Organizers of Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines have kick -started preparations for the August staging of this premier sports event. The race is ranked as the second best in the world. But organizers believe they can do more by preparing early. “By starting early and preparing ahead, I think we will be able to address probably much of the concerns that we experienced in the past,” said Provincial Administrator Atty. Mark Tolentino.
The fifth Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines is scheduled on August 4 yet. This will be the third ironman race in Cebu. It was formerly held in Camarines Sur.
Sunrise Events Inc. already met with Cebu officials last April 15 at the Capitol to start their preparations. The officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Tourism, and Philippine National Police as well as its medical team headed by Dr. Peter Mancao also attended the meeting. This will be the beginning of a series of meetings for the event.
SEI General Manager Princess Galura said the main concern remains to be the traffic congestion. She suggested that raffic advisory should be made as early as July. There could be changes in the bike course this year due to the road repairs in the north reclamation area in Cebu City.
For this year, Galura added they have secured an agreement with Mactan Newtown to co-host the swim course with Shangrila’s Mactan Resort and Spa. Mactan Newtown owns the Portofino Beach Resorts, which is currently undergoing renovation.
With the successful hosting of the event last year, Galura said the event put Cebu in the limelight. She stated that the Asia-Pacific ironman race has become synonymous with Cebu. “Pag sinabing Iron 70.3 Philippines sinasabi na nilang Cebu. Kahit sa ibang bansa hindi na nilang sinasabing 70.3 Philippines but they say ‘I am participating in Cebu,” she said.
Last October, the 2,500 slots for this year’s race were sold out in just four (4) hours with 700 more in the waiting list. Some of the biggest names to join the race this year are Craig Alexander, Pete Jacobs, and Luke Mcenzie. The 70.3 Philippines defending champions Courtney Atkins (men category), and Caroline Steffen (women category) are also coming back.