*June 3* Century Tuna Ironman [2018] Subic Bay, Philippines

This is an overview of one of our featured races, The Ironman Philippines, 2018.

About Subic Bay

Bounded on three sides by a mountain range, and endowed with a deep natural harbor, Subic Bay was once the home base of the U.S. naval forces in the Pacific. It was America's largest naval installation outside the United States, until it was turned over to the Philippine government in 1992.

All that sand and sea have not gone to waste, as Subic Bay is now a premier holiday destination for visitors from all over the world. They come for its pristine beaches, first-rate amenities and friendly services. In fact the waters and beaches of Subic Bay feature attractions for all types of folks: miles of fine sand and calm waters for beach lovers and picnickers, spectacular corals and underwater fauna for divers and snorkelers, mysterious sunken wrecks for history aficionados, and even choice spots for a relaxing afternoon of fly fishing.

But there's more to Subic Bay than sun-drenched shores. Its blessed location at the foothills of the Zambales mountain range has given it lush tracts of preserved tropical forest, which have become favorite venues for eco-tourism activities and sports events. U.S. Marines used to hone their jungle-survival skills in these mountains, trained by local indigenous people called the Aetas who have learned to live in harmony with their natural environment.


The Event Experience

The inaugural Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines will aim to build upon the successes of the Century Tuna IRONMAN 70.3 Subic Bay and provide athletes with a challenging, yet beautiful course to tackle. Athletes will begin their IRONMAN journey with a one-loop, 3.8km ocean swim in the calm, pristine waters of Triboa Bay, starting and finishing at ACEA Resort which will also play host to the first of the split transition areas. Once onto their bikes, athletes will head out of Subic Bay and onto the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) for a fast and flat two-loop, 180km ride which will bring riders back into the T2 at Remy Field in downtown Subic Bay. The 42.2km, two-loop marathon run will take in some of the best coastal views that the area has to offer and will be a buzz of energy with local supporters lining the streets to cheer the athletes home.

IRONMAN World Championship Qualifying Race

There are 30 standard qualifying slots for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, HI.


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Once the home base of the US Naval Forces in the Pacific, Subic Bay is now known as a famous holiday destination for its various eco-tourism activites. With endless roads situated between the Zambales mountain range and the sea, Subic Bay has become a favorite for triathletes as their training grounds and vacation spot.


The swim starts at the pristine ACEA beach where participants will self-seed accordingly. Miles of fine sand lead smoothly into the calm waters where the participants will swim with a clockwise format, enjoying the mountain ridges as their backdrop. The course heads east for 1.5km before making a right 50 meter turn taking participants south, leading them to the longest portion of the swim course. The 1.9km part will head west taking participants back to the area of ACEA. A final 350meter turn will lead them back to shore and onto Transition 1 at ACEA Hotel before the bike ride.


From ACEA, participants will exit to San Bernardino road and turn on Argonaut Road heading towards Tipo Gate. The course will take participants up and down the hills of Tipo Road before entering the downhill part of SCTEX (Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway).The long flat roads of SCTEX will be a fast smooth ride along the country’s longest expressway, showcasing the lush fields and mountainous landscape of the area. The 180km 2 loop course will make its first turn around at KM 54.2 before heading back to face a short yet steep climb to Tipo Gate. A second turn will be at KM 92.80 before taking the final turn at KM 131.40 and back to Tipo Gate at KM 170. Participants will head on to Rizal Drive to enter transition 2 at Remy Field.


Remi Field to Burgos road, make a right heading to Waterfront Roadhead and running straight to the light house where they make their first turn around. They head back to Burgos, passing Transition 2, and making a right turn at Rizal Highway. Participants will make a right at Argonaut, heading towards NCT (New Conatiner Terminal) road, making a right turn. They will head to the 2nd turn around before heading back to Argonaut Road, and Rizal Highway. After completing the first loop participants will see again Remi Field and head back to the 3rd turn around in light house before heading back to Rizal Highway and back to the 4th turn around in NCT. After completing the final turn around participants, will head back to Argonaut, Rizal Highway and enter Remy Field for the Finish Line.

World Championship Qualifier

There are 30 standard qualifying slots for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, HI.

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