Inspired by its successful inaugural staging last year, the Alveo IRONMAN 70.3 Davao presented by Petron braces for a bigger, tougher edition next month, kicking off another busy season for the intrepid triathletes in a duel of power, endurance and mental toughness.
The roster has swelled to close to 2,200 as of last week, underscoring the event’s tremendous pull both from the local and international campaigners gearing up for another explosive finish the way it was when Mexican Mauricio Mendez and Czech Radka Kahlefeldt capped the day of the underdogs when they ruled the premier elite division at the scenic Azuela Cove.
The organizing Sunrise Events, Inc. and the country’s durian capital have guaranteed another thrilling, enjoyable race through the city’s mix of nature and urban infrastructure when the 1.9K swim, 90K bike, 21K run event powered by Petron is fired off March 24.
SEI founder Wilfred Uytengsu has acknowledged Davao as the new triathlon destination following its successful hosting last year and it’s just fitting to stage another top-notch triathlon event in Davao through the all-out support of the city officials.
“We are encouraged by the success of last year’s staging and the enthusiasm Davao has shown in hosting us and I expect we will see this race steadily grow in terms of prestige and participation,” said Uytengsu.
The upcoming event, featuring individual and relay competitions, has lured 16 pro triathletes and bets from 38 countries, including United Arab Emirates, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Mexico, Ukraine, Australia, Germany, India, Malaysia, Qatar, the US, Belgium, Spain, Italy, New Caledonia, Singapore;
South Africa, Bahrain, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Bahrain, Great Britain, Korean, Norway, Thailand, Switzerland, Greece, Kuwait, New Zealand, Turkey, China, Guam, Mexico, Panama and Taiwan.
For details, visit the event’s website at www.ironman.com/davao703.
Other SEI-organized and produced events this year are the Sun Life 5150 Cebu on April 28, the Century Ironman 70.3 Subic on June 2, the Penong’s 5150 Davao on July 7, the Regent Aguila IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines on Aug. 11, the Black Arrow Express 5150 Subic on Oct. 27 and the Sun Life Cycle PH in November.
A series of activities have been firmed up from March 17 until race day, including the Sun Life Bike Course Ride Out, the IronKids, the IronGirl, and the Ironman 70.3 Davao Expo at the Tent.
Backers of the event are title sponsor Alveo, an AyalaLand company, presentor Petron, venue hosts Lungsod ng Dabaw, Azuela Cove and the Enderun Tent, bike course partners Davao del Norte, Panabo, Tagum and Carmen, official courier and logistics partner 2Go Express, official swim cap TYR, official energy gel GU, official nutrition Vitargo, official eyewear Rudy Project, and Aboitiz Power, Davao Light, David’s Salon, Davao Metro Shuttle, Prudential Guarantee, and media partners ONE Sports on Cignal, the Philippine Star, Trilife, AsiaTri.com and Finisher Pix.