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Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 returns to Phuket on November 27, 2016
To all Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand & IRONKIDS Thailand Participants
We are pleased to advise that we will be proceeding with our inaugural Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand and Foremost IRONKIDS after due consideration of the recent events in Thailand and the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. We at Sunrise Events and IRONMAN are very mindful and respectful of the mourning period and the Thai culture.
The direction of the Phuket Government is for all sporting events to continue yet duly mindful of the yearlong mourning period. This is aligned with the National Government’s position to continue sports and tourism activities with certain restrictions.
As such we will have to realize certain aspects of our events may be considerably subdued during this period, particularly with respect to celebration. Participants may also be asked to wear black armbands as a matter of respect.
Though there will be some adjustments in light of the circumstances, we believe this event will still very much be a world-class event.
We look forward to seeing you in Phuket in just over a month.
About Phuket, Thailand
Phuket, one of the world’s premier holiday destinations, is famous for its crystal clear waters, pristine white beaches and stunning natural scenery – as well as its variety of attractions and entertainment. Friendly smiles and compassionate nature of its people, combined with the majestic beauty of its island and surroundings, with the added bonus of luxury hotels and resorts, will make Phuket, Thailand the next IRONMAN target destination.
With a new and exciting course we would like to invite local and international participants to 2016 Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand. The race venue remains the same at Bangtao Phuket, the same grounds of the first triathlon in Asia more then 20 years ago. Start, finish and awards party will all be in one place at Bangtao beach.
Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand will also offer a team relay, a great opportunity for first timers to get a taste for an IRONMAN race.
2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Official Qualifier SealIRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Qualifying Race
Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand will offer a $15,000 USD professional prize purse and 30 qualifying age group slots for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
DANAO City will be hosting next year’s Xterra Off-road Triathlon, Sunrise Events Inc. (SEI), the race’s organizer, announced today.
Princess Galura, general manager of SEI, met with Cebu’s Fifth District Representative Ramon “Red” Durano VI earlier today along with Cebu Provincial Administrator Mark Tolentino and Cebu Provincial Sports Commission vice chairman Miguel Magpale where they discussed the city’s hosting of the race.
The race is returning to Cebu for the fist time since Liloan hosted the event in 2014.
Liloan had actually hosted the event for four years.
Albay hosted the event in 2015 and 2016. The province actually signed a three-year contract with SEI but decided to discontinue hosting the race for the third straight time.
The race is scheduled on April 14 next year. Registration will start on October 26.
Durano VI and Tolentino are excited about the city’s hosting. SDanao has urged the SEI to discover other towns and cities in Cebu that can be a potential venue for a triathlon race, according to Galura.
The race features a 1.5-kilometer swim, 35k off-road bike course and 10k trail run.
Danao is also bidding to host an international mountain bike competition and the Palarong Pambansa next year.
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Calling all swimmers who want to get a feel of multisport and thinking of doing a triathlon one day and for off-season or tapering triathletes looking for a brick work-out. This is for you!
Four-in-one aquathlon up at Subic Freeport
MANILA, Philippines – The quest for glory in the run-swim-run aquathlon format of multisport fires off Sept. 11 when the first Philippine Aquathlon Championship is held at the Camayan Beach Resort in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
The 4-in-1 event’s race courses will be composed of a 2.5K run-1K swim-2.5K run in the Standard Distance, 1K run-600m swim-1K run (sprint) at the Camayan Beach Resort, Subic and the Ilanin Forest Reserve.
The event will have national championships for high-school level and college level participants, the Youth and Junior competition (athletes born in 2001 to 2002 will be considered for 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina), the Age-Group Para-Aquathlon (for athletes with disabilities) and Open Age Age-Groupers.
At stake in the event supported by Philippine Sports Commission, Camayan Beach Resort, Subica Bay Metropolitan Authority Tourism Department (SBMA-Tourism), Subic Holiday Villas, The Lighthouse Marina Resort, Standard Insurance, Gatorade, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines, RaceDay, SBR.ph, Multisport, Kikay Runner, SWIM and DZSR Sports Radio 918 are cash prizes worth P3,000, P2,000 and P1,000 plus medals for the Top 3 overall male/female winners, and medals for Top 3 winners of age categories as well as inter-school and para-aquathlon. The awarding ceremony will be held at Camayan Beach Resort at 9:30 a.m.
Registration is ongoing with early bird entry fees at P1,000 for Youth participants, P1,500 for Junior and individual age-group participants and P2,500 for the two-man relay until July 31.
Effective Aug. 31 entry fees will be P1,500, P2,000 and P3,000, respectively, for the various categories. Inclusive with entry fees are a swim cap, timing chip, event shirt, finisher’s medal and post-race meal.
