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‘Ironman Philippines’ is coming to Subic

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Now it’s official: 2018 Century Tuna Ironman Philippines to be held at Subic Bay Freeport.

Subic Bay Freeport Zone — After months of speculations, the word is finally out: “Ironman Philippines” is happening in the country. The full-distance Ironman race has been set for June 3, 2018 at the triathlon nerve center of the country, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

By Patrick Roxas


'Ironman Philippines’ is coming to Subic

Subic Bay Freeport Zone — After months of speculations, the word is finally out: “Ironman Philippines” is happening in the country. The full-distance Ironman race has been set for June 3, 2018 at the triathlon nerve center of the country, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

The “2018 Century Tuna Ironman Philippines” – it’s official name — is a 3.8 km Swim, 180km Bike, and a 42km Run event.

“The enthusiasm around Ironman races in the Philippines is tremendous – from both spectators and participants,” said Geoff Meyer, managing director of Ironman Asia. “We’ve had this project of bringing a full-distance Ironman race to the Philippines for a long time. We are really excited about the special edition of this race and look forward to June 2018.”

The historic event coincides with the 10th year commemoration of the Ironman branded events held in the Philippines.

It has been 10 years since the first Ironman 70.3 race was held in the Philippines (in Camarines Sur). From 583 participants and one race in 2009, the sport has grown by leaps and bounds, with multiple races all over the Philippines.

“We at Sunrise Events are happy to be at the forefront of this triathlon renaissance and are proud to organize the ‘2018 Century Tuna Ironman Philippines’ to showcase one more time the best that the country can offer,” said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, founder of Sunrise Events.

RACE COURSE

The inaugural “Century Tuna Ironman Philippines” builds upon the successes of “Century Tuna IRONMAN 70.3 Subic Bay,” and provides athletes with a challenging, yet beautiful course to tackle.

Athletes will begin their Ironman journey with a one-loop, 3.8km ocean swim in the calm, pristine waters of Triboa Bay, starting and finishing at ACEA Resort, which will also play host to the first of the split transition areas.

Once onto their bikes, athletes will head out of Subic Bay and onto the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway for a fast and flat two-loop, 180km ride, which will bring riders back into the T2 at Remy Field in downtown Subic Bay.

The 42.2km, two-loop marathon run will take in some of the best coastal views that the area has to offer and will be a buzz of energy with local supporters lining the streets to cheer the athletes home.

PRIZE MONEY AND KONA SLOTS

The “2018 Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines” offers a $25,000 prize purse and 30 age-group qualifying slots for the “2018 Ironman World Championship” in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Meanwhile Greg Banzon, vice-president and general manager of Century Pacific Food, said Century Tuna is very proud to be the title sponsor of the first full-distance Ironman race in the Philippines.

“We see the event as the perfect platform to promote a healthy lifestyle – the core value of our brand. We hope that the ‘Century Tuna Ironman Philippines’ will inspire many Filipinos to pursue their own fitness journey.”

For more details and to register for the event, visit www.ironman.com/philippines

First Published: subicsun.com

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