenge and Challenge 4all, Challenge Women run and a Finish-Line Party on race day.

DATEV Challenge Roth starts in the early morning at 6.30 a.m. with the swim in the Main-Donau-Canal (near the Hilpoltstein landing stage) and ends with a spectacular fireworks display at the Roth triathlon stadium at 11 p.m.

Live coverage, live stream and detailed information:http://www.challenge-roth.com/newsdetails-en/datev-challenge-roth-in-tv-rundfunk-und-internet-kopie.html

(PRESS RELEASE)

Century Tuna Stages Inaugural Ironman 70.3 Triathlon

In yet another move to make the Philippines a premier destination for triathlons in Asia, Century Tuna has upped the ante by staging the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 which will be produced and organized by the premier triathlon organizer in the country, Sunrise Events.

Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, Chairman, Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Philippines and President & CEO Alaska Milk Corporation

The inaugural Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Triathlon to be held in Subic Bay, Philippines will host some of the best triathletes in the world come March 8, 2015. The event features a fantastic course where athletes swim 1.9 kms at the Subic Bay-Sands of Triboa, bike on an undulating course towards the turn-around at the Florida Blanca interchange and finish with a challenging 21 kilometer run with great views of the ocean and end back at the Sands of Triboa.

Subic Bay was selected in order to offer the athlete and their families a unique, safe and fun experience and for them to be able to visit other parts of the country. Tour packages will be provided for those who wish to make the trip even more memorable.

The Century Tuna 70.3 will not be an easy course, specially the bike parts! There will be portions that athletes will be walking their bikes on the climb coming back to T2 but will still be offering ample flat sections for proper recovery.

Whether you are enjoying the scenic view of Subic Bay or the rural areas of Zambales, this former home of one of the largest US military facilities outside of the US mainland has something for everyone.

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PRESS RELEASE:

MANILA, Philippines (February 18, 2015)—After three years of supporting the 5150 Triathlon, Century Tuna advances further to stage for the first time the Ironman 70.3 triathlon event in Subic Bay this March 8, 2015. The Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 is the latest addition to the growing number of races in the thriving triathlon scene in the Philippines.

The half-Ironman distance triathlon, also known as the Ironman 70.3, is among the world’s most exciting races, attracting hundreds of thousands of athletes and supporters year-round. It has been staged a number of times in the country, bringing in professional triathletes from all over the world and slowly building a reputation as a hot triathlon destination in Asia.

“Century Tuna has supported the triathlon and fitness community in the Philippines for years now as a way of remaining committed to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for Filipinos,” said Greg Banzon, General Manager of Century Pacific Food Inc. “We felt it was time to offer Filipinos a bigger challenge that keeps pace with the expectations of the community. The interest so far, which includes that coming from the international triathlete circles, tells us that the inaugural Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 triathlon event is met with high anticipation and excitement, and will soon be part of the triathlete’s calendar.”

In next month’s Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay, over 20 professionals of various nationalities are expected to arrive including three-time Ironman World Champion and two-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion Craig Alexander as well as superstars such as Luke McKenzie and Caroline Steffen. This makes the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay the most competed triathlon race in the country by virtue of the number of professionals at gun start.

The international field of professionals and even age groupers serves as a perfect backdrop for the Century Tuna brand as it expands its presence in the world market. Century Tuna is now exported to 48 countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy and most countries in the Middle East.

Subic Bay has been chosen as the perfect destination for the event due to its accessibility but more importantly because it offers the ideal terrain with its calm waters and well-maintained bike and run routes.

The course includes a 1.9 kilometer swim, which will start and end at Sands of Triboa via the Subic Bay Airport to Transition 1. The 90-kilometer bike ride will commence on the runway heading to Argonaut Highway, Rizal Highway, Subic-Tipo Expressway all the way to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). Participants will then make a U-turn upon reaching Florida Blanca Interchange, and head back to Transition 2 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC). From the SBECC, participants will take on a 21-kilometer run to the finish line.

On top of the prestige of finishing the Ironman 70.3 race, the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay, Philippines will also serve as a qualifying race for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria. Thirty age-group qualifying slots are at stake, along with a $15,000 prize purse for the event.

The event is slated to span over four days from March 5 to 8, 2015 at Subic Bay, Philippines. The Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 is produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. and made possible through the support of a number of sponsors and partners including: Vita Coco, Gatorade, 2Go Express, Saucony, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Manila North Tollways Corporation, North Luzon Expressway, Bases Conversion and Development Authority, The Philippines Star, ABS-CBN Sports+ Action, Asia Tri, Endurance Magazine, Century Bangus, Sante Barley, Prudential Guarantee, Department of Tourism, Tourism and Promotions Board of the Philippines, Timex, David’s Salon, Mini Cooper, Auto Hub, Smart Communications, PLDT Subictel, Intercare, FinisherPix, Shotz, Devant and Belo Skin Care.

Here’s some pictures taken during the media briefing from Hosts and Sponsors of this event at the New World Hotel last February 18.

