December 27, 2018
The members of the FOTON Tri-Team
As the summer season nears, the FOTON Tri-Team also starts to heat their training up as they are bound to show off ultimate swim-bike-run skills under the FOTON brand in the forthcoming Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay, Philippines on March 12, 2017 in Subic, Zambales.
“We are very fortunate because FOTON has given us the chance to race in world-class competitions like the Ironman 70.3. It is with great honor to represent FOTON especially now that we are already making a big name in the Philippine sport scene, predominantly in volleyball and this time, multisports.” says FOTON Tri-Team Captain Oliver Ilustre.
Regardless of its newness in the field of triathlon, the FOTON Tri-Team has already attested how aggressive their group can be by joining, and clinching recognitions in competitions by popular marathon organizers such as Nike, Milo, Century Tuna, Punta Fuego and Alaska. Aside from these national fixtures, the team has also begun competing with their sharpened skills in neighbouring Southeast Asian countries.
“It is because of FOTON’s trust why our team keeps on persevering to pass through the finish lines. Another thing is that international multisport contests do not only promote and develop healthier lifestyles. As we share the same passion, this also strengthens our bond as one team, as one family.” adds Illustre.
In the upcoming Century Tuna Ironman 70.3, triathletes who will carry FOTON’s flag are Tri-Team pioneers Marlon Quidasol, Jepthie Dela Cruz, Diane Castillo, Ricky Ramos, Oliver Ilustre, and Russiel Dela Cruz. On the other hand, the Ironman kids division will be represented by Angel Faith Quidasol, Clifford Banal, Ken Aeron Dela Cruz and Miguel Ilustre.
Last March and August 2016, the FOTON Tri-Team already took part in the Ironman 70.3 tournament held in Subic and Cebu, respectively. The Captain notes, “The experience and training we had during the first 2 Ironman events were truly remarkable that’s why when we found out that another round will be held in the Philippines, to sign up was the easiest thing to do.”
This year, the race will feature the rolling start where triathletes are expected to self-seed themselves in a 1.9 km counter-clockwise swim at Acea Subic Bay, 90-kilometer bike traverses in the highways of Subic and finally, a 21-kilometer run course from Subic Bay Convention Center (SBECC) to Acea which serves as the triathletes turnaround point heading back to SBECC.
Ilustre adds, “Win or lose, the real goal here is to never stop trying. For our self-development, camaraderie and of course, for FOTON, we will swim like the boat sunk, bike like we stole it and run as if it’s our last. We will keep going until we see and reach the finish line.”