Sun Life Aquathlon Set to Award Champions

SUN LIFE AQUATHLON SET TO AWARD CHAMPIONS

The much-awaited Sun Life Aquathlon, a multi-sport racing event hosted by Sun Life Philippines in partnership with BikeKing Philippines, is set to award its winners at the finale of the series championship on October 13 at the Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus City, Cavite.

The event will mark the conclusion of the Sun Life Aquathlon Series Championship Series 2019, which includes the Vermosa Sports Hub Aquathlon 1, Vermosa Sports Hub Aquathlon 2, and the Aquaman Aquathlon.

“Hosting the Sun Life Aquathlon enables Sun Life to nurture the growing interest of Filipinos in multisport events. This is very much aligned with our thrust to promote health and wellness in the country,” Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa said.

Now on its third year, the Sun Life Aquathlon will see almost 400 participants racing to garner more points in the last leg of the series, in hopes of winning their respective categories. Categories are divided by age-appropriate distances: the shortest course is a 100-meter swim combined with a kilometer run designed for children ages seven to eight; while the longest course is a 500-meter swim combined with a five-kilometer run for participants 15 years old and above.

The Sun Life Aquathlon series points will be tallied and the Top Aquathlete of 2019 and other champions of the series will be announced during the awarding ceremony. Moreover, top three winners of each age-group category will receive specially designed finisher medals and gift packs.

The event is also supported by Smart, SPEEDO, Apollo Petroleum Jelly, Vermosa Sports Hub, official timekeeper Garmin, and hydration partners Pocari Sweat and Sip Purified Water.

For more information on this event, visit http://bikekingphilippines.com. For more about Sun Life’s health and wellness initiatives, follow @SunLifePH and @GoWellPH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Published on behalf of Sun Life Philippines.

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Strong Finish for Philippines Foreseen in 30th SEA Games Triathlon Events

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During the recent edition of the Usapang Sports forum held at the National Press Club in Intramuros, Manila, 2-time SEA Games medalist Maria Claire Adorna expressed that the Philippines campaign will achieve success in the triathlon events (Individual Men, Individual Women and Mixed Team Relay) of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (30th SEA Games) which will be held at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Adorna, who won the SEA Games triathlon gold in 2015 in Singapore and the silver medal in 2017 in Malaysia, was confident that the team will do well this year.

“We have strong chance to win especially because we will host the SEA Games,” Adorna said during the forum.

To put things in perspective, in the Men’s race, the Philippines will be represented by John Chicano and Andrew Kim Remolino. 2-time SEA Games medalist Kim Mangrobang and Kim Kilgroe will race in the Women’s competition. Adorna has been shortlisted with Mangrobang and Kilgroe in the mixed team relay for women while 2-time SEA Games gold medalist Nikko Huelgas has been shortlisted with Chicano and Fer Casares on the men’s side. Specifically, a decision will be made as to which triathletes will do the mixed team relay event the day before the race begins.

The distance of the triathlon will be 1.5-kilometer swimming, 40KM biking and 10KM running.

Hard-earned SEA Games Gold Medal

It is recalled during the 2015 SEA Games, Adorna revealed to reporters and bloggers that winning the gold medal was very hard to achieve not only because of competition from other Southeast Asian nations but also due to the fact that she had been injured along the way. Check out the video below.

Back to the sports forum, the 2-time medalist pointed to Singapore and Malaysia as the likely biggest rivals.

When it comes to entering the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Adorna said that local triathletes need to participate in many Asian-level tournaments as possible in order to accumulate the essential ranking points in order to qualify in the said Games. She urged the entire nation to pray and support for the entire Philippine team.

The Usapang Sports forum was presented by the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) and sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission, National Press Club, Pagcor, Community Basketball Association, and HG Guyabano Tea Leaf Drinks. TOPS president Ed Andaya and Games and Amusements Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra were present during the forum.

