ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The seafood capital of the Philippines is ready for the official launch of the first international triathlon dubbed TRIAKSYON 2017 on April 22-23
The official launch on January 27 will place take at the scenic Baybay Beach and will begin with an inaugural open water swim by Betsy Medalla, the first Capizeña to cross the icy waters in Cape Town and complete the Robben Island Channel in South Africa.
The inaugural swim will start from the shoreline across People’s Park going to the symbolic Mantalinga islet. The inaugural swim will coincide with a fun run and fun ride by Capiznon athletes.
“Capiz is a very good venue for a triathlon and through this we can showcase the natural beauty and topographical assets of the province that will encourage international interest,” said TRIAKSYON 2017 Chairman Greg Atienza during a recent coordination meeting called by Capiz Governor Tony del Rosario in line with the preparations for the triathlon.
Del Rosario expressed his gratitude to the various sectors that are working together for the success of the event and assured full support to the endeavor.
During the coordination meeting, Del Rosario also said the provincial government has approved in its annual investment program the P47-million funding to further develop the sports facilities of the Villareal Stadium, which will serve as the finish line of the 2-day triathlon.
About 300 local, national and international tri-athletes are expected to converge in the province to join the triathlon that will include kids, sprint, and standard and relay categories.
The triathlon will pass through several tourism destinations in Capiz such as Baybay Beach, the historical Panay Church that houses the largest Catholic bell in Asia, Villareal Stadium which contains the largest Olympic swimming pool in the region, and Pueblo de Panay township.
TRIAKSYON is an event sanctioned by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP). (The Daily Guardian)