The Singapore International Triathlon (SIT) is Singapore’s pioneer triathlon event. Established in 1984, it was launched in an era when triathlons and endurance sports in general were largely unknown in Asia. From the first local triathlon held by the National University of Singapore (NUS) in its campus, it evolved into an international event two years later with a wide diversity of athletes participation from multiple countries including Malaysia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.
Through the years, the number of participants has grown steadily. The race distances of 2km swim, 65km bike and 16km run, were also changed to the widely accepted Olympic distance. During this time, local sportsmen have also achieved elite competitive status through better knowledge in training and sports conditioning.
Today, the SIT has become one of the most highly-anticipated, international sports events in Singapore. Co-organised by Triathlon Association of Singapore and Orange Room Pte Ltd, the event has attracted up to 3,000 triathletes from countries such as Ireland, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, USA, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia, who vied for various coveted championship titles, including the Asian Championship.
Held at the East Coast Park, this is a great opportunity for participants to Race the Lion City. The event boasts warm and calm water, scenic location, well-marked course and friendly volunteers, promising a memorable racing experience for all to enjoy from the starting to the finishing line.
RACE THE LION CITY & EXPERIENCE SINGAPORE!
Named the No.2 Ultimate Sports City, Singapore has developed a buoyant sports culture. It has hosted a number of international marquee sporting events such as the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010, the annual F1 night race and the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2015, placing the city-state on the international map for sports.
Overseas participants will also have an excellent opportunity to experience the exciting things the tropical island has to offer after the race. They can savour the renowned and diverse culinary cuisines in this food paradise, be awed by the green spaces such as the iconic Gardens by the Bay and the Botanic Gardens, (recently inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage), and immerse in cultural hotspots such as Chinatown, Little India and Geylang Serai. Most of all, participants can enjoy the shopping, theme parks, museums and popular night spots that will sure to stimulate their senses!
Date : Sunday, 10th September 2017
Venue : East Coast Park Area E2
Time : Men’s Start – 7.10am, Women’s Start – 7.30am
This year’s Singapore International Triathlon 2017 will see Singapore’s top triathletes competing against one another in the National Championships category. Every triathlete will be racing hard to be crowned national champions, with ITU points given to the top 5 triathletes. With this being a sprint distance race instead of the olympic standard distance, it is going to be a very exciting Sunday with the juniors pitting against the seniors in the familiar settings of East Coast Park, you will see the battle between the bests!
While Christy Suriadi, Bryce Chong and Nicholas Rachmadi have already been selected for the XXI Commonwealth Games, this National Championships will need to find 3 more triathletes for TAS nominations to SNOC to fill up the remaining 1 men and 2 women slots. Look out for bronze medallist Clement Chow and Wille Loo who finished a close 4th behind Clement in the recent SEA Games, also not forgetting Zac Low, a confirmed contender in the 2018 Asian Games. These 3 will be putting up their best for this 1 slot. Winona Howe’s withdrawal from this race due to an unfortunate injury has kept the options open with Phoebe Kee and Ethel Lin amongst the favourites now fighting for the 2 women nomination spots.
Will we see the favourites dominating again this Sunday or will we see surprises? With elite starts comprising of 13 men and 5 women, this category will be the highlights of Sunday morning.
Men Start – 7.10AM
Lam Wai Kit
Women Start – 7.30AM Christy Suriadi
Ethel Lin Zhiyun