Satar Salem, a humble man but full of determination began his career in triathlon at the age of 19 who was influenced by Mayor Ulwan Dimaporo of Sultan Naga Dimaporo (SND) to join Tri-SND Barracuda team and compete in the tri-sport. Now at 22, Salem grabbed the title as the Fastest Filipino to finish the race in 18-24 age group category of the recently held Ironman Asia Pacific Championship 2018 in Cebu with the time of 4 hours and 30 minutes last August 5.

The Tri-SND Barracuda has prepared for 8 months and the last one was spent in Tagum City, Davao del Norte before gearing to compete in the prestigious Ironman 70.3 Philippines.

According to Satar, the moment the gun signalled to start the race, what runs in his mind is the will to win this year’s competition. “That is why we have continuously practiced and prepared ourselves for the race and to test our will and determination if we can run along with other well-known triathletes. I told myself, I will make history today for Sultan Naga Dimaporo and for Lanao del Norte.”

Last year, in Vietnam, Satar Salem was leading in his group when jellyfish stung him and began to feel the effect of the poison that eventually made him weak but still completed the course, and was given medical attention right after.

To conquer the course of Ironman, one must completely swim, bike and run a total of 120.9 kilometers (swim: 1.9km, bike: 90km, run: 29km).

Paul I. Jumamil, who took the 4th Place for the Asian Elite Group with the time of 4 hours and 34 minutes, said they trained for 3 to 4 hours a day. “The sacrifices we have made were worth it. I am greatly thankful to Mayor Ulwan for believing in us. His support motivated us to work even harder and even encouraged us that we can inscribe our names in the history of this sport.”

“What the team has achieved today is the result of years of preparation and believing in the process that each step gradually made will lead to glorious days for Tri-SND Barracuda,” Mayor Ulwan meekly said.

In addition, Mayor Ulwan proudly narrates the humble beginnings of Tri-SND Barracuda. It was in the year 2014 in the Municipality of Medina, Misamis Oriental where Tri-SND first compete for a triathlon race and later on added the name Barracuda when the team joined a triathlon event in Dipolog.

The Municipal Chief Executive at the age of 6, was introduced by his parents to multiple sporting events like Motocross. Before joining triathlon, Mayor Ulwan participated in marathon events, then duathlon. One day while training, he observes that some youths in his community has the potential to excel in the sports that they are playing and thought that with proper training these youths will also excel in marathon – indeed, his notion was true that the new recruits surpassed his expectations and even qualified for the national race.

The young local chief executive began to attract attention from other residents of his municipality and expressed their intention to join the team and represent Sultan Naga Dimaporo in every Lanorteman bearing the name Tri-SND Barracuda. Lanorteman an annual three-leg triathlon series organized by the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte with the goal of promoting sports tourism as well as encourage the youth of the province to engage themselves in sports activities.

Tri-SND Barracuda is composed of Muslims and Christians showcasing not only their physical and mental strength but as well demonstrates unity and harmony within the team, which reflects the harmonious coexistence of the people of Lanao del Norte.

Mayor Ulwan expressed gratitude to Governor Angging for giving importance to the youth of Lanao del Norte by initiating programs that develops professionalism and responsibility like sports activities and leadership trainings under the Youth for Development programs.

Members of Tri-SND Barracuda participated in 2018 Ironman 70.3 Philippines: Mayor Ulwan Dimaporo, Satar Salem, Paul I. Jumamil, En Torres (4th Place: Age Group 30-34), Jalal B.  Masla (6th Place: Age Group18-29), Jailani P. Lamama (7th Place: AG18-24), Muhammad Hanin Maruhom (9th Place: AG 18-24), Mark John P. Bularon (18-24 AG), Acas S. Malangcay (45-49 AG), Minzuari L. Pido (41-44 AG), John Rey Tumanda (25-29 AG), Usama Dimaporo (25-29 AG), Marcus Dimaporo (50-54 AG), Abdul Gaffar Dimaporo (25-29 AG), Abu Ali Alonto (35-39 AG), Jamal Dimaporo (30-34 AG), Jalal Dimaporo (35-39 AG), Zahir Dimaporo (35-39 AG), Zahir Dimaporo (35-39 AG), Hamza Dimaporo (40-44 AG), Usop Santican (45-49 AG), Ratna Dimaporo (45-49 AG), Jhunaire Maruhom (18-24 AG), Jalal Omar (30-34 AG), Mark Sangcopan (18-24 AG), Junel Baring (30-34 AG), Earl Olario (35-39 AG), Abdul Jabbar Macabato (30-34 AG), Jeric Suerto (40-44 AG), Clinton Ortezano (18-24 AG). Relay: Jennifer Paloma (Swim), Noah Dimaporo (Bike), Aubrey Balindong (Run). Iron Rids: Dome Alonto, Razzaq Dimaporo. PIO-LDN