New Clark City hosts successful inaugural triathlon

New Clark City hosts successful inaugural triathlon More than a thousand athletes participated in the first-ever triathlon held in New Clark City fromOctober 19-20, 2019. The event, organized by the GoClark Sports and Events and the BasesConversion and Development Authority (BCDA), welcomed participants from all ages with thehosting of the Kids’ Triathlon, fun run, and the major triathlon race. “We’re fortunate that a lot of athletes and spectators supported the event. Hopefully these sportsfacilities will eventually help promote wellness and healthy living for many Filipinos. Seeing thefaces of the participants, they were so happy. It’s just the beginning of what’s more to come [herein New Clark City] in the next few years,” BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon said. Dizon added that the race was another opportunity to test the sports facilities before the 30thSouth East Asian (SEA) Games which will run from November 30 to December 11. Official Testgames will start next week and will be participated by international athletes. Participants raced at the world-class Athletics Stadium, Aquatics Center, and the new access roadfrom New Clark City to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway which will boost connectivity in CentralLuzon. There were also para-athletes who joined the race. “This event proves that you don't have to be an elite athlete to do this sport,” says GoClark Sportsand Events Director Jumbo Tayag. 2017 SEA Games men’s triathlon silver medalist John “Rambo” Chicano, Philippines’ top bet forthis year’s 30th South East Asian Games said the sports facilities are a huge help for nationalathletes as they train for competitions. “Napakalaking tulong ng ganitong facility para sa aming mga atleta kasi ‘di na namin kailanganmag-overseas na training camp so ‘yun pa lang, makakatipid na kami kasi pamasahe pa lang‘tsaka accommodation din malaki. Sa ganitong paraan, nakakatipid na. Nakaka-engganyo pa tayong kabataan [to turn to sports] dito sa Clark,” Chicano said. “[For] Filipino athletes, to do the SEA Games in front of the home crowd is one of our biggestopportunities to promote our sport, triathlon. To showcase that we are good in endurance sportsand that it should be given so much funding,” Gold medalist triathlete Nikko Huelgas underscored.“Kasi ‘pag tinutulungan ‘yung Philippine sports mas naiinspire ‘yung buong bayan to engage insports and nabibigyan ng opportunities ‘yung mga tao magkaroon ng magandang buhay. Sportsgives you a better life.” Both the Athletics Stadium and Aquatics Center meet the standards of international governingbodies, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Federation Internationalede Natation (FINA). -END- Reference:Leilani Barlongay-MacasaetAssistant Vice President for Corporate Communications+63 908 899 8578 CAPTION FOR PHOTOS 1-4: The inaugural triathlon in New Clark City held Sunday, October 20, attracts hundreds of participating athletes as the multi-sport event also showcased the new and world-class facilities, such as the Aquatics Center and the Athletics Stadium. John “Rambo” Chicano, the Philippines’ top bet in the upcoming SEA Games, finishes first in the elite category of the inaugural New Clark City triathlon held Sunday, October 20.

October 20, 2019

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The first public sports event held in New Clark City gathered 1,160 professional and non-professional triathletes in the Philippines with more than 5,000 spectators also joining this two-day event hosted by BCDA in partnership with GoClark Sports and Events. The NCC Triathlon also served as a send-off for the national triathletes who competed in the regional biennial meet. Aside from elite triathletes like Nikko Huelgas and John “Rambo” Chicano, celebrity athletes and kids ages 8 to 14 years old were given the chance to participate in the race that is expected to be staged in NCC every year.

October 19, 2019

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