REGISTRATION IS in full swing for the second edition of Powerman Pilipinas, the biggest Duathlon in the country. This year, the unique sport that combines the disciplines of running and cycling will have not one but two races to cater to the growing number of participants.
The first race, the Anytime Fitness Asian Invitational, will be held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds on November 20 (Sunday) involving a five-kilometer run, 30-kilometer bike and another five-kilometer run. The MOA race is considered friendly to those who are beginning to take up Duathlon with organizers allowing most types of bicycles.
What follows will be the World Series at The Villages inside the Clark Freeport Zone from December 3 and 4 that will offer slots to the 2017 Powerman World Championship in Switzerland. Duathletes will be subjected to a punishing Classic distance of a 10-kilometer run, 60-kilometer bike on the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and another 10-kilometer run.
Aside from the Classic distance, the Clark race will also offer a Short course of 5-30-5 and special categories for teenagers (13-17) and children (6-12). The Powerteens will tackle the same 5-30-5 Short course while the Powerkids will have varying distances according to their age group.
Interested participants may register online at www.powerman.ph. Onsite registration is also ongoing at Bikers’ Cafe in SM Mall of Asia and Blackbeard’s Seafood Island branches located in Cubao, Eastwood City, Trinoma, Ayala Circuit-Makati and Nuvali plus Bikers’ Cafe in SM MOA, The Brick Multisport Store in McKinley Hill and Cycling Zone inside Shell Pacific Gas Station along Alabang-Zapote Road.
Those who wish to enter both races are entitled to bundle discount and save up to PHP 1,000.00. Teams may register simultaneously and get one free entry from every 10 paid participants.
All registrants will receive a special Powerman training shirt and a sling bag with goodies from sponsors. Race kits will be distributed later just before the actual race.
Last year, Powerman made a smashing debut in Balanga City, Bataan with no less than reigning world champion Gael Le Bellec of France and a host of seasoned international professionals in attendance. Rob Woestenborghs of Belgium and Monica Torres of the Philippines emerged as the first-ever champions.
This year, organizers have spiced up Powerman with special promos and side events. First and foremost is the establishment of a team competition wherein a team’s best five times, including one female racer, will be gathered to determine the champion that will receive a trophy and a free victory party on top of other gift items.
Le Bellec, who has been appointed as race ambassador, has designed a 24-week training program in coordination with local coaches Don Velasco and Rio de la Cruz that will be made available soon to all participants. A series of group training sessions are also scheduled exclusive for registrants.
Deadline for submission of entries is on October 18 for the Asian Invitational and October 31 for the World Series. However, slots are going fast and may run out even before the stated dates so register now!