Top California-based Fil-Am triathlete model promotes sports tourism in Legazpi

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MT. MAYON TRIATHLON 2014. PHOTO BY RICO DE MESA MANALLO
MT. MAYON TRIATHLON 2014. PHOTO BY RICO DE MESA MANALLO

LEGAZPI CITY, 9Aug2104 (PNA) — A top Filipino-American triathlete model is now in this tourist-destination city to promote sports tourism.

Kim Kilgroe will swim, bike and run in the rigorous rolling terrains of Legazpi City on Sunday morning.

Kilgroe, whose grandmother is a native of Tabaco City, flew in this city for the first time to lead and grace the first-ever Mt. Mayon Triathlon—a kickoff event of the monthlong Ibalong Festival of Legazpi.

“I came here to bring and promote sports tourism. Legazpi City is a great location for triathlon where one swims, bikes and runs, with the beautiful icon of Mayon volcano at the background,” she said.

Kilgroe, 24, and 200 participants in the professional, elite and relay team categories will be showing their prowess in the triathlon where in just an hour the competing teams will go for a 1.5-kilometer swim in the water off Legazpi then take a 40-kilometer bike ride from this city going to Sto. Domingo town and vice versa, then make a 10-kilometer run along the rolling topography of this city.

But before the official competition set on Sunday by the city government, Kilgroe conducted a free swimming and sports clinic on Friday and Saturday among the youth, including children, with proficiency in swimming to help them develop their own potentials.

“My Lola is from Tabaco, Albay. It’s nice to be here for the first time. I’m motivated by the desire to be the best version of myself in every aspect, and to help others reach their own potentials and live unlimited. I enjoy helping new athletes on their form and progression, so I’m planning a series of Train-Unlimited Tri-Camps in various provinces of the Philippines,” she said.

The tri-clinic is focusing on swimming and running techniques.

“We are having pool and open water swimming clinics to improve everyone’s swimming techniques. I especially love working with youth and inspiring them to pursue sports and healthful activities, so my events are open to all ages and levels. I’m doing an initial event in Legazpi before the inaugural Mt. Mayon Triathlon this weekend. We are inviting young athletes to come, participate and learn how to become better triathletes,” the lady triathlete added.

Kilgroe also expressed gratitude to Mayor Noel Rosal for hosting the first-ever Mt. Mayon Triathlon despite the effect of typhoon “Glenda.”

“Thanks to the City of Legazpi and the Ibalong Festival organizers for hosting us and bringing the Mt. Mayon Triathlon together in a short period of time, even with the typhoon that recently passed. We are so excited for the first triathlon in this province on Sunday. What a great location to swim, bike and run.This is one of my favorite areas in the Philippines now,” the Filipino-American triathlete said.

Kilgroe said that after Bicol, she will also go to Davao, Cebu, Bohol and Ilocos Norte for multi-day camps.

“On my radar for potential multi-day camps are Davao, Cebu, Bohol and Illocos Norte. With so many people gaining interest in the multi-sport community, I’d love to help bring more resources to those outside of the Metro Manila area,” she said.

Fr. Jay Jacinto of Naga City, race director, said Legazpi City is the most scenic place and fantastic area for a one-hour triathlon owing to its best location, with Mt. Mayon at the backdrop.

Rosal said the 1st Mayon Triathlon will be similar to the “Tour of Luzon” wherein 200 foreign and Filipino veteran or elite riders will be competing on Sunday.

He said there are politicians like Rep. Datu Arroyo of Camarines Sur and former AKB Rep. Pido Garbin who will be joining the triathlon.

“Next year, it will never be the same again. It will be a bigger event next year as part of the Ibalong Festival. The participants of this event are not after the prize because they’re well-off and whose bikes cost about Php 0.5 million or so. They’re not after the money but the trophy and prestige,” Rosal said.

The winners will receive Php 20,000 for first prize, Php 15,000 for 2nd prize and Php 10,000 for the third prize. (PNA)

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