[Press Release] Spectators witnessed a truly wild ending to the third Century Tuna IROMAN 70.3 weekend in Subic Bay as Ruedi Wild of Switzerland and Radka Kahlefeldt of Czech Republic edged out fellow runners to be the first in their respective divisions to cross the finish line.
For both the male and female professional division, Wild and Kahlefeldt took the crown from world champion and 2016 winners Craig “Crowie” Alexander and Caroline Steffen. At the running leg of the race, Wild outpaced 2016 Century Tuna IRONMAN 70.3 winner Craig Alexander and 2015 Century Tuna IRONMAN 70.3 champ Tim Reed of Australia in what many believed to be one of the tightest 21km races they’ve seen. Kahlefeldt, who placed 2nd in last year’s event, finally took the top podium spot after beating last year’s winner Switzerland’s Caroline “Xena” Steffen in a race that kept everybody at the edge of their seats.
August Benedicto of the Philippines bagged first place in the Male Asian Elite division in a truly inspiring feat. Second place went to fellow Filipino Benjamin Rana, while third place went to India’s Madhurjya Borah. Filipina Jenny Guerrero topped the Female Asian Elite, finishing the race at 5:14:23.
Even as international pros set the bar high for elite athletic performance, celebrity participants competing in the relay division including Dingdong Dantes, Jake Cuenca, Gerald Anderson, Kim Atienza and Gretchen Fullido helped send out the encouraging message of fitter lifestyles for Filipinos. This is an advocacy that no less than Century Pacific Food General Manager Greg Banzon leads as a pioneer in local triathlon races and one of this year’s Century Tuna IRONMAN 70.3 finishers.
Also stealing headlines during IRONMAN weekend was the traditional pre-race activity Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run. This year’s race called on everyone to head to Subic to show off their Superbod physique for a chance to win cash prizes. Hundreds of contestants came in remarkable costumes and bagging the best-in-costume prizes were Nicky Nava, Mimi Ulit, Dennis Borbolla and Luigi Geronimo, who wore attires inspired by Victoria’s Secret Angels as well as Fritz Labastida who ran barefoot in a mardi-gras inspired attire. Bringing home the coveted Superbod awards were Belle Santos for individual and Philippine Navy’s Sammy Costina, Dennis Orje, Jesson Prima, and Gilbert Mari.
Century Tuna IRONMAN 70.3 is produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. and made possible through the support of a number of sponsors and partners including: Century Bangus, the Department of Tourism, the Tourism Promotions Board, 2GO Express, SBMA, MNTC, Acea Subic Bay, Gatorade, Saucony, TYR, Alaska, David’s Salon, GU, Intercare, Prudential Guarantee, Santé Barley, Media partners: The Philippine Star, Hyper HD on Cignal, AsiaTRI.com and FinisherFix, marketing partners: AlcoPlus, Cetaphil, Daylong, Devant, Goldilocks, Omega Pain Killer, PLDT Subictel, Regent Foods, Sanicare, Storck and Timex, and official hotels: The Lighthouse Marina, Court Meridian and Subic International Hotel.
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