THE Ironman 70.3 Davao gears up not just for a grand comeback on March 26 at Azuela Cove but also for the pros’ return to one of the highlight events of each triathlon season.
The organizing Ironman Group/Sunrise Events Inc. expects a banner cast in the event—the lone pro-laced race in a busy season with a slew of top foreign endurance racers vying in the 1.9-km swim/90-km bike/21-km run race set over a championship course.
Mauricio Mendez of Mexico stunned multi-titled Tim Reed of Australia in the first IM 70.3 race in Davao City in 2018, while Germany’s Markus Rolli foiled another Aussie legend Craig Alexander the following year.
The IM 70.3 Davao, expected to boost the city’s economy and the tourism sector, will also serve as a qualifying race to the World Championship in Finland in August.
Davao was supposed to host a third IM 70.3 race last year after a two-year pandemic hiatus but the event was put on hold due to developments in Mindanao’s premier city.
The wait, however, only gave the organizers and the hosts more time to prepare and guarantee a bigger, talent-laden race, which offers $30,000 for the winners in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
“We are thrilled and excited to be starting out the new triathlon season with a comeback race in one of the country’s top triathlon hubs,” said Princess Galura, general manager of the Ironman Group/Sunrise Events Inc.
Spicing up the IM 70.3 Davao is the Girls’ Run on March 24 and the IronKids on March 25.
For details and registration, log on to ironman.com/im703-davao-philippines.