Sunday, May 9, 2010

Subic Bay International Triathlon Draws 650 Participants

Considered as the biggest Subic Bay International Triathlon (SuBIT) since its conception in 1992, the 18th SuBIT boasted of a record 650-strong list of participants from over 23 countries. The Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) was forced to close down the registration even before the deadline with this unexpected yet welcome turnout of participants.

Slated last May 1 and 2 at the Subic Freeport Zone and presented in cooperation with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), this year’s edition of the SuBIT focused on young triathletes with the Asian Junior and U-23 (Under 23) Championships.

The U-23 category saw action in the 1.5 K swim, 40 K bike, and 10 K run, while the junior triathletes raced through 750 m swim, 20 K bike, and 5 K run course.

Said TRAP President Tom Carrasco, Jr.: “For this year, we decided to put more premium on the development of young triathletes who will take the place of current stars.”

Teams from Japan, Hungary, China, Kazakhstan, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, United Kingdom, Macau, Singapore, Iceland, France, Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Poland, Israel, Syria, Belgium, and Norway all sent their contingents to battle the bets of the Filipino hosts.

The race began at the Dungaree Beach and ended at the Waterfront, with the female elite and U-23, female age groupers, junior sprint, adult sprint, mini sprint, and female interclub relay competing on the first day. The elite/U-23 male and age groupers and inter-club team championships were held on the second day.

Event sponsors include Speedo, David’s Salon, Globe Telecom, Sunkist, Vitwater, Asian Center for Insulation Philippines, Camaya Coast, Gatorade, Fitness First, and Rudy Project.

For more information, contact the Triathlon Association of the Philippines at (632) 710-8259, 974-2104 to 06, (63915) 643-0822, fax (632)809-2713 or 850-5254, or e-mail


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