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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.

TRIMAC Triathlon Program

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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.

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

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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

 

Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon: December 6, 2014

Bike King, the organizers of the Tri United Triathlon series will be staging once again this year’s Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon on December 6, 2014 at the world class Bellevue Bohol Resort in Panglao, Bohol. The Bohol 226 has been running for a while now making it one of the most anticipated triathlon event in the country at present.

This is definitely the one to do if you want to venture further and experience racing the full distance with an organization that is very well experienced, fully supported by able volunteers and one of the best in terms of delivery and preparedness.

Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon
December 6, 2014
Panglao, Bohol, Philippines
3.8Km Swim / 180Km Bike / 42Km Run

Registration Fee:

  • Aug 1 to 31 – P12,000.00
  • Sept 1 to Sept 30 – P15,000.00
  • Oct 1 to Oct 15, 2014 – P18,000.00

Race Start: 7:00AM.
Swim cut off: 2:20 hours
Bike cut off: 10:30 hours
Run cut off: 17 hours

REGISTRATION REMINDERS

  • Registration and payment may only be done online.  Log on to http://bikekingphilippines.com/ to register and to pay via PayPal/Credit Card. Payments will not be accepted at any payment center.
  • Deadline for registration is October 15, 2014 or until slots last
  • Registration deadline is subject to change depending on slot availability
  • Registration fees are non-transferable
  • Refund Policy:
    • Athletes confirmed in the race who wish to withdraw, must do so in writing by emailing the race office.  Email: registration@bikekingphilippines.com.
    • It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure the race office has received any communication. Upon confirmation of this request, athletes are eligible for a partial refund as follows:
      • Any requests received on or before August 31, 2014 will be eligible for a 50% refund.
      • Any requests received after August 31, 2014 will not be eligible for a refund unless there is a wait list and the cancelled slot can be passed on to a wait listed participant.
    • If you do not receive a response from the race office within 5 calendar days from request, it should be assumed that it has not been received and you should contact us again by sending another email to registration@bikekingphilippines.com.

Online registration link: www.bikekingphilippines.com

Aerial view of the swim leg

RACE CATEGORIES

  • Male Age Group (18-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50 and above). This may change based on actual registration. If less than 10 participants in an age group, that AG may be combined with another AG at the sole discretion of the Race Director.
  • Female Age Group (Top 3 female)
Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon
Press Release

Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon rolls out in Panglao, Bohol on December 6. Limited slots available for the country’s longest triathlon; Registration is now open! As early as now, triathletes are already ticking off the first weekend of the last month of the year for the much-awaited Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon.

Dubbed as the country’s longest triathlon, the 226 race will cover 3.8km swim-180km bike-42km run along scenic routes in Panglao, Bohol on December 6. Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon is being put together by premier multisport events’ organizer Bike King. Slots for the first-of-its-kind race will be limited, thus interested participants are encouraged to register early.

Bellevue Bohol Resort, site of the Enervon Active 226 Triathlon

Online registration has started and will last until October 15, 2014 or until slots last. “We are expecting around 120 participants, mostly top long-distance elite and age-group triathletes. It will be a small and intimate kind of race compared to the other triathlon races that we organize like the Tri United series,” said Raul Cuevas of Bike King.

The race will be held at the world-class Bellevue Bohol Resort. Bike King is the also the organizer of the Tri United Series, the second leg of which (Tri United 2) was held early this month on July 6 and was participated by a record 750 triathletes. Next up, before the Bohol race, is the Active Health Duathlon in Porac, Pampanga—SCTex. According to Cuevas, it has been quite a while since local triathletes competed in a full triathlon distance race.

The first Iron-Distance race in the Philippines was held in Matabungkay, Batangas in 2002, also organized by Bike King. “There is really a clamor for this because it is every triathlete’s dream to someday finish an Iron-Distance triathlon. We want to give the Filipino triathlete the opportunity to realize that dream at Enervon Activ 226. It takes commitment, dedication and mental toughness to finish this kind of race,” added Cuevas.

Race proper for Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon will be on December 6 at 7am. Race kit pickup and briefing as well as bike check-in will be held the day before, on December 5. Cut off times will be observed during the race, it will be as follows: 2:20 hours for the swim; 5:30pm for the bike; and 17 hours to finish the race.

