Sunrise Events, Inc Founder Wilfred Uytengsu predicts a growth in Philippine triathlon this year.
“We expect the people to develop triathlon as a lifestyle. This sport is growing because so many people from different walks of life are trying it out,” said Uytengsu, in a news conference ushering in the Sunrise Sprint Series on Tuesday at the Manila House in Bonifacio Global City.
The three events were set on April 28 in Cebu, July 7 in Davao City, and November 3 in Subic.
“It is a great gateway into the sport of triathlon and easily accessible to the newcomers and novice alike,” added Uytengsu, referring to Sunrise Sprint Series.
The sprint races are open to individual participants 15-year-old and above while the elite level open category will serve as a qualifying for athletes who want to join the Go for Gold Team.
The competition is composed of 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and a five-kilometer run.
Meanwhile, national triathlete Nikko Huelgas is hoping to recover from a left hand injury just in time for the first of the three installments of the Sunrise Sprint Series.
“I’m hoping to recover from my injury because I really want to compete and meet athletes. Definitely, I would want to support and compete. “It’s a fun event,” the 2015 and 2017 Southeast Asian Games men’s triathlon gold medalist told The Manila Times.
The Sunrise Sprint Series will be held in partnership with Go for Gold who agreed to be the event’s title sponsor from 2019 to 2021.