MANILA, Philippines – Local celebrities will be among the thousands of triathletes who will compete in the difficult Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships presented by Ford which fires off on August 7.
Matteo Guidecelli, Xander Angeles, Ivan Carapiet, Kim Atienza, Paul Jake Castillo, Gilbert Remulla, Dyan Castillejo and organizing Sunrise Events Inc. founder Wilfred Uytengsu have signed up for the premier continental swim-bike-run event being held in the country for the first time.
They will vie in the individual competition of the 1.9-km swim, 90-km bike, and 21-km run.
Meanwhile, Dingdong Dantes (bike), Piolo Pascual (bike), Anthony Pangilinan (bike), Hannah Pangilinan (swim), Gretchen Fullido (swim), Bubbles Paraiso (run), Ella Pangilian (run) and Sam YG (swim) will take a break from their commitments to join the relay team of the endurance race that will start and end at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.
Over 2,900 athletes from 43 countries will compete in the event, produced and organized by SEI and backed by Cobra Energy Drink as the title sponsor, Ford as presenting sponsor, and Globe Telecom as official wireless and broadband services parner.
The event offers a total prize money of $ 75,000 in the elite pro category.
“With over 2,900 athletes from 43 countries, this is the biggest triathlon in the history of the Philippines,” said Uytengsu.
“We have assembled the largest cast of pro triathletes – over 30, many of whom are world champions competing and preparing not just for the right to be Asia Pacific champion, but also for the world championships in Australia set a few months after the race,” he added.
This is the first time that the Asia-Pacific event will be held outside of Australia and New Zealand.
SEI and its local partners have ensured the safety of participants on race day, with road closures in the cities of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Cebu, and Talisay, which will serve as part of the race route, to be implemented.
All motorists going to the airport coming from any direction are also advised to take the Sangi Motumbo Road or Mactan Benito Ebuen Airbase if available.
All trucks, trailers, tourist buses or motor vehicles with GVW 4500 and above will not be allowed to travel during the duration of the event, especially at diversional/alternative routes going to the airport.
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