A race expo will be held simultaneous where products of sponsors will be showcased and sold. For race registration and details, please visit unilabactivehealth.com or www.bikekingphilippines.com/enervonactiv226.

Yellow Cab “Challenge CamSur Triathlon” Launched

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“The water is always clearer on the inside of our fence”. This was how CamSur Gov. Miguel Luis Villafuerte and his father, the former Gov. L-Ray Villafuerte described the conditions of their water sports complex wherein safety and cleanliness are one their utmost concerns in staging the Challenge CamSur Triathlon next June 14, 2015. The launch of the Challenge Camsur event was held this morning in Quezon city.

Challenge Family, the organizers of the global triathlon series which brought to you the recent Challenge Roth in Germany will now be staging their new triathlon race in Camarines Sur after holding the very successful Challenge Philippines at the Camayan Beach Resort in Bataan-Subic last February of this year.

CamSur is no stranger in hosting international triathlon events. Back in 2009, it hosted the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, the first major international triathlon event sanctioned by the World Triathlon Corporation in the country for three consecutive years until 2011. This established a solid international reputation for CamSur in terms of hosting world-class triathlon events.

David Voth (CEO of Leverage Sports Asia and Challenge Philippines Race Chairman)

Giving prestige to Challenge CamSur is the designation of Yellow Cab Pizza as the Title Sponsor of the Challenge Brand in the Philippines thus giving the brand name, Yellow Cab Pizza’s Challenge Philippines and Yellow Cab Pizza’s Challenge Camsur.

There will be the usual huge production happening to be staged by the government of CamSur to make this international race a success. They will be offering a complete and integrated package – full preparation and security at the race venue and routes, an Olympic village-type set-up at the CamSur Watersports Complex with accommodations as well as leisure, dining, entertainment and exhibition/exposition facilities.

Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Luis Villafuerte

The sprawling complex will also serve as a hub for the race proper and pre-race and post-race activities. To add to all these is the enthusiasm and involvement of the local residents who go out as early as 4 a.m. and line the race routes to cheer for the competitors.

These are indeed great times for triathlon enthusiasts in the Philippines wherein events of the Cobra Ironman Cebu, Vaseline X-Terra Off Road Liloan, Enervon Active Bohol 226, Challenge Bataan-Subic and a host of many others are lined-up for the elites and budding triathletes to conquer.

Proponents of Challenge CamSur

Challenge Philippines Triathlon launches new international race

Yellow Cab Pizza takes title sponsorship

Manila, Philippines, July 29, 2014–AFTER a successful leg last February in Subic Bay and Bataan,  Challenge Philippines is expanding its brand footprint with the announcement of a new race set on June 14 next year—Challenge CamSur.

The Challenge Philippines earlier this year showcased over 729 athletes from 38 countries. Triathletes from different walks of life, including two crown princes of Bahrain, competed in the inaugural race.

Twenty-five of the world’s fastest pro triathletes participated in the race competing for two million pesos, the largest prize purse in Asia. Among them are Australia’s Michael Murphy and other current world champions.

Challenge Philippines 2014 triathlon on February 22, 2014 in Subic Bay, Philippines. (Photo by Nicky Loh/Getty Images) 2014 Getty Images

The race’s broadcast coverage reached over 82 counties worldwide showcasing Philippines as the most desired lifestyle and sports destination.

Challenge Family, owner of the global triathlon series of long and half distance races, is known worldwide for giving the most iconic and beautiful race locations. This is exemplified with the announcement of the new Challenge CamSur.

“We are honored to welcome Challenge CamSur as part of the Challenge Philippine’s Family of races. Camsur has a rich tradition and legacy in the sport of Philippine triathlons… With the passion and warmth always evident from the people of Camarines Sur supporting our athletes, it’s just amazing,” said David Voth, CEO of Leverage Sports Asia and chairman of Challenge Philippines Race.

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“In celebration of a new Challenge race in CamSur and a new title sponsorship from Yellow Cab Pizza, plus it’s the 30th Anniversary of the birthplace of Challenge Family Triathlons in Roth, Germany, we will roll back Challenge Philippine’s race entry prices to US$190,” Voth said.

