*March 25* Alveo Ironman 70.3  Davao, Philippines
This is an overview of one of our featured races, The Ironman 70.3 Davao..
Davao is an anchor tourist destination and one of the 7,107 times more islands that make up the Philippine archipelago. It is a natural haven for both sedate and daring pursuits.
Davao, on the southeastern seaboard of Mindanao is attracting more tourists because of its rich culture, abundant natural resources, forests, wildlife sanctuary and the imposing presence of Mt. Apo, (the tallest mountain in the country). Davao City limits sprawl over 224,000 hectares, among the largest in the world, leaving ample space for environmentally friendly expansion and development.
The Event Experience
After Luzon and Visayas, IRONMAN sets foot in Mindanao with this addition to extend its presence across all three island groups of the Philippines.Davao City has continuously grown and developed infrastructure over the years to become one of the most popular touristic destinations in the Philippines. Athletes will have an easy journey to the start line through Davao international airport with direct flights from Manila, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, and will have a wide selection of world-class hotels to enjoy their stay in Davao, located on the East coast of Mindanao island in the Philippines.
“It is always exciting for us to announce the addition of a new event – especially in the Philippines where the enthusiasm of the IRONMAN community is exceptional. We launched IRONMAN Philippines on August 1st and sold out all entries in one day. We hope for such a tremendous response as we open registrations of IRONMAN 70.3 Davao on October 1st.” IRONMAN Asia Managing Director Geoff Meyer said.
The participants will enjoy racing through Davao’s fusion of nature and urban infrastructure. The race begins with a one-loop swim at the beautiful property development of Azuela Cove where they will go back for their first transition. They will then exit onto the main highway to start the 90km bike course. The fast, single loop bike course heads all the way to the turnaround point at Tagum City. Participants will then head back to Azuela Cove for the second transition. They exit out to the flat roads of J.P. Laurel Avenue towards the commercial district of Davao to complete the two-loop 21.1km run. Participants will be cheered by a crowd of spectators lining up along the streets until the finish line at the Azuela Soccer Field.
“We at Sunrise Events are excited to be offering a brand-new race in another part of the country next year.Davao will be our next destination for an IRONMAN 70.3 race and we believe this will be well received by local and foreign triathletes alike. We are encouraged by the enthusiasm Davao has expressed in hosting us there and I expect we will see this race steadily grow.We look forward to seeing you all at a new destination.” said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, President of Sunrise Events
Getting to Davao by Air
Davao City serves as the main gateway to Southern Philippines. Direct flights to and from major cities in the Philippines and Asia are available via the Davao International Airport, a modern facility able to handle wider-bodied aircraft such as the Boeing 747, the Airbus A340 and the Airbus A330. Flight time to Manila (the country’s capital) is 100 minutes while Cebu City is 50 minutes away. It has daily flights to Singapore - serviced by SilkAir - and weekly-chartered flights to Manado, Indonesia.
Davao City is the main entry point to Midanao, its airport being one of the top three busiest airports in the country. The Francisco Bangoy International Airport, more commonly known as the Davao International Airport services flights from various points in the country including Manila, Tagbilaran, Cebu, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro and most recently, Clark, Puerto Princesa and Kalibo. Access to Davao City is never a problem with its almost 20 daily flights to major cities in the Philippines and some Asian Cities. It also services direct and connecting flights to Hong Kong and Singapore, virtually connecting Davao to the world through these international hubs.
IRONMAN World Championship Qualifying Race
There are 30 qualifying age group slots for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
Subject to change without prior notice.
The 1.9km swim starts in the beautiful property development of Azuela Cove. Participants will swim the Pakiputanstraight, following a single loop clockwise swim heading north. The swim leg begins with a 925meter stretch followed by a 50 meter turn then a final 925 meter stretch back to Azuela Cove.
Participants exit the swim and enter transition in the Azuela property to start the bike leg of the course. [As of Dec 2017]
Participants exit the Azuela property and onto the main highway to begin the 90km bike course.Traversing through several cities, the course is straightforward and easy to navigate with wide and scenic roads. The course will lead participants north to the turn-around point in Tagum City. After making the turn-around, participants will head back to Azuela for transition 2 and enter the run leg of the course. [As of Dec 2017]
After racking their bikes, participants will head back out of Azuelaand turn right heading to J.P.Laurel Ave for the 21km run course. The run course is a two-loop clockwise 10km out-and-back race course. It will pass through the commercial district of Davao where the roads are flat and lined up with people cheering on the participants. The race ends at the finish line in Azuela Soccer Field. [As of Dec 2017]
All World Athletes
Side Event: The Alaska IronKids
Side Event: The Iron Girl
Registration is NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE
Registration Opens February 15, 2018, 8am Manila Time
Swim Course Map
The 4KM swim with 2 loop 2KM course and the 2KM swim with a 1 loop course, will all start in ACEA Beach. The counter clockwise course is comprised of a 450-meter swim before making a left turn taking participants to the 800-meter straight which is the longest portion of the swim course. Participants will then make a left turn for 100 meters before making another left turn taking them to the 550-meter part of the course before making a right turn leading them to the 100-meter part of the course to end the loop. 2KM participants will exit the swim course, heading to the finish line. For the 4KM participants they will exit the beach to start the second 2KM loop. Participants will follow the same swim course, and exit ACEA beach heading to the finish line.
All 4 Packages (includes all four Swim Outs) 2k Php8,000
Subic Swim Out 1 - April 15, 2018 - 2k Php2,500 - 4k Php3,500
Subic Swim Out 2 - May 13, 2018 - 2k Php2,500 - 4k Php3,500
Subic Package (includes both Subic Swim Outs) - 2k Php4,500 - 4k Php6,000
Cebu Swim Out 1 - July 8, 2018 2k Php2,500 - 4k Php3,500
Cebu Swim Out 2 - July 22, 2018 2k Php2,500
Cebu Package (includes both Subic Swim Outs) - 2k Php4,500