MONICA Torres and Joey Delos Reyes battle some of the world’s top duathletes as they banner the local challenge in the 2017 Powerman Philippines Asian Championship on Oct. 8 at Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.
Torres, a perennial top local finisher in the Ironman 70.3 Philippines, enters the event confident after topping the ITU Asian Middledistance division in the recent Powerman Asian Duathlon in Malaysia.
She also topped the Trisports 51.5 and Musaman events this year and turned in a couple of top six finishes in Pattaya and Bangsaen in Thailand.
Torres expressed confidence the Asian meet will further boost local pros.
“The future of Philippine duathlon looks bright and very exciting. With a number of newbies in the sprint races and the very best of international pros, including the sport’s world champions, the event shows the caliber of the races that we produce,” said Torres.
“With the local pros posting podium finishes in recent years, I believe we will be dominating the Powerman series very soon.”
Delos Reyes vows to go all out to improve on his previous Powerman finishes in Thailand and Indonesia as he sets out against an elite field in the run-bike-run event.
“I will try to improve on my last run and I’ll do my best for our country and to make my Team Standard Insurance proud,” said Delos Reyes, who emerged the top Asian duathlete and finished fourth overall in Powerman Thailand. He also placed second and fourth overall in Powerman Indonesia this season.
The Powerman Philippines Asian Championship also serves as a qualifier for the Powerman World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland. The event is also part of the country’s preparations for the Asian Duathlon Championships which it plans to host soon.
Powerman Philippines’ general manager Kaye Lopez also expressed hopes of a solid Philippine showing in the event presented by Summit Drinking Water, organized by F&F International Events Group, and backed by Clark Freeport Zone and SCTEx, Cobra Energy Drink, ActiveHealth, Garmin, Skechers Performance, Fontana Leisure Park, Seafood Island Restaurant, Hammer Nutrition, 2XU, Starbucks Coffee, Hotel Stotsenberg and Lohas Hotel.
“The driving force behind this year’s event is to bring the Filipino duathletes to the world stage by capitalizing on our duathletes’ innate strength in running and cycling and providing them with the opportunity to compete against the best in the world,” said Lopez.
“It’s all about investing in the Filipino duathlete’s potential, pushing their boundaries, and expanding their competitive horizons, with the ultimate goal of sending our top Filipino duathlete to the 2019 Powerman World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland,” added Lopez.