Huge turnout expected in Ironman PH, IM 70.3 Subic races

By Jean Malanum

May 23, 2024, 5:22 pm

MANILA – Athletes from 44 countries will compete in the fourth Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines and the 11th IM 70.3 Subic Bay races at the Boardwalk inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone on June 9.

Japan has the highest number of foreign entries at 54, followed by France (18), USA (16), Singapore (10), Vietnam (10), while host Philippines will field 147.

The full IRONMAN covers a 3.8km swim, 180km bike, and 42.2km marathon, while the IM 70.3 features 1.9km (swim), 90km (bike), and 21.1km (run).

Also scheduled are the 5km Century Tuna Super Bods Underpants Run on June 7, and the Choco Hero IRONKIDS triathlon on June 8.

Century Tuna has helped develop triathletes in the country, having supported events from small sprint races to the prestigious IRONMAN Philippines for more than a decade.

Century Pacific executive vice president and COO Greg Banzon said in a staement on Thursday that SEA Games gold medalist Nikko Huelgas is a testament to the company’s commitment to producing excellent athletes.

Carlo Endaya, vice president and general manager for the domestic tuna business of Century Pacific, added that they want to promote a “culture of health and fitness” that reaches people of all ages and backgrounds by encouraging more individuals to embrace the sport and its benefits. (PNA)