GRIT (All Female) 2018 Trail Run: August 5, 2018

If you’re looking for a new trail route and nice scenery, then this all-women’s race might be what you’re looking for . The GRIT (Girls Running in Trails) will be holding its 2nd Trail Run inside the Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club in Binangonan, Rizal.

The race will feature a 30K, 15k, 6k and two side events: the Kiddie Run and Sub-Sandi Challenge. MEN can join the race by registering on the Sub Sandi 6k Challenge which is a “Beat Sandi Menchi” on the 6k distance! Sandi Menchi Abahan is the beneficiary of this race which aims to raise funds to help her compete in 2018 races which includes the Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace in Scotland, in September.

 

The second edition of  GRiT – Girls Running in Trails: an All-Women Trail Run will be held at 6 AM on August 5, 2018 inside the Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club, Binangonan, Rizal.   A bigger and better GRiT offers three race categories:  30K, 15k, 6k and two side events: the Kiddie Run and Sub-Sandi Challenge.  The event also welcomes its male friends as volunteers and pacers or as Sub-Sandi Challengers.

GRiT 2018 is organized by RaceYaya for the purpose of raising funds to help, Sandi Menchi Abahan as she embarks in another big race this year. So, how does it work?  The proceeds of GRiT will support the training and racing expenses of Sandi Menchi Abahan -GRiT Ambassador – which includes the Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace in Scotland and other activities which aim to promote and support women in the sport.

Last year’s edition gathered five hundred (500) strong women with their family and friends and male volunteers in the trails of Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal.  Watch last year’s race here .

The net proceeds from the event helped in the financial support for Sandi Menchi  Abahan’s entry to TDS-UTMB in Chamonix, France where she finished 21st among the female elite runners, and became the first Filipino/Southeast Asian runner to be present in the race leaderboard of TDS-UTMB, not to mention, a race that is mostly dominated by Europeans and Americans; it is considered as the most prestigious trail running event in the world.

And so, the journey continues. This 2018, let’s get our voices heard, let’s all toe the line in support of Sandi. To register and to know more details about the race, just go to:

https://register.raceyaya.com/events/grit-all-female-trail-run

Details:

DISTANCE 30K 15K 6K Kiddie Run Sub-Sandi Challenge
REGISTRATION FEE 1,800 1,200 1,000 400 1,000
INCLUSIONS Event Shirt and Finisher’s Token Special Kiddie Token Event Shirt

 

 

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To everyone who supports Sandi, here’s her personal message for you:

“Running has brought me here, I have to keep going and keep pushing because each step could not only move me and my performance upwards.  Each push can move the people who believe in me to believe that a female Filipino can do it, that she can do it, that we can do it…Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.”

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(Ladies can choose from three races (30 kms, 15 kms, 6 kms) while the MEN can register for the 6K Sub Sandi Challenge over newly discovered running trails that takes place inside the Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club, Binangonan, Rizal.. The park offers classic southern terrain, with cypress tupelo swamps, boardwalks, and a variety of greenery and hardwood forests.)

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Thousands Of Runners Complete The Inaugural ASICS RELAY Philippines

Thousands of runners have hit the streets in the country’s first-ever night relay race, the ASICS Relay Philippines 2018 at SM By The Bay, Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Hundreds of teams vied for the grand prize, but Team Kenya, Ganda R, and Team LTIMESTUDIO 1 emerged victorious in their respective Full Marathon categories – Male, Female, and Mixed.

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As part of the grand prize, the three champion teams in the Full Marathon category will receive an all-inclusive flight and accommodation trip to run in the next ASICS Relay race in the country of their choice. In addition to the complimentary race slots, the winning teams received cash and product prizes worth over Php 790,000.

ASICS Relay Philippines presents a fresh take on marathon racing as runners are required to race in teams of 4 to complete a half or full marathon distance. Each member of the team in the 21km and 42km category ran a quarter of the total distance to complete the race.

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“We really enjoyed the race,” said Luisa Raterta, one of the members of the Full Marathon Female category winner team, Ganda R. “We were nervous at first of what is going to come when the race started, but we’re very happy with our experience because it was well organized and it had a good route,” she added.

“It was our first time to run in a relay race, so our strategy was to arrange our turns based on our running strengths, and we think our tactic paid off really well” said Kevin Capampangan, member of Full Marathon Mixed category winner Team LTIMESTUDIO 1. “We’re very happy with the teamwork that we’ve built with one another,” said Joida Gagnao one of the members of Team LTIMESTUDIO 1. “It was a good thing for us to establish that kind of camaraderie as it helped us win the race,” she shared.

