Filipino Triathletes Are Set To Race in Ironman Langkawi

Philippine Contingent to Ironman Langkawi: Ivan Fojas, Carlos de Guzman, Julian Valencia, Norman Pascual, Retzel Orquiza, Coach Vince Garcia

Philippine Contingent to Ironman Langkawi: Ivan Fojas, Carlos de Guzman, Julian Valencia, Norman Pascual, Retzel Orquiza, Coach Vince Garcia

The significant increase in the of number of triathlon races in the country is a sign that the trithatlon community is indeed growing. And the demand for more races locally and in the international scene has also increased.

On September 27, 2014, 124 Filipino triathletes are set to participate in the full distance Ironman to be held in Langkawi, Malaysia. This is also the second Philippine contingent to an international Ironman race, and the largest to date. The first Philippine contingent, a 90-member team, raced in Ironman Asia Pacific Championship in Melbourne, Australia in March.

With the return of the Ironman race in Langkawi, Filipino triathletes and other participants will once again put their endurance to test as they tackle the 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run on tropical, hilly and demanding terrains passing through kampungs (villages), mangroves and rainforest vistas in the island. Ironman Langkawi has been noted as the third toughest full distance Ironman.

Julian Valencia, a seasoned triathlete, shared that his recent finish at the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines gauged his preparedness for the race. He had to work on his cycling by doing hill training. His weekly routine includes a twice a week swimming session completing 4kms per session, mileage progression in running and mental training. Aside from being physically tough, mental toughness is essential to finish a full distance Ironman.

Retzel Orquiza, on the other hand, had to squeeze in at least eight to 12 training hours per week in order to get ready for the race. Putting in 40 hours a week at the office was a challenge to him. He trains in the morning before coming to work and in the evening after office hours. He further added that more than the physical demands of the race, nutrition plays a very important role in making it to the finish line.

The Philippine Team was organised by RP Paratriathlon Team and a triathlete himself, Coach Vince Garcia.

Sunrise Events, Inc. (SEI), the franchise-holder of Ironman races in the Philippines has expressed full support to our Filipino triathletes. “SEI will continue to support Filipinos competing in Ironman races all over the world,” shared Princess Galura, SEI Project Director.

Joining Coach Vince Garcia are Ivan Fojas, Carlos de Guzman, Julian Valencia, Norman Pascual, and Retzel Orquiza. Other notable member of the Philippine contingent are celebrity-triathlete Drew Arellano, Ultrarunner Willy Yao, who at 60+, is the most senior member of the group, Charles Lazaro, the youngest in the lot at 21, and 2014 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines Filipino Elite Female Champion Joyette Jopson.

Ironman Langkawi is a qualifying race to the 2015 Ironman World Championships Kona, Hawaii, with 40 available slots.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Vince Garcia
Mobile No.: 0917-8866341

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