LAPU-LAPU City – Tim Reed and Radka Kahlefeldt spearhead the pack of pros vying for top honors in the 2018 Regent Aguila Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship on Sunday at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu.
Reed, the defending champion and 2016 world champion, leads the men’s cast that also features three-time world titlist Craig Alexander and former Xterra world champion and this year’s Ironman 70.3 Davao winner Mauricio Mendez.
Former Ironman Asia-Pacific winners Tim Van Berkel, Josh Amberger and Braden Currie, along with Ironman South America winner Brent McMahon are also part of the men’s category.
In the women’s division, Kahlefeldt, the reigning Ironman 70.3 Davao and Subic Ironman 70.3, heads the group along with four-time Ironman 70.3 Philippines champion Caroline Steffen, 2016 Ironman Busan winner Amelia Watkinsin, and former Ironman Australia titlist Beth McKenzie.
The champion triathletes banner the star-studded cast of over 2,580 participants from 52 countries expected to compete in the event that marks the continuation of Sunrise Events’ yearlong celebration of its 10th anniversary.
“Together with the LGUs and government agencies concerned, we will continue our efforts in making the Regent Aguila Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship a rousing success and reinforce this event as the Crown Jewel of Asia,” said Uytengsu.
Apart from the podium finishers, the rest of the finishers are expected to get respective medals designed and handmade by world-class Cebuano designer Kenneth Cobonque.