TRI-Factor Triathlon-Singapore marks 9th year

More than 1,800 athletes toed the starting line at this year’s TRI-Factor Triathlon, the largest turnout in the event’s nine-year history.

The TRI-Factor Triathlon is the finale of this year’s TRI-Factor Series, which began with a swim event in April, a cycling event in May, and a run event in July.

The TRI-Factor Triathlon has been a key pillar of the Singapore multisport and triathlon scene, and has helped to drive its growth and expansion. Many who crossed the finish line became triathletes for the first time, guided through growth in multisport by participating in the series. Aside from overall and age-group podiums per event, participants also accumulate points towards a series championship based on their ranking in each event.

TRI-Factor has also recently launched its Asian Championship series with its Malaysia leg in Melaka City. Further races in the Philippines, China, and Thailand are set to launch in 2018.

Endorsed by Sport Singapore and held at the East Coast Park, the TRI-Factor Triathlon has become an incubator not just for age-group participants, but for national athletes as well. The defending men’s open category winner and series champion, Zacharias Low, is nominated to represent Singapore at the Asian Games next year. Southeast Asian (SEA) Games national representatives Willie Loo and Clement Chow took to the sprint distance to tune up for their medal quest, while national rower Saiyidah Aisyah finished her first triathlon as part of her Olympic regimen.

In the women’s category, Constance Tan, performed outstandingly to finish 5th overall in her category to secure a 6 point margin between defending 2016 Champion, Corrine Kang, who had placed 14th overall. Constance finished with a solid 2 hours 54 minutes 7 seconds to become the 6th Overall Women’s Series Champion.

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Managing Director Orange Room, Elvin Ting said: “We are looking forward to marking a decade of TRI-Factor next year. When we first started our series, we wanted to encourage healthy lifestyles and pursuits. It makes us proud to see our races become proving grounds for our nation’s best athletes.”

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