THE second Regent Aguila Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 gets a dose of women power with a record number of participants all set for the IronGirl on Aug. 9 ahead of the Regent Aguila Ironman 70.3 at Shangri-La Mactan in Cebu.
The 5-kilometer 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 Ironman 70.3 featuring the biggest gathering of foreign pros in years.
The 1,400 slots in IronGirl were actually sold out in three hours when registration opened on June 12, underscoring the tremendous appeal of one of the side events of the premier endurance race.
All finishers will receive specially crafted IronGirl medal and shirt.
The Ironman 70.3 activities will start on Aug. 8 with the Expo Open and other events at The Marquee with the schedule on the next day to include a meet-and-greet with Mexican defending pro champion Mauricio Mendez, the media conference, the IronKids briefing and the Herbalife IronGirl.
The IronKids, now back as a swim-bike-run race, will be held on Aug. 10.
Focus will then shift to Aug. 11’s big event with a record 19 pros all geared up for what promises to be another thrilling duel of power and stamina in the 1.9K swim, 90K bike, 21K run race at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa.
Over 2,100 triathletes from a record 57 nations are entered in the main event organized and conducted by Sunrise Events, Inc. with Mendez gunning for back-to-back titles. The field includes former three-time world champion Tim Reed and fellow Australians Tim Van Berkel, Sam Betten, Luke McKenzie, Lindsey Lawry, Mitch Robins and Justin Ghosh along with Czech Jakub Langhammer, Bahrain’s Eric Watson and New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone.