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Subic Bay guns for sports tourism destination

SUBIC BAY – The Freeport here continues to strive to become one of the sports tourism destinations in the country as it hosts the Ironman Philippines triathlon over this weekend.

“Across the many events, across all countries, across all age groups, across all distances, we point to Subic Bay as the place to do triathlon and multisports,” Princess Galura, Regional Director of the IRONMAN Group in the Philippines, said in a press conference.


For his part, Jose Eduardo Alino, chairman and administrator of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, said the state-run firm is throwing full support to the event which he described to have gotten better through the years.


“Basically, it’s a word of mouth when you have this kind of event in a place like what we have, definitely you are promoting Subic. It (Ironman) will definitely help SBMA in promoting what we have here,” Alino said.

This as the 4th Century Tuna IRONMAN® Philippines and the 11th IRONMAN®70.3 kicked off today here with more than a thousand athletes from 54 countries taking on the challenge.

Subic Bay is set to challenge the athletes’ endurance and mental toughness in both IRONMAN events, alongside IRONKIDS 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.

Both Clark and Subic have been conferred Philippines Sports Tourism Awards in varying categories by Selrahco Management with support from the Department of Tourism.