THE Triathlon Association of the Philippines stages the ‘Balik SuBIT’ campaign next year as part of its program under president-elect Ramon Marchan.
The Subic Bay International Triathlon (SuBIT) will be celebrating its 24th year when the event is held April 29 to 30, one of the association’s biggest projects under its new leadership.
Marchan replaces long-time president Tom Carrasco Jr. and begins his term as TRAP chief on January 1. Carrasco will assume the position of secretary-general.
“Ito ang unang karera ng triathlon na nagpunta sa Subic. Tayo ang nagsimula diyan, haggang sa naging international event na siya,” said Marchan at the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday at Shakey’s Malate.
“We encourage triathletes, both elite and age groupers, who tried SuBIT before to go back and reminisce the past,” added TRAP marketing director Sarita Zafra.
The two were with national coach Rick Reyes in the PSA Forum presented by San Miguel Corp., Accel, Shakey’s, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. where the federation presented its plans and program for 2017.
Reyes bared TRAP’s ultimate goal is to send a Filipino triathlete to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
TRAP is also focusing on the Southeast Asian Games next year in Kuala Lumpur, with Nico Huelgas and Claire Adorna expected to defend their titles.
The triathlon federation is also hoping to do well in the 2018 Asian Games and the Youth Olympic Games.
National age-group triathlon meets will also be held in Luzon, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and Cebu and the national duathlon championship in Iloilo.
Also on tap is the Philippine Aquathlon Championship, and plans of holding aquathlon series involving students from various colleges and universities in the country.