After a successful inaugural Challenge Philippines in February, held in Subic Bay and Bataan, Challenge Family have announced the expansion of their footprint in Asia with the launch of new half distance triathlon, Challenge CamSur, to be held on June 14, 2015.
“The 2014 Challenge Philippines race course in Bataan was proclaimed by many around the world as being the “World’s Toughest Course,” our goal for Challenge CamSur is to design and deliver one of the fastest courses in Asia and the fastest course in the Philippines” said David Voth, CEO, Leverage Sports Asia and Challenge Philippines chairman.
“We in the province of CamSur are proud to be part of the Challenge Family global series of triathlons and look forward to hosting Challenge CamSur. Our contribution to the growth of triathlon in the Philippines is substantive, being the host of the first major international triathlon event in the country in 2009, and this was for three consecutive years until 2011. This has established for us a solid international reputation in terms of hosting world-class triathlon events,” declared Camsur Governor, Migz Villafuerte.
According to Villafuerte, CamSur perfectly positioned to host international sporting events. “There is strong government support and we are able to offer a complete and integrated package – full preparation and security at the race venue and routes, an Olympic village-type set-up at the CamSur Watersports Complex with accommodations as well as leisure, dining, entertainment and exhibition/exposition facilities, the sprawling complex also serving as a hub for the race proper and pre-race and post-race activities. To add to all these is the enthusiasm and involvement of the local residents who go out as early as four am and line the race routes to cheer for the competitors.”
The Challenge CamSur course is designed to be fast and showcase the region’s stunning landscape. The swim is perfect for spectator support and features a two-lake swim at the CamSur Watersports Complex with a brief run between the two bodies of water.
After the swim, athletes will exit T2 towards the scenic vistas of Mount Iriga and Mount Isarog. Much of this super fast bike course is on new or very smooth roads and incorporates the vibrant city of Iriga as well as historic WW2 locations at Mt Isarog. The out and back run course is also flat and fast, passing through local villages and rice fields, lined with cheering locals before a memorable finish line in the heart of the Camsur Watersports Complex.
Anna Stroh, event director of Challenge Philippines and Challenge CamSur said, “Giving our athletes an opportunity to compete at highest levels, in well organized, beautiful destinations, in safe conditions, this is our primary goal. By delivering one of the world’s toughest races courses in Bataan and one of the fastest race courses in CamSur, Challenge will truly give triathletes a great race day experience and a race of a life time.”
Entries to Yellow Cab Challenge CamSur open at 8:00am (Manila time) on Monday 29 September at ChallengeCamsur.com.
For a course preview – view the video below: