DAVAO CITY—Preparations being undertaken by the City Sports Division at City Hall for the hosting the Alveo Ironman 70.3 on March 26 has shifted to full gear.
“We’ll begin the planning and meetings in preparations for the Alveo Ironman,” said City Sports Development Division chief Mikey Aportadera as he expects thousands of visitors during the event.
Aportadera said health protocols won’t be a tough challenge.
“It is no longer heavy as it is already templated with the city having hosted two Ironman events, it’s like fill-in-the-blanks,” Aportadera said. “Probably there will be revisions on how the new normal would be implemented in our Ironman events because it would the atmosphere resembling a fiesta with many visitors coming.” The race consists of a 1.9-kilometer swim in the Davao Gulf, a
90-kilometer bike segment from Davao City to Tagum City in nearby Davao del Norte and a 21-kilometer run along JP Laurel Avenue.
Competitions will be in the individual and relay categories.
Aportadera said the event brings additional economic benefits and tourism receipts just like in pre-pandemic 2018 and 2019 with the city hosted similar events.
“It’s about time that we open again our doors to our visitors worldwide,” Aportadera said.