My Observations: 2019 SEA Games Obstacle Course Racing Team Relay Gold Medal Won By Philippines

I’m thankful to the Lord not only because the Philippines hosted the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (2019 SEA Games) but also because Obstacle Course Racing made its debut in the said games as a medal sport and their events were held at Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

On the morning of December 4, I hiked from Commercenter to a closed stretch of road just beside the golf range. There the SEA Games OCR was held and, specifically, the event I got to watch was the 400-meter Team Relay event with a pre-finals match between the Philippines (composed of Diana Buhler, Jeffrey Reginio, Klymille Rodriguez and Nathaniel Sanchez) and Malaysia. I recorded a portion of that particular match on my official Facebook page Author Carlo Carrasco. Watch it just below.

During the breaks between matches, I made my way through the spectators’ section observing the place, the set-up of the obstacle course and met a few friends (including a Christian sister of mine). The obstacle course really had a lot of expensive looking, customized hardware strategically placed along the closed stretch of the road.

To put in simple terms, obstacle course racing offers lots of challenges for athletes who are expected to not only be fit, strong and fast but also be strategic with their moves because the racing involves running, climbing, light-gun shooting, side-stepping and the like. In other words, it’s a very creative and exciting way of racing.

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Look at all of that hardware.
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More of the obstacle course.

After the bronze medal match between Indonesia and Timor Leste, the gold medal batch between the Philippines and Malaysia was announced to follow. Naturally the spectators prepared themselves for what was anticipated to be a high-pressure match and they were not wrong.

Then the gold medal match happened. From where I was standing, I witnessed Malaysia overtake the Philippines temporarily before the lead went back to the Filipinos. While I was unable to move close to the finish line for the victory crossing moment, the spectators’ loud cheerful reaction and the voice-over by the event commentator confirmed the victory. Praise and thank the Lord for the gold medal victory of the Philippines!

And then the ceremony of the awarding the gold, silver and bronze medals took place which was witnessed by not only the spectators but also by special guests (including a congressman) and varied sports officials. Philippines won the gold, Malaysia the silver and Indonesia the bronze.

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Southeast Asia’s best in Obstacle Course Racing 400-meter Team Relay – Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.

There is nothing like witnessing the SEA Games OCR 400-meter Team Relay medal ceremony on location and in person. It definitely is a more engaging experience than watch such a ceremony on television or via the Internet video. I also made the effort to get a good position in front of the stage, record the ceremony on video and upload it on my official Facebook page. After all that, I left to visit another place.

So what can I say about OCR’s debut in the SEA Games? From what I saw, the creative sport has a future in the regional games. When it comes to South Metro Manila, Filinvest City definitely is a solid venue to have OCR events held with an outdoor setting. When it comes to holding the event inside private subdivisions, however, it can be tricky because it will involve the homeowners’ association (HOA) especially when it comes to matters like in-village traffic, security, noise pollution and crowd control. It’s too easy to suggest holding an outdoor OCR event inside Ayala Alabang (which has a country club, by the way, plus roads wider than those of other subdivisions) or BF Homes subdivision (which has no country club but has a sports club) without considering the disturbance to the residents. The way I look at South Metro Manila, Filinvest City is ideal.

Looking for another venue further south? There is Vermosa Sports Hub along Daang Hari, Imus City, Cavite. Apart from the sports facilities, they have a lot of roads and wide open spaces (vacant lots). I can imagine an OCR event being held there. Vermosa Sports Hub is already established as a popular destination for triathlon (swim-bike-run) and aquathlon (swim-run).

No doubt about it. Obstacle Course Racing has a nice future ahead here in the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia.

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PRESS RELEASE: SUN LIFE AQUATHLON SERIES 2019 CROWNS ITS CHAMPIONS

SUN LIFE AQUATHLON SERIES 2019 CROWNS ITS CHAMPIONS

The Sun Life Aquathlon Championship Series 2019 concluded in high spirits as the Top Aquathletes were crowned as champions during the awarding ceremony held at the Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus City, Cavite last October 13.

