MAKATI CITY – For the third year in a row, the picturesque Municipality of Liloan, Cebu will play host to the Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon Series on March 15, 2014 (Saturday). A slew of seasoned professional triathletes from overseas led by defending back-to-back champion Ben Allen of Australia are expected to match skills with Filipino elites and age-groupers.
Allen is aiming for a grand slam as he is the early favorite to dominate the course consisting of a 1.5-kilometer open water swim followed by a 35-kilometer mountain bike trek on rugged terrain and ending with a 9.2-kilometer trail run. Aside from the large cash pot of prizes, participants will also be gunning for slots in the XTERRA World Championships set for October 26, 2014 in Hawaii.
In order to entice more people to take up the challenging albeit dangerous sport, a shorter XTERRA Lite category will be offered. The said category will feature a 500-meter swim, 15.5-kilometer bike and five-kilometer run on basically the same areas as the Full category.
Both the Full and Lite categories will also have a relay competition. Teams of two to three athletes will take turns at tackling each of the three disciplines.
South Africa’s Dan Hugo, who placed second to Allen last year, will lead the challengers to the holder. The field also counts Dimitry Duke of Australia, Michal Bucek of Slovakia, Charlie Epperson of Guam, Charlie Weiss of South Africa and Shahram Abdullah of Malaysia.
Last year’s Women’s champion Lesley Paterson of the United Kingdom will not be around to defend her crown, thus installing 2012 winner and 2013 runner-up Renata Bucher of Switzerland as the early favorite. Bucher is expected to be challenged by Carina Wasle of Austria, Jacqui Slack and 2013 Third Placer Daz Parker of the United Kingdom and Mieko Carey of Guam.
The local challenge will be spearheaded by members of the national team. Joseph Miller and Alexandra Guanzon ruled last year’s the Filipino Elite Division.
On-site registration is still being conducted at ROX in Bonifacio High Street and Ayala Center-Cebu and The Brick Multisport Store in McKinley Hill-Taguig and J Center Mall-Mandaue City. On-line registration is also available at www.xterraphil.com with organizer Sunrise Events General Manager Princess Galura expecting the field to reach as high as 500, a glowing testament to the growth of the sport.
The 2014 Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon Series is made possible by Air Asia Zest, Aqua Sphere, Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, ABS-CBN, David’s Salon, Devant, Department of Tourism, Intercare, LBC Solutions, Prudential Guarantee, ROX, Salomon, Shotz, Smart Communications, Timex, Titay’s Rosquillos and the Municipality of Liloan led by Mayor Vincent Franco “Duke” D. Frasco and media partners MultiSport Philippines and The Philippine Star. For more information and updates, visit and like the event’s Facebook and Instagram official accounts.