Mr. Uytengsu, giving an inspiring talk about the forthcoming triathlon event

With the proponents and movers of the inaugural Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Triathlon

The Century Tuna Models suiting up Sponsor’s gear

The Century Tuna Tri Team

Some pictures courtesy of http://ironman703subicbay.com/website.

Challenge Camsur 2015: Event Preview

I just attended the Challenge Camsur 2015 Event preview at the Manila Peninsula Hotel the other day and i really like to praise David Voth, the chief executive officer of Leverage Sports Asia, who chairs the Challenge Philippines Race; Gov. Miguel Luis Villafuerte of Camarines Sur; Jumbo Tayag, Race Director of Challenge Camsur and Yellow Cab Pizza, main sponsor of this event for this world class triathlon they are assembling, the Challenge Camsur 2015 Triathlon!

All of these people are designing and redefining the whole triathlon event in Camsur which takes off in June of next year. The Challenge Camsur is going to be one of the fastest courses in the world Challenge series with close to 1,500 triathletes expected to join this event, 40% of which are foreign entries vying for top spots in their respective Age Groups. It’s beginning to prosper as one of the most famous and anticipated triathlons in the country, with major-market media and TV coverage nationwide.

During the press preview of Challenge Camsur at the Peninsula Hotel

Challenge Camsur will be the second Challenge branded triathlon event in the country, after Challenge Bataan. The Challenge Family is the largest and fastest growing triathlon global series in the world and has been voted the Best Triathlon Experience for the past 3 years in a row by the professionals and Age groupers.

Given that this venue had hosted three previous world-class triathlons before, i expect that this race will be very well organized and the support they will be receiving will be top notch! The amount of corporate sponsorship this event has garnered only reflects the high profile that this sport has generated!

If you have dreams of doing a world class triathlon like an Ironman or a Challenge Triathlon without spending too much for expenses to do one abroad, then add the Challenge Camsur to your list!

Here are some of the foreign entries joining the Challenge Camsur on June 14, 2015:

Yellow Cab’s Challenge Camsur Premiers and Announces Grassroots Efforts for Amateur Triathletes

Makati City, Manila – 14th October 2014 – With the grand success of Challenge Philippines held last February 2014 in Subic Bay and Bataan, The Challenge Family, owner of the Challenge Global Triathlon Series of Long and Half Distance Triathlon Races, is most proud to launch an even larger and more iconic event in 2014 with Yellow Cab’s Challenge Camsur to be held on June 14, 2015. Challenge Camsur will join Challenge Philippines, taking place on February 21, 2015, as the second Challenge event in the Philippines.

Yellow Cab’s Challenge Camsur will be the Largest Triathlon Festival to be held in the Philippines with the Province of Camarines Sur being the perfect place to host this world-class event as Camsur was the first province in the Philippines to host a world-class triathlon successfully for three consecutive years while setting a standard for the sport in the country.

With Camsur Governor Miguel Villafuerte

In anticipation of the newest, hottest and fastest Challenge to hit Asia, top 25 Professional Triathletes such as Chris “Macca” McCormack (Australia), World Champion and Challenge Ambassador, Melissa Hauschildt (Australia), Challenge Philippines  2014 Women’s Champion, Rasmus Petraeus (Netherlands), professional triathlete, Michael Murphy (Australia), 2nd Place Finisher at Challenge Philippines 2014, Radka Vodickova (Czechoslovakia), ranked first by the ETU in 2010, and Brad Kahlefeldt (Australia), 3x World Champion Medalist, will participate in the race.

This is the biggest and fastest professional field ever assembled in Philippine triathlon history. Additionally, 40% of Challenge Camsur’s registered triathletes are foreign triathletes flying in to vie for top spots in their Age Groups and to set new personal best times.

The goal of Yellow Cab’s Challenge Camsur is not only to host the best triathlon in Asia, but also to develop a grassroots program for the sport. Race producer, Leverage Sports Asia, in collaboration with the Province of Camarines Sur, is working closely to develop this program and expand it to various cities and provinces all over the country.

Yellow Cab’s Challenge Camsur will be the only triathlon event in the country that will have a geographically balanced representation. While most races in the Philippines are attended by triathletes from Metro Manila, Yellow Cab’s Challenge Camsur will have a more diverse field of participants and a wider reach. Out of 80 provinces, 25 – 30 are expected to take part in the program while 30 cities out of 130 are estimated to join.

Through their CSR, Corporate Sport Responsibility, the 5 year vision for the Challenge brand is to encourage participation and engagement in the sport while promoting a healthy lifestyle and inspiring future Olympians and World Champions. For decades, many boxers and basketball players have been trained and honed to compete on a global scale.

Now is the time to grow the sport of Triathlon in the country; to put together a pool of talent and develop them into the next batch of World-Class Triathletes.

To register for Yellow Cab’s Challenge Camsur, please visit www.challengecamsur.com/register.

