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The CamSur Watersports Complex hosts the third staging of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines last August 14, 2011. With over 1,100 participants, the course is composed of a 1.2 mile swim (1.9km), 56 mile bike (90km), and 13.1 mile run (21.1km). 

Due to the cancellation of the Ironman 70.3 China, this event will have 30 qualifiers for the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Some of the qualifiers were Cameron Brown, Katya Meyers and Amanda Stevens. 

Storm clouds enshrouded Camarines Sur and monsoon rains poured down in the duration of the race. The cool climate gave some of the participants an advantage in the race. 

Pete Jacobs makes a repeat as this year’s champion for the male Ironman 70.3 Philippines with 03:51:43. Jesse Thomas and Cameron Brown were head-on-head with 04:12:30 and 04:12:54 respectively. Belinda Granger won in the women’s division with 04:26:23 while Amanda Stevens arrived two minutes later. Other female participants were Bree Wee (4:35:16) and Katya Meyers (4:39:37).

For the locals, Neil Catiil and Monica Torres triumphed once more. Arland Macasieb (04:26:31) won first place for the men’s division while Marion Kim Mangrobang lands on second place for the women’s division. 

Alaska IronKids Philippines 2011

On August 13, I woke up really early to witness these kids test their endurance. As I’ve said in my previous entry, the Alaska IronKids is a marathon for kids aged 6-14 years old and participants will have to swim, bike and run all over the Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) but with different distances depending on their age group. Since the rapid change of technology, kids spend less time playing under the sun and I personally find it exciting to see these kids engage in physical activities. 

Alaska’s CEO, Mr. Wilfred Uytensu, explained that the purpose of the Alaska IronKids is let these kids engage in a healthy lifestyle at an early age. “Alaska IronKids is all about participation,” said Uytengsu. “Winning is not the most important thing. What is most important is to get the kids away from the TV, away from playing games on their PCs and laptops and getting them out in the sun to swim, bike and run.”

2011 Cobra Ironman Triathlon Press Conference

Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to cover the 2011 Cobra Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Camarines Sur. A triathlon is a multi-sports marathon that consist of three activities that’s done continuously and sequentially. 

On my first day in CWC, I attended the press conference with Mr. Wilfred Uytengsu, Alaska’s CEO and triathlete; Governor LRay Villafuerte; Mr. Abe Cipriano; and the professional triathletes, like Pete Jacobs; Jesse Thomas; Amanda Stevens; Katya Meyers; Bree Wee and Belinda Granger, who are qualifying for the world championship in Hawaii.

They shared their thoughts about the “rice cooker”, the course they had to go through under the scorching sun, and their views on the Philippines. Mr. Uytengsu emphasized the importance of the safety of the triathletes since they expect the weather to be really hot. Pete Jacobs was last year’s Cobra Ironman champion and he shared that he loved the Philippines. Bree Wee adds that she wasn’t able to attend last year’s Ironman Triathlon but she returned this year because of the awesome hospitality of the Filipino people.

The Cobra Ironman 70.3 is a one of the many triathlon races that has happening all over the world and it has been here in the Philippines for three years now. It’s called 70.3 because it’s a 70.3 mile race course — a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. Triathletes, both professional and amateurs, gathered here to test their skills. 

Aside from the Cobra Ironman 70.3 triathlon, there’s also a race for kids called the Alaska Ironkids Philippines triathlon. This marathon race for kids features the same three sporting events but with different distances depending on the age groups. Participants are grouped into four age levels: 6-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 years old.

Honestly speaking, I’m not a huge sports fan so I have no idea that there are triathlon events that are happening in the Philippines. But during my four-day trip, I was able to appreciate this multi-sport event and I’ll share more about my insights in the next updates that I’ll be posting.