LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 8 (PNA) -- After the successful hosting of the X-Terra Off-Road Triathlon last Sunday, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda has expressed readiness to host it again in the future.
Salceda made the statement Monday as he sent off by batches the organizers and participants of the big sports event held in Albay for the second straight year.
“And why not? We have all the components that are ideal for this racing event,” Salceda said.
He cited the open sea facing Pacific Ocean with its incessant waves that provide sufficient challenges to the competitors.
“And if we are fortunate, we might be blessed with sightings of dolphins and butandings in the area,” Salceda added.
He also mentioned the rough terrains, sandy and rock-strewn pathways and streams under the shadow of the famous Mayon Volcano which provide real test of strength and endurance for the triathletes.
“All of these factors shall equal, if not surpass, the elements that gave birth to this sporting events in Maui, Hawaii in 1996,” Salceda said.
The event was a prelude to the hosting three big sports events, including the 2016 Palarong Pambansa, the country's biggest school-based sportfest to be held from April 10 to 17 this year.
Other upcoming sports events in Albay are the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) in March, and the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) in third week of February.
“Thus, Albay this year is at the forefront of sporting events, made more prestigious by the international nature of the X-Terra Race," Albay said.
South African Bradley Weiss retained the men's title of the 8th X-Terra Philippines Triathlon, besting 300 triathletes from 18 countries.
Australian Ben Allen placed second while compatriot finished third.
Other triathletes who came to participate were Guam’s Cameron O’neal and Charlie Epperson, Michal Bucak of Crotia, Taylor Charlton of Australia, Hong Kong’s Hsieh Chung Sing, Australian Brodie Gardner, Cebu’s Joseph Miller, Guam’s Micko Carey and Australians Dimity Lee Duke, Jacqui Slack and Lizzie Orchard.
Filipino triathletes Billy Biag of Camsur Tri Team, Boholano Emmanuel Comendador of Paseo de Loon, Rosalito Dagoy of Motorace, Dexter Nonato of TWF-Reliance, Franklin Peñalosa of Green Planet Bikeshop, Benjamin Rana of Active Health Elite Team and Alfredo Sarrosa also joined the event along with women triathletes Noemi Andrea Galeos of Tri-Generals, Angelica Yvonne Limcojo of Team BMC and Anna Marissa Remigio of Team David’s Salon. (PNA) JFM/FGS/NIM/CBD/EBP