Dorovskikh aims for Tagaman repeat


From left, Tagaman Triathlon race director Ricky Castro, Ronnie Santos, Triathlon Association of the CNMI vice president Florence Antonio, TRAC director Paul Plunkett, TRAC secretary Ronald Villafria, Kanoa Resort general manager Martin Jambor, Kanoa Resort operations manager Glenn Policare, TRAC director Manny Sitchon, and TRAC treasurer Rommel Buenaflor pose for a photo during last Wednesday’s sponsorship presentation at the Kanoa Resort lobby. (Contributed Photo)

Russia’s Aleksandr Dorovskikh willbe aiming to repeat as champion as the 29th Tagaman Triathlon kicks off on March 24.

Dorovskih is already on the island and even ran the half marathon event in last week’s 2018 Saipan Marathon in preparation for next weekend’s competition. Dorovskikh completed last year’s race in 2:12:01 or six minutes ahead of the Philippines’ Joe Miller (2:18:17). Guam’s Manami Iijima topped the women’s division (2:12:52).

The Tagaman, which started in 1988, will begin with a 1.5-kilometer swim from Kanoa Resort to Kilili Beach then transition to the 40K bike from Minatchom Atdao to Banzai Cliff and back before ending with the 10K run all the way to the Chamolinian Utt and back to Minatchom.

Interested participants have until tomorrow to register. All participants who will complete the Tagaman course will receive a finisher’s medal, while the top overall and age group winners will also get medals and other prizes.

Meanwhile, before the Tagaman, it will be the youngsters’ turn to put on a show in tomorrow’s Taga Kids and Adult Sprint Triathlon that will start at 6am at the Paupau Beach.

The Taga Kids is the CNMI’s age group and relay triathlon event for rising young triathletes 16 years old and below. The race is divided into the 5 to 8, 9 to 12, and 13 to 16 age groups.

The swim-bike-run course for U12 participants will be around the Paupau Beach to ensure the kids’ safety. The 5- to 8-year olds will do a 50m swim and one loop each of the bike and run legs, while U12 participants must complete a 100m swim, and two loops in the bike and run.

The 13- to 16-year olds will have a 750m swim around Paupau and a 20K bike from the beach heading right toward Seafix, going to Banzai, and back to the starting line. The 5K run is from Paupau to Ayuyu Drive and back to the starting line.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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