Swim course cleared for Penong’s 5150 Davao

Organizers of the Penong’s 5150 Davao allayed concerns over the tidal flow in the swim course, clearing the way for the staging of the 1.5 km-swim, 40 km-bike and 10 km run event over the Olympic-style layout on 4 September in Tagum City.

The opening swim leg will be a counter-clockwise route starting at the Banana Beach featuring a 270-meter stretch with participants turning left to the 630-meter part of the course before heading to the final turn for the last 600 meters.

They will then exit the boat ramp and enter transition at the tennis courts.

“It was super low tide for the past couple of weeks in the original swim area, so we have to modify the swim course,” said Princess Galura, general manager of the organizing The IRONMAN Group/Sunrise Events Inc.

Twice postponed due to pandemic the past two years, the Penong’s 5150 made its way to the triathlon calendar in 2019 but concerns over the quality of water in the swim stage forced the organizers to cancel the opening leg, reducing it to a duathlon format (run-bike-run).

But with the swim course all cleared, it’s finally a go for the second 5150 triathlon in two months following the successful staging of Sun Life 5150 Bohol.

“We are just making sure that everything is okay and in conformity with international standards,” Galura added.

The 40km bike race will start upon exiting Hijo Resorts towards the main highway and heading to Daang Maharlika to Tagum City.

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