A RACING experience like no other awaits a merry mix of bidders from at least 33 countries building up for the ultimate test of strength and staying power in the Century Tuna full Ironman and 70.3 races, which get under way June 11 in Subic Bay.
Kept in top condition all year-long, the Subic course has been modified to provide a better racing experience for the elite cast clashing for top honors in both the 3.8-km swim, 180-km bike and 42-km run race (full Ironman) and the 1.9-km swim, 90-km bike and 21-km run (70.3) battle.
“We have retained much of the race course from last year but we also made some improvements in managing the race to provide the triathletes an even better racing experience,” race director Neville Manaois said.
Manaois also advised all the participants to hydrate in anticipation of the stifling conditions in the country’s premier triathlon hub which offers a balance of challenge and tests.
“We expect a hot weather so don’t forget to hydrate and plan your race well,” said Manaois, adding the organizing The Manaois Group/Sunrise Events Inc. has guaranteed enough resources to provide the triathletes with enough support to ensure the smooth conduct of the races.
Two weeks into the blue-ribbon race—backed by title partner Century Tuna, global premier paretners Vinfast, Active, Gatorade, Hoka, Roka, Breitling Co., Fulgaz, Hyperice, Qatar Airways, Red Bull, Santini and Wahoo—the full Ironman has drawn over 500 bets, including 89 in the 45-49 age group division. Other age categories (male and female) are 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75-and-above.
A banner field is also expected in the Subic IRONMAN 70.3 race with the premier 40-44 age bracket luring over a hundred entries. Other age-category titles to be disputed in both the male and female divisions are 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75-and-above.
Spicing up the event is the IM 70.3 relay race, which has so far attracted over 50 teams.
While Czech Petr Lukosz, who topped the full Manaois PH last year in the event’s return after the pandemic, remains out of the early roster of entries, Filipina champion Ines Santiago is back, keen on her retaining the crown she claimed in wire-to-wire fashion.
Ushering in the full Manaois and 70.3 events, backed by Asia supplier partners Always Advancing, Ekoi and Nirvana; media partners Outside and Sportgraf.com; venue host Subic Bay, and Lightwater, NLEX/SCTEX, 2Go and Prudential Guarantee, is the Ironkids on June 10 with the future of Philippine triathlon slugging it out for top honors in four individual categories in their own version of the swim-bike-run event.