By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

Ironman 70.3 triathlon event in Subic this weekend

Posted on March 06, 2015

TOP TRIATHLON action goes up north this weekend as Subic Bay plays host to the inaugural Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 event.

World champion Craig Alexander will compete in the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 triathlon event in Subic Bay this weekend. -- Craig Alexander’s Facebook account
A half-Ironman distance triathlon, the event, set for Sunday, will gather some of the best international and local triathletes in the recognized “triathlon capital of the country.”

A “progression,” Century Tuna said, after three years of supporting 5,150 triathlons, the Ironman 70.3 event is in response to the demand from the local triathlon community to make things more competitive apart from being in line with the company’s thrust of promoting healthy living through proper diet and active lifestyle.

Over 30 professionals of various nationalities are expected to descend on Subic to test their skills with the rest of the local field.

Among them is Craig Alexander of Australia, who is a three-time Ironman world champion (2008, ’09 and ’11) and two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion (2006 and ’11).

“I’m very excited to compete in the 70.3 Ironman Subic and I’m looking forward to the challenge it poses,” said Mr. Alexander in a video message during the press conference for the event last month.

Also expected to compete are triathlon stars Luke McKenzie of Australia and Caroline Steffen of Sweden.

Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic will see athletes do a 1.9-kilometer (km) swim, 90-km bike ride and 21-km run.

The course will start with the swim that will start and end at the Sands of Triboa via the Subic Bay Airport to Transition 1 where the bike ride will commence on the runway heading to Argonaut Highway, Rizal Highway, Subic-Tipo Expressway all the way to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).

Participants will then make a U-turn upon reaching the Florida Blanca Interchange, and head back to Transition 2 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC) where they will begin the run leg to the finish line.

An eight-hour cutoff time for participants to finish is in effect.

A prize purse of $15,000 is at stake for the event as well as slots for the Ironman World Championship in Austria in August.