Belive it or not, Tagaman consisted of a much longer route than the
XTERRA: a 2-km swim, a 60-km bike, and a 15-km run. Joshua Manglona
had a chance to meet all the pro athletes who came to Saipan to
participate in the race, which was a highlight for him.
The Tagaman Triathlon draws its name and inspiration from the Taga,
the legendary leader of the aboriginal Chamorro people and the
immense hand-carved stones that bare his name and are still the
symbol of his proud descendents.
Joshua is pictured above with Renata Bucher and Jim McConnel.
Renata Bucher of
is the top woman triathlete in this Switzerland
year's XTERRA and TAGAMAN individually and as combined events
(called he PIC Double Award, given to the athlete with the fastest
combined XTERRA Saipan Championship and Tagman triathlon times).
Renata is a six-time women's XTERRA Saipan winner, and she also
placed top in TAGAMAN.
Jim McConnel of the
was sixth overall in XTERRA last weekend. U.K.
In the 2007 XTERRA Jim finished fifth. This year in TAGAMAN he came
in fifth in his division.
For Janet King, the highlight was bringing home a medal from
TAGAMAN for her mom!
Janet was on a relay team: there was a swimmer (Andrew Kimball) who
swam the 2-km, then Janet biked the 60-km, then there was a runner
(John Douglas) who ran the 15-km. There were 18 relay teams, and the
team Janet was part of came in Third!
Janet says her mom sees these sports competitions as motivation to
exercise her own body. The left side of Janet's mom's body -- her
arm and legs -- were affected by a stroke and brain hemorrhage about
2 1/2 years ago. But she's doing better and better.
Congratulations to Janet for her third-place finish!