CEBU, Philippines – Age-groupers will battle not just for top honors, but also for world championship berths when the Ironman 70.3 Philippines Asia-Pacific opens on Sunday at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu Lapu City in Cebu.
According to Sunrise Events, Inc., there are 50 qualifying age-group slots for the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in France at stake in the event, which features more than 12 age categories in the men's and women's sides.
Among the categories tipped to be hotly disputed are the 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, and 40-44 classes in both divisions, which will feature the bulk of a record field of 2,700 athletes from 51 countries.
They will race side-by-side with the event's elite bidders in the 1.9-km swim, 90-km bike, and 21.2-km run event.
Headlining the elite side are four-peat seeking Tim Reed, former three-time world champion Craig Alexander, and former Ironman As-Pac winners Tim Van Berkel, Josh Amberger and Braden Currie.
Also in the hunt are Mike Phillips, Casey Munro, Michael Raelert, Jakub Langhammer, David Mainwaring and Tyler Butterfield.
The battle for the women's crown is equally heated, with three-time world champion Melissa Hauschildt looking to fend off the likes of Czech Radka Kahlefeldt, Caroline Steffen, Dimity Lee Duke and Beth McKenzie.
All finishers will receive podium trophies and medals designed and hand made by world class Cebuano designer Kenneth Cobonpue.
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