Qualifier › Bali
25 Mar, 2019
3 min read
Location | Season Bali'19
Alongside the blistering Pro racing for qualification, Super League Bali held the first multisport festival ever in Nusa Dua, drawing more than 2,500 participants and countless spectators over two days across the Fun Run, Youth Splash ‘n’ Dash, and Triathlon Categories.
On Saturday morning, hearts stirred as the Indonesian national anthem played prior to the first gun start of the entire weekend.
Then the 2.5km, 5km, and 10km “Super Runs” made use of the flat and smooth roads around Nusa Dua, starting and finishing at the Super League Bali Fan Zone in Ayodya Resort. For experienced runners, there was the possibility of a new personal best and the Top 3 overall ranking, and for beginners, the course was kind to legs and lungs of all fitness levels. Additionally, at the Fan Zone participants and their guests indulged in post-race in ice baths, fun activities and demos from our sponsors, and delicious recovery food while awaiting the Pro action.
In the afternoon Ayodya Beach hosted the Splash ‘n’ Dash youth aquathlon. Meant to give children and teens what could be their first taste of multisport action, the participants loved it and are already looking for their next race.
Sunday morning dawned with age group triathletes taking on the Sprint and Enduro formats. While swimming through the surf and currents was a challenge, it was one they braved eagerly as the prospect of heating up the roads on two wheels beckoned, followed by fast laps on two feet to cross the finish line and claim one of BCA Super League Bali’s unique finisher medals. For Enduro participants, it was a challenge multiplied by two as a non-stop swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run is rarely offered elsewhere.
Multiple Ironman winner Jurgen Zack, who lives in Phuket, Thailand, was on hand to race this first edition of the Enduro.
“It was so much fun. Nice course, good atmosphere. You always have to be alert on the bike course with all the turns, it’s fantastic,” he said.
Indonesian athletes dominated the rankings over the two formats. Inge Praseyto came away with the overall women’s crown in the Enduro.
She said, “This is the first course that I have to do back-to-back. Swim, bike, run, swim, bike, run. It’s very interesting. They say you have to go fast and furious, but no, not really. You have to have a strategy because the second one is tough.” She added, “I hope to come back next year, and hope Super League can keep coming back here to Bali!”
With more than 90% of participants coming from Indonesia, the local endurance community has embraced and owned this event in its inaugural year — and it portends the start of greater things.
Super League Triathlon president and co-founder Chris McCormack noted,
“Thinking of world champion Flora Duffy from the little island of Bermuda, she said in an interview once, had a triathlon not come to her nation when she was a young schoolgirl, she would never have taken up the sport… We believe by bringing events like this that speak to the youth, we’re five or six years away before maybe seeing an Indonesian local in the Championship Series which would be amazing.”
See Age Group Triathlon results here.
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