Rota triathlon registration ongoing

Registration for the 23rd edition of the Rota Blue Triathlon is ongoing with fees for solo and team participants in the two courses reduced for this year.

Solo competitors for the A-type course will only pay $60, while $50 each for a member in the team category, either by trio or duo only. The fee for the type-B solo event is $80. Entry fees must be paid in cash at the registration desk on Nov. 17.

The A-type solo and team divisions have no time limit while the type-B has an eight-hour time limit. Event T-shirts, swim caps, and awards banquet are included in the entry fee.

Distances for the A-type (solo and team) is composed of a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-km bike, and 10km run while the B-type is made up of a 2-km swim, 90km bike, and 21km run.

Organizers have allowed the use of wetsuits in the swim leg while bike helmets is a requirement to all participants in the bike portion of the race.

The Top 3 in the men’s and women’s divisions, and age group winners will be receiving prizes. The awards banquet will be held at 6:30pm on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Round House.

A pre-race briefing is set on Friday, Nov. 17, at 6:30pm at the Rota Resort and Country Club.

The annual event, which was not held last year, is a favorite race by Japanese triathetes every year. Kiyokazu Triathlon Club Japan president Kiyokazu Onishi, is the co-creator of the event.

KFC, the Marianas Visitors Authority, and the Rota Mayor’s Office jointly organize the race, which highlights the CNMI’s southernmost island’s pristine beauty.

For more information, contact MVA’s Ed Diaz at 664-73200 or email ediaz@mymarianas.com or Sandra Atalig at MVA’s Rota office at 532-0327 or satalig@mymarianas.com or KFC Triathlon Clib at 81-42-8314911 or email kfc-onishi@gem.hi-ho.ne.jp.

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Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez has been covering local and international sports events for more than 15 years. His sports writing career started when he joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, when he was in college.

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