IRONMAN Announces Danang, Vietnam as Host of the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship

Techcombank IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship will take place in Da Nang, Vietnam on May 12, 2019

TAMPA, Fla./Da Nang, Vietnam (May 12, 2018) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company,

“It is so exciting to have the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in South-East Asia again in 2019, said IRONMAN Asia Managing Director, Geoff Meyer. The Techcombank IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam has been one of the best races in the region for a few years and the Sunrise Events Vietnam team is up for the challenge of hosting the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship”.

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“It is an honor to be selected to host this championship event in Da Nang as part of our 5th anniversary. The sport of triathlon has exploded in Vietnam since the arrival of IRONMAN in this country and we continue to see record numbers of Vietnamese inspired to take the IRONMAN journey each year. We look forward to welcoming athletes from all around the world to the beautiful city of Da Nang for the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship. With this announcement, we expect once again to see record numbers of participants and our team is committed to organizing the best IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam yet including more activities for the entire family and Da Nang community.” said Mr. Bang Trinh, Co-founder of Sunrise Events Vietnam.

Mr. Huynh Van Hung, Director of the Da Nang’s Department of Culture and Sports, added "We are proud to welcome the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship to Da Nang City in 2019. Since the first event in 2015, we have witnessed the positive impact that IRONMAN has had on our community and continue to increase our support each year to this incredible feat of endurance and athleticism. All athletes can expect nothing but the warmest Vietnamese hospitality and a world-class race experience when visiting Da Nang city next year."

“We are incredibly privileged to be a partner in bringing the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship to Vietnam. The growth of the sport and increased Vietnamese participation goes hand in hand with the continued economic development of the country and the growth of the middle class, announced that IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship will be hosted in Da Nang, Vietnam, for the very first time in 2019.

With the awarding of the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship to IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam, IRONMAN continues its long-standing partnership with Sunrise Events, Inc. - which operates Regent Aguila IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines, Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines, ALVEO IRONMAN 70.3 Davao - and its Sunrise Events Vietnam affiliate. 2019 will mark the 5th anniversary of IRONMAN presence in Vietnam. shared Techcombank CEO, Mr. Le Nguyen Quoc Anh. Techcombank is excited to support all participants to be greater in the pursuit of their finish line goals, whatever they may be and look forward to welcoming athletes to Da Nang in 2019 for this amazing event.”

The 2019 Techcombank IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship will offer a $75,000 USD professional prize purse (P-2000) and 50 age-group qualifying slots for the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France.

General registration for Techcombank IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, will open on August 24, 2018, at www.ironman.com/vietnam70.3.
Athlete inquiries may be directed to vietnam70.3@ironman.com. Media may contact alice.fry@ironman.com.

For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com.


About IRONMAN

A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150TM Triathlon Series, the Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN ® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

About Sunrise Events, Inc.

Sunrise Events Inc was established in 2008 by Wilfred Steven Uytengsu after it has been granted the Ironman 70.3 license by the World Triathlon Corporation. The vision of the company is to stage world class events to put the Philippines in the sports tourism map of the world. SEI currently stages at least 13 events per year and has the exclusive rights to the Ironman 70.3, 5150, XTERRA and Ironkids events. The company has received multiple awards in the Philippines and in Asia for excellence in race organization and sports tourism. Its centerpiece event, the Ironman 70.3 held in Cebu is known to be the Crown Jewel of Asia in the Ironman world.

About Sunrise Events Vietnam

Sunrise Events Vietnam was established in 2015 and is the exclusive licensee of the World Triathlon Corporation for IRONMAN 70.3 events in Vietnam, which was named “Best Inaugural Long Course Triathlon in Asia 2016: Challenge Vietnam”. The vision of the company is to stage world-class endurance and transformative events that promote active, inspiring and healthy lifestyles for Vietnamese while establishing the country as a sought-after sports tourism hub in Asia. In addition to the Techcombank IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam, the company also co-organizes the Techcombank Ho Chi Minh International marathon, the largest international running event in the country.

About Techcombank

Established in 1993, Techcombank is one of the largest JSBs in Vietnam, and one of the leading banks in Asia. It provides a broad range of banking products and services to more than 5.4 million customers in Vietnam with an extensive network of 315 branches across Vietnam.

TCB pursues a proven, differentiated customer-centric business model with demonstrated success in implementing their ecosystem approach of partnering with anchor corporate clients such as leading real estate developers, airlines, and utilities companies. The Bank’s unique value proposition, tailored products and market leading quality of service allows them to capture a high-quality retail customer base of affluent and mass-affluent Vietnamese which delivers the highest risk-adjusted returns.