Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 race kicks off at Subic Bay
Paul Lintag on Mar 10, 2017 09:35 PM
Australian three-time world champion Craig Alexander hopes to keep his crown as the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 race returns to Subic (Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Facebook page).
Subic Bay --- With 30 slots for the World Championships on the line, the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 race returns here Sunday for the third straight year.
Triathletes from 47 countries have come to the Philippines for the March 12 race with Australian three-time world champion Craig Alexander leading the pack for the men's pro division.
Switzerland's Caroline Steffen is also back to defend her title in the women's pro bracket.
The three-part race starts at Acea BEach for the 1.9 kilometer swim. Participants then get to ride their bikes for a 90-kilometer route that will go in and out the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
Following a grueling course, triathletes race to the finish at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center to cap the 21-kilometer run.
Aside from the reigning champions, expected to contend for the title and the $15,000 cash prize are Germany's Patrick Lange, the 2015 winner, and Tim Reed for the men's pro division. On the women's side, Steffen's top competition include Radka Kahlefelft of Czech Republic and Australian Dimity-Lee Duke.
Aside from pride and money, 30 slots in the Ironman 2017 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee are on the line.
As a preview for the big race, young triathletes start the festivies as the Alaska Ironkids take the field early Saturday morning.
6-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 age-group titles will be featured for the up-and-coming athletes.
The Subic course is also the start of a three-stage circuit, that includes two aquathlon next month at the Manila Polo Club and another one in Subic by June. The culmination is the Alaska Ironkids Triathlon race in Cebu come August.
A colorful side event also set for Saturday is the Superbods Underpants fun run which is open for all.
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