ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The Provincial Government of Capiz is tentatively launching the 1st Capiz International Triathlon (CIT) on Dec. 2, 2016.
Governor Tony Del Rosario said the event will improve the locals’ sporting experience and boost local tourism.
Males and females are allowed to compete in groups to test their endurance in events of cycling, running, and swimming. Kids will compete under the relay format. They will vie for the Capiz Tri-Aksyon Cup.
From the People’s Park in the coastal village of Baybay in Roxas City, competitors will swim two loops and clockwise in an inverted triangle with markers for a total distance of 1.6 kilometers.
The adults will change attire and ride a bike to the municipality of Panay and back to the city for a total distance of 54 kilometers.
Participants will then run a 20-kilometer course, which includes Villareal Stadium, one of the biggest stadiums in Western Visayas, and different parts of the city.
Del Rosario expressed support for CIT, which is expected to draw the local and foreign crowd and become a part of the CAPIZtahan Festival in either April 16 or 17, 2017.
CAPIZtahan is the annual celebration of the charter anniversary of the province of Capiz. A major attraction of the festival is the nighttime parade of lights.
Betsy Medalla, the first Asian to swim in the Robbin Island channel crossing in South Africa has committed to come.
According to Capiz Triathlon Chairman Jose Borres, “there are favorable responses from different international triathlon organizations.” Celebrities engaged in triathlons are being invited to come, he added.
Triathlon athletes from the countryside and renowned foreign individual and team competitors are expected to join.
Del Rosario expressed support for CIT, which is expected to draw the local and foreign crowd and become a part of the CAPIZtahan Festival as a two-day event on April 16 to 17, 2017. (Capiz Aksyon News Center/R. J. Mijares)