After successfully staging the 1st Musa Man TriDavNor triathlon, the Province of Davao del Norte is now gearing up to “possibly” host the first Iron Man competition in Mindanao next year.
Governor Anthony del Rosario revealed to the Musa Man participants that he is keen on bringing into the province triathlon's most iconic event regarded as among the most challenging and physically demanding single-day sporting events.
“We look forward to possibly hosting the first-ever Iron Man triathlon competition in Mindanao… I have already been talking to somebody connected to the Iron Man and we might do that in 2018,” bared during the TriDavNor post race party at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex VIP Clubhouse.
He also announced his plans to make Musa Man a yearly event to highlight the annual founding anniversary of the province.
The first long-distance multi-sports event organized by the province in celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of Davao del Norte featured a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40k bike and 10k run.
Boholano triathlete Paul Jumamil, of the Cebu-based Rider Omega Pro Tri Team became the first Musa Man champion by clocking in two hours and 26 seconds. Go for Gold Team’s John Chicano, who will represent the Philippines in the SEA Games in August, bagged the second place, while Jonard Saim of TRIBUDDIES Team settled for the third.
Monica Torres of Standard Insurance Team dominated the female elite category.
Davao del Norte staged its grandest Golden Jubilee with the support of Tagum Agricultural Development Company (TADECO), Inc. as its official partner, together with Globe Telecom as the official mobile telecommunicat
ion partner. The major sponsors include Ulticon Builders, Inc., Davao Light and Power Company, Med 13, and RVE Farm & BEB's Trading.
Melvin Fausto, National Head Coach of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines, lauded Davao del Norte’s successful hosting of the event.
“I would like to congratulate DavNor…. ito (Musa Man) yung nakikita kong one of the top races in the country,” he said, as he compares it with the Cobra Iron Man 70.3 race in Cebu.
Fausto disclosed that Chicano and his fellow members of the Philippine National Triathlon Team Marion Kim Mangrobang, Claire Adorna and Nikko Huelgas will do some of their cross training in Davao del Norte before setting off for their SEA Games campaign.
Celebrities who competed in the swim-bike-run competition include TV Patrol reporter Gretchen Fullido, It’s Showtime host Kim Atienza, actress Bubbles Paraiso, model Sara Black and TV and radio host Tim Yap.
Also spotted were Compostela Valley Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy and former Tagum City Councilor De Carlo “Oyo” Uy.