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Organizers optimistic about Tagaman 2019

DESPITE the devastation left behind by Super Typhoon Yutu, the organizers of the 30th Tagaman Triathlon are optimistic about the event’s turn out next year.

The registration for the 2019 Saipan Tagaman is

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Hong Kong’s Leong Tim Law flashes a victory sign during the bike race of the 2018 Saipan Tagaman 70.3 Triathlon in March last year.  Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

still going on, said Triathlon Association of CNMI President Ricky Castro.

As of yesterday, only 15 has registered for the event but TRAC hopes more will register in the following days prior to the event on March 30, 2019.

One of the CNMI sports tourism activities, the Tagaman composed of 2-kilometer swim, 60-kilomter bike and 15-kilometer run drew over 100 participants every year.

It kicks off at Minatchom Atdao in Susupe. The participants race on Beach Road going north and back to Susupe.

Since the route, in the next few weeks, is expected to be completely cleared of power poles and other kinds of debris brought out by the Category 5 typhoon, the annual triathlon event is likely to push through, TRAC said. 

Last year’s long race winners were Hong Kong’s Leong Tim Law and Guam’s Manami Iijima who put up a huge distance ahead of their competitors in the men’s and women’s divisions of the 2018 Saipan Tagaman’s 70.3Triathlon that drew over 120 participants.

Among pros in the event’s longest race, Law dominated the entire race to win the championship title with a time of 4:23:20. He broke last year’s record of 4:46.19 set by Korea’s Lee Kwang Hoon at Paupau beach.

A regular figure of the event, Russia’s Alexandr Dorovkskikh clocked in at 4:31:40 to the take the second place.

Leading the women’s division was Guam’s Ijima who completed the race at 4:34:40. Last year, she came in second overall with a 2:12:52. Dan Bi Hong took the second place with 4:51:10 and A Reum Jo clocked in 4:53:39 to win the third place.