THE Challenge Triathlon Series hits the country early next year as the Philippines has been tapped as the third stop of the popular 21-leg event spread around the world.
The Camayan Beach Resort in Morong, Bataan will be the site of the long-distance Challenge Philippines racing event set on February 22, 2014.
Prior to the Philippines, Challenge Taiwan and Challeng Phuket in Thailand served as the first two Asian legs of the race also being held in Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Canada, Italy, Canary Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Holland, France, and Austria.
“The Philippines is one of the fastest-growing triathlon markets in the world. By bringing it here, we can help grow the sport and celebrate the Pinoy spirit with the rest of the world,” said David Voth, president of the organizing Endurance Entertainment Asia during the formal launch of the event on Wednesday at the Chicago Chops Steakhouse at Greenbelt 5.
The event is sanctioned by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) headed by president Tom Carrasco, who was also present during the affair.
“It is something that triathletes can look forward to after Ironman. It is a non-Olympic distance event, so it will surely be a challenge. TRAP will be here to support the core group of Challenge Philippines as the governing body of the Olympic program,” said Carrasco, also chairman of the Philippine Olympic Committee.
The race starts with a four-kilometer swim in Ilanin Bay, followed by a 180K bike race in Morong, Bataan’s coastline, before it ends with a 42K run through Ilanin Forest, which will be closed to cars and foot traffic.