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Alveo IRONMAN winners with Mayor Sara Duterte

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Alveo IRONMAN Davao 70.3 presented by Petron pro winners Czech Radka Kahlefeldt and Markus Rolli of Germany (second and third from left, respectively) pose with Davao Mayor Sara Duterte (fourth from left) during awards rites at Azuela Cove Sunday(March 24, 2019). With them are (from left) organizing Sunrise Events, Inc. general manager Princess Galura, Alveo Land president Robert Lao and Alveo Land COO Rufino Gutierrez.(pr)

Tight finish up as IRONMAN Davao 70.3 unfolds

Mauricio Mendez and Czech Radka Kahlefeldt seek no less than a pair of title repeat but expect nothing but a fierce fightback from a set of rivals out to bounce back from their previous defeat as the second Alveo IRONMAN 70.3 Davao fires off today (Sunday) at the Azuela Cove in Davao.

Mendez charged back in the closing run stage to emerge the first-ever champion of the 1.9K swim, 90K bike, 21K run event presented by Petron in Davao last year. But while the Mexican star said he’s ready and all pumped up to go for another crown, he believes the rest of the compact field are also coming into the event in top form, guaranteeing a spirited battle and explosive finish the way it was last year.

“I think everyone has a chance so I think it’s a matter getting focused and ready for race day and give everything you’ve got,” said Mendez, who clocked 3:50:32 to score a come-from-behind victory over Aussie ace Tim Reed last year.

“For every race, I just give it my best in training, focusing on what my coach asks me and just trying to stay healthy,” added the 23-year-old Mexican star.

But Reed and the rest of the pro men’s field are out to foil his repeat bid in the event serving as the first of a series of Ironman races organized and conducted by Sunrise Events, Inc.

“It’s terrific to be back here. I’ve always said that the Philippines is simply the atmosphere in racing. The support – it really inspires the passion every time I race here,” said Reed.

Others in the fold are fellow Aussies Tim Van Berkel, David Mainwaring, Matt Lewis and Fraser Walsh, Anthony Coster of France, Bahrain’s Eric Watson and Markus Rolli of Germany.

Like Mendez, Kahlefeldt braces for a tough outing despite fashioning out a wire-to-wire victory the last time out although the Czech ace is oozing with confidence heading to her title-retention drive in one of her favorite places to race.

“I love racing in the Philippines and really excited to be back here in Davao,” said Kahlefeldt, adding that the atmosphere is “just amazing.” “Everybody is ready and this is a great place to race, a great place to be.”

She looks forward to bettering her previous 4:25:38 clocking against the likes of Caroline Steffen of Switzerland and Dimity Lee Duke of Australia, both winners of other Philippine triathlons, and Guam’s Manami Iijima, who ruled the Subic 5150 late last year.

For results, visit the event’s website at www.ironman.com/davao703.

Over 2,200 entries from 38 countries are vying in the event , which features individual and relay competitions, that has also lured bidders from United Arab Emirates, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Mexico, Ukraine, India, Malaysia, Qatar, the US, Belgium, Spain, Italy, New Caledonia, Singapore, South Africa, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain, Korean, Norway, Thailand, Switzerland, Greece, Kuwait, New Zealand, Turkey, China, Guam, Mexico, Panama and Taiwan.

SEI founder Wilfred Uytengsu has guaranteed another successful staging of the event with Davao emerging as the new triathlon destination with the all-out support of the city officials.

Backers of the event are title sponsor Alveo, an AyalaLand company, presentor Petron, venue hosts Lungsod ng Dabaw, Azuela Cove and the Enderun Tent, bike course partners Davao del Norte, Panabo, Tagum and Carmen, official courier and logistics partner 2Go Express, official swim cap TYR, official energy gel GU, official nutrition Vitargo, official eyewear Rudy Project, and Aboitiz Power, Davao Light, David’s Salon, Davao Metro Shuttle, Prudential Guarantee, and media partners ONE Sports on Cignal, the Philippine Star, Trilife, AsiaTri.com and Finisher Pix.(pr)

