The 2013 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines slated Aug. 4 at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa will not only be bigger but also promises to be more exciting with the participation of two Ironman World Champions Australian Pete Jacobs and Chris “Macca” McCormack.
The two will be among the 2,150 participants for this year’s event which also includes a world-renowned celebrity whose name organizers want to keep a secret for the time being.
Jacobs won the world title of the full ironman last year in Kona, Hawaii while McCormack clinched the world title in 2007 and 2010. Jacobs is also the three-time defending champion of the Ironman 70.3 Philippines. McCormack, on the other hand, will be racing here for the first time.
Slots for this year’s half Ironman competition were offered last December and all sold out within four days with 650 on the waiting list. Sunrise Events, Inc., the organizer of this event told the media that this year’s triathlon competition will be the biggest and probably be the best Ironman 70.3 race ever in the country. Check out their press release below for more details.
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Cobra Ironman 70.3 and Alaska Ironkids return to Cebu
The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines returns to Cebu, the country’s number one tourist destination, as the province hosts its fifth edition as well as the Alaska Ironkids Triathlon on August 3 – 4, 2013.
Already in its fifth year the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 has become the biggest and best Ironman 70.3 race in this part of the world with over 2,000 participants from 35 countries across six continents. All slots for the race were sold out four days after they were offered to the public and more than 600 individuals are on the waiting list.
The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines starts with the 1.2-mile swim in open water at the beach of the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa in Mactan Island on August 4.
The 56-mile bike ride will traverse four cities (LapuLapu, Mandaue, Cebu City and Talisay). The culminating 13.1-mile run will be at Punta Engano, Lapu-Lapu City.
Race organizer Sunrise Events, Inc. expects the coming race to top the wildly successful races of the past four years confident that this year’s race will be its biggest and most exciting ever.
Alaska Ironkids Triathlon will be held at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa on August 3. It is the local junior version of the international Ironkids triathlon series. It is open to youngsters age 6 to 14 years old and aims to promote health among the young through proper nutrition and an active lifestyle.
The Alaska Ironkids Triathlon has become an avenue for children to pursue their dreams and aspirations to become outstanding athletes and in the process develop positive values and adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.
The Alaska IronKids Triathlon has grown from its humble beginning as a Sunday fun run for children to a national sporting event that has become a key training ground for the country’s aspiring athletes.
More than just competition Alaska IronKids Triathlon offers an opportunity for families to spend quality time together. It has also created a community whose members aspire to become the best they can be both physically, emotionally and mentally.
Leading the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines are the professional triathletes notably three-time champion Pete Jacobs of Australia.
Jacobs is a regular fixture of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines. He will gun for a fourth consecutive victory after winning the past three editions in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
He will have his hands full against Cameron Brown of New Zealand and Alaska Team TBB’s Mathieu O’Halloran who placed second and third in the 2012 race. Other male professionals to watch out for include Ben Allen Australia, Fredrik Cronberg of Sweden and Michael Murphy of Ireland.
Defending women’s champion Caroline Steffen of Alaska Team TBB returns to defend her crown. Her strongest challenge will come from 2011 champion and 2012 third placer Belinda Granger who is fresh from her triumph at the Century Tuna 5i50 Triathlon in Subic last June.
Expected to compete for the crown are Bree Wee from the United States (who placed second last year), Alaska Team TBB’s Christie Sym, and Jacqui Slack of Great Britain.
The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines is a qualifier for the IronMan World Championships Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada on September 8.
The event is also sponsored by Alaska Milk Corporation, Aqua Sphere, Century Tuna, David’s Salon, Devant, Gatorade, Globe Telecom, GU Energy Gel, Intercare, Kenneth Cobonpue, K-Swiss, LBC, Oakley, Prudential Guarantee, Safeguard, Suarez & Sons, Inc., and Timex. Official photographer is Finisher Pix while the host venue is Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa.
