Once again, Australian triathlete Timothy James Reed finished victoriously at the Cobra IRONMAN 70.3 Trathlon Philippines held August, 6, Sunday in Cebu.
Finishing at 3:54:07 on the clock, Tim Reed has been leading the race for three consecutive years. The professional triathlete has championed numerous international triathlon events and has won 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.
Snatching the second place was 22-year-old 2016 Xterra World Champion Mauricio Mendez from Mexico at 3:56:46 and Australian triathlete Ryan Fisher came out third with 4:00:20 on the clock.
New Zealand’s Amelia Watkinson seized the title for the women’s pro after clocking at 4:29:17. Aussies Jacqueline Thistleton and Kerry Morris bagged 2nd and 3rd place with clocking times at 4:35:53 and 4:39:11.
Gun started at 6:32AM where colorful vintas could be seen at the starting point adding vibrance to the event. The race started with a 1.9 KM swim at the beautiful crystal clear blue waters of Shangrila Mactan Beach.
Participants headed right to the transition area at the Mactan Newton and mounted their bikes for a 90 KM bike leg and traversed four key cities – Talisay, Mandaue, Cebu, and Lapu-lapu.
The last leg of the race was a 2-loop course run at the terrain of mixed asphalt and concrete roads of Punta Engano with tens of thousands of townsfolk who cheered every triathlete who passed.
Celebrities Spotted During the Event
A total of 2756 triathletes from 51 countries participated during the event at the home of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 in the country since 2012. Among the celebrities spotted during the event were Matteo Guidicelli, Gerald Anderson, Piolo Pascual, Jake Castillo, Bubbles Paraiso, Dyan Castillejo, and Kim Atienza for the 1.9KM swim, 90KM bike, and 21KM run event. Jake Cuenca, Enchong Dee, Gretchen Fullido, and Kim Chu also joined for the relay mixed team race.
One Dead During the Race
Meanwhile, one casualty was reported during the event. A Filipino athlete was rushed to the Mactan Doctor’s Hospital and was declared dead on arrival after suffering from what appeared to be a heart attack during the swim course.
The death was confirmed by Dr. Peter Mencao, medical director of the Ironman Cebu event and the Sunrise Events Incorporated, the organizer of the Ironman 70.3 Philippines.
Cobra Ironman 70.3 has reserved 30 qualifying age group slots for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.