Ironman 70.3 slated in Cebu

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Reigning champions Pete Jacobs of Australia and Caroline Steffen of Alaska Team TBB lead a formidable cast that will compete in the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Aug. 4 in Cebu.


Now on its fifth edition, the event will be preceded by the Alaska Ironkids Triathlon set on Aug. 3.

Jacobs, who will be gunning for his fourth straight win in the race, will be joined by New Zealand’s Cameron Brown and Alaska Team TBB’s Mathieu O’Halloran, among others.

Out to foil Steffen’s title-retention bid are Bree Wee of the United States, Alaska Team TBB’s Christie Sym and Great Britain’s Jacqui Slack.

The race serves as a qualifier for the Ironman World Championships Las Vegas set in Henderson, Nevada on Sept. 8.

The 1.2-mile swim leg will be held in open water at the beach of the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa; the 56-mile bike leg will traverse in cities of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Cebu and Talisay; and the 13.1-mile run leg will be at Punta Engano, Lapu-Lapu City.

The Alaska Ironkids Triathlon, meanwhile, will be held at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa for triathletes age 6 to 14 years old. It is the local junior version of the international Ironkids triathlon series. (Manila Bulletin)