World's largest triathlon challenge will fire off in Subic Bay this weekend

February 21, 2014 12:37 pm 

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT ZONE, Feb. 21 — Over 650 athletes, to be led by multiple triathlete champion Chris McCormack of Australia, are expected to participate in the "Challenge Philippines", the latest addition to the 15-country "Challenge Family" series, which will kick-off on Saturday.

McCormack also known as Macca is excited to take on pristine race course here that extends to the beautiful province of Bataan.

"Count me in. I can't wait for Challenge Philippines, the course looks great, absolutely beautiful and I know it will be one of the best events in the 2014 race calendar," said McCormack, who is a four-time champion of the "Challenge Roth", the precursor of the "Challenge Families" series.

The race course, which has never been raced before in the Philippines, will feature the seven hills of Bataan.

"We deliberately looked on how to bring an iconic 'Challenge Philippines' event to the area with the best economic impact, but without the negative effects of closed city central roads or extra traffic. From first contact to finishing line, we wanted a unique and completely new course designed by athletes for athletes and the best possible race experience; this was our desired objective," said Dave Voth, executive officer of the Endurance Entertainment Asia (EEA).

The seven-hill killer bike route will comprise two-thirds of the race which will also include a four-kilometer downward glide back to the Adventure Beach and the 21-kilometer forest run as finale.

Macca is not only the triathlete superstar in the field.

The star studded field also has the Bennet couple, Greg and Laura of Australia; Phuket Challenge male winner Rasmus Petraeus of Denmark; and female winner Melissa Hauschildt of Australia; Czech Republic's national triathlete star Radka Vodicka; up-and-coming triathlete star Till Schramm of Germany; Olympian cyclist Emma Pouly of United Kingdom and two princes of Bahrain.

Fil-American Arland Macasieb is the lone Philippine representative in the elite pro category.

The four-day event that started its festivities February 20, offers a US$ 50,000 prize purse.

The male and female top 10 winners are all guaranteed with trophies, gift packs and cash prizes.

The "Challenge Philippines" champion will receive $ 6,500 with $ 4,000 for the first runners-up and $ 3,000 for the second runners-up.

Additional purse also await the top three Southeast Asian athletes and Filipino age-groupers up to $ 1,500.

Completing the inaugural Family Series in the country is the aquathlon for kids on Sunday.

The Challenge Family series has 25 races annually held in Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark, France, Austria, United Kingdom, Holland, Taiwan, Thailand, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, United States and now Philippines.

The inaugural "Challenge Philippines" is in cooperation with the Bataan local government, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Department of Tourism, Camayan Beach Resort and Hotel, Ocean Adventure Beach, and sponsors and media partners. (PNA)

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