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Herbalife Bali International Triathlon: Experience the True Balinese Culture

by On Aug 16, 2016

The ninth edition of the Bali International Triathlon returned to the Island of the Gods on 14 August 2016, attracting 1,754 participants from around the world.

Herbalife Bali International Triathlon: Experience the True Balinese Culture

Dubbed as the “Triathlon with a Soul”, this year’s edition of the Herbalife Bali International Triathlon (HBIT) once again did not disappoint. The successful event concluded with great applause from its participants on 14 August 2016.

The Race

The 2016 HBIT offered three categories for participants with different competitive levels and was successful in attracting a turnout of 1,754 participants from 26 countries, including top triathletes such as Andi Wibowo and Jauhari Johan and model Kelly Tandiono.

The longest-distance category in the event - Olympic Distance Course, consisted of a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and a 10km run. The shorter Sprint Distance Course featured a 500m swim, 20km bike ride and a 5km run.

Herbalife Bali International Triathlon: Experience the True Balinese Culture

Indonesia’s Andy Wibowo completing his 1.5km swim. He later went on to clinch first position in the Men's Olympic Distance Course.

In both distance courses, participants embarked with a swim off in the waters of Mertasari Beach, followed by a bike sprint from Bypass Sanur to Bypass Gianyar, before reaching back to the beach to finish the last leg of the course with a road run through the streets of Sanur.

Herbalife Bali International Triathlon: Experience the True Balinese Culture

Participants in the 5km Fun Run.

A 5km Fun Run was also available for the less competitive participants to experience the Balinese culture through running.

Race Results

Herbalife Bali International Triathlon: Experience the True Balinese Culture

Winners of the Olympic Distance Course Men Category. From left: Jauhari Johan (Indonesia), Andy Wibowo (Indonesia) and Chris Boyle (Australia)

Indonesia’s Andy Wibowo clinched top position in the Men’s Olympic Distance Course with a timing of 2:03:35. Fellow Indonesian - Jauhari Johan came in second with a timing of 2:06:58. Australia’s Chris Boyle took the last podium standing with a timing of 2:07:21.

Herbalife Bali International Triathlon: Experience the True Balinese Culture

Winners of the Olympic Distance Course Women Category. From left: Samantha Bennett (Australia), Kate Bramley (Australia) and Rosanna Bille (Britain).

In the Women’s category, Australia’s Samantha Bennett was crowned champion with a timing of 2:16:03, followed by fellow Australian - Kate Bramley clinching the second place with a timing of 2:22:41. Britain’s Rosanna Bille came in third with a timing of 2:28:42.

Herbalife Bali International Triathlon: Experience the True Balinese Culture

Winners of the Sprint Distance Course Men Category. From left: Simon Hearn (Australia), Fauzy Fannyla (Indonesia) and Nicola Russo (Italy).

Moving on to the Sprint Distance Course, Australia’s Simon Hearn emerged victorious in the Men’s category, coming in with a timing of 0:58:35. In second place was Indonesia’s Fauzy Fannyla with a timing of 1:05:24 and the last podium standing was taken by Italy’s Nicola Russo with a timing of 1:05:39.

Herbalife Bali International Triathlon: Experience the True Balinese Culture

Australia’s dominance in the Sprint Distance Course Women Category. From left: Hannah Blanchett, Shari Livingston and Caitlin Knight.

Australia’s dominance in the Women’s category was clear with Hannah Blanchett and Shari Livingston sharing the pole position with a timing of 1:10:10, and Caitlin Knight taking third place with a timing of 1:13:06.

Herbalife Bali International Triathlon: Experience the True Balinese Culture

Other event festivities such as the Balinese ceremony - Bike Blessing, added vibrancy to the bash.

A Culture-Infused Race Experience

Famed for its iconic race location as well as its unparalleled race experience, this year’s HBIT took place in the largest traditional village in Bali - Mertasari Beach, Sanur, in conjunction with the week-long 11th Sanur Village Festival.

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The coexistence offered participants a unique race experience infused with the Balinese culture.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of RunSociety.

Yun Jie is a competitive athlete and coach who is actively involved in various sports at community and international levels. Through editorial writing, she hopes to positively influence and educate readers with her expertise and experience in high sports performance.

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