TAGBILARAN CITY, February 12 (PIA) -- If Alicia had a trail run and an off-road bike race in two days, Antequera will do it in one: the Antequera Off-road Duathlon 2018.
Now promoted as a viable sports tourism destination, Bohol is at it again this summer, with another grueling race showcasing Antequera's trails and immersion into locals in a run-bike run event.
Set at 6:30 AM this March 18, the 5 kilometer (km) run, 25-km bike and 3-km run speeds off in the classic leave no trace race: participants who litter could lose, so they must provide for their race provisions while organizers put up aid stations where participants can refill water bottles or hydration packs.
"We want this with least environmental impact, so participants are advised to pocket their litter and empty them at the aid stations, outside help from non-participants or spectator, like food, hydration, tools, or medical assistance from any person not directly involved in the event in the entire bike course is strictly prohibited," one of the race organizers, Russel Villas, said.
"Even pacing from a non-competitor or vehicle is not allowed at any time on the bike course, participants may walk their bike if needed, but they can't complete the bike course without their bikes," he added.
Participants must complete the entire bike course unassisted, strictly following the designated track and specified as race course, or face disqualification, return to the transition area on the same mountain bike they started as a bike change would be ground for disqualification and immediate ejection from the race.
Open to participants 16 years old and above and who have at least trained or participated in an offroad race, the Antequera Duathlon is still accepting registrations until Feb 28 at Bohol Bike Shop in Tagbilaran.
For individuals, registration is at P600 and relay at P1,200, which includes race kit, finishers medal, jersey, and post-race meal.
Open for three categories, the race accepts 29 years old and below participants, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, and 50 and above for the male category and 35 years old and below and 35 years old and above for females.
On March 18, at exactly 6:30 a.m. of March 18, the race clock officially stops at 1:00 pm of the same day, or 6 and a half hours after gun start, according to Vice Mayor Simon Leo Jadulco, head of the organizing team.
"Duathletes who are still on the road by the cut-off may still finish the race beyond and still get their finisher's medal and shirt, but they will not be included in the official list of finishers as the race provides no time extensions," he added.
As to the offroad bike segment, organizers said only 26, 27.5, 29 inch wheels mountain and fat bikes are allowed with minimum 1.9 tire size for the race.
Those using a tire size 1.9 below will be disqualified for a podium finish in all categories.
Concerned about safety, organizers also said "riders with bikes that have safety issues will be disqualified."
With this, racers need to get their bikes checked-in at the transition area on March 17, Antequera Town Center from 3:00 to 5:30 pm, when they can also claim their race kits.
Another bike check-in will and race kit claims is set 4:00 am to 5:30 am on race day and upon mandatory two-hours before check in, race bibs, proper running and biking apparels, hydration bottle and helmets are also presented, personal audio devices, strictly prohibited.
All bikes must be checked-in and mounted on the racks at the transition area by 5:30 a.m. on race day, no extensions or late check-in of bikes are allowed.
Before that, participants may still have full access to their bikes before these are hung in racks at the transition area, which would not be removed until the start of the bike leg.
Race briefing is set on March 17 at 5:30 pm at the transition area and a carbo-loading dinner will be served later.
For Tagbilaran City based-bikers, a truck for bikes will be available only at 3:00 p.m. on March 17, 2018 from Rizal Park of Tagbilaran City, and will ferry the bikes back to Tagbilaran after the race on Sunday, according to duathlon organizers.
Campsites are provided at the plaza or at the Antequera Training Center for overnight stay. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)