Billy Biag flashed superb form and dominated the long distance triathlon while Mark Malolot held off Jade Albar in the standard distance as they shared top honors in the TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series at the Camsur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur last May 26 and 27, 2018.
Biag clocked 3:19:04.4 to rule the grueling 1.5km swim-60km bike-15km run event, beating Renel Brecenio (3:27:05.9) by almost eight minutes while Anthony Llaguno III timed 3:50:30 to place third overall in the event, capping the two-day, novel triathlon event which featured a four-leg mass participation series composed of individual swim, bike and run events and a finale triathlon.
Malolot, on the other hand, ruled the 1.5km swim-40km bike-10km run in 2:27:31, foiling Albar, who clocked 2:31:09 while Ryan Laurino placed third overall in 2:38:43 followed by Edgar Cabalero (2:46:37) and Ricky Busran (2:51:59) in the event. Actor Gerald Anderson won in the 25-29 age-group (1:16:15) sprint division with Team De Rosa and Ms. Earth Air 2016 Michelle Gomez won in the freshmen distance.
Biag likewise top the 35-44 age-group with Breceno claiming the crown in the 25-34 category and Regina Rosquites topping the female side in the 25-34 section of the event which served as the third leg of this year’s Asian Series and hosted by CamSur where athletes also provided school supplies and slippers to over 200 indigent kids under the Race to Give program of Sanctband of One of A Kind Marketing, the marketing arm of Tri-factor in the Philippines.
“I’m looking forward to another cheerful event next year – the people, the place and CamSur are just amazing,” said Elvin Ting, co-founder of Tri-factor and manager director of organizing Orange Room Pte Ltd.
Sharing the spotlight are the top finishers in relay in the Open division of the long distance triathlon, led by Bolima Madler, Platilla Margarito and Lagyap Marino, who timed 3:02:32.7. Hezron Vasquez, Gil Peña Jr. and Dave de Vera placed second in 3:18:47.6 while the troika of Ruben Mariano, Inocencio Parza and Dennis Suz clocked 3:27:36.8 for third.
“When you’re focused on finishing the race, it is the most amazing feeling. Nothing else matters but to see yourself cross the finish line,” said Gov. Migs Villafuerte, who also graced the event with Rep. LRay Villafuerte with Elle Adda as host.
Malolot, meanwhile, also took the crown in the 16-24 age category with Laurino ruling the 25-34 division and Busran topping the 35-44 side of the event where the top winners gained berths in the TRI-Factor Series in Thailand plus overnight stay in Caramoan islands.
In the sprint distance (740m swim-20km bike-5km run), John Caleb Barlin took the overall crown with a 1:08.29 clocking, beating Louie Ibo and Roman Bonagua, who timed 1:12.52 and 1:14.46, respectively. They also took the top three places in the 16-24 age category.
Junior Oba topped the 30-44 division in 1:29.43 while Aldo Turiano took the 45-and-above crown in 1:33.40 while Faith Robertson (16-29) and Keigh Pascual (30-44) reigned in female side in 1:27.28 and 1:32.30, respectively.
TRI-Factor Asian Championship series celebrates their 10th year doing four-leg mass participating series in a number of countries across Asia such as Malaysia, China, Indonesia and Thailand.
The next TRI-Factor series will be in Thailand on June 17, 2018.
Sharing with you some of the photos I took at the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship in Mactan, Cebu last August 6 and 7. I was only able to cover the swim and run legs as well as the finish line, as my access pass permitted me to do so.
It was an awesome spectator experience to witness this first ever triathlon championship event in the country. I felt the energy and emotions of the participants as they race to finish the 1.9 KM swim; 90 KM bike ride; and 21.1 KM run within the 8 hours and 30 minutes cut-off time.
Tim Reed of Australia (3:51:46), defended his championship title, while Swiss Caroline Steffen (4:16:19) won the top pro women IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific title, her fifth successive wins in Cebu.
The Cobra Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship 2016 slots, 2,900 in all, were sold out in less than 30 minutes during the on-site registration last year, proving that this extra-ordinary race event have lots of followers. Some spectators even came from other parts of the country and had flown to Cebu to witness the race.
