PAMPANGA

New Clark City to host inaugural triathlon

THE New Clark City sports complex is set to host a triathlon on October 19 to 20 in a bid to test its sports facilities.

The New Clark City (NCC) Triathlon 2019, which is expected to gather 700 participants, is set before the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to test the country’s new sports facilities.

“New Clark City is a perfect venue for a triathlon since it’s the first [modern] facility intended for the SEA Games," GoClark sports and events director Jumbo Tayag said.

GoClark is an organization that promotes health and wellness through endurance and multisport events.

Tayag said triathlon participants will have a chance to be one of the first to use the pools at the Aquatics Center and the track oval at the Athletics Stadium.

The 20,000-seater Athletics Stadium and 2,000-seater Aquatics Center are already more than 90 percent completed.

“This is totally a fresh change from the usual venues in Subic and Clark,” Tayag said.

Tayag also cited the new access road from the new city to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway which will boost accessibility in the area and ease traffic, especially during main events.

Inaugural race

The upcoming race will also serve as a send-off for the national triathletes who will compete at the biennial games.

Tayag will lead the opening ceremony of the race together with Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president and chief executive officer Vince Dizon and MTD Clark Inc., president Patrick Nicholas David. Celebrity athletes are also expected to join the race.

The first day will start with a 5-km fun run and a triathlon for kids or NCC TriKids, to be held in two categories: 1) 100-m swim, 6-km bike, and 1-km run; and 2) 300-m swim, 10-km bike, and 2-km run. The triathlon is open for children aged 8 to 14 years old.

The major race, which will happen on the second day, consists of three distance categories: 1) NCC Tri Full involves a 900-m swim, 40-km bike, and 8-km run; 2) NCC Tri Sprint includes 450-m swim, 20-km bike, and 4-km run; and 3) NCC Tri Full Relay which also involves 900-m swim, 40-km bike, and 8-km run.

Registration started on August 12, and will end on October 8, 2019.

Guidelines on how to register, fees and other information about the race can be accessed through www.goclark.ph.


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