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For Beginners or Veterans, These Are 5 triathlons to Watch Out For This 2023

Whether you’re a pro or you’ve just started in the sport, these are five triathlons in the Philippines that you need to add to your calendar.

There are so many triathlons in the Philippines that it can be hard to keep track of all the events that take place in a year. Ever since the sport started growing over a decade ago, the community continues to build and the events just get better and better.

Whether you’re a veteran in the sport or you’ve just gotten started as your new year’s resolution, there are events throughout the year that are perfect for you.

Here are five triathlons in the Philippines that you should be adding to your calendar as soon as now.

TriFactor Triathlon Subic Bay

Distance: Olympic and Sprint
Location: Subic Bay
Date: February 12, 2023

The TriFactor Triathlon is part of the organization’s series of races around Asia, and this February, they are kicking off the year with a race in Subic Bay.

This event is perfect for either beginners or advanced triathletes because TriFactor is hosting both Olympic and Sprint distances for both professionals and age group participants. In addition, you can also sign up as an individual or as a team for the relay events.

So whether you just got into the sport or you’re a certified veteran, the TriFactor Triathlon will be the perfect way to kick off the 2023 triathlon season.

You can register here and find out more about the event on their website.

IRONMAN 70.3 Davao Philippines

Distance: Half IRONMAN (Swim: 1.9km, Bike: 90km, Run: 21km)
Location: Davao
Date: March 26, 2023

Image from ALVEO IRONMAN 70.3 on Facebook.

The IRONMAN events are among the most popular triathlons in the Philippines, and the 70.3 race in Davao has become one of the best destination races, not only for Filipino triathletes from all over the country, but also for professionals from all over the world.

As an island in the Philippines, Davao is home to a rich culture, abundant natural resources, and even the tallest mountain in the country, Mt. Apo. With this, going for a long-distance triathlon such as a half-IRONMAN, why not do so in a place brimming with nature?

And if you think you’re not ready to go for a full race just yet this early in the year, you can also sign up for the relay with your friends too.

Find out more on their website, but if you’re ready to say yes to the challenge, register here!

Another IRONMAN 70.3 event is also taking place in Subic Bay on June 11.

Clark Triathlon Classic

Distance: Sprint (Swim: 350m, Bike: 20km, Run: 3.5km) and Full (Swim: 700m, Bike: 40km, Run: 7km)
Location: Clark Field, Pampanga
Date: April 16, 2023

Another triathlon event perfect for both beginner and intermediate triathletes is the Clark Triathlon Classic.

Not a far cry from Metro Manila, Clark is a great place for a triathlon, especially if you’re just getting started in the sport. The Clark Triathlon Classic also offers two different categories: the Classic Sprint and the Classic Full, both shorter distances than a standard triathlon sprint and an IRONMAN.

So if you’re working towards bigger goals this year, the Triathlon Classic is a great opportunity to train and get some experience.

Find out more and register. on their event page.

Sun Life 5150 Bohol

Distance: Short Course (Swim: 1.5km, Bike: 40km, Run: 10km) and Minisprint (Swim: 750m, Bike: 20km, Run: 5km)
Location: Bohol
Date: July 9, 2023

The 5150 Triathlon event is one of the best ones to join, especially for up-and-comers to the sport.

This year, the 5150 to be held in Bohol in July will feature two different categories. The first will be the main event, which features what they refer to as a “Short-Course” distance, which is similar to a standard sprint distance. For triathletes working up to the half-IRONMAN distance, this is a great place to start off.

In addition to this, this year, 5150 is adding a sub-category which they are calling the Sunrise Sprint. The distance for this is similar to half of a standard sprint distance, which is perfect for beginners in the sport.

Find out more on their website or register here for one of the categories!

IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Princesa

Distance: Short Course (Swim: 1.5km, Bike: 40km, Run: 10km) and Minisprint (Swim: 750m, Bike: 20km, Run: 5km)
Location: Bohol
Date: July 9, 2023

Puerto Princesa is a city located in the heart of Palawan, and it is a tropical paradise. Is there a better way to get through one of the most challenging triathlons in the Philippines? Probably not.

According to IRONMAN’s official website, “Athletes will begin their single-loop 1.9km swim at the Puerto Princesa Baywalk Park. Once on their bikes, athletes will do the three-loop 90km bike that will take them to the lush rainforests and scenic views of the southern part of Puerto Princesa to the Iwahig Bridge. After they rack their bikes, athletes will head south and around the City Center for the two-loop 21km run. Athletes will run to the Ramon V. Mitra Jr. Sports Complex oval track for their well-deserved finish line.”

Taking place in November, whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, you’ll still have a full year to train for this amazing event. What better way to cap off the year?

Find out more and register now (before it fills up!) on their website.

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