Tragedy In Camsur’s Ironman 70.3!

24 08 2009

“The tragedy of human life consists in our vain attempts to stretch the limits of things which can never become unlimited, to reach the infinite by absurdly adding to the rungs of the ladder of the finite.”-Rabindranath Tagore  (Indian Poet, Playwright and Essayist, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 18611941)


I received an sms coming from a dear friend last night that there was a casualty in the  Ironman 70.3 in Camarines Sur held yesterday. I verified it further in the news and realized that it’s true.


A relay team bet, Miguel Vasquez, a 53 year old triathlete died in the swim leg of that event.

I’m so saddened by the news, and it’s a big blow for that sports. We, athletes can understand and accept it. However, the unbelieving world, those who are not into any sports- living a stagnant and monotonous lives, have now alibis and reasons not to be involved in running, biking or swimming or in any one of those.

While it’s true that triathlone is a dangerous sports, we cannot deny the fact that there’s only one  fatality in this event. The rest of the 581 participants  finished it with flying colors. In fact, our very own Noy Jopson made it to the top 10 with a time of 4:38:32 and the winner was from New Zealand, Terenzo Bozzone with a magnificent time of 3:51:25, slightly behind him was an Australian, Chris McCormack with a time differential of only 53 seconds.



Bozzone and McCormack run toe to toe. Photo courtesy of Philippine


Filipino’s top favorite Allan Macasieb only landed  16th  over-all. He wavered in the stifling heat.


Now going back to the casualty, I don’t know Mr. Miguel Vasquez. Maybe, he just joined so that he can earn a title as an ‘Ironman’ or he maybe a seasoned triathlete already. But one thing is sure… he trained for it I believe. He spent many hours training  in swimming, broke a leg in biking and ate his heart out in running, and yet…


I emphatized now with his family, friends and co-athletes who knew him so much. It’s painful and galore still cannot accept it.


How can an Ironman died like this? Not in our territory please, but it happened. Sometimes, there’s a danger even in our comfort zone.

It only proves one thing- that when it’s your time to meet your Creator- whether you’re swimming, eating, working, running or sleeping- it will happen. But no one knows when it will be!


So, don’t be discouraged- It’s only 1:500 ratio. Proclaim to those skeptics and doubting Thomases that it’s better to die moving than in doing nothing!


God be Praised!


I biked  2 hours and 5 minutes today in Southpeak-Southwoods-Splash Island.


















2 responses

24 08 2009

there are so many conflicting reports about the death but i am also sad about the incident. you are right, we can not predict when we are going to meet our Creator but we must take extra precaution and take care of our body if we are engaged in endurance sports like triathlon and of course, ultramarathon. lastly, we must always pray!

26 08 2009

S’ Jovie…I read in some news that this guy was a Salutatorian in Ateneo Law School back then. It’s so tragic but I admire him though. I believe he lived a fruitful life. God has a purpose for everything.

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