Former Saipan Swim Club and Micronesian Games medalist Michael Moran is now into triathlon and had a winning debut in his new sport.
Moran teamed up with XTERRA Saipan veteran Arland Macasieb and Mark Alfaro in the 35th Superfrog Triathlon at the Silver Strand State Beach in Coronado, California late last month and finished second in the men’s 99 and under division (ages of three athletes combined). The Superfrog is dubbed as the original Half Ironman, involving a 1.2-mile (1.9k) swim leg, 56-mile (90k) bike, and 13.1-mile (21.1k) run race.
Moran and his Super Fat Boys team completed the race in 4:34:24 behind the 3:56:46 of Rock N Road Cylery. He did the swim leg of the event and clocked in at 37:43, while Macasieb and Alfaro submitted 2:21:32 and 1:34:05, respectively.
“The water conditions here are extremely different to back home. Saipan has warm and calm beaches, however, the Superfrog swim leg was held at the Silver Strand State Beach, CA, which on race day had 4-foot swells and water temperature of about 60 degrees Fahrenheit. However, my first official event in California was very exciting and it was a great experience overall,” said Moran, who is now a member of Fil-Am Tri Club in San Diego and has been training five to six times a week since August.
The Marianas High School graduate and now a sophomore student at Grossmont College in San Diego will have his full triathlon debut in December this year when he competes in the HITS Triathlon Series in Palms Springs, California. The physical theraphy student said he made the switch to triathlon because he was inspired by Saipan athletes.
“I was inspired by some Saipan athletes, such as Rezne Wong and Matt Mancao, who are also my friends, Tyce Mister, who was my high school teacher and volleyball coach, and Mieko Carey, who trained with the Masters group at Saipan Swim Club. I decided to give triathlons a go because I have always been a multi sport enthusiast. I love living an active lifestyle and training for triathlons has been fitting in with me so far,” said Moran, who is also looking forward to join triathlon races on Saipan.
“I definitely do plan on participating in XTERRA Saipan and Tagaman in the near future. In the meantime I will be training hard as I have so much to learn and develop,” the 20-year-old student said.