Baniqued, Manayon share IronKids honors

SUBIC – Multi-titled Wacky Baniqued went through the wringer before posting his latest triumph while Karen Andrea Manayon scored a breakthrough as they led the winners’ march in the Alaska IronKids Triathlon at Remy Field here yesterday.
Making his move in the 3.2K run, Baniqued beat Clifford Pusing in a pulsating dash to the finish to cop the boys’ 13-14 diadem. Baniqued and Pusing were given identical clockings of 42:31.
“It was my first time to experience racing neck-and-neck here and I’m happy to pull through,” said Baniqued, who had won all his three races in the 2016 Alaska IronKids.
On his final year in the circuit produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. and sponsored by Alaska Milk, Baniqued said he wants to go out with a bang.
“I’m gonna go all out, this being my last year,” he said.
Talisay, Cebu pride Manayon topped the distaff side, submitting a winning time of 48:27 over runner-up Kristana Erica Derrada (51:38) and third placer Angelina Powell (52:57).
“After placing third in Cebu last year, I really worked hard to achieve my goal of winning first place for the first time,” said Manayon, whose previous best was a bronze behind the Borlain sisters in the Cebu race last year.
The Alaska IronKids also served as one of the opening activities for Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 weekend in this former US naval base. After the youngsters showcased their stuff, some of the triathletes joined the Superbods finalists in the Superbods Underpants Run that started and ended at Subic Yacht Club.
Participants ran in their underpants and costumes along a scenic route in the fun run inspired by the tradition at Kona and held as part of Century Tuna’s commitment to promote a fun local tradition that also gives back to the community.
Other IronKids winners were Zedrick James Borja and Moira Frances Erediano in the 11-12, Michael Gabriel Lozada and Kira Ellis in the 9-10, and Gabriel Ethan Gaw and Kyle Enialle Toledana in the 6-8.
Borja clocked 33:18 in winning the boys’ 11-12 while Erediano timed 34:50 in ruling the distaff side. Lozada copped the boys’ 9-10 with 24:26 even as Eliis reigned in the girls’ competition with 25:46. Gaw checked in at 16:18 for the boys’ 6-8 plum while Toledana reached home in 18:45 for the girls’ title.(pr)

Celebs spice up CT Ironman 70.3

A pack of celebrities signed up for the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3, raring to showcase their sporting skills and talent in the premier swim-bike-run event firing off Sunday (March 12) in Subic Bay.
Dingdong Dantes, Drew Arellano, Gerald Anderson, Kim Atienza, Gretchen Fulido and Jake Cuenca, among others, take a break from their busy schedule to compete in relay division side by side with the premier 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run event featuring some of the world’s top and upcoming triathletes.
Dantes, Arellano, Anderson, Atienza and Fulido are regular triathlon campaigners while Cuenca has been drawn into the sport after playing the role of a triathlete in a recent TV show.
The organizing Sunrise Events, Inc. and sponsoring Century Tuna are expecting the third staging of the event to hit close to 1,000 entries after the inaugural run drew 902 and the next attracted 823 participants.
“With triathlon gaining tremendous popularity the last few years, we do expect to lure a record crowd for Century Tuna Ironman’s 70.3 third staging,” said Princess Galura, general manager of SEI.
The CT Ironman 70.3 will actually cap a three-day weekend of fun and competition with a 2GO Bike Service and Expo slated on March 10 and the Alaska Ironkids and the highly popular Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run spicing up the action on March 11.
Great Britain, the US and Australia, noted for their top triathletes, are fielding in 23, 22 and 20 entries, respectively, Singapore has 16, Guam 14, Japan 12, Germany 11 while Switzerland has 10.
Other countries participating in the event presented by Century Bangus, Department of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board, are Argentina, American Samoa, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Monaco, Mexico, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Thailand, Uruguay and Vietnam
Last year’s champions Craig Alexander of Australia and Swiss Caroline Steffen are coming back to defend their respective titles with both bracing for a tougher challenge with a slew of rivals raring to foil their bids in the event backed by 2Go Express (official courier and logistics partner), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (venue partner), Acea Subic Bay (host hotel), Manila North Tollways Corp. (bike course partner), Gatorade (official sports drink), Saucony (official footwear and apparel partner) and TYR (official swim cap partner).
Aside from the centerpiece pro and Asian Elite, other titles to be disputed are the 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and the 70-and-above age categories.(pr)

Cebu all set for biggest Cobra Ironman 70.3

The stage is set for the biggest triathlon event on Philippine soil as the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships presented by Ford blasts off on Aug. 7 in Cebu.