After registration, all athletes will get the chance to win a year-round season pass to select Challenge Family races including a coveted race kit to Challenge Roth in 2015. The promotion will run for a limited time only. Athletes may register and join through http://bit.ly/30YearsOfRoth.

At the Challenge Camsur launching with Triathlete Noelle De Guzman (Kikayrunner) finisher of the recent Challenge Roth Triathlon in Germany

“The 2014 Challenge Philippines race course in Bataan was proclaimed by many around the world as being the ‘World’s Toughest Course.’ Our goal for Challenge Camsur is to design and deliver one of the fastest courses in Asia,” Voth said.

“We in the province of CamSur are proud to be part of the Challenge Family Global Series and we are looking forward to host the CamSur Challenge triathlon next year as a banner event of Challenge Philippines,” CamSur Gov. Miguel Luis Villafuerte said.

“Being the host of the first major international triathlon event sanctioned by the World Triathlon Corporation in the country in 2009, and this was for three consecutive years until 2011, our contribution to the growth of triathlon in the Philippines is substantive. This has established for us a solid international reputation in terms of hosting world-class triathlon events.”

Villafuerte pointed out that Camsur holds a unique draw when it comes to hosting such international sporting events. “There is strong government support and we are able to offer a complete and integrated package… To add to all these is the enthusiasm and involvement of the local residents who go out as early as 4 a.m. and line the race routes to cheer for the competitors,” Villfuerte said.

Anna Stroh, event director of Challenge Philippines and Challenge CamSur said: “Giving our athletes an opportunity to compete at highest levels, in a well-organized, safe, and beautiful destinations, is our primary goal.”

Challenge Philippines Triathlon in Subic Bay and Bataan and Challenge CamSur will be held on Feb. 21 and June 14, respectively. The new title sponsorship with Yellow Cab Co. for Challenge Philippines and Challenge Camsur, with an initial term of 3 years, will begin immediately.

The famous pizza chain has been a long-time supporter of triathlon by supporting its own team, Team Yellow Cab, and many sport development programs, including its support of Challenge Philippines in 2014 as an official partner. “We could not ask for a better partner. Yellow Cab is symbolic of quality, passion, and a positive lifestyle that makes it a perfect fit for the Challenge brand,” Voth said.

“Being part of the Challenge Family provides an ideal platform to continue our objectives established over a decade ago, but with a wider reach… I am very delighted to have Yellow Cab on board as a Title Sponsor of the Challenge Brand in Philippines.

Having supported Triathlon since 2008, having Yellow Cab as part of the Family is a wonderful match”, Challenge Director Jumbo Tayag said. “The Challenge Philippines Brand and Yellow Cab share a certain status in the market.

Only a few can be a triathlete, but a lot of people are aspiring to be one. Similar to Yellow Cab, customers sees the brand as aspirational, a brand that you want to be associated with,” said Roy Quejada, chief operating officer of Yellow Cab Co.

For more details visit the Challenge Philippines website at http://challengephilippines.com.ph.

Get social with the Challenge Philippines Family and get instant access to live coverage of all Challenge Family races on the go. (Press Release)

Ani De Leon-Brown to Compete at Challenge Roth Triathlon in Germany

On Sunday July 20th, DATEV Challenge Roth will celebrate 30 years of triathlon in Roth with a field of 5,500 athletes from over 60 nations, including the strongest pro field ever seen on the fast Bavarian course. Supported by over 220,000 spectators, Challenge Roth athletes will once again be a part of the greatest triathlon on earth.

The pro field will feature two world champions, Pete Jacobs and Mirinda Carfrae, both of Australia. They are joined by Luke McKenzie (AUS), James Cunnama (RSA), Eneko Llanos (ESP), defending champion Dirk Bockel (LUX), European champion Ritchie Nicholls (GBR) and top German athletes Timo Bracht and Nils Frommhold.