The ASICS Relay not only promises a competitive, team-bonding race, it also offers unique experiences for runners to enjoy. At the scenic seaside race village nestled in SM By The Bay, participants were treated to music entertainment by local musicians and dancers held on a 360 degree LED stage, fireworks, interactive games, and unique photo booths.

After the Philippines leg, the ASICS Relay 2018 will continue the action on August 4th in Indonesia.

 

Winners list

Full marathon:

Male category – Team Kenya 02:21:55

Female category – Ganda R 02:56:56

Mixed category – Team LTIMESTUDIO 02:37:43

 

Half marathon:

Male category – BRW Team 01:19:17

Female category – Laguna Gazelles 01:37:51

Mixed category – Army Team 01:15:44

 

Visit the following sites for more information

Website:                                    www.asics.com/asics-relay 

Facebook, Instagram:                  @ASICSRelay

Official Hashtags:                       #ASICSRelay

Salomon Xtrail Run 2018: July 22, 2018 @ Subic Freeport Bay

 

JOIN the BIGGEST trail running race in the Philippines! The Salomon X-Trail Run is a series of trail running events in the Asia-Pacific Region. This race is reputed to be a more technical trail running race, with a mixture of different terrain surfaces including dirt, rocks, sand & concrete paths.

WHERE: Subic Bay Freeport on July 22, 2018

There will be 2 categories with 4 distances:

Mountain Run:
32 kilometer: Php 2,300
24 kilometer: Php 2,000
Trail Run:
12 kilometer: Php 1,500
6 kilometer: Php 1,200

Registration Centers:
Salomon SM Megamall
Salomon SM North Annex
Salomon Glorietta 3
Salomon SM Aura

Online Registration:
www.salomonxtrailpilipinas.com.ph

Run beyond boundaries at Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas 2018

Five decades since its inception, Salomon continues to elevate outdoor experiences as the world’s leading trail running brand. But beyond its steadfast dedication to superior product innovation, Salomon has likewise come to embrace its role as a pillar of outdoor athleticism. In its bid to push the boundaries of trail running, Salomon is more than thrilled to announce the return of the highly-anticipated Salomon X-Trail Run this July 22, 2018 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

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Conceived in 2008 as an annual event organized by Salomon throughout Southeast Asia, the Salomon X-Trail Run is held in countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Highly regarded by the trail running community for its exceptional and technical trail routes, Salomon X-Trail Run continues to attract an increasing number of participants among runners, fitness junkies, and outdoor enthusiasts.

In the past, Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas has been held in various premiere venues throughout the country and has since gained notoriety for consistently mounting the most challenging yet most-attended trail running events in local trail running history. Now on its 7th year, the Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas is back to challenge hardcore trail runners and outdoor adventurers with another grueling and unforgettable trail running experience.

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Atty. Aldean Lim, Salomon Philippines Athlete

Beyond boundaries

Following last year’s widely successful turnout of close to 1,200 participants, this year’s event seeks to attract 1,500 racers from all over the country as it unveils another adrenaline-pumping race across the lush and vigorous forest trails of the Subic Freeport Zone. Similar to past Salomon X-Trail races, this year’s trail running competition will consist of two race categories – the Trail Run category for beginners with 6km and 12km distances and the more technical Mountain Run designed for experienced runners with its 24km and 32km distances.

 

Transcending the boundaries of human capability is a philosophy which ultimately drives the core of Salomon. As such, participants of this year’s Salomon X-Trail Run can expect no less from the trail running authority as it once again simulates the challenging ascents of Skyrunning races.

Particularly, the Mountain Run which is positioned as the most challenging category of the race will feature a heady combination of terrains such as asphalt and rocky trails to rivers, sandy tracks, and steep technical ascents – all of which are designed to test the stamina of the most tenacious runner.

The Mountain Run participants will receive a race bib, timing chip, Salomon X-Trail technical jersey, Salomon Microfiber towel, post-race meal, raffle coupon & products from sponsors. Only those who finish within the cut-off time will receive a Finisher’s medal for this category.

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Path to progress

An advocate of inclusivity, Salomon X-Trail Run also opens its doors to avid runners with basic to no trail running experience with its 6km and 12km Trail Run category. Though slightly less demanding, the Trail Run category equally aims to inspire runners to test the limits of their ability by coming up with a technical terrain that will surely prove taxing for its participants. Trail Run participants will receive a race bib, timing chip, Salomon X-Trail technical jersey, post-race meal, raffle coupon & products from sponsors.

