Subic International Triathlon kicks off

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SUBIC BAY — The region’s best triathletes are expected to see action this weekend when the NTT ASTC-Subic Bay International Triathlon fires off here.

Triathlon Association of the Philippines (Trap) secretary-general Tom Carrasco said the event will gather the top triathletes in Asia especially in the junior category which will be held Saturday.

“The countries in Asia are preparing for the YOG (Youth Olympic Games) and they are using SuBIT as one of their tune-up events,” said Carrasco.

This year’s meet, dubbed as “Balik SuBIT,” marks the 24th year of the tourney being the first ever triathlon event held here.

“We started triathlon here in Subic until it became a big international event,” said Trap president Ramon Marchan who replaced long-time head Carrasco for the top post last year.

The country has been Southeast Asia’s hotbed after sweeping the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. Nikko Bryan Huelgas and Ma. Claire Adorna ruled the meet, while another Filipina Marion Kim Mangrobang bagged silver.

Sprint distances — 750 meters swim, 20 kilometers bike and five kilometers run — will be held Saturday with categories in elite junior, age-group junior and age-group adult.

There will also be mini sprint distances for men and women with 400m swim, 12km bike and 3 km run. Paratriathlon will also be held in the afternoon of Saturday.

But the main event will be on Sunday with the all standard distances — 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10 km run — for Elite Open, Elite U23, age-groups and club competitions. —

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