International triathlon athletes keep returning to the Philippines because they love the hospitable, warm Filipinos who welcome them with open arms whenever they compete in the country.
Radka Kahlefeldt – winner of the IRONMAN 70.3 Subic in 2017 as well as the first IRONMAN 70.3 in Davao City last March – returns to local shores to participate in the Regent Aguila IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific on August 5.
“I have raced so many times in Philippines and I am always looking forward to coming back. I love the hospitality, the friendly people in Philippines, the massages and the weather. I also love the Sunrise Events races. They are the best organized races,” said Radka.
Sunrise Events continues its year-long tenth anniversary celebration with the holding of the race with Radka going for a hat trick of IRONMAN 70.3 races in the country when she competes in the event to be held at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu Lapu City.
Radka faces a stacked field which include four-time IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines winner Caroline Steffen, 2016 IRONMAN Busan winner Amelia Watkinson and former IRONMAN Australia titlist Beth McKenzie. She was non-committal when asked about her chances.
“I will see on the race day. I will work hard to try to beat Caroline but I know it won’t be an easy thing to do as she is an amazing athlete. I can’t wait to come to Cebu,” said Radka.
She says she feels better prepared to compete in the coming Asia Pacific IRONMAN 70.3 in Cebu.
“I am feeling definitely much stronger since my race in Davao. In Davao I was still carrying my past baby weight and I haven’t done much running before that race. But since then I was able to do a lot of good and quality training and I am also back to my normal race body weight,” said Radka.
The male cast is equally deep with 2016 world champion Tim Reed, three-time world titlist Craig Alexander and former XTERRA world champion and this year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Davao winner Mauricio Mendez, former IRONMAN Asia-Pacific winners Tim Van Berkel, Josh Amberger and Braden Currie along with former IRONMAN South America winner Brent McMahon.
A record field of 2,700 from 52 countries will compete in the event which will hand out podium trophies and medals designed and handmade by world class Cebuano designer Kenneth Cobonpue to all finishers.
The event is supported by the Province of Cebu, City of Lapu Lapu and Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa and bike course partners City of Cebu, Mandaue and Talisay, official logistics and courier partner 2GO Express, official hydration partners Gatorade, official energy gel Gu, official swim cap TYR, official footwear and apparel Asics and official registration partner Active Network and official hotels BE Resorts Mactan, Crimson, Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan and Mont and Michel and Metropolitan Cebu Water District.
For more details about the 2018 Regent Aguila IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship please visit sunriseevents.com.ph.