2013 Candon tobacco festival opens with triathlon event

VIGAN CITY, March 16 (PIA) — At least 100 local and international athletes are expected to attend the first Olympic-standard triathlon contest on Saturday, March 16 highlighting the opening of the 2013 Candon City’s tobacco festival.

Former Congressman Eric D. Singson said the triathlon contest is one of the festival’s significant events and will coincide with the commemoration of the city’s 115th Cry of Candon and 12th Cityhood anniversary.

This year’s tobacco festival was set from March 16 to 24.

“We came up with this triathlon event to attract more tourists and promote our place as one of the prime tourism industry hubs in the province,” he said.

Singson said the race distance is composed of 1.5 kilometers swimming; 40 kilometers bike race; and 10 kilometers running. The event distances were the standards set in the Olympic competition.

The race will start and finish along the shorelines of the Candon Beach Resort in Barangay Darapidap on Saturday.

The participants will first swim at open sea at a total distance of 1.5 kilometers; followed by 40 – kilometer biking and 10–kilometer marathon, passing the city’s beautiful sceneries including the vast track of tobacco plantations.

“The race’s course descriptions are swimming with two laps at open sea; flat bike course with slight hills along Salcedo road with highest peak along Barangay Amguid, Candon City with a height of 403 feet or 122 meters above sea level; and run at flat course,” Singson said.
The event has six categories for both male and female such as: open category; age group – 23 years old and under; 24 years old – 34; 35-44; and 45 and over; and relay with 2 or 3 members per team.

The total cash prizes for all the winners are over P360,000 wherein the champions in open categories both male and female will receive P30,000 each and P15,000 for the relay category.

Runner–ups in the open categories from 2nd place until 5th place will also receive cash prizes.(MCA/FGL PIA-1 Ilocos Sur)


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