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    August Benedicto and Anna Stroh emerge top athletes in 2014 season of Tri United Series

    Nov 18, 2014

    UNILAB Active Health teammates August Benedicto and Anna Stroh emerged as the top athletes in the Male and Female Elite categories, respectively, of the 2014 season of the Tri United Series.

    Benedicto and Stroh stood out in a gathering of a triathlon who’s who as the top finishers of the popular triathlon series were feted in a ceremony held at the Jose Y. Campos Hall, Bayanihan Center in Pasig City last week.

    The Subic-based Benedicto said his latest feat serves as motivation for him to improve his performance in what promises to be a more competitive 2015.

    He took the top honors in the Male Elite after finishing third in Tri United 1 and 2 before bagging first place in TU3. National team captain Nikko Huelgas came in second overall while John Leerams Chicano of ULAH finished third.

    In the distaff side, Stroh took the Female Elite plum after finishing first in TU2 and TU3 to improve on her fourth-place performance in TU1. Teammate Ani Brown of ULAH took second place honors and Radka Vodickova of Culprit Bicycles came in third.

    Sante Barley ruled the team competition thanks to impressive first-place performances in TU2 and TU3 and second place in TU1. Herbalife was second followed by Fitness First in third.

    The 30-year old Benedicto said he had been taking part in the TU series since he began competing in 2009. He signed on with the ULAH team in 2012 before winning the Ironman 70.3 in Cebu the same year.

    “I dedicate this win to my family and my sponsors who support me... Para sa kanila ito na tumulong sa akin,” the native of Paniqui, Tarlac told  

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    Benedicto said he is set to train in Thailand this December in preparation for next season.

    “I want to prepare for 2015 since there will be a lot of 70.3 races and for me to defend my title. From the very start of the TU series, I told myself this will get bigger since the races are well organized," he said.

    Benedicto said the level of competition becomes more challenging every year.

    “Tumataas ng tumataas ang standard. Every race humahaba so kailangan tumaas ang volume ng training ko. This (award) is motivation for me,” said Benedicto, who intends to improve on his swimming skills.

    Unlike some of his competitors, the affable Benedicto said he prefers hot weather during competition particularly in the bike and run stages, claiming it makes the race “more exciting."

    Race director Raul Cuevas of Bike King said the 2015 Tri United Series promises to offer more innovations, new routes and challenges for both loyal and new participants.   

    The other 2014 Tri United Series winners are as follows:

    Male 55-above

    1st- Thomas Kuhne GRC MIDEA

    2nd- Ronald Asuncion POWERADE

    3rd- Tatsuya Kanai POLO TRI

    Male 50-54

    1st- Frank Lacson HERBALIFE

    2nd- Joevic Pajarillo GRC MIDEA

    3rd- Eduardo Francisco PLDT BIKE KING

    Male 45-49

    1st- Jojo Macalintal TRIMAC

    2nd- Mark Ellis FITNESS FIRST

    3rd- Ronald Honrade TRIMAC

    Male 40-44

    1st- Rayzon Galdonez TRIMAC

    2nd- Keith Peralta SANTE BARLEY

    3rd- Victor Martin Lorenzo PLDT BIKE KING

    Male 35-39

    1st- Edison Morales MAXXIS SANTE BARLEY

    2nd- John Omar Paredes HERBALIFE

    3rd- Andy Leuterio UNILAB ACTIVE HEALTH

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    Male 30-34

    1st- Jeremiah Isip

    2nd- Andrew Arellano UNILAB ACTIVE HEALTH

    3rd- Ralph Jerome Salvador

    Male 25-29

    1st- Robinson Esteves SANTE BARLEY

    2nd- Brian Borling HERBALIFE

    3rd- Don Velasco SANTE BARLEY

    Male 18-24

    1st- Deo Timbol UNILAB ACTIVE HEALTH

    2nd- Mervin Santiago SANTE BARLEY

    3rd- Jaime Miguel Navarro HERBALIFE

    Female 45-above

    1st- Rowena Roca MAXXIS SANTE BARLEY

    2nd- Natasha Davis SANTE BARLEY

    3rd- Mariela Martinez-Powell CLEAR SABAK

    Female 40-44

    1st- Doray Ellis FITNESS FIRST

    2nd- Bernadette Tan GREENHILLS TRI TEAM

    3rd- Carly Relf MAXXIS SANTE BARLEY

    Female 35-39

    1st- Lezette Albarote HERBALIFE

    2nd- Laarni Paredes HEBALIFE

    3rd- Hazel Benipayo 3RD TRANSITION

    Female 30-34

    1st- Jayline Balatibat UPLB Trantados 

    2nd- Maris Balatibat YELLOW CAB TRI CLARK

    3rd- Jade Candy Lee GREENHILLS TRI TEAM

    Female 25-29

    1st- Chloe Ong

    2nd- Keshia Fule

    3rd- Lyllian Grace Banzon SANTE BARLEY

    Female 18-24

    1st- Maria Lourdes Lazaro

    2nd- Claudia Nicola Tagle

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