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Over 2,000 athletes to join Ironman 70.3 in Davao

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SPECTATORS cheer participants of the first Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao held March 2018. — DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

UP TO 2,200 athletes from 38 countries are expected to participate in the Ironman 70.3 triathlon event to be hold in the neighboring cities of Davao, Panabo and Tagum, and Carmen town on March 22-24. Davao City’s first hosting of the Ironman last year received a 90.2% rating, which is 2.77 percentage points higher than the present global standards, according to Sunrise Events Inc. General Manager Princess Galura. “This (year) is also 400 participants more than last year’s 1,800. We can attribute this to Davao City getting a more than 90% rating last year,” she said. Davao City is the official sponsor of the following events: Irongirls, Ironkids, and the Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao Powered by Petron, a licensed and sanctioned triathlon event of the World Triathlon Corporation. “The said events are part of the sports development and tourism promotions of Davao City,” Ms. Galura said. As such, she added, these events will showcase the scenic sights, hospitable people, and abundant culture, not only of the city but the entire Davao Region, Mindanao, and the Philippines as a whole. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has issued Executive Order No. 04 for the temporary closure of certain roads on various dates during the race, including the “Davao City-Panabo City Road from the intersection of J.P. laurel Avenue and R. Castillo St. (Alcantara) up to the boundary of Davao City and Panabo City (Lasang) and the northbound lane from the intersection of J.P. laurel Ave. and R. Castillo St. up to F. Torres St. as well as R. Castillo St.” — Carmencita A. Carillo