Given the demanding nature of these distances, participants of the 32km and 24KM Mountain Run must adhere to the prescribed medical certificate before registration and mandatory gear before the race which includes, a headlamp, a whistle, a hydration pack/belt with at least 500mL of water. Those with incomplete mandatory gear will not be allowed to participate in the race.

Throughout the event, there will be specific areas and control points located in varying locations within the course to ensure that the participants finish the race within the official time alongside motivational posters and signages to encourage racers. Moreover, the Salomon X-Trail Run will be a Green Race. A pioneer advocacy championed by the Salomon X-Trail Run since its first series back in 2010, Salomon’s Green Race Movement will not permit the use of disposables during the event. Participants are then required to bring their own water bottles.

Interested participants are invited to register until July 8, 2018 at Salomon Stores: SM Aura, SM Megamall, Glorietta 3, SM North Edsa Annex or online at www.salomonxtrailpilipinas.com.ph. The claiming of the Race Kits will be on-site. Alternatively, for online registrants can opt to have the Race Kits delivered via courier for an additional fee.

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For inquiries about the event, e-mail SalomonXtrail2018@extribeinc.com. Also follow us on our facebook page: @salomonphilippines and @SalomonPH on Instagram.

Salomon is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by the Primer Group of Companies.

 

 

Outrun Your Dreams Trail Run: May 27, 2018

Two of our local Pinoy trail runners will be living their dreams as they climb several summits, cross rivers, run over glaciers covering 171 kilometers in 3 countries namely, France, Italy and Switzerland. The 2 are going to run the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), the World Cup of ultra running and will be their first time to race in the alps of Europe. For Noy Gentoleo and Felmer Sancho Hiponia, they will be with the best field of ultra trail runners all over the world. They will be showcasing their speed, endurance and experience, and aim to finish the race within the cut-off time.

It is with this aim that Team Amihan, in partnership with the UP Night Runners and Pinoy Trails is presenting the “Outrun your Dreams” trail run, a benefit run which aims to help Noy and Felmer raise funds for their Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) quest. The race will start and end at the Wawa Covered Court, San Rafael, Rodriguez, Rizal.

The 6k and 10k routes will cover Mt. Parawagan while the 22k distance will ascent the mountains of Mt. Parawagan, Mt. Ayaas and back.

RACE DETAILS:

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Date: May 27, 2018
Day and Time: Sunday, 4am
Venue: Wawa Covered Court, San Rafael, Rodriguez, Rizal
Race Distances: 21km, 12km, 6km, 2km kids
Registration period: April 1 – May 16

Gun Start:
22km: 4am
10km: 6am
6km: 6:30am
2km kids : 7am

 

Registration & Inclusions
2k kids – P300 (Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Loot)
6k – P700 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Post Race Meal)
10k – P800 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Post Race Meal)
22k – P1000 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Post Race Meal)

Cut-off/ Race Qualifications
22km – 7 hours / Med Cert & completed a 21km trail run (at least)
10km – 4 hours
6km – 2.5 hours
2km kids – 1 hour

DISTRIBUTION/CLAIMING OF RACE KITS AND SHIRT WILL BE ON RACE DAY, MAY 27 AT THE STARTING AREA STARTING AT 2AM.

How to Register
1. Deposit Payment to below Accts:
BPI Account #: 2569-17-8935
Account Name: Maria Vicenta Gado
2. Email the deposit slip to outruntrailrun@gmail.com with below details.
Subject Title: “Outrun Trail Run Registration”
Name of Runner:
Gender:
Birth date:
Distance Category:
Shirt Size (First come first serve basis)
Team Name:
3. You will be receiving an email confirming your registration within 3 business days.

More details here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1270591792973066/permalink/1304379182927660/

MT. PARAWAGAN:

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MT. AYAAS:

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Mt. Ayaas Peak

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Double Trail Challenge on June 24, 2018: Will This Be Another Trap?

Perhaps NOT when you’re just running the 6k or the 10k distances.

The Double Trail Challenge Trail Race, another DBB-Be Trail Ready Event is a 6k, 10k, and a 25k trail race to be held this coming June 24 in Baranggay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal. Be Trail Ready’s big appeal to trail runners is its stunning views, ever changing terrain, it’s social scene and its epic, “in your face” tough climbs. One doesn’t just accept the fact that this race goes from one “sea of clouds view” to another fool you into thinking we’re just floating in the sky because there will be those moments that you’ll be saying, “it’s-a-trap-why-did-i-ever-join-this race?”