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Samantha, Tara and Chezka Borlain won 1st places in their respective age categories; 13-14, 11-12 and 6-8, respectively, in the 2016 Alaska Ironkids Philippines triathlon event held at Remy Field, Subic Bay. Clocked at 47:52 minutes, Samantha Borlain took the top spot, followed by Everly Janarie Macalalad who finished at 50:01 and Pia Francesca Suarez at 51:57 in the girls division, ages 13 to 14. Kira Ellis, won the 1st place, in the 9 to 10 years old category, clocking at 27:25.
In the boys division, Juan Francisco Baniqued finished at 43:08, ahead of Joe Bernard Sarmiento and Joshua Alexander Ramos, to rule the 13-14 age category, while Zedrick James Borja, Mark Grist and Connor Hodges, topped the 11-12, 9-10 and 6-8, respectively. Each first place winner will be entitled for free round-trip tickets with hotel accommodation and free entry to the Alaska Ironkids Triathlon event in Mactan, Cebu, this coming August.
While the above numbers are important to these kids as they learn to be competitive, parent-spectators are so supportive of their child’s involvement in this sports and cheer for them all the time. While some are serious, coaching and mentoring their kids to improve their time, most are already happy when their child able to cross the finish line.
It’s good to know that Alaska continuously conducts sports events like this for kids and provides venue for family to bond in a healthy, active way. Parents, including myself, are happy as this encourages our children to go out and play instead of just staying at home playing computer games and watching TV and on-line videos.
The 2016 Alaska IronKids Philippines, the country’s biggest and most exciting triathlon race for boys and girls, six (6) to fourteen (14) years old, another year-long calendar of fun and excitement with a triathlon in Subic Bay on March 5.
The triathlon commences with swim at the Olympic size, 50-meter WOW Pool behind Remy Field, and continues with the bike ride and run along the safe roads of the former US Naval base in Subic which have been closed to vehicular traffic by competent race organizers.
The Alaska IronKids Triathlon in Subic will have three categories: (1) Race Category with four age groups ; (2)Play Category with short and long distances intended to promote outdoor play for non-competitive participants; and the (3) Relay Category with two mixed age groups.
More than just a race, it is a venue for families to bond in a shared activity, giving the parents a chance to show their children that being physically fit and healthy is more fun. It also fosters the importance of starting the day right with a combination of exercise and proper nutrition.
Alaska IronKids promotes “outdoor play” through our ALASKA NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION . Program. We remain committed to provide proper nutrition and instill an active lifestyle in order to shape and prepare Filipino children to be winners in life. Our program is also a response to the growing obesity rates in the Philippines, especially in the more urbanized areas.
The Alaska IronKids is another program of Alaska Milk in response to the latest national study conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the prevalence of obesity and malnutrition. Two out of 10 children are overweight while three out of 10 are undernourished. Alaska Milk performs its share in nation-building by organizing and promoting such events.
The Alaska IronKids does not only bring excitement and fun, it also instills the values of determination, discipline, hard work and teamwork among the children, as they aspire to realize dreams to become athletes.
Alaska IronKids will hold an Aquathlon at the Village Sports Club in Paranaque on May 1, Sunday; a second Aquathlon at Subic Bay with a swim at the WOW Pool behind Remy Field on June 4, Saturday; and finally, the biggest triathlon event in the country for young boys and girls at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa on Aug. 6, Saturday.
For general information about the Alaska IronKids please visit http://ironkidsphil.com/ and http://www.alaskamilk.com. For live updates log on to http://www.playph.com follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @AlaskaPlayPh
Visit the Philippines, especially Cebu, where the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship will be held on August 7, 2016 (http://ap.ironman.com/triathlon/events/asiapac/ironman-70.3/philippines.aspx).
This destination race passes many luxurious hotels and resorts while taking in the natural beauty of the island.
Cebu has been the home of the Cobra Energy Drink IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines since 2012. Race Central is the beautiful Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa at the historic City of Lapu Lapu.
The Province of Cebu boasts of successfully putting the fast paced well connected metropolis lifestyle and the laid back serenity and beauty of an island province. The cuisine is unique and the people warm and friendly.
Weiss struck gold last year when the prestigious off-road triathlon race had its maiden run in Albay with the South African ace determined to set another coronation for himself with the world’s most perfect cone as backdrop.