21 Apr 2017
- By Emmanuel T. Erediano - email@example.com - Variety News Staff
THE race will be the same but brand new experience awaits the participants of this year’s Tagaman Triathlon on June 24.
New routes and different kick off sites were set for the Tagaman 51.50 Triathlon, the organizers disclosed yesterday.
Spearheaded by the Marianas Visitors Authority in cooperation with the NMI Cycling Federation and Triathlon Association of CNMI, this year’s local signature event will kick off at the Kanoa Resort beach.
The 1.5-kilometer swim, according to TRAC President Ricky Castro will start at the Kanoa Resort beach and ends at Kilili Beach where the 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilomter run courses begin.
In previous Tagaman events that usually drew more than 100 local and visiting triathletes, the kickoff for all the three legs is held at the Micro Beach. What used to be the 1.9-kilometer swim starts and ends at Micro Beach and the bike-course, just a few steps away, at the American Memorial Park.
Also this year, Tagaman competitors will race only in the Olympic distance—the 1.5K swim, the 40K bike and the 10K run on the pathway on Beach road and turns at Carolinian Village in Garapan.
Castro said they target 200 participants in this year’s event.
In last year’s Tagaman which included longer distance races, Guam’s Mieko Carey ruled the women’s division.
Carey who led the 2015 Tagaman had it in 4:59:56 to win her division title.
South Korea’s Jae Yun Won place first overall and the men’s division clocking in at 4:41:35.
The 2016 Tagaman drew 124 racers including 88 local participants.