The Triathlon Association of the CNMI is bringing back actual races on islands with the staging of the 5th Off-Road Duathlon and North Trail Run on Nov. 7.
The two-in-one event is a fundraiser for TRAC’s hosting of the triathlon event in the 2022 Pacific Mini Games and maintenance of the trail routes in the northern side of the island.
For the duathlon, the race will start and end at the Last Command Post in Marpi with the first leg (trail run) covering a distance of six kilometers (Last Command Post/Dumping/Banzai Trail/Banzai Cliff/Last Command Post). For the second leg—the mountain bike part—riders must complete the 15K course that would bring them to Ayuyu Drive/FEBC, Kimikaze Trail, Authonbahn Trail, Santa Klaus, Banzai Trail, Banzai Cliff, and back to the Last Command Post. For the finale, participants will go through the 2.5K pathway run along the Last Command Post road.
The duathlon is open for individual and team participants and has a cut-off time of three hours.
Meanwhile, the North Trail Run has a distance off 11.5K and runners will head from the Last Command Post to the North Trail Loop, pathway, Kimikaze Trail, Autobahn Trail. Santa Clause Trail, and Banzai Trail-Cliff before returning to the start/finish line. There is no cut-off off time for the trail run.
Registration fees for both events are $15 (individual) and $30 (two-person team) for early birds (sign up by Oct. 31 at 5pm). Registration fees turned in from Nov. 1 to Nov. 4 are $20 for individual and $40 for team. Sign up online at https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=224562 or check www.triathloncnmi.org.
Medals and other prizes will be given to the top finishers in the duathlon and trail run, while finishers will get T-shirts.
Next month’s races are sponsored by the Tan Siu Lin Foundation and TanHoldings. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)