Century Tuna Stages Inaugural Ironman 70.3 Triathlon

In yet another move to make the Philippines a premier destination for triathlons in Asia, Century Tuna has upped the ante by staging the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 which will be produced and organized by the premier triathlon organizer in the country, Sunrise Events.

Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, Chairman, Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Philippines and President & CEO Alaska Milk Corporation

The inaugural Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Triathlon to be held in Subic Bay, Philippines will host some of the best triathletes in the world come March 8, 2015. The event features a fantastic course where athletes swim 1.9 kms at the Subic Bay-Sands of Triboa, bike on an undulating course towards the turn-around at the Florida Blanca interchange and finish with a challenging 21 kilometer run with great views of the ocean and end back at the Sands of Triboa.

Subic Bay was selected in order to offer the athlete and their families a unique, safe and fun experience and for them to be able to visit other parts of the country. Tour packages will be provided for those who wish to make the trip even more memorable.

The Century Tuna 70.3 will not be an easy course, specially the bike parts! There will be portions that athletes will be walking their bikes on the climb coming back to T2 but will still be offering ample flat sections for proper recovery.

Whether you are enjoying the scenic view of Subic Bay or the rural areas of Zambales, this former home of one of the largest US military facilities outside of the US mainland has something for everyone.

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MANILA, Philippines (February 18, 2015)—After three years of supporting the 5150 Triathlon, Century Tuna advances further to stage for the first time the Ironman 70.3 triathlon event in Subic Bay this March 8, 2015. The Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 is the latest addition to the growing number of races in the thriving triathlon scene in the Philippines.

The half-Ironman distance triathlon, also known as the Ironman 70.3, is among the world’s most exciting races, attracting hundreds of thousands of athletes and supporters year-round. It has been staged a number of times in the country, bringing in professional triathletes from all over the world and slowly building a reputation as a hot triathlon destination in Asia.

“Century Tuna has supported the triathlon and fitness community in the Philippines for years now as a way of remaining committed to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for Filipinos,” said Greg Banzon, General Manager of Century Pacific Food Inc. “We felt it was time to offer Filipinos a bigger challenge that keeps pace with the expectations of the community. The interest so far, which includes that coming from the international triathlete circles, tells us that the inaugural Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 triathlon event is met with high anticipation and excitement, and will soon be part of the triathlete’s calendar.”

In next month’s Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay, over 20 professionals of various nationalities are expected to arrive including three-time Ironman World Champion and two-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion Craig Alexander as well as superstars such as Luke McKenzie and Caroline Steffen. This makes the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay the most competed triathlon race in the country by virtue of the number of professionals at gun start.

The international field of professionals and even age groupers serves as a perfect backdrop for the Century Tuna brand as it expands its presence in the world market. Century Tuna is now exported to 48 countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy and most countries in the Middle East.

Subic Bay has been chosen as the perfect destination for the event due to its accessibility but more importantly because it offers the ideal terrain with its calm waters and well-maintained bike and run routes.

The course includes a 1.9 kilometer swim, which will start and end at Sands of Triboa via the Subic Bay Airport to Transition 1. The 90-kilometer bike ride will commence on the runway heading to Argonaut Highway, Rizal Highway, Subic-Tipo Expressway all the way to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). Participants will then make a U-turn upon reaching Florida Blanca Interchange, and head back to Transition 2 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC). From the SBECC, participants will take on a 21-kilometer run to the finish line.

On top of the prestige of finishing the Ironman 70.3 race, the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay, Philippines will also serve as a qualifying race for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria. Thirty age-group qualifying slots are at stake, along with a $15,000 prize purse for the event.

The event is slated to span over four days from March 5 to 8, 2015 at Subic Bay, Philippines. The Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 is produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. and made possible through the support of a number of sponsors and partners including: Vita Coco, Gatorade, 2Go Express, Saucony, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Manila North Tollways Corporation, North Luzon Expressway, Bases Conversion and Development Authority, The Philippines Star, ABS-CBN Sports+ Action, Asia Tri, Endurance Magazine, Century Bangus, Sante Barley, Prudential Guarantee, Department of Tourism, Tourism and Promotions Board of the Philippines, Timex, David’s Salon, Mini Cooper, Auto Hub, Smart Communications, PLDT Subictel, Intercare, FinisherPix, Shotz, Devant and Belo Skin Care.

Here’s some pictures taken during the media briefing from Hosts and Sponsors of this event at the New World Hotel last February 18.

Mr. Uytengsu, giving an inspiring talk about the forthcoming triathlon event

With the proponents and movers of the inaugural Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Triathlon

The Century Tuna Models suiting up Sponsor’s gear

The Century Tuna Tri Team

Some pictures courtesy of http://ironman703subicbay.com/website.