Saturday, March 21, 2015

POWERMAN Duathlon Pilipinas 2015

Its official! The most prestigious Duathlon event in the world will be coming here in the Philippines and its venue is the historical town of Balanga, Bataan. Just recently, the ITU Powerman long Distance World Championship in Zofingen, Switzerland was bagged by an equally exceptional athlete Gael Le Bellec, and is very excited to come over to the Philippines and compete with our county’s best Duatheltes.

This most coveted duathlon event will be happening on November 15, 2015 and will feature Powerman Classic distance of 10km-60km-10km as well 5km-30km-5km distance. Duathlon, for those who is not quite familiar with the sport, is pretty much like triathlon without the swim part. It covers three activities having the running part to be done twice. There is no better and appropriate venue of having this world class sports event than  the province of Bataan, in which consequently have been the venue of the Bataan International Tirathlon (Bi3) that was held last year. In the event, organizers of the Bi3 gave due recognition to the LGU officials of Bagac and Bataan Tourism for the province's full support to the said event.

In the Philippines, as much as triathlon is the more popular one, Duathlon seemed to have more potential in among Filipino athletes because we were never been good swimmers. That is why, in triathlon events, Filipino triathletes tend to lag behind in the swimming part. True enough because our duahtlon athletes are consistent to conquer the top ranks in the world of Duathlon and Kudos to Joey Delos Reyes, Kenny Dalida and Robeno Javier who now ranked 5th in the world.

Last March 16, 2015, the Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas Organizers, headed by Tobias Bernardo a notable triathlete and duathlete in the country today and restaurateur Reymond Magdaluyo teamed up with veteran multisport and adventure cross-country athlete Thumbie Remigio launched the much awaited duathlon event at the City Club, Alphaland Tower in Makati City. 

The event was attended by members of the media, friends in the multi-sports realm and representative of the municipality of Balanga, Bataan. The event highlighted the town as the premier venue in the world of duathlon and triathlon events and the Bataan International Triathlon (Bi3) just recently won as the best triathlon race below-600 division by the website.

The event also featured a video clip of the Powerman World Championship where Thumbie and Ias were invited by the International Powerman Association (IPA) President John Raadschelders. The event was held at Zofingen, Switzerland and has garnered over 600 participants and conquered a grueling 10km-150km-30km run-bike-run course. Ias Bernardo announced that the Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas is a qualifying event for the ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championship. 

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