Fil-Am triathlete model promotes Legazpi city sports tourism

LEGAZPI CITYA top Filipino-American triathlete model is now in this city to promote sports tourism.
Kim Kilgroe
Photo: Kim Kilgroe's Facebook page
Kim Kilgroe will swim, bike and run in the rolling terrains of Legazpi City on Sunday morning.

Kilgroe, whose grandmother is a native of Tabaco City, flew in this city for the first time to lead and grace the first-ever Mt. Mayon Triathlon, the event which will kick off month-long Ibalong Festival.

“I came here to promote sports tourism. Legazpi City is a great location for triathlon where one swims, bikes and runs, with the beautiful Mayon Volcano at the background,” the 24-year-old said.

Kilgroe and the 200 participants who are expected to arrive, will will go for a 1.5-kilometer swim in the water off Legazpi then take a 40-kilometer bike ride from this city going to Sto. Domingo town and vice versa, then make a 10-kilometer run along the rolling topography of this city within the span of an hour.

There will be professional, elite, and relay team categories, the organizers explained.

Kim Kilgroe
Photo: Kim Kilgroe's Facebook page

Free clinic

Before the official competition on Sunday by the city government, Kilgroe conducted a free swimming and sports clinic among the youth.

“My lola is from Tabaco, Albay. It's nice to be here for the first time. I'm motivated by the desire to be the best version of myself in every aspect, and to help others reach their own potential. I enjoy helping new athletes on their form and progression, so I'm planning a series of Train-Unlimited Tri-Camps in various provinces of the Philippines,” she said.

The tri-clinic is focusing on swimming and running techniques.

“We have pool and open water swimming clinics to improve everyone's swimming techniques. I especially love working with youth and inspiring them to pursue sports and healthful activities, so my events are open to all ages and levels. I'm doing an initial event in Legazpi before the inaugural Mt. Mayon Triathlon this weekend. We are inviting young athletes to come, participate and learn how to become better triathletes,” she declared.


Kilgroe expressed gratitude to Mayor Noel Rosal for hosting the first-ever Mt. Mayon Triathlon despite the destruction that typhoon "Glenda" brought to the city.

“Thanks to the City of Legazpi and the Ibalong Festival organizers for hosting the Mt. Mayon Triathlon, even with the typhoon that recently passed. We are so excited for the first triathlon in this province on Sunday. What a great location to swim, bike and run.This is one of my favorite areas in the Philippines now,” she said.

Kilgroe said that after Bicol, she will also go to Davao, Cebu, Bohol and Ilocos Norte for multi-day camps.

“With so many people gaining interest in the multi-sport community, I'd love to help bring more resources to those outside of the Metro Manila area,” she claimed.

Also joining Kilgroe in the event are politicians like Rep. Dato Arroyo of Camarines Sur and former Ako Bikol Rep. Pido Garbin.

The winners will receive Php 20,000 for first prize, Php 15,000 for 2nd prize and Php 10,000 for the third prize, according to Mayor Rosal. (PNA)CTB/FGS/RBB/CBD/PJN

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