MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, May 21 (PIA) – Some 160 triathletes from various parts of the country gathered in Camiguin on 15 May 2016 for the 2nd Hibok-hibok Triathlon Open Competition.
Two categories were prepped up for both male and female in sprint distance (750 meters swim, 20 km bike, and 5 km run) and standard distance (1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, and 10 km run).
40-year old foreigner and triathlete coach Dan Brown was proclaimed overall champion for the standard distance, male category timed 2:33:26, followed by 33-year old James Rey V. Dimco from Iligan City with 2:36:40 and 23-year old Mark Anthony E. Balanay from Cagayan de Oro City 2:37:23.
Standard distance female category Olana N. Vano Dauis, 22-year old from Dauis,Bohol is on the lead with 3:38:44 time, followed by Doreen P. Feraren from ligan City, 38 years old with running time of 3:43:57 and Joanna Marie M. Salahog, Mandaue City, 28 years old at 3:53:20.
34 year-old Sherwin Managil from Cebu City was named Sprint Distance Male Champion completing the race at 1:20:49, 34 year- old Ralph Archie also from Cebu City, grabbed the second spot with 1:22:31 time race followed by 16-year old Clarence Q. Tabaranza.
For the Sprint Distance Female Category, Diane Kaye G. Sy, Cebu City, 18 year-old was proclaimed champion recording 1:44:24 race time, closely beating 1:44:35 time score of Danica Rose R. Peligrino, 21-year old triathlete from Gingoog City, while Zarah Love A. Palanca, Cabadbaran City, 39-year old grabbed the third spot with a 2:06:10 race time.
Mambajao Local Government Unit Sports Coordinator Gilbert Grado said the attendance of triathletes have doubled this year.
“We elevated from last year’s race, now it’s no longer relay, but rather solo for the athletes who can compete for the three (3) disciplines and qualify as a triathlete,” he said.
Grado highlighted that the second Mt. Hibok-hibok triathlon is quite unique in the sense that its swimming leg is done in a channel and not in the shorelines. It’s a water entry for the sprint distance in the middle of White Island going to the shore, and full distance stretch from the White Island to the shore for the standard distance race.
“It’s a call for triathletes to train harder for open sea challenge, considering the current, wind and wave factors,” Grado added.
The event was spearheaded by Promote Camiguin, a private group organized with the intent to develop and promote sports in Camiguin, in partnership with the local government of Mambajao and the Camiguin provincial government.
Meanwhile, seeing the success gained and pushing further the development of sports tourism in the island-province, the Mt. Hibok-hibok Triathlon is planned to be held twice next year, summer and in time for the Lanzones Festival in October. It will be off-road this time for the bikes and trails for the run. (JCValcorza, PIA-10)
Photo Credits to Julius Contreras