Pico Tri 2013 Invitational at Hamilo Coast

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Last weekend, I was invited by Hamilo Coast to visit Pico de Loro for the annual Pico Tri Event. With almost 300 participants, this years theme is “Swim for our reefs. Bike for our mangroves. Run for our turtles.”

Matt O’Halloran at the Finish Line
Matt O’Halloran at the Finish Line

A Prayer for the team
A Prayer for the team

The event started Saturday at around 2:30pm with a 1.2km swimming competition near the shores of Hamilo Coast. The swim was followed by a challenging 35KM bike ride along the natural coastal terrain and then a 8Km run under the beating summer sun to the finish line at Hamilo Coast Beach front. Each one showed their determination on the infamous race course to make a difference for Mother Nature.

After crossing the Finish Line
After crossing the Finish Line

It was not an easy task for the experienced athletes who joined the event last Saturday due to the hot weather and the unforgettable uphill and downhill bike which made them consider the event as one of the most memorable and organized Triathlon event they have joined. Most triathletes were impressed with the visibility of aid stations and overflowing water and gatorade supply from sponsors.

Elite Finisher from Team Sante Barley
Mervin Rencel Santiago – A young Powerhouse and an Elite Finisher from Team Sante Barley

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Matt O’Halloran of Alaska team TBB once again dominated the race with a blazing 1:47 finish (few minutes higher than his last years record). The second and third elite finisher was Benjamin Rana and Jonard Saim with a 1:51 and 1:52:08 finish times respectively.

Female Elite Finishers from Team Sante Barley
Female Elite Finishers from Team Sante Barley

In the female division, Kim Mangrobang ruled the field with a 2:04:17 and followed by Jenny Guerrero 2:07:09 and Sandra Gonzalez 2:20:55.

Mr Joey Marcelo of Team Sante Barley getting ready for the uphill bike
Mr Joey Marcelo of Team Sante Barley getting ready for the uphill bike

The event was culminated with an awarding ceremony in the evening followed by a live entertainment set against the premier leisure destination’s picturesque lanscape. Im still waiting for the final tally to complete the list of winners:)

One of the top Female Finishers
One of the top Female Finishers

1.2KM SWIM : Swim for our reefs

Dive into the challenge of the Pico Tri’s swimming leg. The race begins with a 1.2 KM lap around the clear cobalt waters that Pico de Loro Cove at Hamilo Coast is known for.

2013 Pico Tri Invitational Winners
2013 Pico Tri Invitational Winners

35KM BIKE : Bike for our mangroves

Intrepid explorers make the most out of the beautiful and demanding natural terrain of Hamilo Coast as they pedal 35KM through the panoramic landscape.

Tessa Prieto at the Finish Line
Tessa Prieto at the Finish Line

8KM RUN : Run for our turtles

Sports enthusiasts can test their running prowess as they go through an 8KM run through Pico de Loro Cove’s pristine grounds.

The Pico Tri Invitational 2013 was presented by Hamilo Coast, Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club as well as Pico Sands Hotel and was co-presented by Master, Vaseline MEN, and Seventh High. The event was also sponsored by Cignal TV Broadcast, Bo’ Athletics, Milo, Nesfruta, Nautica Fragrances, Gatorade, 2XU, Pinarello, Zoot, Aquasphere, Salice, Yurbuds, Garmin, Antonov Vodca, Sports Unlimited, Mens Health Magazine, Woments Health Magazine, Multisport Magazine and Turista Magazine.

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