Last January 29, 2019, the FilOz (derived from Filos, the urban term for a Filipino-Australian) Triathlon Team held their first ever race, the “FilOz Inaugural Triathlon 2019” which took place at the Sydney International Regatta Center in Penrith, New South Wales in Australia. According to team president, Joey Guerrero, they are the first ethnic-based triathlon club in Australia who was able to hold a race that is officially sanctioned by Triathlon Australia – the country’s governing body of triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon. The race gathered a total of 111 participants and featured four event categories: the Happy Sprint (750m swim/20km bike/5km run), the Team Sprint (same distance as the sprint category), the Enticer Selfie (200m swim/10km bike/2.5km run), and the FilOz Brick (25km bike/2.5km run) both catered for the beginner triathlete.
Like all other teams the FilOz Triathlon Team started out with a small group of triathletes who wanted to find other people to train and compete with so it’s a no brainer that this same group of triathletes will want to organize a race of their own.
While big, branded triathlon races offer an extravagant racing experience, small, club-organized races attract a following of its own because of its intimate and community centered feel of racing. True to the team’s core value of unity, diversity and happiness, their inaugural race provided an avenue for different athletes of color in Australia to come together and showcase their hardwork while having a great time.
Everyone who crossed the finish line was all smiles not only because of their achievement that day but mostly because of the uplifting spirit from all the support and cheer from all the people in the sidelines. With its awesome participant reviews of a very welcoming atmosphere, astounding volunteer support and most importantly, amazing post-race food (they are half-Filipino after all), triathletes will surely sign up and head to the starting line for their next race.