Among the women, Rachel Joyce (GBR) will once again go head to head with Carfrae, joined by Yvonne van VlerkenCaroline Steffen (SUI) and Michelle Vesterby (DEN) and Rebekah Keat (AUS) forming an absolute world-class field, together with the German top triathletes Anja Beranek (formerly Ippach) and Julia Gajer.

So happy and excited that Triathlete Ani De Leon-Brown will also be among the few Filipinos competing at the DATEV Challenge Roth Triathlon this Sunday. I know she will go all out in her quest to to do a sub- 11 hour finish time and be the first Pinay finisher is this prestigious multi-sports event!

Ani is truly grateful to her friends and sponsors, Unilab among them, who has supported her through these years in her quest to be the best Filipina triathlete! Another Filipina bet, Noelle De Guzman (Kikay Runner) is also competing in this event and our best wishes goes to her, as well!

Viel Glück, ladies!

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Filipina Ironwoman to Compete at Challenge Roth Triathlon in Germany

Philippine Ironman record-holder Ani De Leon-Brown aims to be first Filipina finisher (Press Release)

Ironwoman Ani De Leon-Brown will make a bid to be the first Filipina to finish DATEV Challenge Roth—the world’s biggest long-distance triathlon event, in Germany on July 20. Brown joins around 3,500 individual starters and 650 relay teams from over 60 countries.

“I am so excited to join Challenge Roth. This race will be quite historic for me as it has some parallels with my quest in 2008 as the First Filipina to finish in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, on the race’s 30th anniversary. It is the 30thyear anniversary of Challenge Roth this year also,” said Brown, who has completed at least 10 Ironman distance races here and abroad.

Ani De Leon-Brown

Prior to the upcoming Challenge Roth, Brown competed at the Ironman Melbourne in March this year, where she set the Philippine Ironman Record with a time of 11:08.

“My record-setting finish at Ironman Melbourne was a great way to mark my 20th year as a triathlete. I am hoping and praying that I will be able to pull off a sub-11 finish at DATEV Challenge Roth. That would really be a feat for me!” said Brown, who is a member of Unilab Active Health Triathlon Team.

From her days as a member of the swim team of the University of the Philippines (UP) to her joining her first Ironman Distance Race in Matabungkay in 2002, Brown has become popular in the local triathlon scene as a coach and athlete. Thus, her bid at DATEV Challenge Roth interests both her supporters as well as fellow triathletes.

“I am thankful for all the encouragement that I am getting from my family, friends and fellow triathletes. My supporters and sponsors have also been very generous. I am blessed and honored to represent our country at DATEV Challenge Roth,” said Brown.

Author with Ani De Leon during the Active Health Sports Clinic last year

Since its first race in September 1984, DATEV Challenge Roth is considered as the “heart of the triathlon” and is expected to attract over 220,000 spectators this year. The competition will start with a 3.8 kilometers swim in the Main-Donau-Canal, followed by a 180 kilometers bike race and a final marathon of 42 kilometers.

Maximum finish time is 15 hours for single starters and 13.45 hours for relay teams. The current world record, which was actually established in Roth, is 7:41:33 by Andreas Raelert in 2011.

 

 

Vaseline Men Xterra Philippines 2014 All Set

The Vaseline Xterra Triathlon Philippines 2014 is a tough event of the world’s present elites and anyone who is interested in trying an off-road triathlon for a change. Set in the wonderful town of Liloan in Cebu, it has a very challenging course, it’s super scenic, the swim is particularly pleasant (most first-timers seem to struggle with this the most) and it’s spectator-friendly so you can bring friends and family out and they’ll enjoy one great show!

The best of the best in off road triathlons led by defending champion Ben Allen are again competing this March 15, 2014 and have two main events lined-up, the Individual Full Event (1,500-35k-10k for the swim-mt. bike-trail run) and Individual Lite (500m-17.5k-5k).

Here’s the announcement made by Sunrise Events, organizer of the biggest triathlon events in the Philippines:

At the Vaseline Xterra Launch last Thursday. L-R: Jonathan Pua, Brand Manager of Vaseline Mens Philippines, Princess Galura of Sunrise Events and Neville Manaois, Race Director (Photo by Lestsky)

Vaseline Men kicks off 2014 XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series

After hosting a successful series of off-road action events last year, Vaseline Men, the fastest growing men’s skin care brand in the Philippines once again drives you to get more out of life in the 2014 Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon Series happening on March 15 in Liloan, Cebu.

