July 7, 2016 Manila Philippines - Close to 3,000 participants from 43 countries, led by very strong lineup of pros, will converge in Cebu on August 7, 2016 for the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships presented by Ford at Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa.
Titleholders Tim Reed and Caroline Steffen will banner a world-class field of 35 professional triathletes that will also feature 2,869 equally determined competitors in the Filipino elite, CEOs, age groups and relay divisions.
Excitement for the prestigious event has been high since it was first announced that Cebu will be the hosting the 2016 Asia Pacific Ironman 70.3 Championship event. The event sold out 2,900 slots in 28 minutes when registration opened in October 2015.
Produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. and backed by Cobra Energy Drink as title sponsor, the tournament will offer the biggest prize money ever in the Philippines at $75,000 and the highest points earned.
“We are truly honored to be chosen as host for the Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship, marking the first time that this elite event is held in Asia, outside of Australia and New Zealand,” said SEI president Wilfred Uytengsu Jr.
“On its 5th year in Cebu, the Province will be ready to welcome all the participants and their families with the traditional Cebuano warmth and festivities.” Atty. Mark Tolentino, Provincial Administrator of the Province of Cebu.
At the same time, 50 slots to the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee will be up for grabs, giving participants extra motivation to vie for top honors.
Among the celebrities expected to see action at the Cobra Energy Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship include Piolo Pascual, Matteo Guidicelli, Paul Jake Castillo, Dingdong Dantes, Gretchen Fullido, Kim Atienza, Apl de Ap, Dyan Castillejo, Ivan Carapiet, Bubbles Paraiso, Xander Angeles, Anthony and Maricel-Laxa Pangilinan, Sara Black, Gilbert Remulla and Wilfred Steven Uytengsu.
World Class and Renowned Filipino industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue will once again be crafting the beautiful medals and trophies for the winners.
The event will be aired for the first time via live streaming in 120 countries to over 2 million viewers on www.ironman.com courtesy of Globe Telecoms.
The event presented by Ford, Globe Telecom, Philippine Airlines, Summit Water, 2Go Express (official courier and logistics partner), Asics, Gatorade, Prudential Guarantee, Oakley and Timex and Mactan Resort and Spa, in support of the Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board, Cebu Province, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Talisay City.
Other sponsors include, Alaska, David’s Salon, Intercare, Gu Gel, Kenneth Cobonpue, Megaworld Mactan Newtown, Sun Life Financial, and TYR.
Media partners are The Philippine Star, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, TriLife Magazine, AsiaTri, Finisher Pix, and Xurpas as technology partner.
Official hotels for the Cobra Iron Man 70.3 are Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa, Be Resorts Mactan, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, Waterfront Hotel and Casino Mactan, Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu. Official registration partner is Active Network.
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