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4th Century Tuna IRONMAN® PH in Subic draws 1k athletes from 54 countries

SUBIC – The 4th Century Tuna IRONMAN® Philippines and the 11th IRONMAN®70.3 Subic Bay on June 9,2024, has drawn more than a thousand athletes to take on the challenge. 

Subic Bay is set to challenge the athletes’ endurance and mental toughness in both IRONMAN events, alongside IRONKIDSs Swim-Bike-Run and Century Tuna Superbods Underpants Run that is geared towards friends and families, making the race weekend enjoyable for all. 

Subic Bay is a popular destination for tourism and leisure activities in the Freeport zone -offering hotels, resorts, golf courses, water sports, and other recreational facilities. With the support of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), such international events are made possible by the modern infrastructure that serves as a playground for athletes.

Chairman Eduardo Aliño has expressed continuing support to the longstanding partnership of the IRONMAN Group and the SBMA which started in 2013 with the Century Tuna 5150 Subic Bay.

Greg Banzon, Executive Vice President and COO of Century Pacific, emphasized the pivotal role Century Tuna has played in the Philippine triathlon scene, saying the company has supported events from small sprint races to the prestigious IRONMAN Philippines for over a decade. He also highlighted the rise of Filipino athletes, such as SEA Games gold medalist Nikko Huelgas, as a testament to the company’s commitment to youth development in triathlon. Through their support, Century Tuna has fostered a generation of athletes excelling in the sport.

Carlo Endaya, Vice President and General Manager for the Domestic Tuna Business of Century Pacific, also underscored the broader impact of their support for triathlon events, stressing these promote health and fitness within the community, making triathlon accessible to a wider audience. He added that the company’s involvement goes beyond the elite athletes, promoting a culture of health and fitness that reaches people of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging more individuals to embrace the sport and its benefits.

Princess Galura, Regional Director of the IRONMAN Group in the Philippines, acknowledged Subic Bay as the country’s triathlon capital, citing its long history of hosting various triathlon events, including 5150s, sprints and full-distance IRONMAN races. 

The competitive field of the race opens for a formidable local or a possible first-timer win this year, as 54 countries are represented – the largest number in course history. Leading the diverse and determined lineup in the IRONMAN race are Czech Petr Lukosz and United Arab Emirates’ Svetlana Kovaleva. 

Leading the huge Philippine contingent are athletes Jemuel Clemente, Daniel Valdez, Ramon Abeleda, Lexter Ansaldo, Rolando Alquero, Edgar Puruganan, Sarah Marie Eraña Leaño, Maryfel Aumentado, and Anne Nuñez. Young talents Enrico Pisuena,Carlos Dungao,and Alab Adviento are also in the mix.

With the robust support from local officials and the community, this year’s event promises to be a milestone in the history of IRONMAN races in the Philippines,fostering a strong sense of community and promotinga healthier lifestyle for all participants. Nine triathlon teams have stepped forward to volunteer and set up refreshment tents available for all participants on the run course in addition to the standard aid stations of the race. This initiative aims to encouragecamaraderie and a sense of community and showcases Filipino hospitality at the Subic Bay race. Teams who have volunteered for the task are Century TriHard, Lanao del Norte (SND Barracuda), Next Step Tri, Hanii Tri Crew Team, TriMac, Gas Coaching,Strive for Fitness (SFF), Fit PH, and lsabela Tri, Nutrition Depot & Baguio Benguet Tri. 

Slots for the 2024 VinFast IRONMAN World Championships in Nice, France and Kona, Hawaii and the 2024 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Taupõ, New Zealand are significant motivation for all the age-group athletes as the race in Subic Bay serves as a qualifier for the championship events. There will be 100 age-group slots up for grabs – For the IRONMAN race,15 slots are allocated for the Nice race,and 25 allocated for the Kona race; while for the IRONMAN 70.3,45 slots are allocated for age groupers plus 15 additional slots have been added for Women For Tri, an IRONMAN initiative to encourage participation of women in the sport. 

The Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines and IRONMAN 70.3 Subic Bay is backed by Global Premier Partners Global Premier Partners Vinfast, Hoka, Roka, and Breitling; with Global Technical Partners Athletic Brewing Co.,Hyperice, Maurten,Santini, AG1, wahoo,Qatar Ainways, FulGaz and TriDot; with global supplier partners Always Advancing, Nirvana, Compressport and ekoi. Media Partners Outside+.Title Partner Century Tuna of Century Pacific Foods Inc., and Venue Host Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.-Official Hydration Partner Lightwater,Bike Leg Racing Partner NLEX & SCTEX, Official Courier & Logistics Partner 2Go. Event Partners Birch Tree, ion Advanced Electrolyte Drink, Lightwater, Sante, Teresa Marble,Sportograf, The Philippine Star,One Sports, and Cignal. 

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