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Nearly 700 Athletes took Part in New Clark City Triathlon; Torio, Stawicki Bag Elite Titles

NEW CLARK CITY, CAPAS – With typhoon Karding looming in the horizon, the weather disturbance fortunately made the conditions ideal for nearly 700 athletes who took part in the 2nd edition of the New Clark City Triathlon in the world-class facilities of the National Government Administrative Center here in Capas, Tarlac.

With overcast, gloomy skies and a drizzle of rain combining to set the stage for cooler racing, the athletes began their journey with a 900-meter swim in the NCC Aquatics Center, followed by a 50-kilometer ride on the NCC Access roads and a 12-kilometer run around the NGAC compound which includes laps around the athletic track. Their race ends with an unforgettable finish through the ramp leading to the upper deck of the Aquatics Center.

In the elite men’s group, Raymond Torio, competing in the NCC Tri Long, was the first to cross the line with an overall finishing time of 2:31:26. In the elite women’s race, Rhia Stawicki tops honors with an overall finishing time of 2:36:03.

Torio combined his race best 17:13 swim and 46-minutes 12 kilometer run to finish well-ahead of 2nd placer Emmanuel Comendador, with a 5 minute 5 second winning gap.  Archie Roy Lemoncito registered the best bike split of the day with 1:18:02 (38.45 kph ave) to capture podium spot for the male elite category.

In the male junior elite category race, Michael Andrew Balasbas, finishing with a time of 1:14:27,  held off Juan Miguel Tayag by posting race best splits in bike (41:02) and run (25:02) leg of the NCC Tri Short category to win by 42 seconds.   Tayag and his twin brother Jose Maria  grabbed the 2nd and 3rd place spots.

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In the women’s junior category race, Kira Ellis swam the race best 8:14 swim split to win the title in 1:19:51.   The NCC Tri Short Category consists of a 500m swim, 25km bike and 6km run.

Arrey Perez, an athlete and senior vice president of Bases Conversion and Development Authority, said, “Ang galing ng tandem ng GoClark Sports & Events, RLC Residences, and The BCDA Group for a very successful event! The race course was challenging and the finish line was picture-perfect. Another excellent job! Thank you as always. .”

Perez teamed up with athletes from Go for Gold and they placed 2nd place in the all-male category of the relay competitions.

“I am also glad to have not failed my team in my 50-km bike with a time of 1:30:33. Congratulations to us for our 2nd runner-up finish at the RLC Residences New Clark City Triathlon!” said Perez in his Facebook post.

On Saturday, the kid’s aquathlon event served as the front act, with the mini event featuring various kid’s age category of 6-8 years old, 9-12 years old and 13-15 years old.  “Of course we want to develop the sport through our events.   You can see that not only the kids had fun, but the parents as well.   It’s a whole family affair, added Jumbo Tayag, GoClark Race Director.”

RLC Residences Marketing Head and Chief Integration Officer Karen Cesario expressed her appreciation at how this event provided opportunities for families to bond and enjoy themselves together. “We are delighted to see families present in this race to cheer on the athletes. Moments like these inspire us to design homes for families that becomes part of our community. We all know that when families come together to bond and build meaningful memories, communities are strengthened and a strong nation is being built.”

For journalist Kara David, she encouraged women of all ages to get into an active lifestyle.

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“It pays to be trained. It’s really mind over matter,” she said. She expressed her gratitude to Trimac Coaching for helping her prepare and finish the race.

“I’m 49 years old, to all the ladies out there, you can do it,” David, who is also the Chairperson of UP Diliman College of Mass Communication’s Journalism Department encouraged everyone to exercise and be physically active.

The New Clark City National Government Administrative Center, home to the triathlon 2022, is a world-class venue worthy of hosting GoClark Sports & Events’ 7th race this year since the government allowed them to hold events according to Abe Tayag, GoClark event director.

“7 events in 6 months wouldn’t be possible without all the support, from the venue hosts, our sponsors, the marshalls and volunteers, and of course all the athletes that are patronizing our events, maraming salamat po! See you in 2023!”

For more information on GoClark races, go to GoClark.ph.

Full results for the 2022 RLC Residences-NCC sponsored race organized by GoClark Sports and events can be found at https://bit.ly/NCCTRIATHLONRESULTS.

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