AS IT celebrates its annual Bangus Festival this year, the City of Dagupan in Pangasinan takes its turn to shine in multisports events as it invites triathletes to take part in the Tri-Bangus @ Dagupan Invitational Triathlon, which fires off at 6:30 a.m. on April 13.
A joint project of the Office of the City Mayor, the Pangasinan Triathlon Association, and the TBS Multisport Group, the race will be composed of a Sprint Distance (750 M swim – 20 Km bike – 5 Km run) and Standard Distance (1.5 Km swim – 40 Km bike – 10 Km run) courses that will start at the Bonuan Beach for the swim, pass AB Fernandez to De Venecia road for the bike stage, and cover the heart of the city at AB Fernandez before ending at CSI Mall.
At stake in the event are P67,000 in cash prizes for the Top 3 Male and Female Elite Open finishers, along with trophies for elite and Top 3 male/female age-group winners, and medals for the Top 3 male/female sprint distance and Top 3 Relay finishers. Along the way, cash prizes will also be given to the Top 3 male/female age-group winners.
“The Bangus Festival 2014 got even grander with the first-ever Tri-Bangus Triathlon in Dagupan City. Test your strength and endurance by swimming, biking and running towards huge prizes. Join this heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping race and be one of the very first Bangus triathletes,” said Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez.
The day before the race, a race briefing will be held at the Mayor’s Pavilion at Bonuan Beach at 5 p.m. followed by carbo-loading dinner at 6:30 p.m. Claiming of race packets will close at 8 p.m. On race day, the awarding ceremony will commence at 10 p.m.
In relation to the event, a fun-run side event for kids age 6 to 12-years-old will be held.
Meanwhile, the Tri-Bangus will showcase Dagupan City as an ideal venue for training grassroots youth triathletes, as well as a potential venue for a 2015 National Age-Group Triathlon series leg.