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Challenge Philippines: Race report from Raffy Pamittan, winner of Asiatri lucky draw

Raffy Pamittan was one of the 16 winners of Asiatri & Challenge Philippines lucky draw, that gave our readers 16 free slots to take part at the race in Subic. Read Raffi’s race report below:
Raffy and wife at Challenge Philippines, in Subic Bay
Raffy and wife at Challenge Philippines, in Subic Bay
“Tough As Nail”, by Raffy Pamittan
First and foremost, I would like to thank AsiaTri for the free challenge race kit.  Secondly, to my wife and son for the continuous support  in the sport I love the most.
As a start, I did a very calm swim. I really enjoyed it because the crystal clear water corals are everywhere. Interestingly, there was also a ship wreck at the bottom of the ocean and such was part of the habitat of marine life.
The first 10 kilometer of the bike leg was brutal. Good thing, we started with fresh legs coming out from the water. The challenging part of the bike leg was the last few kilometers going to Transition as it was a head wind ride and at the same time, lung-busting climbs.
Raffy checks in his bike day before
Raffy checks in his bike day before
Lasty, the run was concrete road  to minimal trail run. Running at 37 degrees Celsius is really tough but there were ample supply of water, gels, salted snacks, pizza and carbonated drinks were also available at every aid station.
There were lots of time during the race that I wanted to give up but I knew that my family was waiting for me at the finish line. I thank God for giving me strength and courage to face the “Toughest Half Iron Distance” in the world. I would definitely look forward for more challenging races to come.
Well deserved finisher medal and the motivation to come back next year
Well deserved finisher medal and the motivation to come back next year
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