The short-course tournament is dubbed a tournament for triathlon beginners, families and friends

By Nicole Ganglani 

Ironman announced that the 5150 Subic Bay Philippines, an annual introduction race for triathletes, has been moved to Oct. 24, 2021. The short-course tournament is a companion event to the Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay race and is dubbed the tournament for triathlon beginners, families and friends.  

“In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, we recognize that the postponement may come as a disappointment but look forward to providing athletes with an exceptional race experience in the future,” Ironman press release states. 

Another race scheduled to take place in Oct. 2021 is the Go for Gold Sunrise Sprint—a sub-category race to the . The Sunrise Sprint is a short distance race for amateur triathletes that features a 750m open-water swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run. The new dates for the Go for Gold Sunrise Sprint are Feb. 23 (Davao), July 11 (Bohol) and Oct. 24 (Subic Bay). 

Expect new changes in race protocols

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) released its COVID-19 prevention guidelines for event organizers that outline what races could be like once they resume. Most of the proposed recommendations intend to reduce handshakes and hugs, the sharing of steam rooms or saunas. Ironman CEO Andrew Messick told Triathlon magazine that each country will handle ironman races differently. 

In the Philippines, expect triathlon races like the 5150 tournament and Go for Gold Sunrise Sprint to take social distancing more seriously. This means athletes could be required to stay four meters apart from each other and avoid face-to-face contact. According to triathlon coach Don Velasco, triathletes will have to adjust training indoors as well. Velasco says that local race organizers could possibly host smaller triathlon events and impose daily testing prior to the race.