But of course, there will be nothing that a newbie or a veteran trail runner can’t do but to roll with the punches, enjoy the camaraderie, savor the views and finish the race. The RD and his race officials will be greeting you at the finish line and you’ll be receiving your schwags. However, it won’t be that easy.  The hills will always be steep. There will be regular stopping on the ascents to catch your breath, slipping and falling down on slippery slopes that will probably just hurt your ego, more than any physical injury that might occur. But as long as you remember to breathe, you’ll be ok!

We were able to run the 6k and the 10k courses one Sunday morning with trail buddies Jun Santiago and Franc Ramon which starts near the Baranggay Hall of Cuyambay in Tanay. The route took us to the small barrio of Tuuy with its green paths, dirt roads, dense forest, moss, ferns, mountain passes and meanders along a rocky river. It was all good until we reach Tungtong Falls which is probably the highlight for the 10k and 25k distances.

So will it be another of Be Trail Ready’s tough, challenging race? I would say that the 25k distance would be 25k of heaven and hell as it would have big climbs going to Mt. Paliparan. But what’s a trail race without steep climbs? As RD Dabobong has been heard to say, “Just get out there and experience life!”

Here’s a sneak peek of the 6k and 10k routes. For details of the race and to register, follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/145819946256251/

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Dirt roads on the first 3 kilometers of the race

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A piece of heaven on earth

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Small river crossing

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More trails on a secluded forest

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Beautiful part of the trail

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Rest for some fresh buco juice

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Mountains going to Mt. Paliparan.

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Start of the long trek along and in the middle of the river

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Final assault towards Tungtong Falls

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Tungtong Falls, finally!

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Sneak Peek of the Soleus Cross Country Challenge 2018

While many of our local trail runners are busy preparing for their respective trail races in the coming weeks and months, most of them can be seen during weekends, gutting out around the mountain trails of Parawagan, Ayaas, Pintong Bukawe, Inigan, and Malasya among many others, all located in the mountains of Rodriguez, particularly in Wawa, Rizal.

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These groups of trail runners are somewhat eclectic, some are elite/hardcore, others, members of running groups and the rest, newbies who tough it out with the veterans, pushing their bodies on those uphill climbs and be rewarded with amazing views and moments of ecstasy whenever they reach the top.

Wawa has become a hotbed for trail runners. While there have been spectacular races held in Wawa and in the vicinity of Pintong Bukawe, one local yearly favorite is the Soleus Cross Country Challenge (SCCC2018) now on its 3rd year.

If your idea of a trail run includes crossing rivers, a hanging bridge and standing on top of a popular mountain peak that gives the best views of Mt. Binakayan and Mt. Pamintuan, then The Soleus Cross Country Challenge is for you. This race begins at at the Iconic Ten Commandments Tablet above Mt. Sinai, in Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal and quickly descends down the trails and dirt roads leading to parts of the Marikina River. Running on the edges of the river, the route quickly gets brutal, forcing runners to climb more than 3,000 feet to the summit of Elmer’s Peak, Mt. Pamanatan and descending to another brutal 500 steps down to the river of Inigan.

That isn’t the entire race though, that’s just the halfway point, particularly for the 21k runners. With lots of single track trails, precarious bamboo bridges, rugged and insanely picturesque terrain along the river, The Soleus Cross Country Challenge will push you and reward you. This race should not be missed.

Here are some details of the upcoming race:

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Ready to take another challenge with FUN on the trail run? The 3rd installment of the sought after Soleus Cross Country Challenge trail run is happening on July 01, 2018!

With brand new challenges, surprise obstacles and fun run river crossing! Hint: Bring out your best costume! Yes, you’ve read it right. A fun-filled costume trail run is waiting for you.

Categories:
8km
12km
21km

Early Bird Promo (April 20- May 15):
8K – P900
12K – P1000
21K – P1,200

Regular (May 16-June 15):
8K – P1,000
12K – P1,100
21K – P1,350

Inclusions:
– Race Bib and timing chip (except 8K)
– Event shirt
– Finisher medal
– Finisher snacks

Registration thru Bank Deposit:
Banco De Oro (BDO)
Account Name: Roel Ano
Account Number : 007040062221

If payment has been made, please send the scanned copy of the deposit slip with your complete name, age, gender, contact number and shirt size to sccc32018@gmail.com

In-Store Registration:

L-TimeStudio SM Mall of Asia, Ground Floor
L-TimeStudio SM Megamall, 3rd Floor
L-TimeStudio Market!Market!, 2nd Floor
L-TimeStudio Trinoma, 2nd Floor (Near Foodcourt)

Assembly: 4:00AM
Gun start:
21K – 5:30AM
12K – 6:00AM
8K – 6:30AM

More details to follow….

