The Herbalife Bali International Triathlon (HBIT) returns August 14, 2016, for its 9th running headquartered in a new location in Bali's fabled community of Sanur Beach.
Triathlon participation combines swimming, cycling and a foot race – demanding a total commitment to be mentally, physically and nutritionally prepared for the extreme rigours of a 1.5 kilometer swim, a 40 kilometer cycle and 10 kilometer run – all done in rapid succession. To help prepare past Bali International Triathlon participants and encourage new entrants, events organizers in cooperation with Herbalife Indonesia have conducted a series of briefings covering training tips on how to maximise conditioning and the stamina required for top-level competition.
During a mid-May briefing held in Jakarta, former Indonesian Olympian swimmer Richard Sam Bera shared his views on the growing popularity of triathlons in Indonesia, providing details of the important work performed by the Indonesian Triathlon Federation. At the same event, Wisnu Wardhana, founder of JAQuatics Indonesia, shared winning training and competitive strategies for swimmers.
Leading the briefing was Chaidir Akbar of Triathlon Buddies – a nationwide organization of triathletes, who shared with the audience his experience of participating in two Bali International Triathlons and the winning lessons learned from the experience.
Nutritional experts from Herbalife Indonesia were also on hand to provide insights and strategies proper menu planning for those joining a triathlon event.
After the Jakarta briefing, the Herbalife Bali International Triathlon team traveled to Yogyakarta in late May to attend the AUDAX cycling race where they introduced the Bali event to many interested athletes.
Describing the need for systematic planning and training to achieve a winning performance, Richard Sam Bera, emphasized that proper preparation is essential to achieve peak performance for those competing in three demanding sporting activities of a triathlon: swimming, cycling and running.
The 2016 Herbalife Bali International Triathlon and related 5-kilometer fun run are targeted to attract 1,500 athletes from some 30 countries. The award-winning Bali event and the first Olympic-distance triathlon to be held in Indonesia reflects the special spirituality of the Island of Bali earning the international reputation as “the triathlon with a soul.”
The move from Jimbaran to the traditional seaside village of Sanur was done by the event's organizers to accommodate the steadily growing number of participants and build on the festive atmosphere of the Sanur Village Festival held each August.
In its new locale, Olympic Distance competitors will enjoy a 1.5 kilometer ocean swim in the tranquil waters off Sanur's Mertasari Beach; a 40-kilometer cycle past rice fields and ancient Balinese villages; and a 10-kilometer foot race run down the streets of Sanur and Denpasar. A sprint distance category covering half the distance of the Olympic event will also be held.
Relay participation is also open to mixed teams participating in both the Olympic and Sprint Distance races.
Forming a part of the event since its inception, a 5-kilometer fun run will also be held that will attract hundreds vying to win valuable prices and lucky draws.
“We are pleased to once again organise the Herbalife Bali International Triathlon,” said Arie Sukirno, director of Herbalife Bali International Triathlon 2016. “We look forward to welcoming back familiar faces as well as new competitors in the 2016 event. We encourage participants to make a weekend of it and enjoy this iconic event in its pristine location of Sanur Village. Our event, as in years past, not only promotes athletisim, but also showcases Bali as an international sports destination. Reflecting the hospitality that all participants can expect, the Herbalife Bali International Triathlon receives generous support from major hotel sponsors such as the Prama Sanur Beach Bali Resort, the Maya Sanur and Puri Santrian.