Princess Galura of Sunrise Events

Dubbed as the world’s premier off-road triathlon event, the Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series in the country serves as one of the qualifying events for the World Championship. The Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon features exhilarating triathlon races that will challenge even the most seasoned athletes. Aside from winning exciting cash prizes, qualified elite group of finishers can race with other XTERRA record holders around the globe during the world championship in Maui, Hawaii.

On its third year, Vaseline Men will again bring triathletes to the pristine waters and rough but picturesque terrains of Liloan, Cebu for a more thrilling set of challenges.

The national championship event highlights two race categories, XTERRA Lite and XTERRA Full. The XTERRA Lite involves a 500-meter swim, 15.5-kilometer mountain bike and a 5-kilometer trail run, while the XTERRA Full involves a more grueling challenge with a 1.5-kilometer swim, 35-kilometer mountain bike and a 9.2-kilometer trail run. Registration for the triathlon events is ongoing in the Vaseline Men XTERRA Philippines website (www.Xterraphil.com).

Xterra Full Race Route

Xterra Lite Race Route

So this year, brace yourself for a challenging yet exciting summer adventure at the Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series. To know more, log on to www.Xterraphil.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/VaselineMenXTERRAPhil. You can also visit R.O.X Bonifacio High Street and R.O.X Cebu to register.

The Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series is also sponsored by ABS- CBN, Air Asia, Aqua Sphere, Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, David’s Salon, Devant, Department of Tourism Philippines, Intercare, LBC Solutions, Prudential Guarantee, R.O.X, Salomon, Shotz, Smart, Timex, Titay’s, and The Municipality of Liloan.

Bloggers and media. Our selfie version at the Xterra Philippines Launch (Photo credit to Vimz Mendoza)

Cobra IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines All Set!

The 5th edition of the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines, considered as the country’s premier triathlon event will be staged anew at the Shangrila-Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on August 3-4, 2013 and no less than 2,000 triathletes were able to beat the registration quota just 4 days after the registration opened months ago.

L-R: Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza/ Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Jr., Alaska Milk Corp. Pres & CEO/ Cobra Energy Drink AVP Abe Cipriano/ Kenneth Cobonpue, world-renowned furniture maker

The race was launched this afternoon at the Rizal Ballroom of the Shangrila Makati and no less than the proponents of the triathlon event were present to introduce this year’s race. Led by the charismatic President and CEO of Alaska Milk Corporation Fred Uytengsu, he once again showcased Cebu as a triathlon venue of choice by international athletes and as a sports tourism event, a window to what the Philippines has to offer as a tourism venue.

A traditional dance performed by dancers from Cebu

Again to design the iconic finishers medals and trophies for this year’s Ironman edition is world famous furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue who gave us a raw glimpse of the medals. And like last year’s design, which is still being fine tuned, the medal will feature the three disciplines of the triathlon sport;  swimming, cycling and running.

This year’s Ironman Philippines medal design

With Kenneth Cobonpue

No less than last year’s champions, Pete Jacobs (4:07:38) and Caroline Steffen (4:26:230) will defend their titles.

Jacobs, who has become a regular fixture of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines, will gun for an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory after winning the past three editions in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He will have his hands full against two-time Kona Ironman World Championship legend Chris “Macca”  McCormack of Australia and New Zealand great, Cameron Brown.
On the distaff side, defending champion Caroline Steffen, of Switzerland who won the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in 2012, the Ironman European Championship in 2011 and who placed 2nd at the Ironman World Chamionship in Kona, Hawaii aims for back-to-back titles against familiar faces Bree Wee from the United States who was second place last year and Belinda Granger from Australia who came in third.
With bloggers at this afternoon’s launch
Jham, you sure don’t know how to take a picture, huh?! Ugh! 😦
Here’s the line up of elites for this year’s race!
PRESS RELEASE:

The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines returns to Cebu, the country’s number one tourist destination, as the province hosts its fifth edition as well as the Alaska Ironkids Triathlon on August 3 – 4, 2013.

