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Pinoy Triathletes take the North with TINMan

Currimao, Ilocos Norte – the much awaited TINMAN: Tri Ilocos Norte successfully concluded its 6th edition last Sunday, March 18, 2018 with more than 500 participants and an estimated 1,400 guests and spectators.  Consiedered as the ultimate sport tourism event in the north, the event boasts of its signature ‘trication’ experience, or the combination of triathlon and vacation in one event.

With sprint, standard and 113km distances, the athletes endured the course that starts from Currimao, then passes through Paoay and stretches until the capital city of Ilocos Norte, Laoag.  Emerging as victorious overall winners in the 113km distance categories were elite athlete Ani De Leon-Brown of Active Health Tri Team, with a total time of 5:34:21 for the female division, and Jet Ramos of Baguio Benguet Triathlon for the male division, who completed the race at 5:05:17. I enjoyed the race, and it is a highly recommended,” said Brown.  Finishing strong also are Sandi Abahan of Team Podium Boutique Hotel Baguio, and Chloe Jane Ong of Team HTI as runners up in the same category, and Ronald Aquino of Tri Clark and Juny Rex Carreon of PNP Patrolers Triathlon Team for the male.

The two-day event commenced at the Pangil Beach Resort, where the TINMAN Fair was staged with the activities that promote sports and tourism.  Booths from marketing partners were staged to add entertainment for both participants and guests, plus an actual feel of the Ilocano culture, lifestyle and heritage through the exhibits and activities set such as the empanada tasting and tour presentation of Ilocos Norte tourism.  In the same hotel, the race briefing and the carbo-loading dinner were staged, and the activity was graced with the presence of Senior Board Member Hon. Matthew Manotoc, who is also a sports enthusiast, and Mayor Gladys Cue, the mayor of Currimao.  Both leaders expressed their support and encouragement to the participants, and as equally excited for the opportunity to show the beauty of Ilocos Norte to all the guests.

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Come race day on Sunday, March 18, the city of Currimao was flocked with more than a thousand spectators and guests as they eagerly wait for the gunstart of the race.  Cheers from the locals and support from the family and friends of paricipants have covered the beach of Playa Beach Resort Hotel as the triathletes crossed the swim finish and transitioned to the bike leg.  Athletes enjoyed the scenic race course, while others found it challenging, yet still something that they are proud and happy that they were able to endure.

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