Philippines to Host Full IRONMAN in 2018

Yes!  The Philippines will finally be hosting a full IRONMAN on 2018!  Here are the details:

— Press Release —

Philippines to host full IRONMAN on June 03, 2018

The long wait is over.

In celebration of Sunrise Event’s 10th year anniversary and 10 years of staging the IRONMAN 70.3 in the country, the Philippines will finally host its first full IRONMAN on June 03, 2018.  Coming in as the proud title sponsor is Century Tuna which has been a title sponsor of the IRONMAN 70.3 since 2015.  With the full IRONMAN, Century Tuna continues its mission to inspire more Filipinos to pursue their own health and wellness journey.

Pinoy Triathletes can now proudly experience becoming certified IRONMAN finishers in our own country as they triumph in the most grueling endurance sport in the world.  Our best triathletes will have to conquer distances of 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike and 42 km run as they rule their minds and bodies to become the first full IRONMAN finishers in the Philippines.

A Full Ironman Triathlon is regarded as the most physically demanding single-day sport in the World.  Competing in one requires a high level of commitment from the athlete to train long, hard hours for at least 5 months.  And the strength and toughness of mind, body and spirit to endure the 3.8km swim, 180k bike and full marathon run on race day.

Yet, despite the fearsome image and overwhelming physical demands of this ultimate endurance sport, demand for the race has been growing dramatically Worldwide.  In the Philippines, most triathlon races are usually sold out despite the rapid increase in the number of half Ironman and standard distance triathlon races and all other race distances in between.  Filipinos are increasingly among the largest contingents in the Ironman races abroad because the full distance is not held in the country.  The clamor to hold a full distance IRONMAN has been growing more intense as early as two or three years after the first IM70.3 was held in the country 9 years ago.

As a brand at the forefront of promoting health and fitness, Century Tuna is very proud to be the lead sponsor in finally staging a full distance IRONMAN in the Philippines in 2018.  The expected scale and scope of attention the event will generate in the country and the global triathlon community gives us a very big stage to shout out our message of living a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise.

We are also pleased that the event will give Filipinos a chance to witness the drama and glory of athletes completing the grueling challenge of a full Ironman up close and hopefully inspire the entire Nation to be pursue their own fitness journey.

Congratulations to Sunrise Events for bringing IRONMAN to the Philippines.

Greg H. Banzon
Vice President and General Manager
Century Pacific Food, Inc.

Pilipinas, you are an IRONMAN!

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This event is formally named as the Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines and will be held at Subic Bay on June 03, 2018.

From ap.ironman.com:

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 (SCTEX) 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…

This is an IRONMAN World Championship Qualifying Race with 30 standard qualifying slots up for grabs.  Registration opens 8AM Philippine time on August 01, 2017.

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Stay tuned as this exciting event unfolds!

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