Matteo Guidicelli and Drew Arellano becomes a part of the Vaseline Men XTERRA Philippine Team, which will represent the Philippines in the prestigious XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Global Championship in Maui, Hawaii, USA on October 28. They will be joined by Coach Noy Jopson and two other triathletes who will be selected via the Vaseline Men XTERRA Tri-Outs Camp: Race to Maui.
Held at Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal, the Vaseline Men XTERRA Tri-Outs Camp: Race to Maui is a three-day camp which included seven grueling Warm Up and Tri-Challenges to test and prepare its participants for the actual competition. It was participated in by Matteo, Drew, Coach Noy and seven of the country’s best triathletes who are competing for the two coveted slots: swimbikerun.ph’s Carlos De Guzman, Second Wind’s Hector Yuzon, Takbo.ph’s Jinoe Gavan, ultramarathoner Mark Hernandez, chiropractor Dr. Martin Camara, Health Food president Raffy Zamora, and Sutherland Global Services corporate training manager Redg Plopinio.
Matteo just started with the sport in the last nine months. Drew, on the other hand, has been a triathlete for more than four years now and has competed in more than 20 competitions both in the Philippines and abroad. Both have also competed in the Vaseline Men XTERRA Weekend in Liloan, Cebu.
The public can also take part and show support for the Vaseline Men XTERRA Philippine Team by voting for their favorite triathlete among the seven. All they need to do is log in to Vaseline Men’s YouTube page at www.youtube.com/vaselinemenph, and watch the journey and struggles of the camp’s participants. After which, they can vote for the athletes who they feel will best represent the country by clicking on the voting link.
Each vote casted will help decide the two winners of the training camp. The public votes are equivalent to 50% of each athlete’s score with the judges’ votes and their actual performance during the three-day camp equivalent to the other 50%. The two athletes with the highest scores by October 18 will join Coach Noy, Matteo and Drew in this once-in-a-lifetime chance to represent the Philippines in the highly prestigious XTERRA World Championships in Maui. The remaining two triathletes who will join Coach Noy, Matteo and Drew will be announced online by October 19.
Aside from raising Filipino pride, two lucky voters of the two final chosen triathletes will also get a chance to win P50,000 each in the electronic raffle. Voting will end on October 17, 2012 and the electronic draw will be on October 18. The winners will be announced in the Vaseline Men Facebook page (www.facebook.com/vaselinemenph).