Century Tuna Stages Inaugural Ironman 70.3 in the Philippines


Century Tuna Ironman 70.3The legacy of Ironman as the premier triathlon event in the Philippines and across the globe continues as Century Tuna stages the inaugural Ironman 70.3. The event is slated on March 8, 2015, in the triathlon capital on the country, Subic. This is another exciting triathlon race to happen yet despite the growing number of triathlon races in the country.

The Ironman 70.3, or the half-Ironman distance triathlon is a race to reckon, and is participated in by the world’s top professional and elite triathletes, and the age groupers. Locally, the number of triathletes has increased in leaps, which is a great addition to the already hundreds of thousands of Ironman supporters. And this is the proof. In 2014, the registration for Ironman 70.3 Philippines closed in under four hours after its opening, with all the 2,500 slots all taken. Ironman 70.3 has been staged in the Philippines a number of times, attracting the big names in the international triathlon community, and slowly building a reputation as a hot triathlon destination in Asia.

“Century Tuna has supported the triathlon and fitness community in the Philippines for years now a way of remaining committed to promoting a health and active lifestyle for Filipinos,” shared Mr. Greg Banzon, General Manager of Century Pacific Food, Inc.

“We felt it was time to offer Filipinos a bigger challenge that keeps pace with the expectations of the community. The interest so far, which includes that coming from the international triathlete circles, tells us that the inaugural Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 triathlon event is met with high anticipation and excitement, and will soon to be part of the triathlete’s calendar,” he further added.

Over 20 professional triathletes of different nationalities are expected to arrive including the three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander, the 2013 Century Tuna 5i50 champion Luke McKenzie, the Ironman Asia Pacific and three-time Ironman 70.3 Cebu champion Caroline Steffen. This makes the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay the most competed triathlon race in the country by virtue of the number of professionals at gun start.

Subic Bay has been chosen as the perfect destination for the event due to its accessibility but more importantly because it offers the ideal terrain with its calm waters and well-maintained bike and run courses.

The race course includes a 1.9 kilometre swim, which starts and ends at the Sands of Triboa via the Subic Bay Airport to Transition 1. The 90-kilometre bike ride commences on the run heading to Argonaut Highway, Rizal Highway, Subic-Tipo Expressway all the way to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). Participants will then make a U-turn upon reaching Florida Blanca Interchange, and head back to Transition 2 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC). From SBECC, participants will take on a 21-kilometre run to the finish line.

On top of the prestige of finishing the Ironman 70.3, the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay will also serve as the qualifying race for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria. Thirty age-group qualifying slots are at stake, with $15,000 prize purse for the event.

The four-day event, which includes Alaska Ironkids on March 7, is produced and organised by Sunrise Events, Inc., and made possible through the support of a number of sponsors and partners including: Vita Coco, Gatorade, 2Go Express, Saucony, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Manila North Tollways Corporation, North Luzon Expressway, Bases Conversion and Development Authority, The Philippine Star, Endurance Magazine, Century Bangus, Sante Barley, Prudential Guarantee, Department of Tourism, Tourism and Promotions Board of the Philippines, Timex, David’s Salon, Smart Communications, PLDT Subictel, Intercare, FinisherPix, Shotz, Devant and Belo Skin Care.

Century Tuna has top-billed the Olympic-distance 5i50 triathlon for the last three years, also held in Subic.

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