Philippines to celebrate decade of Ironman triathlon next year

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 28, 2017 05:55 PM
PH to celebrate 10 years of Ironman triathlon in 2018
(File Photo courtesy of Kenneth Natividad)

The Philippines will finally get to host its first full Ironman Triathlon to celebrate a decade of organizing what many consider as the most difficult single-day test of endurance.

Most Pinoy triathletes may already be familiar with the 70.3 Ironman or the half-Ironman that the country first hosted in 2009 in Camarines Sur, but after nearly 10 years of holding the event on its shores, the Philippines' clamor for the full distance test will be fulfilled with the scheduled Ironman Triathlon on June 3, 2018.

Longtime Ironman partner Century Tuna hopes to ignite more Filipinos' passion to pursue their own health and wellness journey with the event, as Century Pacific Food, Inc. Vice President and General Manager Greg Banzon explains:

"As a brand at the forefront of promoting health and fitness, Century Tuna is very proud to be the lead sponsor in finally staging a full distance Ironman in the Philippines in 2018. The expected scale and scope of attention the event will generate in the country and the global triathlon community gives us a very big stage to shout out our message of living a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise."

Fiipino triathletes' warm reception to the endurance sport, despite of its physical demands also add to the reasons for the long-anticipated upgrade.

"Despite the fearsome image and overwhelming physical demands of this ultimate endurance sport, demand for the race has been growing dramatically Worldwide," Banzon said in a message sent to ABS-CBN Sports, "In the Philippines, most triathlon races are usually sold out despite the rapid increase in the number of half Ironman and standard distance triathlon races and all other race distances in between. Filipinos are increasingly among the largest contingents in the Ironman races abroad because the full distance is not held in the country."

Before they can earn the title of a certified Ironman finisher, triathletes must first cover vast distances on land and sea.

The challenge will start with a 3.8 kilometer swim route then transition into a 180 kilometer bike course, and will be capped off by a full marathon (42 kilometers) all in a span of 17 hours.

With the full Ironman, Pinoy triathletes will get a chance to accomplish one of the toughest tests of endurance, on their home soil.

"We are also pleased that the event will give Filipinos a chance to witness the drama and glory of athletes completing the grueling challenge of a full Ironman up close and hopefully inspire the entire Nation to be pursue their own fitness journey," Banzon said.

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