ARGAO—Two birds with one stone.
More than a competition for Parklane International Hotel, it will also be tourism promotion when the Hunat Sugbo Triathlon: Goes to Argao unfolds on Sept. 21 at Mahayahay Beach Resort.
Parklane International Hotel general manager Cenelyn Manguilomotan said the hotel is also participating in community activities.
“We are the hotel that stands for Cebu. Cebu could be the best destination in the country, could be one of best in Asia, and could be one of the best in the world. We are aiming towards that,” said Manguilomotan.
The organizers are expecting around 500 participants during the race date, but this could mean a crowd of thousands since the triathletes could be bringing their friends and families.
“This will uplift our tourism and the town products as well. As far as accommodations are concerned, we have (resorts) here that can have a number of people,” said Argao Mayor Edsel Galeos.
Argao will also have a product expo to promote their local products to the visitors.
“The visitors also have the option to take a homestay. We encourage that among the locals here. But some, I think, will bring tents with them. We will address this for them to have a good stay in Argao,” he added.
The third triathlon of Hunat Sugbo will have three categories—standard, sprint and relay distances. The standard and relay are set at 1.5-km. swim, 40K bike 10K run; while the sprint features 750-m. swim, 20K bike and 5K run.
Veteran race director Joel Baring of Sports and Fitness Enthusiasts (Safe) will be responsible for the technicalities of the race. Baring said the bike route is great and the run opens to a good scenery, passing through uphill and downhill tracks.
The swim will start at the Mahayahay Beach at 9 a.m. The tennis court in Argao will be the transition point of the bike and run, with the run going to River Stone Castle and shaded areas of the town.
Organizers said the Hunat Sugbo went to Oslob last year and gathered more than 400 triathletes. This time, the aim is to have 500 triathletes.
“We are not aiming for quantity, what we want is a quality race for the participants,” said Manguilimotan.
The finishers in all the categories will each receive a medal, and cash prizes await the top three in men’s and women’s standard distance.
Registration fee for the standard and sprint distances are pegged at P2,300 for the early birds, P2,500 for regular registration, P2,800 for the late registration; the sprint is at P2,000, 2,300, and P2,500.
Registration is ongoing at Parklane International Hotel, Parkmall Lobby, and online registration at hunatsugbo.com.
Source: Sunstar Cebu