1,600 join Ironman

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

THE 2012 Cobra Ironman 70. 3 in Mactan, Cebu has attracted close to 1,600 of the country’s top triathletes.

The race, which will be held on Aug. 5 at Shangrila Mactan, is one of the series of middle-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corp. It features the total distance of 70.3 miles, or 113 kilometers, and covers a 1.9-km swim, 90K bike and a 21.1-km run.

This early, all resorts in Mactan are fully booked for that weekend alone and all major establishments are getting ready to welcome the event. And to help minimize traffic jams on that day, organizers are encouraging all Cebuanos to support the event.


“We are encouraging all Cebuanos to support this major international event by leaving their cars at home and going to the venue to cheer. They can get there either by bike or by jogging, and can help ease traffic,” over-all coordinator Oscar “Boying” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said that practice is also done in other countries, where people show their support by leaving their cars at home and going to the venue to cheer on the triathletes.

Rodriguez, who is also an executive director of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines and the one responsible for negotiating with the local government units involved, added that the biggest challenge they are facing right now is how to manage the traffic and to have the 90-kilometer bike route uninterrupted during the whole duration of the race.

“Dako kaayo ni nga trabaho. We are expecting 1,600 bicycles that are worth a total of P300 million. We have to make sure that we will have a good route that they will be passing through,” Rodriguez said.


The bike route will start from Shangrila, pass by the new Mactan bridge to Mandaue City. It will also pass through the South Reclamation Project on the way to Talisay City and back. They are also planning to have a mini-loop from Talisay City, Mandaue
and back.

“We are working on alternative routes. We are making sure that the traffic toward the Mactan International Airport and other business sections won’t be affected,” Rodriguez said.

Meanwhile, Cebu City Sports Commission’s Brando Velasquez said the Ironman won’t be affected by the new one-day, one-race ordinance approved in the City.

“Dili siya ma affected with the new ordinance because three months pa lang, Mr. Rodriguez has already made a reservation on that day and had a talk with CCSC chairman Edward Hayco on how Cebu City can support the international event,” Velasquez said.

On the other hand, some of Cebu’s top triathletes will be joining the race. They will be led by Ford Ironman Championship qualifier Noy Jopson, Loveleinell Casidsid, Franz Baguio, Kristian Cabahug, Vicente Lorenzo Cabahug, Gerry Calinawan, Allan Chuachoy, Jose Mari Colmenares, Myrlinda Colmenares, John Philip Duenas, Vincent Ace Duenas, Meyrick Jacalan and Mendel Lopez.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 02, 2012.


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