Philippine triathlon gets another boost
Local triathlon gets a boost as Asian multisport brand Tri-Factor holds the third leg of its Asian Championship Series in Camarines Sur in May with a slew of rising and leading triathletes expected to see action.
The event is put up to provide multisport beginners, enthusiasts, veteran triathletes, and even kids a venue to hone their talents and skills in swimming, biking, and running. TRI-Factor has grown from organizing multisport events in Singapore to creating the premier short-course championship series across the region.
It features kids triathlon (100m swim, 5K bike, 1K run), freshmen triathlon (200m swim, 10K bike, 2K run), sprint triathlon (750m swim, 20K bike, 5K run), standard triathlon (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run), and long triathlon (1.5K swim, 60K bike, 15K run).
“Our purpose is to provide our athletes with diverse race options throughout the year, catering to the specific needs of the athletes across Asia”
“We’re pleased to announce the Tri-Factor Asian Championship series with new races in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and China. Our purpose is to provide our athletes with diverse race options throughout the year, catering to the specific needs of the athletes across Asia,” said Elvin Ting, managing director of Orange Room Pte Ltd.
The Asian Championship 2018 series kicks off in Singapore on April 22 then to China on May 13 before shifting to the Philippines on May 25 to 27 at CamSur Watersports Complex. Its Asian Championship leg will be held here in 2018 and 2019 where hosting of more events including new race formats like Cycle-Run-Cycle are being looked into.
Tri-Factor also aims to promote the active and healthy lifestyle, particularly among the youth. “Tri-Factor’s coming to the Philippines would be a great opportunity and a new challenge for newbies to engage in triathlon and pioneer triathletes to take the opportunity of racing in other parts of Asia especially in China under a different triathlon format,” shared Taguig Congresswoman Pia Cayetano.
Founded in 2008, Tri-Factor is aimed at building a community and culture of Asian athletes racing in the region. Each race finish gives athletes points counting towards a year-end ranking. For the Asian Championship series, each race will be assigned a race course index depending on the degree of difficulty and points awarded will be multiplied with the index, allowing athletes to rack up bigger points at the tougher races.