IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, announced the Century Tuna IRONMAN® Philippines triathlon in Subic Bay, Philippines. The race is owned and organized by Sunrise Events and will be a special edition for one year only. It will mark the 10th anniversary of the first IRONMAN 70.3 event in the Philippines, which took place in Camarines Sur on August 23, 2009.
Subic Bay has provided an excellent race course for the IRONMAN 70.3 Subic Bay event for the past three years. It is a superb destination to visit - located on the west coast of the island of Luzon in the Philippines, easily accessible from Manila.
The growth in popularity of IRONMAN triathlon in the Philippines is set to continue through this new addition as Subic Bay has become a destination for local and international IRONMAN athletes over the years. The Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines will be the first full distance IRONMAN race held in the Philippines.
“The enthusiasm around IRONMAN races in the Philippines is tremendous – from both spectators and participants,” said Geoff Meyer, Managing Director for IRONMAN Asia. “We’ve had this project of bringing a full-distance IRONMAN race to the Philippines for a long time. We are really excited about this special edition race and look forward to June 2018.”
The Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines will aim to build upon the successes of the Century Tuna IRONMAN 70.3 Subic Bay and provide athletes with a challenging, yet beautiful course to tackle. Athletes will begin their IRONMAN journey with a one-loop, 3.8-km (2.4-mile) 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, 180-km ride (112-mile) which will bring riders back into the T2 at Remy Field in downtown Subic Bay. The 42.2-km (26.2-mile), two-loop marathon run will take in some of the best coastal views that the area has to offer and will be a buzz of energy with local supporters lining the streets to cheer the athletes home.
“It has been 10 years since the first IRONMAN 70.3 race was held in Camarines Sur. From 583 participants and one race in 2009, the sport has grown by leaps and bounds, with multiple races all over the Philippines. We at Sunrise Events are happy to be at the forefront of this triathlon renaissance and are proud to organize the 2018 Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines in order to showcase one more time the best the country can offer!” said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, Founder of Sunrise Events.
The 2018 Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines will offer a $25,000 USD professional prize purse (P-2000) and 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.
“Century Tuna is very proud to be the title sponsor of the first full-distance IRONMAN race in the Philippines,” commented Greg Banzon, Vice-President and General Manager of Century Pacific Food, Inc. “We see the event as the perfect platform to promote a healthy lifestyle - the core value of our brand – and we hope that the Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines will inspire many Filipinos to pursue their own fitness journey.”
General registration for Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines, will open on August 1, 2017, at www.ironman.com/philippines. Athlete inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Media may contact email@example.com.
For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com.
About IRONMAN: A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN ® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About Wanda Sports Holdings: Wanda Sports Holdings is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media & marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.
About Sunrise Events, Inc.: Sunrise Events Inc was established in 2008 by Wilfred Steven Uytengsu after it was granted the IRONMAN 70.3 license by the World Triathlon Corporation. The vision of the company is to stage world class events to put the Philippines in the sports tourism map of the world. SEI currently stages at least 13 events per year and has the exclusive rights to the IRONMAN 70.3, 5150, XTERRA and Ironkids events. The company has received multiple awards in the Philippines and in Asia for excellence in race organization and sports tourism. Its centerpiece event, the IRONMAN 70.3 held in Cebu is known to be the Crown Jewel of Asia in the IRONMAN world.