Two tourists looks at sportspeople, who are swimming during the Rhino X Triathlon Tanjung Lesung 2017 in Tanjung Lesung, Pandeglang, Banten on Sept. 24. The event is part of the Tanjung Lesung Fascination Festival 2017 from Sept 22 to 24. (Antara/Yusran Uccang )
West Sumatra is set to host Pariaman Triathlon 2017 on Dec. 2-3.
The sports competition will be held in Pariaman and joined by athletes from Germany, New Zealand, Italy, Australia, United States, Spain, Netherlands, Algeria, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Austria, Brazil and Indonesia.
Pariaman is chosen as the host of the event because its beach has big waves that can be challenging for swimmers. The beach’s coastline is 12-kilometer long and dominated by white sand.
Additionally, there are four exotic islands located near the beach and the place is 29 kilometers away from the airport. It only takes 45 minutes to reach Pariaman from Minangkabau International Airport.
“Plenty of participants have already confirmed their participation in this fourth event, which hopefully can increase the number tourist visits in Pariaman,” said Pariaman Tourism and Culture Agency head Effendi Jamal.
The agency is targeting to attract at least 500 participants who will have to tackle three different sport activities: Running, cycling and swimming.
The race is divided into two categories, namely olympic distance and sprint distance. For olympic category the participants have to swim for two laps (1,500 meters), cycle for two laps (40 kilometers) and run for two laps (10 km).
Meanwhile for the sprint category, participants have to swim for one lap (750 m), bike for one lap (20 km) and run for one lap (5 km).
“The committee has also prepared a special category for Indonesian National Armed Forces and National Police consisting of swimming for 850 m, cycling for 20 km and running for 10 km,” told Effendi. (kes)