Interested parties may call up the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) at tel. Nos. 710-8259 and 399-6598, email email@example.com
Online registration can be done athttps://regonline.activeglobal.com/philippineaquathlon.
Yes, it’s probably the most popular sport in Singapore at this moment. Which is why we couldn’t help but include it in our series of races!
Can’t decide whether swimming or cycling is for you? If you can run, you can still be part of the TRI-Factor Series. Join first, and consider the rest of the triathlon spectrum later!
There are distances for everyone. And when we say everyone, we really mean everyone.
New to the 2016 edition is 2 new categories:
1. 24km Team Relay: Form a team of 4 to compete with over a 6km circuit to be the best 24km Team!
2. RunSwim Challenge* (Run/Swim/Run): A new multi-sport category for both Freshmen and Sprint participants to hone their TRI-Factor before the grand Finale, the TRI-Factor Triathlon. Limited to the first 500 slots!
Can’t wait? Sign up now!
Turbo Sprint Triathlon 2016
750 m swim – 20 km bike – 5 km run
Riviera Sports and Country Club Cavite
Early bird rate (until June 24)
Individual php 1,700
Relay php 2,600
Regular rate (until July 25)
Individual php 2,100
Relay php 3,200
Here are top 20 Triathlete in Regent 5150 Triahtlon
Pros, competitors and enthusiasts brace for another thrilling weekend in the triathlon capital of Northern Luzon – Subic Bay – as they clash for top honors and seek personal glory in the second edition of Regent 5150 Triathlon on Sunday.
The participants will test themselves in a challenging 1.5k swim, 40K bike,10K run course around Subic, seeking to level up, warm up for bigger races, or get the hang of the tri-sport – all depending on their skill set.
Produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. in partnership with Regent Foods, the country’s leading snack manufacturing company, Regent 5150 is regarded as the answer to triathletes who love to do short-distance but challenging races in a world-class production setup.
The inaugural Sunrise Sprint or S2 will also be staged, a 750-m open water swim, 20K bike ride, 5K run race which is fit for beginners wanting to immerse themselves into the triathlon philippines, for enthusiasts who wants to race without having to worry about long periods of training, or for the tri warrior who has been off the circuit and is raring to make a comeback.
“Our aim with this event is to encourage even more people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and embrace multisport training and racing,” said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, Sunrise president.
“While we recognize that people may have an Ironman or Ironman 70.3 event as a ‘bucket list’ item, we also realize that you need to start somewhere and this event does exactly that. The distance is still challenging for the novice triathlete and we hope to encourage many individuals to start with this distance,” he added.
For his part, Regent Foods president Ricky See said: “In our aim to support Filipino’s changing lifestyles and needs, Regent Foods started to focus in promoting a balanced routine through our participation in fun run events. Over the past years, we have seen triathlon philippines evolve as a fast-growing sport. We are truly proud to be part in supporting the triathlon community with the Regent 5150 event.”
Aussie Sam Betten will return to defend his male pro crown against compatriots Mitch Robins and Dan Brown and Slovak Michal Bucek while 2015 runner-up Dimity-Lee Duke and fellow Aussie Michelle Duffield and New Zealand’s Amelia Rose Watkinson will dispute the women’s tiara which will be up for grabs following the retirement of Belinda Granger.
Aside from the centerpiece pro competition, exciting races among the Filipino elite athletes and age-groupers will also fire off.
Other backers of the event are 2GO Express as the Official Courier and Logistics Partner, Venue Hosts Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Traveler Hotel and Event Center and Acea Beach, Sponsors Coca-Cola Femsa, Newton Running, Alaska, David’s Salon, Intercare, GU, Sante Barley, TYR, Department of Tourism – Tourism and Promotions Board, Registration Partner Active Network, Media Partners Philippine Star, TriLife Magazine, AsiaTri and Finisher Pix, Marketing Partners Cetaphil, Devant, Ford, Garmin, Omega Pro, PLDT Subictel, Sanicare, Walter Bread, Beer Below Zero, Miller Beer, AlcoPlus and Hotel Partners The Lighthouse Marina Resort, Court Meridian, Travelers Hotel, Subic Bay Yacht Club and Subic International Hotel.
by Terry Laughlin
Last summer I marked the 40th anniversary of my initiation to open-water racing. I joined the Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps in 1973, and, as one of the better open-water distance swimmers, began to represent the Corps at lifeguard tournaments on the East Coast. I fared far better in 500- to 1000-meter races in L.I. Sound and the Atlantic Ocean than I had in races of similar distance in the pool. I also enjoyed them far more.