The Top Aquathletes were determined per age group and were ranked based on points accumulated throughout the year-long series. The champions per category are: Erika Nicole Burgos and Richard Anson Navo (for 15 to 17 age group); Naomi Daphne Sibayan and Rene Angelito Arroyo (18 to 24 age group); Kath Lagunsad and Gianmarco Sibayan (25 to 29 age group); Heather Europa and Raymund Velasco (30 to 34 age group); Mira Batilo and John Mark Yamoyam (35 to 39 age group); Ardy Theloesen and Noy Basa (40 to 44 age group); Leilani Tan and Rodrigo Abrilla (45 to 49 age group); Mariel Powell (for female above 50 age group); Ronald Allan Ginez (male 50 to 54 age group); Isidro Manuel (male 55 to 59 age group); and Adelio Torres (male above 60 age group).

“I’m very happy I was declared the champion in my category. I had to discipline myself and plan my schedule carefully in order to join the events of this series,” Arroyo said.

“It’s a good day for Sun Life Aquathlon and the wellness community. This event embodies the values and mission of GoWell, which is to help people live a healthier, brighter life,” Sun Life Health and Wellness Analyst Natalie Cruz said, who was present in the awarding ceremony.

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

The Sun Life Aquathlon was hosted by Sun Life Philippines and organized by BikeKing Philippines. The event was also supported by Smart, SPEEDO, Apollo Petroleum Jelly, Vermosa Sports Hub, official timekeeper Garmin, and hydration partners Pocari Sweat and Sip Purified Water.

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For the complete list of winners of the Sun Life Aquathlon Championship Series 2019, visit http://www.BikeKingPhilippines.com. For more about Sun Life’s health and wellness initiatives, follow @SunLifePH and @GoWellPH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Published on behalf of Bike King Philippines and Sun Life Financial.

 

 

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.

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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My Observations: Starbucks Vermosa

In South Metro Manila, Daang Hari is one very long road used by thousands of motorists each day. It stretches from a corner of Alabang Zapote Road in Las Pinas which goes through portions of Alabang (Muntinlupa City), goes past Evia Lifestyle Center and the connection with Muntinlupa Cavite Expressway (MCX) and more notably the road leads further into the province of Cavite.

Along Daang Hari within the jurisdiction of Imus City, Cavite, is the world-class Vermosa Sports Hub which is home to a very modern looking swimming pool, track oval and some facilities.

Just outside Vermosa Sports Hub, however, along Daang Hari is a new branch of Starbucks Coffee which I visited.

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The front of Starbucks Vermosa coffee shop.

As expected, the Vermosa Starbucks branch has a very modern design on its exterior and interior. Its interior is quite spacious with lots of seats and tables that can accommodate groups of friends and family members. The place is good enough for employees or business executives to have group meetings in while having coffee.

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This is where you choose, line up, pay and pick up your order.
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Nice interior.

Upon my examination of the place, I noticed some parking slots in the rear of the coffee shop (with the Vermosa Sports Hub visible). Like the Starbucks coffee shop at Evia Lifestyle Center, this coffee shop has a drive-thru.

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Parking slots.
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The drive-thru lane.

So if you are coming from Cavite heading to Las Pinas or Muntinlupa and you want coffee to help you complete your long drive along Daang Hari, know that the Vermosa Starbucks branch is operating.

Vermosa Sports Hub Sprint Tri in the Sports News (June 19, 2019)

Hey sports readers! The Vermosa Sports Hub Sprint Tri held recently made it on the sports pages of the following Philippine newspapers.

Manila Bulletin

People’s Tonight

Manila Standard

Manila Times

Business Mirror

Malaya Business Insight

For the complete race results and list of winners, click right here.

Visit the official website of Vermosa Sports Hub right here.

Watch out for future Bike King races at its official website.