…And by the way, no disposable CUPS.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their own preferred hydration bottle.

Last weekend, we were able to test run parts of the route giving us a glimpse of how enjoyable yet tough the course is. Here are some of the pictures. Enjoy:

 

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Bamboo bridges crossing the river

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500 stairs coming down from Elmer’s Peak

We did the reverse by climbing the stairs up to Elmer’s Peak

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Old growth forest

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Vast Banana plantation

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Over-looking the plantation

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Views of the mountain peaks from the top

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Pintong Bukawe

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Elmer’s Peak

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Photo ops above Elmer’s Peak

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View of Inigan below

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TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series Philippines

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It’s going to be one triathlon sports galore in the Philippines this coming May 2018 when the Tri Factor Triathlon struts its wares in the Multi-sports haven of Camsur (Camarines Sur).

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TRI-Factor Founder Mr.Elvin Ting, Gov Migz Villafuerte of Camarine Sur, Ms Earth Air 2016 Michelle Gomez , Tin Majadillas and Eric Imperio sealed the deal to start the roadmap in growing the triathlon sports in the Philippines and having it to become more accessible to more filipinos.

Local triathlon gets further boost as top Asian multisport brand TRI-Factor holds the third leg of its Asian Championship Series in Camarines Sur in May with a slew of rising and leading triathletes in the region expected to see action.

Put up to provide multi-sport beginners, enthusiasts and veteran triathletes – even kids – a venue to hone their talent and skills in swimming, biking and running, the TRI-Factor have grown from organizing multi-sport events in Singapore to creating the premier short-course championship series across the Asian region.

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It features kids triathlon (100, swim-5km bike-1km run), freshmen triathlon (200m swim-10km bike-2km run), sprint triathlon (750m swim-20km bike-5km run), standard triathlon (1.5km-40km bike-10km run) and long triathlon (1.5km swim-60km bike-15km run).

“We’re pleased to announce the TRI-Factor Asian Championship series with new races in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Our purpose is to provide our athletes diverse race options throughout the year, catering to the specific needs of the athletes across Asia,” said Elvin Ting, managing director of organizing Orange Room Pte Ltd. and founder of the Tri-Factor series.

The Asian Championship 2018 series will kick off in Singapore on April 22 then to China on May 13 before action shifts to the Phl on May 25-27 at Camsur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur.

The TRI-Factor is also staged to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, particularly among the youth, and its Asian Championship leg will be held here for two years – 2018 and 2019, where hosting of more events including new race formats like CYCLE-RUN-CYCLE are being looked into. Its staging in the country comes at a time when local triathlon is enjoying tremendous boom with top-notch events held regularly across the country the last few years.

“Tri-Factor’s coming to the Philippines would be a great opportunity and new challenge for the newbies to engage in triathlon and pioneer triathletes to take the opportunity of racing in other parts of Asia especially in China under a different triathlon format. I’m looking forward to be in both the Philippine and China legs of Tri-Factor and I am really excited to go back to CWC, which is a great venue for a triathlon,” shared Taguig Congresswoman and triathlete Pia Cayetano, upon learning about Tri-Factor’s arrival in the Philippines.

Founded in 2009, TRI-Factor is aimed at building a community and culture of Asian athletes racing with the region with its short distances and secured courses allowing beginners to master swimming, cycling and running and prepare them for the regular triathlon events.

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Each TRI-Factor race finish gives athletes points counting toward a year-end ranking. For the Asian Championship series, each race will be assigned a Race Course index depending on the degree of difficulty where points awarded will be multiplied with the index, allowing athletes to rack up bigger points at the tougher races.

Titles to be dispute are the Series Asian, Best Country Athlete of the Year, Best Country Junior Athlete of the Year, Best Veteran Country Athlete of the Year, Top First-Timer Athlete and Top First-Timer Junior Athlete.

Also on tap are the Club Challenge and Corporate Challenge for companies and triathlon clubs. For details, visit www.trifactor.asia.