Full IronMan race coming to the Philippines next year

Paul Lintag on Aug 01, 2017 04:18 PM
Full IronMan race coming to the Philippines next year
Ruedi Wild won the Century Tuna IronMan 70.3 race at Subic Bay back in March. Next year, Subic will host the first full IronMan race in the Philippines. (Kenneth Natividad)

If this really ends up as a one-time only affair, it's going to be the biggest one-and-done in the history of Philippine triathlon.

For the first time ever, the Philippines will host a full IRONMAN race as Century Tuna, with Sunrise Events Inc., officially bring the most grueling endurance challenge to Subic Bay on June 3, 2018.

This new development comes on the 10th anniversary of the first IRONMAN 70.3 event in the Philippines. However, the 2018 edition is the greatest of them all as the Century IRONMAN race will make participants doe 3.86 KMs of swim, 180.2 KMs of bike, and 42.2 KMs of run.

Yeah, reading about it already makes you sweat.

As the triathlon community continues to grow in the counrty, Century Tuna believes that now is the right time to level up and bring the full IRONMAN race here instead of the usual 70.3 version. The company has been a title sponsor of the 70.3 race since 2015.

"The last three years, we saw our Century Tuna IRONMAN 70.3 races sold to almost full capacity, proving that the Philippine triathlon community has grown and progressed," Greg Banzon, VP and General Manager of Century Pacific Food Inc., said.

"More and more Filipino triathletes from all over the country are traveling around the world to experience a full IRONMAN. We believe it's time to do the race in the Philippines," he added.

With the full IRONMAN race finally coming in the country, it gives many Pinoy athletes the chance to experience the highest level of competition without going far.

And if this really ends up as a one-time only affair, it's going to be the biggest one-and-done in the history of Philippine triathlon.

"IRONMAN, the brand of IRONMAN, is the Holy Grail," Sunrise Event founder Wilfred Uytengsu said during the official press launch Tuesday in Makati.

"We think deep in our hearts that this is a one year, one-and-done special edition event but we'll see how it goes. We'll see what the reception is and what the clamor is like," Uytengsu added, noting the 10-year anniversary of Sunrise's involvement with the IRONMAN race.

Last March during the 2017 70.3 Century Tuna IRONMAN Race also in Subic, Czech triathletes Ruedi Wild and Radka Kahlefeldt won in th men's and women's pro category respectively while August Benedicto was the top local finisher.

 

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