Toughest PH triathlon race just got more daunting as full Ironman fires off in Subic
The first full Ironman in the country is set to be held in Subic. Jham Mariano

THE country’s toughest triathlon race just got tougher as the first full Century Tuna Ironman is set to be held on Sunday at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

After starting with Ironman 70.3 races or half-Ironman events, Sunrise Events is hosting a full-distance Ironman this time, comprising of a 3.8-kilometer swim, 180-km bike, and a 42-km run.

“It has been 10 years since the first Ironman 70.3 race was held in Camarines Sur. From 583 participants and one race in 2009, the sport has grown by leaps and bounds, with multiple races all over the Philippines,” event founder Wilfred Uygtengsu said.

The inaugural full-distance event will give away a $25,000 prize purse and 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Along with the full-distance Ironman, there will be a shorter distance Ironman 70.3. No prize money will be at stake but up for grabs are 25 slots to the Ironman Championship in Nelson Madela Bay, South Africa.

A total of 1,278 participants from 47 countries will be racing on Sunday in the full Ironman, while 277 athletes are joining the Ironman 70.3.

“Century Tuna is proud to be the title sponsor of the first full-distance Ironman race in the Philippines. We see the event as the perfect platform to promote a healthy lifestyle – the core value of our brand – and we hope that the Century Tuna Ironman Philippines will inspire many Filipinos to pursue their own fitness journey,” Century Pacific Food, Inc. vice president and general manager Greg Banzon said.

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