Challenge Philippines Triathlon race will be beefing up Subic Bay, Bataan and CamSur tourism as it launches new international race set on February 21 and June 14 next year for the Challenge Philippines and Challenge CamSur races, respectively.
The announcement came during the media conference of Challenge Philippines and Yellow Cab Philippines partnership attended by no less than David Voth, CEO of Leverage Sports Asia and Challenge Philippines Race Chairman, and Roy Quejada, Chief Operating Officer, Yellow Cab Co. last July 29 at 55 Events Place in Quezon City. (RELATED: Challenge Philippines inks partnership with Yellow Cab Pizza)
“I believe that our experience of hosting world-class events in the Philippines and the expertise of the Challenge Family headed by David, we can grow this brand, the fastest growing triathlon brand in the country, not only in the Philippines but the entire of Asia. Modesty aside, the province of Camarines Sur is known to be the sports adventure capital of the Philippines. We, my father hosted Ironman 70.3 three years in a row, the Philippine AD Congress, World Wake-boarding Championships, and we believe that with this group, with this partnership, we can achieve so much more especially with this new administration that I have. I have so much to prove and with this challenge I believe that we can accomplish this. I hope to see you all in Camarines Sur very soon,” said CamSur Gov. Luis Miguel “Migz” Villafuerte.
Villafuerte was elected Governor of Camarines Sur in 2013, defeating his grandfather Luis. At the age of 24, he is the youngest elected governor in Philippine history. His father, Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte served as Provincial Governor from 2004-2013, completing the three-term position before passing the rein to the younger Villafuerte who sworn into office on July 2013.
Ex-governor LRay is credited for putting Camarines Sur on the international tourism map with the successful promotion of Camsur Watersports Complex and the Caramoan Islands, a favorite location of the reality television show “Survivor.” Under his watch, the province has become a top tourist destination in the Philippines in terms of local and foreign tourist visitors as recorded by the Department of Tourism.
David thanked CamSur governor Migz and his father LRay, for attending the press launch and commended the province of Camarines Sur’s rich heritage and traditions. “Going back to CamSur is a wonderful experience for all of us,” said David. “Challenge Philippines in Bataan being proclaimed to be one of the toughest races, we’re designing and redefining the CamSur course to be the fastest course, the hottest course – hottest in temperature and hot and sexy. It’s gonna be a great course that will be the fastest course in the Philippines and certainly one of the fastest in Asia.”
The sporting events are expected to draw more than a seven hundred and fifty athletes to Subic Bataan and over thousand international and local triathletes to Camsur. Beside the athletes, thousands, including their friends, families, other sports fans, and spectators will be witnessing the races.
The influx of foreign and local tourists from each event will have an estimated direct impact of US$ 5.8 million each and over $10 million each including media values. A positive economic impact of over $20 M USD for Philippines. It will not only benefit local businesses around the venue of the races but it will also greatly affect the country’s national tourism.
“Giving our athletes an opportunity to compete at highest levels, in a well-organized, safe, and beautiful destinations, is our primary goal. By delivering one of the world’s toughest races courses in Bataan and one of the fastest race courses in CamSur, Challenge will truly give triathletes a great race day experience and a race of a life time,” said Anna Stroh, event director of Challenge Philippines and Challenge CamSur.
For more details visit the Yellow Cab Challenge Philippines at http://challengephilippines.com.ph/ or download the Challenge Family app for both android phones and iPhones to have an instant access to live coverage of all Challenge Family races on the go.
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