Pushing its sports and tourism advocacy, Northern Cement Corporation (NCC) has partnered with Trisports Solutions, Inc. to hold Races of the North on March 19 at the Playa Tropical Resort Hotel in Currimao, Ilocos Norte.
“One of the thrusts of Trisports is building Filipino multi-sport community one race at a time. Our vision is looking or scouting for new race venues,” said Carlo Sampan, Trisports marketing communication head in an interview with The Manila Times.
“Tri Ilocos Norte is more on sportourism because we are promoting not only the event but also the local tourism. Participants would go there to visit the windmills, enjoy local delicacies, among others,” he added.
The Tri Ilocos Norte event features individual sprint (750-meter swim – 20-kilometer bike – 5-kilometer run), individual 51.5km (1.5km-40km-10km), individual 113km (2km- 90km- 21km) and 51.5km and 113km relay.
“[Some of] the areas where the participants will pass through are Paoay Lake, Paoay Church and the white sand beaches of Currimao,” race director Mikey Chua said.
Chua said that the racecourse has already received accolades from local participants as well as international triathletes.
“I felt safe all throughout the racecourse,” said Australian professional triathlete Michael Murphy, which was the overall male champion of last year’s Tri Ilocos Norte 3.
In a related development, the second Tigasin Triathlon is slated on May 14 at Coco’s Beach Resort in Bolinao, Pangasinan.
Tigasin Triathlon will start with the swim segment at the Guiguiwanen beach followed by the bike and run along Bolinao National Highway heading toward El Pescador beach.
Participants will pass by the white sand beaches of Patar, the Bolinao lighthouse, the 400-year-old St. James Parish and the province’s caves.
“The main difference [of Tri Ilocos Norte and Tigasin Triathlon]primarily is [it will take place]on a different venue though we are focused on the northern Luzon area. Second, the significant difference is the distance,” said Chua.
Tigasin Triahtlon event features individual sprint (750m swim -20km bike – 5km run), individual 51.5 (1.5km-40km-10km), relay sprint and relay 51.5.
“But basically both events are inspired by our mission to promote sportourism,” Chua stated.
Chua said they are expecting more than 400 participants for both races.
The Races of the North is backed by Brooks Running Philippines, Pangil Beach Resort, Playa Tropical Resort, Hi-Factor, Sharetea!, MeanGreen Philippines, Neptune Actives, Funkita, 360PRO, GU, Polar, TYR, Business Mirror, Cook Magazine, Health and Fitness, The View, Graphic Magazine, Pinoy Fitness, IRIS Pictures, Punto! Newspaper, CLTV and WhenInManila.com.
For details visit www.trisports.ph.
NCC’s Tigasin Tri Team and the Trisports Solutions organizing team had a road show from January 19 to 24, as prelude to the Tigasin Trail series.
Various triathlon teams from Pampanga, La Union, Pangasinan, Baguio, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte joined the event.
“Three weeks ago we did the Tigasin Trail. What the Trisports did was we partnered or did the training with local triathlon teams in six different provinces,” said Sampan.
After the Northern Luzon races, Trisports plans to hold Turbo Sprint at Riviera Sports and Country Club in Cavite, Biathle and Aquathlon at PhilSports Complex in Pasig City and Enduro Sprint at Canyon Cove Resort in Batangas.
JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID