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.