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Triathlon: Singapore International Triathlon adds family entertainment

Lin Zhiyun was the top local finisher in last year’s Singapore International Triathlon.

Lin Zhiyun was the top local finisher in last year’s Singapore International Triathlon.

July 29, 2014: Organisers of the 15th Singapore International Triathlon have added a family carnival and live music to this year’s event, which will be held at East Coast Park from August 16-17.

 

The new features complemented the long-running event, according to Nathalie Marquet, Managing Director of MetaSport, which is organising the event for the first time alongside the Triathlon Association of Singapore.

 

“While the triathlon will be a similar format to previous years, we’ve added some entertaining new activities for participants and spectators on both days. There will be a free live music concert on Saturday afternoon and a family carnival both days, along with a barbecue, fun duos and free Pilates classes,” Marquet said.

 

“Competitors will still be swimming, biking and running through the beautiful East Coast Park course, but now they’ll celebrate their race with the award ceremony at Angsana Park, along with food, drinks and music.”

 

The event is again sanctioned as an Asian Cup Race by the International Triathlon Union (ITU), the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) and supported by Sport Singapore. Marquet said she expected up to 3,000 participants, ranging from the world’s best to new enthusiasts.

 

“We expect some of the best triathletes from around the world to compete here in Singapore,” Marquet said. “However, this event is not just for elite triathletes, as people of all ages and fitness levels can get involved in the mini race, relays and the corporate challenge.”

 

Ireland’s Benjamin Shaw comfortably won last year’s event in one hour and 57 minutes. Japan’s Chiko Sato won the women’s in two hours 13 minutes, while Lin Zhiyun was the leading Singaporean woman, coming home in two hours 27 minutes.

 

Local triathletes will battle it out over the Olympic-distance race course for the Singapore National Triathlon Championships age-group title.

 

The event’s official charity is SportCares, an organisation that helps improve the lives of disadvantaged kids through sport.

 

Source: Singapore International Triathlon (www.singaporetriathlon.sg); Editing by SportAsia

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