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Sunday, August 3, 2014


PARTICIPANTS of Ironman 70.3 have many praises for Cebu and the Cebuanos. This is why the event attracted local and international athletes, like F1 driver Jenson Button, as well as celebrities.

Participation to the Ironman 70.3, now on its third year in Cebu, also increased. This year, 2,500 athletes took part in the triathlon.

Belinda Granger, third placer in the pro women’s division tweeted she “LOVES it here in Cebu...the spectators were great.” 

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But there were complaints, too. Aside from bad roads, many athletes complained about the lack of lighting at the SRP tunnel. An unlighted tunnel is risky even for motorists whose vehicles are equipped with headlamps; for cyclists, the danger is multiplied.

Pros, cons

SOME motorists and commuters complained about the traffic congestion that events like Ironman 70.3 cause. Traffic had to be re-routed away from the route of the triathlon, which began at dawn last Sunday.

Those who complained have their reasons, especially those who have a plane to catch or have just arrived at the airport and are eager to go home. 

But events like Ironman 70.3 bring in visitors to Cebu, who spend on goods and services at hotels, shops and restaurants that employ thousands of residents. 

There were 2,500 participants in last Sunday’s Ironman. Each of these participants came with a support group whose members also spend on goods and services.

Besides, Ironman 70.3 did not happen overnight. Announcements about the event and the traffic re-routing were made way ahead so that those with appointments can adjust their schedules. 

The benefits of international events like Ironman 70.3 can be experienced long after the event, but the traffic hassles it caused happened only for a day.

Missing the signs

IN Carcar City, Mayor Nice Apura had local government personnel put up a sign that reads “Please make Carcar City clean and nice.” 

But many people appear to be oblivious to the sign. 

Litter can be found in and around the area where barbecue vendors set up tables and chairs. Obviously, discipline isn’t possible by merely putting up signs.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 04, 2014.

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