A bigger, better IronGirl ushers in the second Alveo IRONMAN 70.3 Davao presented by Petron weekend with a thousand participants all set for the 5k run at the Azuela Cove in Davao City on Friday.
The fun run for girls’ 12-years-old-and-above at 5 p.m. will cap a series of activities lined up in the first of the three-day event culminating in the Ironman 70.3 featuring some of the world’s top triathletes and held in Mindanao for the second straight year.
The 1,000 slots in IronGirl were actually sold out in just 70 minutes when it opened last February, underscoring the tremendous pull of the side event sponsored by Herbalife Nutrition for the youngsters and adults alike.
The Ironman 70.3 activities actually fired off last Sunday with the Sun Life Bike Course Ride Out along with the Davao Expo Open and other events at the Enderun Tent at Azuela Cove.
A Q&A with Lifesport coach and Canada’s Hall of Famer Lance Watson is also on tap on Friday.
The IronKids, now a swim-run race, will be held on Saturday.
Focus will then shift to Sunday’s big event, the Alveo Ironman 70.3 featuring 16 pros all geared up for a blistering finish in a duel of strength and stamina in the 1.9K swim, 90K bike, 21K run event.
Over 2,200 participants from 38 countries are vying in the main dish organized and conducted by Sunrise Events, Inc. with Mexican Mauricio Mendez and Czech Radka Kahlefeldt gunning for back-to-back titles in their respective divisions.
SEI founder Wilfred Uytengsu has lauded Davao’s enthusiasm in hosting the event, which features individual and relay competitions, with the host city guaranteeing a better staging, this being held in conjunction with Davao’s 82nd anniversary celebrations.
The event has lured triathletes from the United Arab Emirates, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Mexico, Ukraine, Australia, Germany, India, Malaysia, Qatar, the US, Belgium, Spain, Italy, New Caledonia, Singapore; South Africa, Bahrain, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Bahrain, Great Britain, Korean, Norway, Thailand, Switzerland, Greece, Kuwait, New Zealand, Turkey, China, Guam, Mexico, Panama and Taiwan.
For details, visit the event’s website at www.ironman.com/davao703.