Philippines set to host Powerman Duathlon Asian Championships in October

The people behind the 2017 Powerman Philippines Asian Championships are (from L-R) Powerman PH President Michael Owen Gan, Category Manager of Asia Brewery Inc. Jill Villanueva, Powerman PH General Manager Kaye Lopez and F&F International Events Group President and CEO Raymund Magdaluyo. (Jamil Buergo)

The sport of duathlon in the Philippines gets a timely boost as top duathletes from around the world are set to compete in the Powerman Philippines Asian Championships presented by Summit Drinking Water slated on October 8 at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

The Philippine franchise of the world’s biggest duathlon event features various categories such as the Powerman Classic, a 10Km run, 60Km bike and 10Km run, where the elite athletes will vie for the Asian championship. Other categories are Powerman Short (5Km run, 30Km bike, and 5Km run) and Powerman Teens which has the same distance as Powerman Short but will only have 13 – 19 year old participants. Relay teams are also set to participate in all the categories.

The run leg of the race will be held in the wide and flat roads of Clark while the bike leg will have the participants enjoy the scenic views of SCTEX.

The 2017 Powerman Philippines Asian Championships will also serve as a qualifying event for the Powerman World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland.

“The driving force behind this year’s event is to bring the Filipino duathlete to the world stage and compete against the best of the world.” said Kaye Lopez, Powerman Philippines’ General Manager. “It’s all about investing in the Filipino duathlete’s potential, pushing their boundaries, and expanding their competitive horizons, with the ultimate goal of sending our top Filipino duathlete to the 2018 Powerman World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland.” stressed Lopez in the Powerman Duathlon Asian Championships presented by Summit Drinking Water press conference in Taguig.

Only on its third year of staging Powerman Duathlon in the Philippines, race organizer F&F International Events Group was given the privilege to host the Asian Championships. Restaurateur and F&F International Events Group President and CEO Raymund Magdaluyo also has high hopes of eventually bringing in the Powerman World Championships in the near future.

F&F International Events Group Inc. President and CEO Raymund Magdaluyo (Jamil Buergo)
F&F International Events Group Inc. President and CEO Raymund Magdaluyo (Jamil Buergo)

While Clark has already hosted several international competitions and events, Magdaluyo wants Clark to eventually be the home of Powerman Philippines. “Aside from having better infrastructure, we’re looking for a community that can embrace the event and call it as their own. Our goal is to be able to have Clark and the rest of Pampanga to embrace Powerman as its own” said Magdaluyo. “We’re involving as much of the community from the restaurant owners to the sports shop owners to make Powerman as their own just like what Zofingen, the home of Powerman, has done for the past 28 years. We’d like to eventually make Clark the permanent home of Powerman and not just a venue that we rent for the event” Magdaluyo added.

Among the top Filipino duathletes expected to compete and vie for the world championship slots are John Leerams “Rambo” Chicano, who will also represent the Philippines in the sport of triathlon in the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia next month, and Emmanuel Commendador.

Powerman Philippines Asian Championships is presented by Summit Drinking Water and is also supported by Clark Freeport Zone and SCTEX as the official venue partners, Cobra Energy Drink as the official energy drink, official sports apparel partner Columbia, official sports nutrition partner ActiveHealth, official timing partner Garmin, and event partners Seafood Island Restaurant, Hammer Nutrition, Dan’s Endurance, 2XU, and Skechers Performance.

For more information on the registration and other details, visit the event’s official website www.powerman.ph or visit their social media accounts @powermanph.