Media partners are MultiSport Magazine, The Philippine Star and Studio 23. Official hotel partners are BE Resorts, Crimson Resort & Spa, Movenpick Resort & Spa, Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino Mactan, and Crown Regency Mactan. Special thanks to Department of Tourism, Province of Cebu, Mayors of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Cebu, and Talisay cities.
The Ironman 70.3 Philippines has become one of the most-awaited sporting events in the country attracting thousands of participants since its inception in 2009.
It is one of the country’s most popular sporting events. A world class race it attracts thousands of both local and foreign participants yearly since its inaugural race in 2009.
For more information, check out the Cobra Energy Drink IronMan 70.3 Philippines website, www.ironman703phil.com.
Thank you Photo-Ops (www.photo-ops.com.ph) for some of the photos I used in the gallery.
Calling all physical therapists, athletes, coaches, yoga instructors, and rehab/sports doctors, online registration is still open for Rocktape’s Power Taping and Kinesiology Workshop on April 13-14, 2013! Power taping will provide you or your athlete with an edge over their opponents through enhanced performance.
Forget about your traditional ‘manghihilot’ or massage spas, have you tried the effective, scientifically-proven, complementary alternative medicine offered by the professionals?
Intercare is known in the Philippines and even in Australia where physical therapy students from universities get their training here. They offer a lot of health services that include stress management/counseling, pilates and rehab medicine to name a few. Chiropractic, myotherapy, acupuncture and ‘hilot’ done by licensed chiropractic doctors, physical therapists, and acupuncturists. Professional athletes seek Intercare services to enhance their performance and recover from injuries, fast!
A few days ago, bloggers were introduced to Intercare’s professional services and got some lecture from Dr. Martin G. Camara, Clinic Director, and was part of a Chiropractic expert panel for the World Health Organization (WHO) Consultation on Chiropractic. He explained in detail how parts of our body react to pain and treatment and also discussed to us how their clinic diagnose and treat pain effectively. We even personally tried some of it by going to different areas in their clinic and were professionally attended by physical therapists and Dr. Camara himself. For me, the myotherapy is great. I had also tried the iSMART and Rocktape for my right knee which I injured when I ran at the Corregidor early in December.
Now that the racing off-season is almost here, many runners, triathletes, sports enthusiasts may find it the perfect time to visit Intercare clinics for a post-season check and recovery.
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The Corregidor International Half-Marathon (CIHM) race held last Saturday was a special treat for first-timer to the island like me. Though I ran (walk) the shorter distance which is 10K, the beautiful scenery, fresh air and the fun of taking pictures along the route are some of the things I really enjoyed there. If only I can run with a dslr, I have better shots of the ruins that can be found in this island fortress. I used the camera of my phone instead, so bear with the quality of photos I included in here.
Going to the island is more than an hour of ferry boat ride by Sun Cruises. Upon arrival at the pier; there are ‘tranvias’ that fetched us near the starting line. That day the weather was perfect, it was 8 o’clock in the morning with an overcast sky. Trees cover the start area up to a few dozen meters along the road and most of the length of the course. The organizers welcomed us, most especially Mr. Edward Kho, the race director and Atty. Raymund Martelino and while we waited for the gun start, the program hosts entertained the runners with their repertoire of jokes that even foreign participants had enjoyed.
The long uphill is a real challenge to those who had already experienced running in Tagaytay Midlands or Timberland in San Mateo, Rizal. If you are an obese like me :), you will feel a lot heavier running that route, making it difficult to speed up or sustain a decent pace. On the contrary, I felt pain on my right knee whenever I slowed down or try to walk downhill going to the finish line. The special treats: cold sponges, jello, cranberry sweets, ready-to-pop bananas in the water stations and roses for lady 21k finishers, not to mention the sumptuous lunch buffet!
Damn, I guess I already injured my knee ‘coz up to now I am still labouring the pain; medicines did a little to alleviate it, aggravated by participating another race last Sunday. 🙂