Sharing with you some of the photos I took at the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship in Mactan, Cebu last August 6 and 7. I was only able to cover the swim and run legs as well as the finish line, as my access pass permitted me to do so.
It was an awesome spectator experience to witness this first ever triathlon championship event in the country. I felt the energy and emotions of the participants as they race to finish the 1.9 KM swim; 90 KM bike ride; and 21.1 KM run within the 8 hours and 30 minutes cut-off time.
Tim Reed of Australia (3:51:46), defended his championship title, while Swiss Caroline Steffen (4:16:19) won the top pro women IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific title, her fifth successive wins in Cebu.
The Cobra Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship 2016 slots, 2,900 in all, were sold out in less than 30 minutes during the on-site registration last year, proving that this extra-ordinary race event have lots of followers. Some spectators even came from other parts of the country and had flown to Cebu to witness the race.
Top 5 Pro Men
Top 5 Pro Women
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Augusto Benedicto was once a vendor. He had a dream. And now, he is already a renowned Elite Triathlete having won several major races including the Cobra Ironman 70.3 2012 and 2014 as a Champion.
The Alaska Tri-Aspire team is a professional triathlon team composed of 2 of the world’s best professional triathlon athletes and 5 Filipino elite development athletes. The Alaska Tri-Aspire team aims to produce legitimate professional athletes who can compete in the 5i50, 70.3 IronMan, XTERRA events and athletes who can represent the Philippines in the Asian Beach Games, Asian Games and Olympic games.
Members of the team are professional athletes Pete Jacobs from Australia who is the 2012 Ironman World Champion and Caroline Steffen from Switzerland who is an ITU World Long Distance Champion and multiple Ironman champion. The Filipino Elite composed of Banjo Norte, Jenny Rose Guerrero, Jonard Saim and Juan Carlos Abad will be under Coach Mathieu O’Halloran’s guidance in training to become a world-class team that can represent the country in triathlon races worldwide. The elite team is mainly composed of Filipino athletes because Alaska Milk Corp. wanted to focus on developing and nurturing grassroots talents.
Let us all cheer as the Alaska Tri-Aspire Team proudly wave the Philippine flag at the races they will conquer. Their unrivaled passion, fearless determination and steadfast discipline will bring them closer to monumental victories Filipinos around the world will be proud of.
IronMan 70.3 Philippines is now on its fifth year. This is a world-class triathlon event that was held in Mactan, Cebu last August 4, 2013. Around 2,150 participants have registered from 35 countries across 6 continents and the slots were sold out in 4 days!
- IronMan 70.3 is composed of 1.9K swim, 90K bike and 21K run with individual and relay categories.
- The much anticipated triathlon event becomes a qualifier for the renowned IronMan World Championships in Las Vegas.
- Medals were designed and made by world-renowned Cebuano furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue. This is the 2nd time he had created a masterpiece for every finisher and winner of the IronMan 70.3.
- Alaska is one of the sponsors of Cobra Ironman 70.3.
Cobra IronMan 70.3 Philippines List of Winners:
Awards Per Age Group-CEO Per Age Group-Per Relay Team
Overall Results – Age Groupers
Overall Results – CEO Category
Overall Results – TOP 20 PRO and FILIPINO ELITE
Overall Results – PROs
Overall Results – Filipinos
Overall Results – Filipinos