Pinoy triathlete front liner runs, bikes over 700km at home for COVID-19 relief effort

How do you beat boredom staying at home? Go training. Better yet, go training for a cause.

Take it from seasoned Filipino triathlete, Romeo Tumayao Puncia III, who ran 19 kms in 19 days on a tread mill for a total distance of 361.34kms, clocking in at 32:32:42.

He also did 19-km laps for a total of 370.29 kms and timing in at 13:03:39 on a stationary bike.

All while staying indoors  at his home in Al Ain, east of UAE’s capital city, Abu Dhabi.

An even nicer thing about this is that he promoted awareness against COVID-19 and shore up relief goods as well as masks and PPEs for free distribution.

Romeo Tumayao Puncia III

“I hope we could inspire and reach out to more people with our ‘Staying Heathy while at Home’ campaign and make a difference,”  Puncia III, who has seen action in various international competitions told GMA News.

He was also the first Filipino triathlete and UAE resident to conquer last year’s 517.5-km Ultraman Florida and known for his “Race with a Purpose” advocacy involving Palawan’s tribal communities.

Puncia is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and healthcare provider with the ambulance section of the Abu Dhabi Police’s Emergency and Public Safety Department.

For his stay-at-home campaign dubbed, “COVID19 vs 19,” the Pinoy triathlete, was able to make available around 3,500 pieces of surgical masks, 100 pieces of face shields, 100 pieces of KN95, 10 thermal scanners, Dh3,000 worth of food and relief items.

Supporters and friends donated for his COVID-19 endeavor held from April 5 to 24, 2020.

These are now being distributed at labor camps as well as hospitals and public ambulances.

“We also sent five thermal scanners to Philippine General Hospital EMS, and boxes of running shirts to the tribal and indigenous communities in Palawan,” Puncia said.

Puncia is preparing for a series of  events.

On July 26, 2020 will be the SwimJunkie Caramoan 15-km open-water swim in Pili, Camarines Sur.

This culminates at the Ultraman World Championship (UWC) in Hawaii on November 27-29, 2020.

The UWC to be held in Kona, Hawaii involves a 10-km swim, 423-km cycling, and 84-km run.

“I will be representing UAE and the Philippines sa Ultraman World Championship as the first male UAE-based Filipino Athlete na napili to race this event,” he said.

“Kung matapos ko ito, I will be making history as the first Filipino and first UAE-based athlete na nakatapos ng Ultraman World Championship. Kaya ngayon palang, pinaghahandaan ko na sya,” Puncia added.

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