Close to 3,000 competitors led by defending champions Tim Reed and Caroline Steffen are set to answer the starting gun for the prestigious race that starts and ends at Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa. This will mark the first time the AsPac tourney will be held outside of Australia.
“On Aug. 7, we’ll have over 2,900 athletes from 43 countries, marking the biggest triathlon in the history of the Philippines,” Wilfred Uytengsu, president of the organizing Sunrise Events, Inc. said during yesterday’s kick-off event at Shangri-La at The Fort.
“We will assemble the largest cast of professional triathletes – over 30, many of whom are world champions competing and preparing not just for the rights to be Asia Pacific champion but also for the world championships in Australia set a few months after the race,” he added.
Produced and organized by Sunrise Events and backed by Cobra Energy Drink as title sponsor with Ford as Presenting Sponsor, the 1.9K swim, 90K bike, 21K run race will also offer the biggest prize money ever in the Philippines at $75,000 and the highest points earned.
Uytengsu was joined in the launch by Hubert Tan, Asia Brewery, Inc. Senior Vice President, Commercial Division, Ford Philippines managing director Lance Mosley, Tourism Promotions Board COO Domingo Ramon Enerio, Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza, Cebu Provincial Administrator Mark Tolentino, Globe Telecoms VP for content Jil Go, Shangri-La Mactan director of sales Natalia Zotova, and renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue, who once more designed the medals for the winners. Matteo Guidicelli co-hosted the launch with Chiqui Reyes.
“On its fifth year in Cebu, the Province will be ready to welcome all participants and their families with the traditional Cebuano warmth and festivities,” said Tolentino.
“Year on year, we dream bigger, we grow stronger and we aim to achieve greater heights. For eight years we’re able to successfully grow and build a community of enthusiasts who dare to push their mind, body and spirit to its limit. And on this year, first time in the history of Ironman 70.3 that the Asia Pacific Championship is outside Australia. We celebrate and share this moment of well-deserved success with everyone behind Cobra Ironman,” said Tan.
The event backed by Ford as presenting sponsor, Globe as official wireless and broadband services partner, Philippine Airlines, Summit Water, Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board, 2Go Express (official courier and logistics partner), Asics, Gatorade, Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu Province, Lapu Lapu City, Cebu City, Talisay City, Prudential Guarantee, Oakley and Timex will offers 50 slots to the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Action will be aired live on www.ironman.com courtesy of Globe Telecoms, according to SEI.
 Celebrities slated to see action include Piolo Pascual, Paul Jake Castillo, Dingdong Dantes, Gretchen Fullido, Kim Atienza, Apl de Ap, Dyan Castillejo, Ivan Carapiet, Bubbles Paraiso, Xander Angeles, Anthony and Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, Sara Black, Gilbert Remulla, and SEI’s Uytengsu.
Other sponsors are Alaska, David’s Salon, Intercare, Gu gel, Kenneth Cobonpue, Megaworld Mactan Newtown, Sun Life Financial, TYR, media partners The Philippine Star, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, TriLife Magazine, AsiaTri, FinisherPix, technology partner Xurpas, official hotels Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa, Be Resorts Mactan, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, Waterfront Hotel and Casino Mactan, Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu and official registration partner Active Network.(pr)

