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    Saturday, July 22, 2017-3:51:32A.M.

     

     

     

     

     

International athletes eye 2017 Tagaman Triathlon

(MVA) — The 2017 Tagaman 51.50 Triathlon slated for June 24, 2017, on the island of Saipan in the Marianas is being eyed by a number of international competitors.

So far, event organizers have received registration or inquiries from 20 triathletes from Korea, six from Taiwan, five from Hong Kong, three from Guam, two from the Philippines, and one from the U.S. Pro-athletes already confirmed to return are Kaon Cho of Korea and Meiko Carey of Guam.

The early bird deadline is May 29, and athletes are encouraged to register at saipantriathlon.com.   The early bird registration is $125/Solo and $270/Team. Also, NMI residents who participate in the pre-event Tagaman Races series and show valid proof of residency qualify for a discounted rate of $55/Solo before the early bird deadline.   Upcoming Tagaman Race series events to prepare for the main event and qualify for the discount include the 1.5 Ocean Swim on May 27 and the 50K bike race on May 28.

The Tagaman Triathlon is an annual signature event of the Marianas Visitors Authority aimed at attracting visiting athletes and media coverage for the Marianas. Organization of this year’s event has been contracted to Northern Marianas Cycling Federation, in cooperation with Triathlon Association of the CNMI or TRAC.

“MVA is strongly promoting the Tagaman in our source markets, and we’re excited to again be working with the cycling federation and TRAC in putting together a great race for visiting and local athletes, alike,” said MVA Managing Director Christopher A. Concepcion. “The partnership we have forged has proven very successful in previous events such as the Hell of the Marianas, and we know their athletic expertise is essential for making our sporting events safe, enjoyable, and memorable for the athletes.”

Registration after May 29 will be $150/Solo and $290/Team. Registration after June 16 is $180/Solo and $300/Team. The last day to register is June 20.

This year’s starting point and 1.5K swim leg will be Kanoa Resort Saipan, the official hotel of the event. Bikers will transition at Mina’chom Atdao Pavilion in Susupe and make the 40K bike course to Banzai and back.   The 10K run will turn around at the Carolinian Utt in Garapan.

“This is going to be the fastest and most competitive Tagaman ever with the presence of elites coming from triathlon powerhouse in the region,” said TRAC President Ricky Castro.

Cash prizes await the Top 3 finishers in the women’s and men’s open categories: $1,000 for 1st place, $700 for 2nd place, and $500 for 3rd place. Awards for the Age Group Division will be awarded respectively. There will also be a relay with awards only.

Platinum sponsors are Kanoa Resort & Spa and Hyatt Regency Saipan. Gold sponsors are Tan Holdings Corp, Islander Rent-a-car, and IT&E. Silver sponsors are Bridge Capital, LLC; Best Sunshine International; and T Galleria. Bronze sponsors are Pacific Insurance, Let’s Go! Tour, Pacific Islands Club Saipan, and RNV Forex. Event supporters include the Department of Public Safety.

For more information or to register, visit saipantriathlon.com/.