No Three-peat in SEA Games Men’s Triathlon

With Chicano and Remolino (who is preparing in his native Cebu) representing the Philippines in the Men’s race in the SEA Games triathlon, there definitely will be no “three-peat” this year in reference to Nikko Huelgas who won the Men’s gold medals in 2015 and 2017. The Triathlon Association of the Philippines announced this past August its SEA Games lineup for the triathlon event.

Huelgas however still has a chance to share the glory of winning another gold medal in the men’s mixed team relay.

Among the ladies, 2017 SEA Games gold medalist Kim Mangrobang has a chance to win a 2nd consecutive gold medal. Recently she finished 5th in the Elite Women category of the 2019 ATU Triathlon African Cup in Morocco. Her teammate Kim Kilgroe finished 8th in that same race.

For more triathlon updates, visit the TRAP Facebook page here.

For updates of the 30th SEA Games, click here for the website and here for the Facebook page.

Stay tuned for more.

 

 

 

35,000+ expected to sign up for SEA Games this year

As the anticipation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games (30th SEA Games) grows, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) announced on September 18 that they expected more than 35,000 people to sign up for the biennial sports meet which will open on November 30 and last until December 11.

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According to Alona Quintos (director for accreditation and uniforms), the PHISGOC has received close to eleven thousand applications for accreditation from athlete and officials of the eleven nations participating in the big event.

Already 9,552 have been screened while more than eight thousand personnel have been granted access to the SEA Games. The organizers have been paying close attention to security to make sure that each and every person who got accredited is cleared. Quintos added that pre-valid accreditation cards or PVACs of the eleven national Olympic committees will start printing on September 30.

With regards to media, close to 1,500 personnel composed of journalists, photojournalists, videographers and broadcasters have applied to cover the 30th SEA Games.

So far, the preparation for the SEA Games here in the Philippines is looking good. In fact there were technical delegates from various sports who lauded the local organizers for the preparation and the venues. For one thing, Valson Cuddikotta (technical delegate for athletics) cited the track-and-field stadium in New Clark City as a world-class facility and noted PHISGOC’s efforts to come up with such fantastic venues. Cuddikotta believes the Philippines can conduct any event of the highest magnitude.

Historically speaking, the Philippines hosted the SEA Games in 1981, 1991 and 2005. The very first SEA Games were held in Thailand way back in 1959.

Tickets to the Games

For those who want to watch the SEA Games in person here in the Philippines, the organizers have teamed up with SM Tickets and tickets are being sold at www.SMtickets.com

For SEA Games venue references, click here.

For the official Facebook page of the 30th SEA Games, click here.

Delos Reyes and Ganzon Fastest in Alviera Bike King Duathlon

DELOS REYES AND GANZON FASTEST IN ALVIERA BIKE KING DUATHLON

Standout duathlete Joey Delos Reyes and former national duathlon champion Alexandra Ganzon proved their excellence among the large field of athletes by registering the fastest times within their respective genders in the Alviera Bike King Duathlon that was held recently at Alviera in Porac, Pampanga

Delos Reyes, who previously topped the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Bike King Duathlon series, finished the long distance 6 Kilometer run – 60 Km bike – and 4 Km run event in 2 hours, 13 minutes and 20 seconds capturing easily the Male 30-34 age-group title. A few minutes later, Male 25-29 contestants Jarwyn Banatao and Cipriane John Topia crossed the finish line neck-and-neck at 2:16:02 and 2:16:03.

Delos Reyes stated that during the race, he and a teammate were pacing with each other while cycling along the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) until that teammate suffered a flat tire. From that point on, Delos Reyes went ahead on his own and maintained his lead until the end.

Among the ladies in the event supported by Alviera, NLEX-SCTEX Metro Pacific Tollways, Standard Insurance, official timing partner Garmin, Smart, and Hydration partners POCARI Sweat and Sip Purified Water, Alexandra Ganzon easily topped the Female 30-34 category with a time of 2:34:40. More than half an hour later, Female 40-44 champion followed at 3:08:48 while Female 35-39 champion Bubbles Paraiso came in next at 3:09:07.

