Ironman 70.3 returns to Davao after 3-year hiatus

The premier city in the south is rolling out the red carpet for the leading local and foreign triathletes in a weekend of top-caliber and fun-filled race at Azuela Cove.

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 upcoming event, this being the lone pro-laced race in a busy season with a slew of top foreign endurance racers from all over tipped to dispute top honors in the 1.9k swim-90k bike-21k run distance race set over a championship course.

Mauricio Mendez of Mexico stunned multi-titled Tim Reed of Australia in the first IM 70.3 race held in Davao 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 actually slated to hold a third IM 70.3 race last year after a two-year hiatus due to pandemic 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., whose vision is to put the Philippines in the world sports tourism map through its staging of world-class endurance races.

Spicing up the IM 70.3 Davao is the Girls’ Run on March 24 and the IronKids on March 25.

“After the challenges we had faced during the pandemic, we have coordinated with the local authorities not only to stage a safe race experience for the athletes but also to put up the best possible IM 70.3 in Davao,” added Galura.

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