MUCH is at stake in the upcoming 2014 K-Swiss Subic International Triathlon (SUBIT), when it takes place on April 26-27 at the Subic Bay Freeport.
One of the country’s longest-running triathlons, the five-in-one event is one of the biggest races in the tri-calendar since it forms part of the Asia Cup 2014 series leg and therefore stakes ITU points to help top local and international elite athletes improve their world and Asian rankings.
The race features the 2nd Asian Paratriathlon Championships 2014 that will serve as preparation for the 2016 World Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where paratriathlon will be included for the first time.
SUBIT will also host the national age-group championship, inter-club competition for the national triathlon club champion and the national triathlon tryout.
As an added incentive, the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) has staked an all-expense-paid participation of age-group male and female overall champions to one of the tourneys of the Asia Cup series this year.
TRAP secretary general Mon Marchan said they are expecting international competitors from Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe and Australia to take part.
Race details were discussed during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at the Blackbeard Seafood Island at the Mall of Asia.
Marchan briefed the attendees on the changes made to the race, particularly the new start and finish lines at the National Container Port Terminal on Day 1. The Harbor Point Mall, meanwhile, will serve as the Finish line on Day 2.
Berths in the national team to various international triathlons, including the Incheon Asian Games and the Asian Beach Games in Phuket, and the national pool are up for grabs in SUBIT’s tryouts phase.
On Day 1, Saturday, elite juniors, sprint distance (750m swim – 20K bike – 5K run) age-groupers including novice adults, Youth Olympic Games hopefuls.
Day 2 is the main event, when all standard distance (1.5K swim- 40K bike-10 K run) triathletes composed of the elite, under-23, age-groupers and inter-club competitors.
Marchan expects local favorites Nico Huelgas and John Chicano to figure prominently in Subic.
Entry fees are P3,500 for standard distance, P3,000 for sprint and YOG, and P5,000 for sprint relay until February 15. International participants will pay fees of US$150 for standard distance, US$125 for sprint and mini sprint and US$250 for sprint relay.
Registration fees will cover cost of participation, a race packet, a K-SWISS event t-shirt, pre-race dinner and post-race brunch.
SUBIT, being a green event, encourages participants to minimize waste and pollution prior and during this event.
SPIN.ph is one of the media partners of SUBIT 2014.
Sponsors of the event are K-Swiss, Century Tuna, Speedo, Harbor Point Ayala Malls, Canon, Gatorade, Standard Insurance, SM City Olongapo and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.