For the sprint distance contests, the fastest males were 20-29 champion Reymart Songo with 1:14:45, 15-19 champion Irienold Reig, Jr. with 1:14:50 and 15-19 2d placer Richard Anson Navo with 1:15:27. The fastest sprint females were 15-19 champion Erica Bulatao with 1:30:54, 40-49 champion Bic Ferreria with 1:37:33 and 20-29 champion Aira Lourdes Lopez with 1:39:56. Other declared champions of the long distance and sprint distance can be found at the event’s page at the official website of organizer Bike King.

“We are happy that even though Alviera is located quite far away from Metro Manila, a lot of participants invited by Bike King arrived and went on to race and have a good time,” said Alviera Estate Manager Aris Pangilinan. Pangilinan and Jenny Chico of NLEX-SCTEX took part in the awarding ceremony.

Close to 500 participants joined the event hosted by Alviera, which is an 1,800-hectare sustainable estate by Ayala Land and Leonio Land that features a diverse mix of residential dwellings, commercial districts, industrial parks, institutions and leisure facilities located close to the Porac exit of the SCTEX. Since 2017, a gated subdivision with new homes have been built along with new shopping and dining outlets located near The Sandbox. An industrial park is being developed. For more information, visit http://bikekingphilippines.com.

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PR credit: Bike King

Lorbes and Burgos Fastest in Vermosa Sports Hub Aquathlon 2 (PRESS RELEASE)

LORBES AND BURGOS FASTEST IN VERMOSA SPORTS HUB AQUATHLON 2

Youth aquathletes Inaki Lorbes and Erika Nicole Burgos proved their might among almost 300 participants by registering the fastest times of their respective genders in the Vermosa Sports Hub Aquathlon 2 held recently at the Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus City, Cavite.

In the standard distance 1-kilometer swim and 7-kilometer run contest, Inaki Lorbes had the best time of 42 minutes and 22 seconds winning the Male 18-24 age category. Richard Anson Navo, who topped the Vermosa Sports Hub Aquathlon 1 last March, had the next fastest time with 44:33 topping the Male 15-17 category. The 3rd fastest time was 46:50 by Juan Francisco Baniqued who ended up 2nd in the Male 15-17 category.

Among the ladies in the event supported by Vermosa Sports Hub, Avida, Smart, Standard Insurance, official timer Garmin, SPEEDO, Apollo Petroleum Jelly and hydration partners Pocari Sweat and Sip Purified, Erika Nicole Burgos started very strongly in the swim leg (event best swim of 14:46) and maintained her lead to capture the Female 15-17 title in a total of 50:43. Her competitor in the Female 15-17 category, Olivia Kwon, finished next in 55:02 while Female 30-34 champion Nancy Giganon registered the 3rd fastest standard distance time with 1:00:27.

For the Team Relay standard distance contests, Team Get Coach’D emerged as the All-Male Relay champion, Power Sisters as All-Female Relay champion and Amigo Tri as the Mixed Relay champion. All other declared champions of the standard distance, petite distance and other distances can be found at the event’s page at the official website of organizer Bike King.

Apart from awarding the winners of the aquathlon, the Top Aquathletes of the Vermosa Sports Hub Multisport Series 2019 (composed of three events) were declared and awarded accordingly by the organizers. Their respective names and final series scores are available for viewing at BikeKingPhilippines.com

“My series victory today was somewhat unexpected as I was supposed to be off-season now. Because I already participated in the first two events of the Vermosa Sports Hub Multisport Series this year, I decided to compete today and I got rewarded. This was a fulfilling race and I like racing in this venue,” said Raymund Velasco of Team Sante Barley who won the male 30-34 title for 2019. He was the champion of his category in the first aquathlon (March) and the sprint triathlon (June) that were part of the series.

Other winners – both from the Aquathlon 2 and the Vermosa Sports Hub Multisport Series – mentioned they and their teammates had trained at the Vermosa Sports Hub facility in preparation for each event this year.

The Vermosa Sports Hub will host the Sun Life Aquathlon Series Championship on October 13. For more information, visit http://bikekingphilippines.com and http://vermosa.ph.

