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Philippines is newest Challenge Triathlon member

THE Philippines became the third Asian stop of the Challenge Triathlon family with the formal launching of the Challenge Philippines on Wednesday in a Makati City restaurant.

The long-distance racing event will be held on February 22, 2014, a Saturday, at the Camayan Beach Resort in Morong, Bataan.

Endurance Entertainment Asia President David Voth said Challenge Philippines is a 30-years-in-the-making activity and bared he owes it to the Philippines why he has gone into organizing triathlon events after competing in the sport for the first time in 1993.

“I got hooked after that and competed in Kona [Hawaii] the following year. From there, I was inspired to put up World Triathlon Corporation, which is now a global triathlon company,” said Voth, who lives in the Philippines and is married to a Filipina.

Challenge Philippines joins Challenge Taiwan and Challenge Phuket as the Asian stops of the 21-leg race that includes stops in Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Canada, Italy, Taiwan, Canary Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Holland, Thailand, 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,” Voth added.

The event is sanctioned by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (Trap) headed by Tom Carrasco, who is also the chairman of the Philippine Olympic Committee. Scot Sharpe, junior partner of Ocean Adventure, also graced Wednesday’s launch.

“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, who will provide logistics and other personnel support.

The race starts with a 1.9-kilometer swim in Ilanin Bay, followed by a 90-km bike ride in Morong and ends with a 21.1-km run through Ilanin Forest.






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