A NUMBER of celebrities including Dingdong Dantes, Drew Arellano, Gerald Anderson, Kim Atienza, Gretchen Fulido and Jake Cuenca take a break from their busy schedules to compete in the relay division of the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 on Sunday in Subic Bay.
Dantes, Arellano, Anderson, Atienza and Fulido are regular triathlon campaigners while Cuenca has been drawn into the sport after playing the role of a triathlete in a recent TV show.
Last year’s champions Craig Alexander of Australia and Swiss Caroline Steffen are coming back to defend their respective titles in the centerpiece 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run event.
The organizing Sunrise Events, Inc. and sponsoring Century Tuna are expecting the third staging of the event to hit close to 1,000 entries after the inaugural run drew 902 and the next attracted 823 participants.
“With triathlon gaining tremendous popularity the last few years, we do expect to lure a record crowd for Century Tuna Ironman’s 70.3 third staging,” said SEI general manager Princess Galura.
The CT Ironman 70.3 will cap a three-day weekend of fun and competition with a 2GO Bike Service and Expo set on Friday and the Alaska Ironkids and the Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run spicing up the action on Saturday.
Great Britain has 23 athletes competing, 22 are from the US, and Australia has 20 entries.
Singapore has 16, Guam 14, Japan 12, Germany 11 while Switzerland has 10 triathletes, while also represented are Argentina, American Samoa, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Monaco, Mexico, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Thailand, Uruguay and Vietnam.
Other titles to be disputed are the 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and the 70-and-above age categories in the presented by Century Bangus, Department of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board, and backed by 2Go Express, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Acea Subic Bay, Manila North Tollways Corp., Gatorade, Saucony and TYR.