The Vermosa Aquathlon is Vermosa’s signature event, now on its 3rd Leg.  Vermosa Sports Hub (VSH) is a complete one stop-training facility for triathletes and sports enthusiasts.  The first development in the country that integrates an Olympic-size pool, football field, track oval and sports and science laboratory.  Follow Vermosa in Instagram and Facebook for event details and reservations: @Vermosaph

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PR Credit: Bike King

 

 

 

 

Vermosa Sports Hub Aquathlon 2 Set for August 25

 

VERMOSA SPORTS HUB AQUATHLON 2 SET FOR AUGUST 25

Close to 300 youths and seasoned multisport athletes from around the nation are ready to test their mettle in the Vermosa Sports Hub Aquathlon 2 event set for August 25 at Vermosa Sports Hub along Daang Hari, Imus City, Cavite.

In this latest event of the ongoing Vermosa Sports Hub Multisport Series 2019 and the Sun Life Aquathlon Series organized by Bike King Philippines, participants will perform in their respective categories (with age-appropriate distances) using the Vermosa Sports Hub’s world-class Olympic-size swimming pool and the highly modern track oval. The shortest course is composed of a 100-meter swim and 600-meter run for the kids (age 7-10) while the longest course is 1 Km swim and 7 Km run (for participants aged 15 and older).

At stake in the event supported by Vermosa Sports Hub, Smart, Standard Insurance, official timer Garmin, SPEEDO, Apollo Petroleum Jelly and hydration partners Pocari Sweat and Sip Purified Water are specially designed medals and gift packs for the top 3 finishers of each age-group category. More notably, this event will serve as the final race of the Vermosa Sports Hub Multisport Series 2019 which includes an aquathlon (March) and a triathlon (June) previously held. The Top Athletes of 2019 of the Vermosa Sports Hub Multisport Series 2019 will be awarded after the race.

Also up for grabs are points for the Top 20 finishers in the standard distance category which will be counted for the for the search of 2019’s Top Aquathlete in the ongoing Sun Life Aquathlon Series. Vermosa Sports Hub will host the concluding aquathlon series event – the Sun Life Aquathlon Series Championship – on October 13.

The awarding ceremony will take place at around 10AM near the swimming pool area. Spectators and companions of participants are welcome to spend time at the race expo located at the same area

For more information on this event, visit http://bikekingphilippines.com and http://vermosa.ph. Follow @VermosaPH on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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Nikko Huelgas at 2019 USANA Live Global Convention

Nikko Huelgas, who is a 2-time gold medalist in the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in the multisport of triathlon, achieved something just several hours ago. It’s not another victory in a race but rather it was his speech delivered to a live audience during the 2019 USANA Live Global Convention held at the Salt Palace Center in Utah, the United States.

Here are the details…

 

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Nikko Huelgas’ name and image highlighted at the Salt Lake Center as he delivered his speech there. (photo contributed by Nikko Huelgas)

Nikko told me that his speech lasted around three minutes. The presentation was lively as his image was magnified by the organizers complete with his name prominently displayed for everyone to see.

“I simply shared a 3-minute speech about my journey as a SEA Games champion to becoming the Chairman of the POC Athletes Commission,” he said. “So I shared that for a bit and shared the inevitable struggles of a pro athlete that is comparable to that of a USANA Associate.”

This is not the first time that the BF International, Las Piñas City resident delivered a speech. A few years ago, he spoke in front of many students at his old high school Elizabeth Seton School in BF Resort Village, Las Piñas City which inspired them.

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Nikko Huelgas outside the venue of the big convention. (source – Nikko Huelgas Facebook page)

Furthermore, Nikko attended the convention representing the Philippines and he carries a convention badge which identifies him as an USANA Athlete.

What is the convention about? According to the organizers, their event is described as the only place attendees can interact in real-time with world-class trainers, get a front-row seat to industry-changing announcements, interact with USANA management team members, shop for products in a massive store, immerse themselves at the interactive expo and be celebrated on the awards stage.

Watch for more about Nikko Huelgas and triathlon-related stuff here.


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