The Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA) and Rota municipality will host the 20th Annual Rota Blue Triathlon on Nov. 16.
Regional and international triathletes are expected to return for the annual Ironman event, featuring the pristine, tropical environment and warm island hospitality of the island of Rota. The triathlon features two distances: an A-type half-marathon distance, which includes a 1.5 km swim, followed by a 40 km rigorous biking course and a 10 km run (no time limit) and the B-type Olympic distance, which includes a 2.0 km swim, followed by a 90 km biking course and topped off with a 21 km run (8-hour time limit).
For team competitors, there will also be triathlon of the A-type distance, again with no time limit. The event is also sponsored by Kiyokazu Fitness Club of Japan and the Rota Mayor’s Office
“Two decades ago, the Rota Blue Triathlon was inaugurated to highlight the unparalled natural beauty and hospitality of the Rota community,” MVA community projects manager Martin Duenas said. “The fact that the triathlon is still going strong 20 years later shows those milestones on Nov. 16.”
Pre-registration will be held on Nov. 15, from 11am to 12:30pm at the Bay Breeze Restaurant & Bar. The swim course inspection will be held the same day from 1-2pm.at the East Harbor. Final registration will take place that evening from 4:30-8pm at Rota Resort & Country Club’s Sunset BBQ Tiki Tiki.
The pre-race briefing for all participants will be held that evening from 6-7:30pm. Starting time for both distances is 6:30am at Rota’s East Harbor. Wetsuits are permitted, while bike helmets are required. Registration fees are $80 for A-type course solo competitors and $70 for each member in a team. The fee for the B-type course is $100. The entry fee includes and event t-shirt, high-quality swim cap, and an invitation to the awards banquet at East Harbor.
Japanese competitors swept most top spots in the triathlon last year. In a field of 114, Tomokazu Fukushima of Japan bested the competition to win the top spot in the 19th Annual Rota Blue Triathlon on Nov. 17. Fukushima was the first male finisher of the 1.5K swim, 40K bike, and 10K run, crossing the finish line of the picturesque course in 2:13:14. The top female finisher in the A-type course was Sonoko Matsubara of Japan.
The annual Rota Blue Triathlon is one of four major triathlon events held in the Northern Mariana Islands. The three other races are the XTERRA Saipan Championship, Tagaman Triathlon and the Tinian Turquoise Blue events.
For more information about the annual triathlon, please contact Martin Duenas at 1-670- 664-3200 /02 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sandra Atalig at the MVA Rota Office at 1.670-532-0327. (PR)