|New challenge: The Laguna Lang Co Triathlon has attracted over 200 participants. The race is open to amateurs, but will also feature a group of professional athletes whose names will be announced shortly. — VNS Photo Hoai Nam
DA NANG (VNS)— Over 200 athletes from the US, France, England, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Japan are scheduled to race in the Laguna Lang Co Triathlon on April 14, the organising committee has told Viet Nam News.
Triathletes will cover a 1.8km swim, a 62km bike ride and a 12km run. There will also be a duathlon consisting of a 6km run, a 62km bike ride and a 12km run.
The race will wind through An Lap Lagoon and the Hai Van Tunnel.
"We are very excited that Laguna Lang Co is hosting this inaugural triathlon which we hope will put Laguna Lang Co on the global map not only as a world-class integrated resort for all holidaymakers and second home owners but also as an exciting destination for sports and adventure aficionados," said Ravi Chandran, managing director of Laguna Lang Co.
"Triathlon devotees are adventurous and constantly on the quest for new challenges, so we hope that Laguna Lang Co will become a unique new destination with exciting challenges for the athletes."
Roman Floesser, race director of the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, and his experienced management team have been appointed to organise the event.
"When I first visited the location a few months ago, I was blown away by its beauty and immediately recognised the potential to hosting an international triathlon there," he said.
"We will have a fantastic, calm swim, a very scenic one lap bike course with a nice climb in the middle offering stunning views and two-laps around the resort's golf course. I very much look forward to working on this project."
The race will be open to amateurs, but will also feature a group of professional athletes whose names will be announced shortly.
Debbie Dionysius, event director of the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, is delighted to welcome the new event.
"The Laguna Lang Co Triathlon will give many of our regular participants in Phuket a chance to add another event to their racing calendar and experience the renowned Laguna hospitality in Viet Nam as well. The two events are four months apart so that athletes can easily take part in both races," he said.
Participants of the Laguna Lang Co Triathlon will recognise some familiar features that have given the Laguna Phuket Triathlon its legendary reputation.
The Laguna Lang Co Triathlon is expected to attract tourists to the new holiday destination and to enhance tourism and economic development in Chan May – Lang Co and Thua Thien-Hue Province.
Registration for the Laguna Lang Co Triathlon is now open. Participants are entitled to special rates starting from US$160 per night for accommodation bookings at Banyan Tree Lang Co and Angsana Lang Co during their stay for the event. Entry fees will start at $150 and the price includes the Pasta Party.
The destination is easily accessible by air via Da Nang International Airport.
The event, which will be held the first time at Laguna Lang Co, Viet Nam's first and largest world-class integrated resort development, aims to build on the success of its sister event, the legendary Laguna Phuket Triathlon. — VNS