Highland triathletes conquer SUBIT
Athletes from Baguio and Benguet finished strong in the recently concluded Subic International Triathlon in Subic Bay Freeport Zone on May 1.
The athletes from Baguio and Benguet were led by Ironman athlete Jet Ramos, who placed second overall in his age group with a time of two hours and 12 minutes in the Olympic distance.
Ramos, who also placed second overall in the full marathon of the Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay held last March, followed by elite athlete Al-Shyrnel Amiladjid of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who recorded a time of 2:11.
Jeremiah Lipura of Go for Gold Cebu placed third overall with a time of 2:14.
The athletes swam 1.5 kilometers at Subic Bay, biked 40 kilometers along the flat roads of Subic and ran the 10-km. bay walk during the country’s longest running triathlon, which is now in its 29th year.
In the elite category, two Baguio boys debuted in the same distance.
Philippine team pool member Josh Ramos recorded his personal best of 1:55 while Maynard Pecson finished with a total time of 2:08.
Both raced with other Olympians from Japan and Hongkong. Olympian Ren Sato of Japan took the top spot with a time of 1:43.
Other winners from Baguio include triathlon youth athlete Daniel Nazarro, who placed first in the 16 to 19 age group, and Erica Bulatao on second place in the 16 to 19 age group.
The Subic International Triathlon Asian Cup or Subit is the longest running triathlon in the country organized by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines where almost 500 participants joined the race early this month.
Baguio-Benguet Triathlon Team head coach Jet Ramos said the team is now in New Clark City, training and preparing for the Asian Sprint Championships set in Korea on June 4. – Ofelia C. Empian