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Bohol’s Pinoy Aquaman pairs with triathlon legend in Subic swim

Bohol’s Pinoy Aquaman pairs with triathlon legend in Subic swim

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Bohol’s Pinoy Aquaman pairs with triathlon legend in Subic swim

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BOHOL'S PINOY AQUAMAN pairs with triathlon legend in Subic swim.
BOHOL’S PINOY AQUAMAN pairs with triathlon legend in Subic swim.

Pinoy Aquaman, Ingemar Marcarine, also popular in Bohol as the swimming lawyer, on Sunday made another historic swim crossing 10.38 kilometers from Grande Island in Bataan to Driftwood Beach in Barrio Barreto in Olongapo City, Zambales.

This time, he paired with Triathlon Legend, Frank Lacson, the Triathlon Legend.

They made it in three hours and 47 minutes.

It was another first swim in Subic Bay for the tandem.

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Macarine said it was an honor to pair with Lacson who is known as one of the less than five official and documented Filipino marathon swimmers.

Last Sunday’s Subic Bay swim was a charity event in behalf of the families of cycling accident deaths, and also intended to promote bicycle-friendly Philippines.

Macarine also said he also dedicated it to his son, Lance, for the latter’s seventh birthday last Sunday.

In mid-August, Macarine will dare the English Channel with the First Filipino English Channel Swim Team (FFECST) organized by the First Filipino International Movement, led by Georgian Honorary Consul Thelmo Cunanan Jr.

“It is considered the Mount Everest of open water swims that will test physical and mental strength, courage, sheer human will and heart. We will dare the 35-kilometer ocean between United Kingdom and France,” according to Macarine.

He said it might take them 13-15 hours, considering the “weather conditions and currents” in the area.

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His preparations include “regular open water swims all over the country and multiple sessions in the cold water pool of the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City”.

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By late June, the FFECST will be moving to the seaside city of Folkestone south of United Kingdom, where Macarine could continue “cross-training and begin open water trials and temperature acclimatization”.

The English channel challenge will mark “international friendship and raise awareness on climate change and global warming” which are the “core advocacies of the First Filipino International Movement” in line with the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December last year.

Pinoy Aquaman’s 53-year-old pair in Subic Bay swim, Lacson, is known as the “Father of Philippine Triathlon”.

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Lacson also had a two-year stint in the US Army. He is now based in Olongapo where he serves as a wellness and nutrition coach while running a family beach resort in Barrio Barretto.

Lacson attended college at University of California Los Angeles, although he finished elementary school at the Ateneo and Colegio de San Agustin, and high school in the United States at the Army and Navy academy.

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He is known as the 1st Filipino Triathlete, 1st Philippine National Triathlon Champion in 1992, 1st Filipino to win in six age divisions and has been a member of the Philippine Triathlon Team for five years.

In 33 years as triathlon veteran, Lacson made 143 triathlon career finishes and still looks forward to more events.

In fact, he is honored as the longest active multi-sport Filipino athlete in the world.

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