AUSTRALIA’S Tim Reed aims for a three-peat against an elite field in the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Aug. 6 in Cebu.
Reed bested a world-class cast to rule the first Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship last year and completed a back-to-back title romp in the 1.9K-swim, 90K-bike, 21K-run event at the Ironman 70.3 in the Queen City of the South.
Also seeing action at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa are Ironman 70.3 Vietnam winner Tim Van Berkel, Xterra titlist Mauricio Mendez of Mexico, 2014 Ironman 70.3 Philippines winner Brent McMahon of Canada, Regent 5150 Subic winner Sam Betten of Australia and multi-titled Cameron Brown of New Zealand.
Also entered are Braden Currie, Eddie Rawles and Callum Millward of New Zealand, David Mainwaring, Alexander Polizzi and Luke Bell of Australia, Americans Brad Williams and Iain Alexandridis, Czech Jakub Langhammer, Johan Stofberg of South Africa, Italian Jonathan Ciavatella and Eric Watson of Bahrain, all raring to beat Reed’s 3:51:46 clocking last year.
The chase for the women’s crown is also expected to be fierce with Dimity-Lee Duke going for a follow-up to her breakthrough victory in Regent 5150 Triathlon in Subic.
The race has lured elite athletes from 51 countries.
More than 2,600 participants are entered in the race organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. and backed by Cobra Energy Drink, Tourism Promotions Board Philippines and Summit Natural Drinking Water with titles at stake in in IronGirl on Aug. 4, a 5km fun run for females 12 years old and above, and the IronKids on Aug. 5.
There will also be competitions among Filipino elites, executive tri racers and close to 2,000 age-groupers and mixed, all-male, and all-female relay in the event also backed by Asics, Gatorade, Prudential Guarantee, Philippine Airlines, Globe, Oakley, TYR and Active Network.