Nakhon Nayok, 22 January 2017 – The beautiful morning weather by the world’s largest and longest roller compacted concrete dam, the Khun Dan Prakan Chon Dam, marked a fantastic day when the starting gun of the inaugural Powerman Thailand was shot to the skies. World top duathletes and hundreds of multi-sport enthusiasts ran through the starting line to race for the country’s first Powerman title. In the end, it was The Netherland’s Thomas Bruins and Hungary’s Anna Eberhardt-Halasz that bagged the top spots for both Powerman male and female elite category with a completion time of 2:45:14 and 3:03:39 respectively. The podium continued to be taken by Great Britain’s Ritchie Nicholls and Russia’s Ivan Vlasenko for the male elite category, while Japan’s Airi Sawada and Iran’s Mandana Dehghan Manshadi swept the second and third spot for the female elite category.
“The first Powerman in Thailand was an eye opener, especially the picturesque view of Nakhon Nayok. The refreshing and energising environment fueled my confidence to contend for the podium, and I am happy with the outcome as the first champion of the race. Based on my observation, I am surprised by the turnout and the quality of the participants,” said Thomas.
Powerman female elite category winner Anna stated that the competition was intense despite having it in a new host city. “Racing to the top was steep with challengers tailing closely. But through perseverance, I manage to overcome all the difficulties and led the race. Joining Powerman in a new country was exciting and learning curve for me.”
Four categories were available for participants of different fitness level: Powerman Classic and Classic Relay (10KM – 60KM – 10KM), and the Powerman Short and Short Relay (5KM – 30KM – 5KM). The run-bike-run race format requires athletes to be at their top physical and mental level to compete for the race. Top three winners of each individual category and the champions for the relay categories were presented with a golden ticket each to participate in the upcoming 2017 Putrajaya ASTC Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon Asian Championships on Sunday, 5 March 2017, at Putrajaya, Malaysia.
The race is organised by E-Plus Entertainment Productions (Thailand) Co. Ltd., a company under the E-Plus Group of Companies. Managing Director Iskandar Shahril said that the growth of the industry would continue to attract local sports enthusiasts to participate. “We are pleased with the outcome of the first Powerman race in Thailand was smoothly conducted. The future of the race in this country is bright, and we foresee that Powerman Thailand would continue to propel and one day become a household name among the community.”
John Raadschelders, President of the International Powerman Association, agreed on this matter as the race has embarked on attracting more athletes to participate. “Having a new host country on our calendar is a great beginning for a new year. The Powerman World Series will see further expansion and growth with this momentum.”
The Powerman World Series in Southeast Asia will continue in Indonesia on 18 and 19 February 2017, and Malaysia on 4 and 5 March 2017.
Powerman Thailand is organised by E-Plus Entertainment Productions (Thailand) Co. Ltd, supported by the Ministry of Tourism & Sports Thailand, Royal Irrigation Department of Thailand, Optima Bike, The EmQuartier Shopping Complex, 100PLUS, CP-Meiji High Protein, SportsMall, The Pizza Company, Dever Energy Gel, and F2P.
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Powerman is the premier label for long-distance duathlons. Powerman unites the biggest and most well-known long distance duathlons in the world under the International Powerman Association (IPA). The IPA cooperates with the International Triathlon Union in the development and growth of the duathlon as a sport in general, and the long distance duathlon in particular.
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E-Plus Entertainment Productions (Thailand) Co., Ltd, a company under E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd Group of Companies, specialises in organising various scale and type of events. Widely recognised by the global industry, the company currently operates in six countries namely Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
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