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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Int'l triathlon race set in Subic

Triathletes from different parts of the globe are set to participate in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Subic Bay International Triathlon (SuBIT) 2009 from May 16 to 17.

The ITU and Asia Cup Series event is organized by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP). It will be officiated by International Technical Officials under the supervision of ITU and Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC).

This year’s SuBIT is the 16th edition of the “longest running and premier triathlon in the country,” according to the TRAP website.

The race will start at the Dungaree Beach and will end at the Waterfront Road in the Central Business District of Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

The Female Elite Open/Under 23, Junior Sprint, Adult Sprint, and Mini Sprint will be held on Saturday, May 16.

While on Sunday, May 17, races for Relay Teams, Inter-Club Competition, Male and Female Age Groupers, and the Male Elite Open/Under 23 will take place.

According to Triathlon.com.ph, participants in the races for Elite, Under 23, and Age-Groupers will have to overcome a standard distance of 1.5 kilometers swim, 40 kilometers bike, and 10 kilometers run.

Adults (20 years old and above) and juniors (16 to 19 years old), meantime, have to get through a 750-meter swim, 25-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run.

Teens aged 13 to 15 entered in the Mini Sprint will swim 350 meters, bike 10.5 kilometers, and run 2.5 kilometers.

Medals and cash prizes await the Top 5 Overall finishers (Standard Distance, Open, male and female). The champion will be awarded P30,000, while the second placer will get P20,000; P10,000 will go to the third placer; P8,000 to the fourth finisher; and, P6,000 to the one who places fifth.

Cash Prizes also await the Top 3 triathletes (male and female) for the Junior Sprint and Standard Distance, Under 23 races.

TRAP added that world triathlon champions have raced the SuBIT, including past winners Nicole Hackett, Chrissie Wellington and Dimitry Gaag.

Asian triathletes like Daniil Sapunov, Takumi Obara, Lee Chi Woo, Haruna Hosoya, and Wang Hong Ni have also “won or podiumed at Subic,” TRAP noted. abs-cbnNEWS.com

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