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Homestays, bikes needed for XTERRA, Tagaman Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2013 05:38

By Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter | Saipan Tribune

Renata Bucher leads a small group of pros on its way up to the Bird Island Lookout during last year's Tagaman Triathlon. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)Participants of the XTERRA Saipan and Tagaman need a taste of island hospitality as the two biggest triathlon events in the CNMI take place next month.

The 2013 XTERRA Saipan Championship will be held on March 9, while the 2013 Tagaman Triathlon is set for March 16 and with some off-island athletes confirmed to join both competitions, having hosts for their two-week stay on Saipan will be very much appreciated.

 
New winners in Coffee Trail Run Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 05:44

By Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter | Saipan Tribune

Amy Sletten heads to the finish line of last Saturday's 6th Annual Marianas Coffee Trail Run at the American Memorial Park. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)Three first-timers had winning debuts in last Saturday's 6th Annual Marianas Coffee Trail Run.

Nicholas Martindale led the list of new winners, topping the 15-kilometer race, while Soledad Tenorio ruled the women's division, and Amy Sletten prevailed in the 10K event. Paul Viator completed the winners' circle, as he recorded his first 10K win after doing the Coffee Trail's long course a few years ago.

 
Familiar faces in women's field of XTERRA Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 January 2013 05:49

By Saipan Tribune

United Kingdom's Jacqui Slack, right and Switzerland's Renata Bucher, left, console Austria's Carina Wasle, center, at the finish line after the latter survived a freak bike crash in last year's XTERRA Saipan Championship. (Saipan Tribune)Last year's rivals will be back to square off for the women's division crown in the 2012 XTERRA Saipan Championship.

According to former Taga, Inc. president Bill Sakovich, defending champion Renata Bucher of Switzerland will return for the March 9 competition and face fellow returnees Jacqui Slack of United Kingdom and Carina Wasle of Austria and the now Guam-based Mieko Carey. Daz Parker, who had been to the two editions of the Crown Jewel of XTERRA Tour but missed last year's competition, this time will join the women's field, while 2011 champion Shonny Vanlandingham will skip the race for the second straight season.

 
New division for Meek & Mighty Swim Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 05:58

By Saipan Tribune

Saipan Swim Club's Kento Akimaru rushes to shore to complete last year's 5K race in the Meek & Mighty Ocean Swim in the waters off Pacific Islands Club. (Saipan Tribune)A new category has been added to the Saipan Swim Club's 8th Annual Meek & Mighty Ocean Swim that will be held this Saturday in the waters of the Pacific Islands Club in San Antonio.

The host club is introducing the “Minnow” division, which is a short and shallow course for young swimmers and has a distance of about 200 meters. SSC coach Gary Guzman will be at the course during the swim, serving as a buoy at the turnaround point, while parents are allowed to swim with their children. Participants in the “Minnow” event and the three other categories may use fins, snorkel, buoy, or paddles, but will not qualify for prizes in the divisions.

 
More competitive field in XTERRA Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 05:53

By Saipan Tribune

More competitive field in XTERRAThree pros will debut in the 2013 XTERRA Saipan Championships, making this year's field tougher than the previous ones.

Bill Sakovich, former president of XTERRA Saipan organizer Taga, Inc., in an email sent to the CNMI triathlon community said this March's race looks to be even more competitive than the previous years with two pros from South Africa and one from Scotland joining the early list of triathletes who committed to join XTERRA Tour's Crown Jewel.

 
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