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Cebu back as host of revived Ironman 70.3


The Ironman 70.3 Philippines guarantees a great racing experience for the athletes and spectators alike when it returns to Cebu next year, marking the premier endurance racing’s milestone 10th year staging while focusing on Lapu Lapu City as a top sporting and adventure destination.

Set for next 21 April, the Ironman 70.3 Lapu-Lapu will also serve as part of The Ironman Group’s 2023-2024 Season Pass and Flex 90 offerings, giving the athletes opportunities to participate in multiple Ironman and 70.3 races across Oceania and Asia to save on every entry.

The Flex90 gives registrants the capacity to change race dates without the penalties of withdrawals.

“Lapu-Lapu has been an integral part of the Ironman 70.3 in Cebu which has attracted participants from around the world the last 10 years,” said Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Quirante Chan said.

“This time, we are very happy to host the event and showcase Lapu-Lapu’s beautiful locations and adventures that can only be experienced on our shores.”

“This race has grown immensely over the last decade. Last year, we had close to 2,000 participants, which is a very high attendance rate for an event here in the Philippines, while still in soft lockdown.

“This year, we look forward to staging a full comeback to the festivities. The women’s field is growing, and we are looking forward to more participation from them (women),” said Princess Galura, regional director of the Ironman Group Philippines.

The host city has also guaranteed smooth and successful staging of the challenging 1.9-kilometer ocean swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run event while putting premium on the safety of all participants in relation to the city’s health measures.

The event, also held to honor the legendary Filipino hero, will start at the sandy beaches of The Mactan Newtown property in Lapu-Lapu City and will take the athletes towards the heritage streets of the Mactan Island, with the iconic CCLEX Bridge towards Cebu City and back to Lapu-Lapu City serving as the bike course for the second straight time.

Hovering 52 meters above the Mactan Channel, the CCLEX provided breathtaking view for all participants in the 2022 Ironman 70.3 Philippines with August Benedicto and Ines Santiago sharing overall championship honors.

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