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Challenge PH features scenic Bataan-Subic course

With just a few months to go for the Challenge PH triathlon, athletes from all over the country and within the region are getting ready to join the highly-anticipated sporting event by the Challenge Family, the global series long distance triathlons that is changing the face of ultra-distance racing around the world.

Known for spectacular locations that provide the best race experience for athletes, the Challenge Family has chosen a stunning tri course traversing Bataan and Subic Bay, offering not only a scenic feast for the eyes but also historical significance to make the experience truly memorable for the racers.

Bataan and Subic Bay are also recognized throughout the region as an active lifestyle destination, with enchanting and challenging terrain and magnificent coastal vistas that have long drawn top athletes to come train, race, and relax.

Challenge PH’s Swim Course is set to take athletes to the white sand beaches of the Camayan Beach Resort, which ventures into Ilanin Bay, its waters filled with protected marine life forms. Athletes will be able sight-see as they compete amidst a colourful backdrop decorated with an abundance of tropical fish, reefs, a bed of giant sea clams, and two historic shipwrecks.

A new and exclusive course, the Bike Course showcases a wealth of greenery as athletes bike their way through picturesque, tree-lined roads. Athletes exit T1 in Adventure Beach into the village of Morong, and bike through historic Bataan. Speedy downhill descents take bikers through a coastal loop around Subic International Airport and Subic Bay, until the course heads back towards T2 and Ocean Adventure. Although most of the course is on smooth roads, Challenge PH recommends using 24-28 tooth rear cassettes to ease the difficulty of hill climbs and durable tires for the occasional rough patches.

The Run Course, like the Bike Course, will take athletes to a place that no one has raced before: the Ilanin Forest Reserve. As the final course in the triathlon, the beautiful and peaceful course will bring relaxation for the runners. The Ilanin Forest Reserve goes from paved roads to a rare and exciting triple canopy run. Apart from beautifully lined trees, cheering areas are stationed along the course so friends, family and even spectators can watch athletes make a great finish.

The tri course spans an area of 113 km: 1.9 K for the Swim Course, 90 K for the Bike Course, and 21 K for the Run Course.

With top athletes from around the region expected to join the triathlon, finishers will not only earn bragging rights for winning against the best in the world, but also cash prizes worth over P2 million. For more information about Challenge Philippines, log on to www.challengephilippines.com.ph.

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