THREE-time Ironman champion Craig Alexander and three other world champs head the cast in the Alveo Ironman 70.3 on March 25 at Azuela Cove in Davao City.
Ironman 70.3 2016 world champion Tim Reed of Australia, 2017 Xterra champion Bradley Weiss of South Africa and 2016 Xterra champion Mauricio Mendez of Mexico are also seeing action in the event featuring 26 elite pros, including 12 in women’s division.
Xterra champion Ben Allen is also in the field, along with Canada’s Brent McMahon, a three-time North American Ironman 70.3 champion.
Last year’s Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic titlist Radka Kahlefeldt of the Czech Republic banners the women’s field that includes Dimity Lee Duke of Australia and Anna Eberhardt of Hungary.
“With its blend of nature and urban infrastructure, not to mention a course with unfamiliar terrain and challenges, Davao and Azuela Cove will surely offer a true test of triathlon for this world-class field,” said Sunrise Events, Inc.’s Wilfred Uytengsu.
The event is the kickoff leg of SEI’s series of triathlon events for its milestone 10th season with the leading organizer of premier sequential endurance races in the country now going nationwide with 70.3 races also lined up in Luzon and Visayas.
A total of 1,782 participants from 39 countries are vying in the inaugural Mindanao staging of the 1.9K swim, 90K bike, 21K run series presented by Petron, Dept. of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board and backed by 2Go Express, Powerade, Wilkins Pure Purified Water, Sportswear, TYR, GU, Aboitiz Power, Davao Light, David’s Salon, Intercare, Davao Metro Shuttle, Prudential Guarantee, HyperHD on Cignal, AsiaTri.com, FinisherPix, TriLife and The Philippine STAR, Alaska, AlcoPlus, ApoAgua, Cetaphil, Daylong, Devant, Fern-C, Penong’s Barbecue Seafood and Grill, Sanicare, Storck, Timex, Seda, Park Inn, Waterfront, Marco Polo and Active Network.