I initially credited my success to “natural endurance” and to having an instinct for racing without walls and lanes that others lacked. I left the ocean behind after moving to Richmond, VA in 1978. When I resumed swimming in open water in the early 1990s, I picked up where I’d left off—competing successfully in open water with people who I trailed in the pool. In 2001 I turned 50, and began to think of myself as an “open water specialist.”
Committing to open water technique
At the time, I trained in masters workouts and swam pool meets occasionally. It occurred to me that the stroke I used in open water races—mostly between one and three miles—felt long and integrated, while the stroke I used in the pool—especially in the heat of a race—felt more hurried and choppy.
Since I’d had my greatest success in open water races, I thought I should put my eggs in that basket and use my open-water stroke exclusively, even when racing teammates on short repeats. This meant limiting the number of strokes I would allow myself—basically, keeping my average stroke per length to between 13 and 14. This put me at a disadvantage on 25- and 50-yard repeats, when many of my masters teammates would take 20 or more.
Though I lagged significantly at first, before long I began closing the gap on my high-revving teammates. Taking fewer strokes forced me to get more out of each stroke, but I adapted quickly. And, on longer repeats or sets, I saw even more improvement.
In 2002, I swam the 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon, completing it with far longer, and more leisurely, strokes than any other competitor. Through 2004, I had strong results in races of all distances. But it wasn’t until reading an article in 2005 by Jonty Skinner—then the Performance Science Director for USA Swimming—that I realized how uniquely suited for open water the techniques I’d been practicing were.
Hip-driven vs. shoulder-driven
After studying video from 20 years of national championships in both long and short-course racing, Skinner observed that elite long course freestylers swam with longer, lower-tempo strokes that seemed to be driven by the hip. In contrast, elite short course freestylers swam with shorter, higher-tempo strokes driven by the shoulders. Skinner explained that among elite freestylers in a 25-yard pool, the ratio of swimming to non-swimming (turns and pushoffs) is approximately 2.6 to 1. In a 50-meter pool, the swimming to non-swimming ratio rises to nearly 8 to 1.
During a minute of short course swimming, an athlete could spend as little as 43 seconds swimming and as much as 17 seconds not swimming. In a 50-meter pool, he or she would spend about 53 seconds swimming and only 7 seconds not swimming.
As Skinner explained, a shoulder-driven stroke allows the swimmer to achieve higher tempos and generate higher forces. This can create more speed in short bursts, but has great potential to cause fatigue. Frequent rest breaks received by the arms on turns, allow the swimmer to recover sufficiently to sustain a fast pace for distances up to about 200 yards.
But in a 50-meter pool, and when swimming over two minutes continuously (sound familiar, IRONMAN athletes?), the hip-driven stroke proved to be the far better choice.
Lose the pool repeat to win in open water
After encountering Skinner’s work, I redoubled my commitment to hip-driven swimming. I also began to focus more on understanding and teaching techniques that maximize the advantage of this technique.
And, of course, since most triathletes do the majority of their training in 25-yard pools—and likely getting into ‘repeat-races’ if they attend a Masters group—the pace clock and their natural competitiveness makes them revert to shoulder-driven strokes. It requires a conscious decision to limit stroke count—and strong restraint when swimming next to a shoulder-driven swimmer—to hardwire the hip-driven style.
Back in 2005, I was willing to ‘lose’ the 25-yard workout repeat in the present moment to be better prepared for an open water event several months in the future. The following year I won the first of six National Masters open-water titles and broke two national age group records. I feel certain none of this would have been possible had I not committed to the hip-driven stroke.
5 tips for nailing the hip-driven technique
Watch your core: Swim repeats of eight or more 25y/m freestyle repeats. During each series, notice how your awareness of swimming from your core vs. relying primarily on your arms and legs.
Count strokes: Odd lengths, count hand entries. Even lengths, count hip rotations. Do you feel different when counting hip rotations? Use new awareness on the following exercises.
Vary energy: On odd lengths, ‘nudge’ your high hip lightly. On even lengths, add a bit more energy to hip drive—don’t overdo it. Use your hip to push your extending hand forward instead of pulling the other hand back. How does adding ‘hip energy’ affect hand extension? Does this change your stroke count?
Vary tempo: On odd lengths, rotate your hips at a deliberate tempo. On even lengths, at a slightly brisker tempo. Make no conscious effort to change arm tempo. Can you feel your arms respond naturally—even effortlessly—to the change in hip tempo? Does your stroke feel more integrated?
Watch and listen: When varying hip energy or tempo, watch for bubbles in your stroke and listen to the sounds you make. Can you increase energy and/or tempo while keep your stroke free of splash, noise and bubbles?
Terry Laughlin is the founder of Total Immersion coaching: “Swimming that Changes Your Life.”