Thirty berths in the Ironman World Championship will be up for grabs when the Century Tuna stages the first full Ironman in the country on June 3 in Subic.
This marks the first time that the Philippines will hold a qualifier for the world meet slated in October in Kona, Hawaii, underscoring the country’s growing status as a top triathlon destination in this part of the globe.
Century Tuna is putting up a $15,000 total purse in the upcoming full triathlon with 1,278 bets from 47 countries all geared up for the ultimate test in endurance racing featuring 3.8km swim, 180km bike and the punishing 42km run.
Each participant will be given 17 hours to finish the entire course.
The PH is fielding in 833 entries in the centerpiece event, which also drew 78 triathletes each from China and Japan, 54 from the US, 47 from Singapore and 29 from Australia.
Great Britain and Northern Ireland have a combined 18-triathlete delegation while Korea has 16 intrepid bets vying in the event backed by Century Tuna, which is putting up the first full Ironman in the country after successfully staging three 5150 and three 70.3 events.
The first full Ironman, organized and produced by Sunrise Events, Inc. and presented by Alaska, Tourism Promotions Board and Department of Tourism, also serves as a fitting event for SEI’s 10th anniversary celebrations and a decade of Ironman staging in the country.
Meanwhile, the Ironkids swim-run will again spice up the big triathlon weekend as it holds its own competitions on June 2 at the WOW pools and Remy Field.