Borlain, Baniqued dominate IronKids

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Participants in the record-breaking Alaska IronKids plunge into the swim leg of their side of the triathlon competitions at Shangri La Mactan in Cebu yesterday.(pr)
LAPU-LAPU CITY – The top guns, led by Tara Borlain and Juan Francisco Baniqued, played true to form and led the march of winners in the record-breaking Alaska IronKids Triathlon II yesterday at Mactan’s Shangri-la Hotel and Resort.
Borlain and Baniqued, who won the first three races in the Alaska IronKids series this year, continued their winning ways with dominating performances in the 11-12 play of the event that featured an all-time high of 189 participants.
Borlain covered the 300m swim-9K bike-2K run race in 34:24.0 as she beat Catherine Angeli Yu (35.54.1) and Raven Faith Alcoseba (37.07.8) for the plum, completing an undefeated run in the 2015 IronKids’ triathlon and aquathlon events.
Baniqued similarly went four-for-four for the year as he submitted a winning 33.54.7, nearly three minutes ahead of runner-up Bernard Miguel Sy (36.31.6) and third placer Victor Andrew Boherom (36.33.2).
Equally impressive were Nicole Danielle Eijansantos, who parried the challenge of Tara’s elder sister Samantha in the girls’ 13-14, and Yuan Chiongbian, who made his fellow Cebuanos proud by going back-to-back in the boys’ side.
Rounding up the honor roll in the race organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. and sponsored by Alaska Milk were Justin Christopher Yu (27:43.4) and Lorayne Lencioco (27:09.5) in the 9-10 category, and Michael Gabriel Lozada (18:03.2) and Ma. Chelsea Faith Minoza (18:20.6) in the 6-8 division.
“I feel so happy. All the hardwork I’ve done paid off. I’m so proud of my siblings too,” said Tara, whose ate Samantha won silver in the 13-14 and little sister Franchezka took the bronze in the 6-8 play.
Tara emerged victorious in Mactan again after settling for silver behind Samantha last year. She previously ruled her bracket in 2012.
Baniqued, for his part, led from start to finish to repeat as champ here.
“I met new competition (in this race) and it was challenging. But I was confident as I prepared hard for this,” said Baniqued from Binan, Laguna.
Chiongbian made sure it will be a good day for Cebu as he posted a fast 42:50.7 in the 400m swim, 12K bike, 3K run race to cop the crown at the expense of Lucian Antonio Alejo (45:51.4) and John Caleb Barlin (45:53.3).
Eijansantos checked in at 47:02.1 to retain the crown over Samantha (49:52.6) and Sam McInnes (50.05.6).
The podium finishers received their trophies from Sunrise president Fred Uytengsu with elite pros helping out.(pr)

Ironman picks Cebu as 2016 Asia-Pacific triathlon

The Ironman yesterday named Cebu as host of next year’s Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship Triathlon, marking the first time that the country will be hosting the prestigious swim-bike-run event.
“It’s an exciting time for the sport of triathlon in Asia-Pacific.With our ongoing expansion in Asia that includes 14 Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events combined with tens of thousands of athletes living and competing in the region, it’s the right time to host a championship race here,” said Geoff Meyer, chief executive officer for Ironman Asia-Pacific.
The selection of Cebu City as host only underscores the impressive staging of the Ironman 70.3 Philippines the last five years that has been luring the top triathletes in the world.
“Cebu has hosted the successful Ironman 70.3 Philippines triathlon for the past five years – and will provide our athletes a beautiful and challenging championship course,” added Meyer.
As a result of the substantial growth of triathlon and the Ironman brand in the Southern Hemisphere, Ironman will begin an annual rotation the of Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship throughout the Asia-Pacific region starting with Ironman 70.3 Philippines, Cebu.
The awarding of the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship to Ironman 70.3 Philippines, Cebu continues Ironman’s long-standing partnership with Sunrise Events, Inc., the Philippines’s leading sporting event company, which operates Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay, 5150 Subic Bay, and 5150 Bohol.
Wilfred “Fred” Steven Uytengsu Jr., president and chairman of Sunrise Events, expressed his excitement at Ironman 70.3 Philippines, Cebu hosting next year’s Asia Pacific Championship.
“We are extremely proud to have been selected as the host for the 2016 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship,” said Uytengsu. “We intend to stage our best event yet which will coincide with our five-year anniversary in Cebu and our eighth year in partnership with Ironman. We look forward to welcoming everyone with our trademark Filipino hospitality.”
The locations for the 2017 and 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship will be announced soon.
The 2016 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship will offer US$75,000 professional prize purse and 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship.
For details, visit www.ironman.com/philippines70.3 while for media related inquiries, email daniel.hoy@ironman.com.(pr)