Hosana, Torres take Tri-United 2

Elite triathletes Mark Hosana and Monica Torres won their respective elite divisions at Tri-United 2 last Sunday, July 3 in Subic Bay.

Mark Hosana of team Unilab Activehealth led wire to wire and finished with a race-best time of 3:36:15, beating runner-up and teammate Benjamin Rana by almost five minutes and topping 3rd place finisher Arthur Piasecki of Red Dot Racing by 20 minutes.

Race leader Mark Hosana nearing the finish line.
Race leader Mark Hosana nearing the finish line.

On a hot day where National team member Maria Claire Adorna swam a race-best 29:31 swim split, Monica Torres had to overcome the 13-minute deficit after the swim with a 4th-best 1:54:27 bike split and a race-best 1:13:11 run. Racing for the first time in 2 months after a health scare, Torres won with a time of 3:53:11.

Monica Torres posted on her facebook page: “Happy to come away with the win after chasing Claire Adorna all morning. She was literally in a different zip code on the bike after demolishing everyone on the swim.”

Monica Torres on her way to the run course.
Monica Torres on her way to the run course.

Over 900 athletes participated in the triathlon event which consists of a 2km swim, a 60km bike, and a 15km run.

Nineteen YellowCab-TriClark triathletes represented Clark and Pampanga and all of them finished within the prescribed cut-off time.
Over 800 bikes parked at the transition area.
The Tri-United 2 is the second of the Tri-United Triathlon Series. The next one will be held in Alviera, Porac on October 23. –Marvin M. Manalang

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