Excitement builds as IRONMAN 70.3, Alaska IronKids kick off August in Cebu

Ironman 70.3

Excitement is building by the day as the Regent Aguila IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship is set to conquer Cebu yet again on August 5.

To traverse the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue, the year’s biggest three-sport spectacle will feature more than 2,500 participants from 51 countries – with Australia’s Tim Reed and New Zealand’s Amelia Watkinson looking to once again finish on top of the podium in the men’s and women’s pro divisions, respectively.

Besides Reed, among those expected to pour in the adrenaline are three-time word titlist Craig Alexander and former Xterra world champion Mauricio Mendez.

The distaff side, meanwhile, will feature heavy title favorite Radka Kahlefeldt, four-time Philippine champion Caroline Steffen, and former IRONMAN Australia titlist Beth McKenzie to challenge Watkinson.

The 1.9-kilometer swim, 90-kilometer bike and 21.2-kilometer run event will again be held at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.

Before that, future triathlon superstars will be taking centerstage as they will race to the finish in different age-group divisions in the Alaska IronKids 2018 on August 4 to fire off the adrenaline-filled weekend.

More than 300 young athletes aged 6-14 are expected to see action in the event which aims to inspire the youth to lead active, positive and healthy lifestyles while helping them develop the values of discipline, hard work and determination.

But it’s not just the competitors who will be taking the spotlight at the Queen City of the South. Along with IRONMAN 70.3 being the most-anticipated race comes the well-regarded hardware.

For the seventh straight year, world-renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue lent his creativity to create the works of art that are the finisher medals and trophies. Cobonpue’s involvement with IRONMAN 70.3 started in 2012 when Alaska Milk Corporation President and CEO – not to mention all-around sports patron, Wilfred Uytengsu brought him onboard.

Uytengsu, who is also the founder of Sunrise Events, likewise lauded the continued cooperation between the event presenter, local government units, and other partner agencies from the national government to ensure the staging of the year’s biggest triathlon event will be for the books.

“Together with the LGUs and government agencies concerned, we will continue our efforts in making the Regent Aguila IRONMAN 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships a rousing success and reinforce this event as the Crown Jewel of Asia,” said Uytengsu.

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