Already in its fifth year the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 has become the biggest and best Ironman 70.3 race in this part of the world with over 2,000 participants from 35 countries across six continents. All slots for the race were sold out four days after they were offered to the public and more  than 600 individuals are on the waiting list.

The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines starts with the 1.2-mile swim in open water at the beach of the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa in Mactan Island on August 4.

The 56-mile bike ride will traverse four cities (LapuLapu, Mandaue, Cebu City and Talisay). The culminating 13.1-mile run will be at Punta Engano, Lapu-Lapu City.

Race organizer Sunrise Events, Inc. expects the coming race to top the wildly successful races of the past four years confident that this year’s race will be its biggest and most exciting ever.

Leading the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines are the professional triathletes notably three-time champion Pete Jacobs of Australia.

Jacobs is a regular fixture of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines. He will gun for a fourth consecutive victory after winning the past three editions in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

He will have his hands full against Cameron Brown of New Zealand and Alaska Team TBB’s Mathieu O’Halloran who placed second and third in the 2012 race. Other male professionals to watch out for include Ben Allen Australia, Fredrik Cronberg of Sweden and Michael Murphy of Ireland.

Defending women’s champion Caroline Steffen of Alaska Team TBB returns to defend her crown. Her strongest challenge will come from 2011 champion and 2012 third placer Belinda Granger who is fresh from her triumph at the Century Tuna 5i50 Triathlon in Subic last June.

Expected to compete for the crown are Bree Wee from the United States (who placed second last year), Alaska Team TBB’s Christie Sym, and Jacqui Slack of Great Britain.

The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines is a qualifier for the IronMan World Championships Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada on September 8.

The event is also sponsored by Alaska Milk Corporation, Aqua Sphere, Century Tuna, David’s Salon, Devant, Gatorade, Globe Telecom, GU Energy Gel,  Intercare, Kenneth Cobonpue, K-Swiss, LBC, Oakley, Prudential Guarantee, Safeguard, Suarez & Sons, Inc., and Timex. Official photographer is Finisher Pix while the host venue is Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa.

Media partners are MultiSport Magazine, The Philippine Star and Studio 23. Official hotel partners are BE Resorts, Crimson Resort & Spa, Movenpick Resort & Spa, Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino Mactan, and Crown Regency Mactan. Special thanks to Department of Tourism, Province of Cebu, Mayors of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Cebu, and Talisay cities.

The Ironman 70.3 Philippines has become one of the most-awaited sporting events in the country attracting thousands of participants since its inception in 2009.

It is one of the country’s most popular sporting events. A world class race it attracts thousands of both local and foreign participants yearly since its inaugural race in 2009.

Meanwhile, registration for the ALASKA IRONKIDS races is still on going.

Alaska Ironkids Triathlon will be held at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa on August 3. It is the local junior version of the international Ironkids triathlon series. It is open to youngsters age 6 to 14 years old and aims to promote health among the young through proper nutrition and an active lifestyle.

The Alaska Ironkids Triathlon has become an avenue for children to pursue their dreams and aspirations to become outstanding athletes and in the process develop positive values and adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.

The Alaska IronKids Triathlon has grown from its humble beginning as a Sunday fun run for children to a national sporting event that has become a key training ground for the country’s aspiring athletes.

More than just competition Alaska IronKids Triathlon offers an opportunity for families to spend quality time together. It has also created a community whose members aspire to become the best they can be both physically, emotionally and mentally.

This year’s Alaska IronKids Triathlon is brought to you by Alaska Chocolate Powdered Milk and sponsored by Aqua Sphere, Swim, Gatorade, Prudential Guarantee, K-Swiss, Second Wind, L Time Studio, and Regent

For more information on how to join Alaska IronKids races, please visit www.ironkidsphil.com. Registration is ongoing. To find out about the other Alaska Milk Corporation’s sports programs, visit www.alaskamilk.com.ph .

