THE Ironman on Friday named Cebu as host of next year’s Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship Triathlon, marking the first time the country will be hosting the prestigious swim-bike-run event.
“It’s an exciting time for the sport of triathlon in Asia-Pacific. With our ongoing expansion in Asia that includes 14 Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events combined with tens of thousands of athletes living and competing in the region, it’s the right time to host a championship race here,” said Geoff Meyer, chief executive officer for Ironman Asia-Pacific.
The selection of Cebu City as host underscores the impressive staging of the Ironman 70.3 Philippines the last five years that has been luring the top triathletes in the world.
“Cebu has hosted the successful Ironman 70.3 Philippines triathlon for the past five years – and will provide our athletes a beautiful and challenging championship course,” added Meyer.
As a result of the substantial growth of triathlon and the Ironman brand in the Southern Hemisphere, Ironman will begin an annual rotation of the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship throughout the Asia-Pacific region starting with Ironman 70.3 Philippines, Cebu.
Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Jr., president and chairman of Sunrise Events, expressed excitement at Ironman 70.3 Philippines, Cebu hosting next year’s Asia Pacific Championship.
“We are extremely proud to have been selected as the host for the 2016 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship,” said Uytengsu. “We intend to stage our best event yet which will coincide with our five-year anniversary in Cebu and our eighth-year in partnership with Ironman. We look forward to welcoming everyone with our trademark Filipino hospitality.”
The locations for the 2017 and 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship will be announced soon.