SIDELIGHTS OF CHALLENGE CAMSUR:

#WhereItAllBegan #ChallengeCamsur #TimeForANewChallenge

(PRESS RELEASE)

Challenge Camsur Registration Now Open

The Challenge Philippines Triathlon will be a double celebration in two different venues, weekends full of activities, racing, and partying if you can handle it. Hundreds of triathletes will descend upon Subic-Bataan and Camsur to do this much anticipated event early next year.

Registration is now open with their Early Bird Two-Challenge Bundle Price. Here’s how to avail of this promo:

After announcing the addition of Camsur to the Challenge Family of races last July 29, 2014, the course preview with Pro Triathlete Michael Murphy, the Challenge Philippines Family of races has announced more hot news with their Early Bird Two-Challenge Bundle Price.

For USD $299, athletes get to experience two world-class triathlons for the
RIGHT PRICE. From a TOUGH old school course, Challenge Philippines in Subic Bay and Bataan, that will put every triathlete’s grit to the test, to a brand new FAST course, Challenge Camsur, that encourages participants to compete with themselves to set their new personal bests, 2015 is going to be an exciting year of new Challenges.

Registration for Yellow Cab’s Challenge Camsur opened this morning at 8:00 AM Philippine Standard Time. The Early Bird Two-Challenge Bundle Price lasts
until October 14, 2014 only. Be part of the Challenge Family and book now!
To book, visit their website at www.challengecamsur.com.

As the extreme sports capital of Asia, Camsur has played host to some of the
best world class sporting events including the biggest world class triathlon event in the Philippines for three consecutive years, the biggest marathon in the Philippines, the largest wakeboard competition in the world and the country’s biggest dragon boat competition.

From a new self-seeding system to help athletes achieve the best swim time toa flat, smooth and inspirational bike course that will encourage you to hammer down, and a stunning run through “Unlimited Rice Avenue” with cheering kids and fiestas, the Yellow Cab’s Challenge Camsur is the race to set your personal best and to truly feel what it means to be part of the Challenge Family.

We look forward to seeing you at Yellow Cab’s Challenge Camsur in 2015!

To view the Yellowcab’s Challenge Camsur Course Preview, visit our Challenge Camsur Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/challengecamsur

 

Pinoy Triathletes Off To Ironman Langkawi

We all have dreams and for every Filipino triathlete’s aspiration, the ultimate dream would be perhaps to qualify and join the most prestigious triathlon competition of them all, the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii every October.

The chance to qualify first would be on September 27, 2014 when about 119 Filipinos are set to participate at the Langkawi Ironman in Malaysia. However, our athletes will have their hands full when only forty athletes from all over the world who qualify for this September event will be part of an epic and memorable competition the following month at the Kona Championships.

Langkawi, Malaysia

The Filipino athletes will tackle what is considered one of the world’s hardest one-day endurance events: a 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike ride through hilly terrain and 26.2-mile road marathon.

In the field of competitors from more than 50 countries, the Philippine delegation have bonded together to form what is now the largest and second Philippine contingent ever to race in a full-Ironman distance outside the country, the first one being the 90-member team which competed at the Ironman Asia Pacific Championship in Melbourne, Australia last March.

Retzel Orquiza (L) and Coach Vince Garcia

To earn a coveted spot at the world championships, the majority of athletes qualify for entry by placing high in their age group divisions at one of 35 international Ironman qualifying races. Some athletes also win spots in the race through the Ironman lottery.

At the Langkawi Presscon, L-R: Ivan Fojas, Carlos De Guzman, Julian Valencia and Coach Norman Pascual

The Philippine team to Langkawi, organized by Triathlete and RP Paratriathlon Team Coach Vince Garcia is composed of veteran triathletes and new aspiring ones as well. Last Thursday, the core group of this contingent held a Press Conference at the Skippy’s Bar and Grill (Bonifacio Global City) to drum up their forthcoming Langkawi sojourn for this still growing sport.

With the bloggers and press media at the event

At the Press Conference, the local triathletes present were Coach Norman Pascual, Julian Valencia, Carlos De Guzman, Retzel Orquiza, Ivan Fojas and Coach Vince Garcia himself. Each of these athletes spoke about the road to Langkawi and their present training, nutrition and other experiences as triathletes.

It seems in the world of triathlon, being able to compete in an Ironman means everything. The enormous popularity of the Ironman Triathlon with its mushrooming events has now ballooned to 35 global races and has sparked a widespread interest in those three disciplines with runners, swimmers, gym enthusiasts and bikers now wanting to dip their feet into the sport.

With Blogger and future Ironman triathlete, Franc Ramon

More than the name itself, triathletes seems to be still interested in the quality of the races they join, the spectacle-like atmosphere that these 35 global Ironman competitions provide them. The fact that many of these athletes are competing to qualify for the World Championships in Kona and being able to call themselves an Ironman plays a big role in joining these races!

(Photo credits to Art and Vimz Mendoza)

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