Of Natori, Cobonpue and the 2012 Cobra 70.3 Ironman Triathlon

Mr. Fred Untengsu, CEO-Alaska Milk
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So, well-known Filipino designers are now getting involved in the most unlikely venue to showcase their widely known talents…RUNNING and TRIATHLON! First, it was the acclaimed international fashion designer,  Josie Natori who was commissioned by HSBC to design their race singlet for its race last year. When news broke out that Ms. Natori was designing the singlet, it generated tremendous excitement in the running community.  And in just a few weeks time, registration reached 3,500 runner registrants.
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Now, maybe taking the cue from the excitement it generated, no less than Cebu-based furniture designer of Hollywood royalties, Kenneth Cobonpue has been tasked to design the medals of the prestigious 2012 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Triathlon which will be held in Cebu.
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Cobonpue’s iconic furniture designs has graced the worlds top hotels, restaurants, resorts and homes of the world’s rich and famous in more than 50 countries.
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The medal design, which is still being kept under wraps will feature the three disciplines of the triathlon sport;  swimming, cycling and running. When Alaska CEO Fred Uytengsu asked Cobonpue to show him the design, the latter retorted that he will have to “kill” him first before he shows anything of what it looks like.
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Kenneth Cobonpue
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“I am very happy to be part of an international event that not only showcases fitness and health, but also promotes Cebu as a tourism destination site and rev-up the local economy” Cobonpue said in his statement.
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Well, i’m sure the medal will be distinct, very Filipino and (just guessing here) it might also symbolize the province of Cebu being the newest sports hub of triathlon. I seriously doubt if the medal is going to be made of rattan (the material Cobonpue is famously known to use) but i venture that it would be of steel brass and big as a saucer, as one would imagine.
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The Z Bar in Cebu with the Cobonpue touch
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This year’s edition Cobra Ironman Triathlon will be held at the Shangrila-Mactan Resort and Spa on August 5, 2012 and no less than 1,300 were able to beat the registration deadline months ago.
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I feel that the organizers have made a good choice in staging the Ironman in Cebu as it has all the amenities in staging a sporting event of this magnitude.
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At its final launching last Wednesday at the Shangrila, Makati, the race organizers, Sunrise Events as well as the Cebu government led by Governor Gwen Garcia laid down to the press all the race’s groundworks including all the preparations that both athletes and spectators would expect.
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The Race Proponents
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THE SWIM:
After racing in a man-made lake the past three years participants will swim in a 1.2 mile open water sea  starting at the beach of the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa in Mactan Island.
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THE BIKE & RUN:
The 56-mile bike ride will traverse four municipalities ( LapuLapu, Mandaue, Cebu City and Talisay) while the culminating 13.1-mile run will be at Punta Engano, LapuLapu City.
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THE PARTICIPANTS:
Race organizer Sunrise Events, Inc. promises to top the wildly successful races of the past three years assuring that that this year’s race will be its biggest, most exciting edition yet. A huge field of 1,319 individuals and 115 relay teams from 31 countries, with 350 on the wait list, will test their strength and endurance once again as Ironman 70.3 Philippines provides another once-in-a-lifetime triathlon experience.
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THE ELITES:
No less than last year’s champions, Pete Jacobs (3:51:43) and Belinda Granger (4:26:230) will defend their championships.
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Jacobs, who has become a regular fixture of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines, will gun for an unprecedented third consecutive victory after winning the past two editions in 2010 and 2011. He will have his hands full against Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines inaugural champion Terenzo Bozzone from New Zealand who won the 2009 race.
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Other male professionals include Fredrik Croneborg from Sweden, Justin Granger from Australia, Mathieu O’Halloran of Alaska TeamTBB Philippines who now lives in the Philippines and Jesse Thomas from the United States.
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Defending champion Belinda Granger, also from Australia who is fresh from her triumph at the Century Tuna 5i50 Triathlon in Subic, aims for back-to-back titles against familiar face Bree Wee from the United States who was in third place last year. Ali Fitch of Alaska Team TBB Philippines from Australia will also be in the mix.
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A Cebu showcase
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With co-bloggers: Daves, Rainier, Eman, Banjo and Let
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The presenting sponsor of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines is Globe Telecom. The official carrier is the Philippine Airlines.  Media partners are MultiSport magazine, the Philippine Star and Studio 23.
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