Why join a triathlon? More than the exercise derived from swimming, biking and running, a triathlon is a means of challenging one’s self to surpass the usual limits of strength and endurance. While admittedly an individual sport on the day of the race, training for a triathlon can also be an enjoyable group activity where like-minded friends can motivate each other to achieve higher levels of fitness and energy.
The First Bataan International Triathlon (Bi3)
As worldwide interest in triathlons continues to grow, the good news is that the organizers of the Subic International Triathlon are set to hold a new sporting event. Called the Bataan International Triathlon (Bi3), it is set for November 29-30, 2014 in Bagac, Bataan.
“More than just an athletic event, we want the BIT to showcase nature and cultural heritage,” says Raymund Magdaluyo, race sponsor and member of the Bi3 organizing team. “We hope to make this activity grow so that the brand becomes recognized internationally as something that is distinctly Filipino.”
Magdaluyo explains that set against the backdrop of Bagac beach with its light gray sands, the gently rolling hills of Bagac and Balanga, and the painstakingly restored heritage houses and buildings of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, the race course will stand out as a distinctively picturesque sight that will be attractive to more people. “Our goal is to encourage more people to get into fitness. But whether one is a beginner or a seasoned triathlete, one will not fail to appreciate the historical significance of Bataan province in Philippine history.”
Cultural shows and tours for athletes and their guests are integrated in the Bi3 calendar. The Bataan Provincial Government, the Municipality of Bagac, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Pepsi and Seafood Island are partners in the event.
Several race categories are open to encourage more athletes of all ages to join. These include: Largo (1.5 km swim, 55 km bike, 11 km run); Rapido ( 750 m swim, 30 km bike, 5.5 km run); Karera de Bagac (30 km off-road bike race); plus Junior Aquathlon categories for 6-8 year olds (300 m swim, 100 m run), and 9-12 year olds (500 m swim, 500m run). A Junior Aquathlon course for 13-16 year olds will require 1km of swimming and 2 km of running.
Awards and Prizes
All top 3 Male and Female Category and Team winners will receive trophies, medals and gift packs. The top 3 competition winners will receive trophies. Cash prizes for the Elite Category (Male and Female) are 1st Place-Php10,000; 2nd Place-Php6000; 3rd Place Php4000.
Likewise the top 3 male and female winners of Karera de Bagac will receive trophies, medals and gift packs. Cash prizes for this category are Php 7000 for 1st place, Php5000 for 2nd , and Php 4000 for 3rd place.