Gov Abet S Garcia of the host province of Bataan, thanked the organizers of the rare event as he assured them of their security.
He said this will further expose Bataan from the world.
Challenge family said “all set is for its Philippine debut in February, featuring a spectacular and iconic tri course that runs through Subic and Bataan.
Set on February 22, 2014, the half distance Challenge PHL triathlon caps off a weeklong celebration of the Pinoy spirit and the beautiful traditions of the Philippines, in lifestyle, cultural and community engagements, as well as sporting events for the entire family. The Philippines is Challenge’s 14th destination country, after races in North America, UK, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand.”
“The Challenge Family is renowned for its integrity, expertise, passion and commitment to the sport of triathlon. As such, the organization selects race courses that will provide athletes with the best race experience connected to a community that embraces its vision,” reveals Dave Voth, Challenge Philippines race chairman, and president of Endurance Entertainment Asia, Inc.
Grown from the iconic Challenge Roth, the world’s largest long distance triathlon with over 5,000 competitors, the Challenge Family has mounted over 20 races around the world, participated in by 34,000 athletes – including multi-triathlon world champion Chris “Macca” McCormack – with over 915,000 spectators.
“Challenge Philippines is shaping up to be the country’s most anticipated triathlon competition, offering finishers not only bragging rights for winning against the best in the world, but also cash prizes worth over P2 million,” Voth notes.
“Racing with the world’s best who are competing for one of the largest paydays in the sport will truly add to that once in a lifetime experience.”
Challenge Philippines offers Male Elite and Female Elite Top 10 finishers cash, trophies, and gift packs. Meanwhile, Philippine national team members, male and female; as well as, elite team members from countries in the SEA region are eligible to compete in the Southeast Asia (SEA) Elite Top 3. Special cash prizes will also be given to Fastest AG Split, male and female categories in Swim, Bike, and Run; as well as highest Team points for the top 3 teams.
A special treat awaits one lucky participant in a raffle draw for a free entry to Challenge Roth which includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and New Balance racer gear.
All participants will receive a finisher medal, certificate, and goodie bags which includes a shirt, water bottle, gift voucher, sponsor swag, special discounts and other free gifts; along with a Challenge Philippines membership car that offers exclusive discounts, free gear and benefits at multiple food and beverage, hospitality and retail outlets.