The Province of Cebu, the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue as well as national government agencies resume their partnership with Sunrise Events to ensure the success of the 2018 Regent Aguila IRONMAN 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship on August 5, 2018.
Sunrise Events Founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu said only the close cooperation between the government and the private sector can guarantee the successful holding of the event.
“Together with the LGUs and government agencies concerned, we will continue our efforts in making the Regent Aguila IRONMAN 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships a rousing success and reinforce this event as the Crown Jewel of Asia,” said Uytengsu.
The race will feature the deepest cast of participants in an IRONMAN 70.3 race in the country.
The male participants include 2016 world champion Tim Reed, three-time world titlist Craig Alexander and former XTERRA world champion Mauricio Mendez.
The female cast will have an equally star-studded field with Radka Kahlefeldt, winner of this year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Davao, four-time Philippine champion Caroline Steffen, 2016 IRONMAN Busan winner Amelia Watkinson and former IRONMAN Australia titlist Beth McKenzie.
The 1.9 kilometer swim, 90 kilometer bike and 21.2 kilometer run event will again be held at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.
The Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Tourism and the Philippine National Police will coordinate with Sunrise Events to ensure the safety of race participants and the public at large as well as the success of the race which is a big boon to the economy of the province.
“With over 2,500 participants competing this year, the estimated economic impact to Cebu is close to P500 million. When you consider the seven years Sunrise Events has held the event in Cebu, the economic benefit has been over P2.6 billion aside from putting Cebu on the world triathlon map. This is part of our mission to promote sports tourism throughout the Philippines,” said Uytengsu.
Cebu provincial government focal person for traffic Jonathan Tumulak said bikers will traverse ML Quezon Avenue, Mactan Circumferential Road and Maximo Patalinghug in Lapu-Lapu City.
The bikers will then cross the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge to Mandaue City and then pedal through AC Cortes, Plaridel, Ouano Avenue and Zuellig.
The bikers will travel through this course three times to complete the 90-kilometer bike leg.
Cooperation between race organizer Sunrise Events and the LGUs is mandatory to ensure the success of the race which will pass through eleven barangays.
These barangays include Mactan, Maribago, Soong, Agos, Marigondon, Basak, Gun-ob, and Pajo in Lapu-Lapu City and Barangays Centro, Looc and Mantuyong in Mandaue City.
The Mandaue-Mactan bridge will be closed from 5 a.m. to 12 noon leaving the Marcelo Fernan Bridge as the only link between Mactan Island and mainland Cebu.
Tumulak urged commuters going to and from Mactan to take the metro ferry to avoid traffic.
Meanwhile, traffic managers will implement an “open-close system.” This means vehicles can pass through the routes if the IRONMAN athletes are still far from the area. Traffic enforcers will manage pedestrian crosswalks to direct people who are walking to allow them convenient passage.
One thousand traffic enforcers, barangay tanods and resort security personnel have been pressed into service to help manage traffic on August 5. This number will increase with the addition of volunteers who will help.
Uytengsu said the continued cooperation between Sunrise Events and local government units as well as agencies of the national government will ensure the success of the 2018 Regent Aguila IRONMAN 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship.