THE Philippines has the landscape best for triathlon—swim, bike, run—so why not make this as part of the lifestyle of Filipinos and be the best triathletes in the world?
Taking inspiration from the founder of Tri-factor Asian Championship series, Elvin Ting, envisions teaching and influencing our kids to make triathlon as part of their lifestyle that can bring healthier, more vibrant and stronger community.
As we encourage people, especially our kids, to go outside and play in the sand and sun, we are actually bringing a more vibrant future to our kids, amid the digital and mobile environment today. Here are the 11 reasons we have to encourage our kids or even ourselves to do triathlon.
1 We instill discipline to our kids with the three multidiscipline sports—swim, bike and run.
2 We encourage them to be more versatile that they can do more with what they have now and share learning and inspiration to other kids as they also encourage their friends to do the same sports.
3 We inspire them to be active and interact with people, rather than doing digital stuff all the time.
4 Triathlon is also a way to connect with nature. When you start biking and going to places, you will start to notice and appreciate the nature around you.
5 Through running and cycling, you are giving your kids time to pause, meditate and being mindful of things around him or her, thus, they become more caring about other people.
6 We instill to them the character of endurance upon finishing triathlon. While everything can be done in just one “swipe,” adults and kids are getting more impatient, triathlon can really build patience and perseverance because it helps in developing one’s character. Triathlon is about the journey rather than the instant gratification they could get online.
7 In triathlon, we can teach our kids to be strong that whatever challenge they may encounter they can always overcome it as they are trained to be disciplined, resilient, persevering and physically and emotionally strong. Those who are into triathlon just don’t give up when things don’t go their way.
8 Triathlon also teaches independence and boosts the confidence of the kids as they navigate themselves while they ride their bike. We are teaching them that they can run, swim or pedal their way to success, it’s really just up to them.
9 We teach them the value of hard work, the lessons in failure and the wisdom in success.
10 God blessed us this landscape to appreciate, to love and use with care, so let’s optimize the blessings and put them in good use to help others, as we build the community of triathlon in the country.
11 Last, through the biking community, we can always help lessen the traffic situation in the metro, thus, resulting to lesser pollution.
TRI-Factor is about building the ecosystem of the sport of triathlon. It is about the inclusive and progressive nature of how we designed the race and about the people taking their first step into doing a triathlon,” said Elvin Ting, founder of TRI-Factor and managing director of the organizing Orange Room Pte. Ltd. “This race series have categories for all capabilities and ages, starting from the kids triathlon all the way up to the long-distance triathlon.”
The sprint event will accommodate 300 slots, while only 200 spots have been reserved in the freshmen category with the rest offering 500 berths each.
The TRI-Factor Series—Asian Championship is a four-leg mass participation series made up of individual swim, bike and run events and a finale triathlon in a number of countries throughout Asia.
The sprint distance triathlon is a 740-m swim, 20-km bike, 5-km run event featuring age-group classes of 16 to 29, 30 to 44 and 45 and above, while the freshmen distance triathlon is a 200-m swim, 10-km bike, 2-km run with age classifications of 13 to 15, 16 to 29 and 30 and above.
On tap are the kids triathlon (100m swim-5km bike-1km run), also on May 26, the standard distance triathlon (individual and team relay—1.5km swim-40km bike-10km run) and the long-distance triathlon (individual and team relay—1.5km swim-60km bike-15km run) in various age classes on May 27.
Singapore will host the kickoff leg of the Asian Championship 2018 series on April 22, with China staging the next stop on May 13.