Durianman Triathlon: Race Preview
Durianman Triathlon, now on its sixth year will be happening on April 23, this Sunday in the beautiful Island garden City of Samal. The event’s title pays homage to Davao’s most famous fruit, or what Davaoenos call the King of Fruits, Durian.
Last year, organizers transferred the race venue to Samal, one of Minadanao’s famous tourist attraction area. Samal City is physically unattached to the mainland of Mindanao although it is only 900 meters east of Davao City.
From Samal, athletes will be ferried off to the Davao side, where the swim start will be held. It will be a point to point swim, and the bike and run portions will be held in circumferential road of the city.
A total of 300 triathletes will participate on race day.
Course Overview from Durianman website:
The swim will be a point-to-point cross-channel swim in the waters of the Pakiputan Channel. Race day is scheduled on a day wherein based on tides and current patterns, the course will not be too hard and not too easy. However, this will still be dependent on the weather on race day (wind, rain, etc.). The swim course will have buoy lines on both sides with the support of small boats every 100-200 meters, as well as jet skis and kayaks surrounding and going around the race course.
The bike will be a two-loop course on Circumferential Road with short manageable climbs, which mean athletes will also go downhill in some portions. Athletes can enjoy the sea breeze and a scenic view of the sea as they ride along the 40km course.
The run will be an out-and-back course along Circumferential Road. The course is all concrete with fresh air provided by the greenery surrounding the course. Portions of the course will be unshaded so athletes should prepare for the heat come race day.
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