Miller, Galeos champs of 1st Xtrail Triathlon

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Sunday, February 2, 2014


TRIATHLETES Joseph Miller of Lapu-Lapu Cebu City and Noemi Andrea Galeos of General Santos were hailed as the overall champions in the men's and women's divisions in the 1st Davao Xtrail Triathlon 2014 held Sunday at Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort, Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos).

Miller finished the race with an outstanding 1 hour 54 minutes and 50 seconds beating Brian Borling, 2:00:21 and Felipe Sajulga III, 2:04:07 who placed second and third, respectively.

In the women's division, first time triathlete Noemi Andrea Galeos ruled with a time of 2:44:34, defeating rivals Rhea Jamisola, 3:32:56 and Gelyn Ninofranco, 3:35:42 who settled for the second and third spot, respectively.

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In an interview with Sun.Star Davao, Miller said that he joined the competition to prepare himself to defend his title in the Vaseline men Xterra Off-road Series on March 15 in Liloan, Cebu.

Miller said that one of the best things about the triathlon is the place itself. "The route is safe especially for the newbies and Samal is as beautiful as Maui, Hawaii," he said.

"I did not expect to win but honestly, the trail was not as difficult as the other places where I had joined. Yet, the 25-kilometer bike ride was a challenge because of its high climb," he said.

He was also the fastest runner with a split time of 0:31:43 and fastest biker, finishing in 1:03:36.

Galeos meanwhile said she participated to expose herself to triathlons. "Swimming is my sport but running and biking are new to me yet discipline is the key for this tough challenge," she said.

"I spent a lot of time practicing to endure the physical pain and finish the race. Winning is a bonus already. I did not aim for this but it feels great to win. It is also my first time in Igacos and the people here are very accommodating," she said.

In the 51-above male c ategory, Edgardo Villar of Davao City placed first with a time of 2:43:02 while Daniel Dumlao finished second in 3:15:33 and Gene Gutierez crossed the finish line third at 3:24:01.

Tenggoy Colmenares ruled the 41-above males with a time of 2:23:50, ahead of Aldrin Bagonoc, 2:33:51, and Dennis Olleza, 2:48:12 who took the silver and bronze, respectively. In 31-above males, the champion was Christopher Eyao, 2:04:19 followed by Gregie Pamakid, 2:27:20 while third was Ariel Jamisola with 2:31:12.

In the 21-above male category, Peter Villocino finished first with 2:09:31 while Juanito Mahinay (2:10:76) finished second and Daryll Dava Magaway (2:16:48) came in third.

Jamilla Watamama (3:47:07) won in the 51-above females while Dolly Yuste (3:44:14) ruled the 41-above females.

A special award was given to Banjo Norte for the fastest swimmer with a time of 0:17:25.

Other over-all top 10 triathletes were Christopher Eyao, Peter Villocino, Juanito Mahinay, Banjo Norte, Daryll Dave Magaway, Tenggoy Colmenares and Gregie Pamakid who took the next fourth to 10th spots.

Medals, finisher shirts and gift certificates were awarded to the winners.

The 1st Davao Xtrail Triathlon 2014 was organized by Lead Pack Events and Management in cooperation with Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort with sponsors Congressman Anton Lagdameo, Sports Depot, Tekpone, Ride Davao, Elete Electrolytes, Feetures, Blueseventy, Altra Zero Drop Footwear, Bikerboy and Boatman Outdoors.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 03, 2014.

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