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A bumper edition of the second Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand saw almost 1,500 triathletes turnout for the iconic half ironman distance race and the newly introduced Sunrise Sprint today (26th November) on Phuket island, a mecca for triathlon in Asia with a history of triathlon events dating back almost 30 years. With 31 Pros from around the world on the startline, it was all set to be a highly competitive race and the athletes didn’t disappoint with two first-time IRONMAN 70.3 winners claiming their respective crowns: Marcus Rolli (GER) took the men’s Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand 2017 title while rookie Pro, Imogen Simmonds (CHE), took the female title.
“It’s been a fantastic race. We’ve seen some very competitive racing across all the age-groups and amongst the Professionals, and the new hilly bike course has really tested the athletes. We had near perfect race conditions today with a calm sea for the swim and the slightly overcast skies kept the temperatures favourable on the bike and run. I must thank the people of Phuket and all the authorities who have helped us to put on a truly world-class Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand and an excellent Sunrise Sprint which for many, was their first ever triathlon,” commented Mr. Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, President of Sunrise Events Inc. and rights holder for IRONMAN in South East Asia.
Rolli at Ironman 70.3 Thailand bike course.
Rolli emerged from the swim stage of the race at Bang Tao Beach, which was officially started by Phuket’s Governor, Mr. Norraphat Plodtong, in sixth place with an official swim time of 00:23:15, but managed to take the overall lead in the bike stage from which he transitioned some six minutes 40 seconds ahead of his nearest rival Timothy Van Berkel from Australia.
Van Berkel managed to make up some time on Rolli on the 21km run but still finished three minutes 42 second behind Rolli who completed the course in an official time of 03:49:02 and with it was crowned Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand 2017 Male Winner. Brazilian Fernando Toldi rounded out the podium with a time of 03:56:47.
Speaking after the race Rolli, who only turned Pro at the beginning of this year, said “The swim was not that fast for me, but for the bike, my trainer told me before the race to take it easy to begin with, then after the first five kilometres I decided to push it and kept pushing until the 90km mark. This resulted in me getting a rather big lead and ended with me winning the race.”
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Second placed Van Berkel, who finished third overall in last year’s race, and has just become a father said, “I had a little boy about eight weeks before Kona which was exactly the best preparation for me. I feel a lot better this year than last, but this bike course was tough. I got through it in one piece and had a solid run to get second.”
Ironman 70.3 Thailand runner-up Eimear Mullan on the run course.
Female winner Simmonds, who is only 24-years old, also led her race from the bike stage and over the two-lap run course managed to extend her lead and claim the win in a time of 04:16:49, almost five minutes ahead of eventual second placed finisher Eimear Mullan (04:21:38), and third placed Dimity Lee Duke (04:22:54).
Following her break-out win, Simmonds said, “I’m so happy and and surprised. I’ve had three races in three weeks and this just tops it off.”
For the Thai athletes, it was Phuket’s favourite son Jaray Jearanai who delivered a masterful performance to be the first Thai finisher and overall winner in the male 35-39 age-group and with this win Jearanai claims one of the age group qualifying slots for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 2018.
Another stand out performance was from Sam Burns who finished third overall in the Male Asian Elite category.
As for the Thai females, Nichakarn Ruttanaporn was the first Thai finisher in a time of 05:09:20 – a new Thai middle distance record – and third overall in the 25-29 female age-group. With the most full distance IRONMAN finishes of any Thai female, Nampetch Porntharukcharoen crossed the line in a time of 05:31:31 while Thai celebrity Yossavadee “Yo” Hassadeevichit finished in an impressive 06:40:00.
Dr. Olarn Chowiwattana, Corporate Affairs Director of FrieslandCampina (Thailand) PCL., says, “I would like to congratulate all triathletes who have successfully finished the ‘Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand’ competition. Foremost is proud to have been a part of your success. We believe that our Drink.Move.BeStrong campaign will continue to raise public awareness of the health benefits from milk drinking and exercise. To play sports, you need to be physically fit. And good nutrition for physical health is a prerequisite for all kinds of sports”.
See also: Packed field of Pros and Age-Groupers line-up for 2017 Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand in Phuket
Meanwhile, in addition to the Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand, the newly added Sunrise Sprint event got underway at 08:00.
In the men’s race it was Dennis Kruse from Germany who took the top podium place crossing the line in 01:00:23 followed by Saryu Onishi from Japan and Steven Gailliaert from Belgium who finished with times of 01:03:21 and 01:05:36 respectively.
In the female category, Sam McInnes from Great Britain took first place honours completing the course in 01:12:15. On Ki Chan from Hong Kong was second in a time of 01:15:43 while
Becky Bruhwiller from Switzerland finished third in 01:17:53.
TOP 5 RESULTS
Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand 2017 (Men)
1) Markus Rolli 03:49:02
2) Timothy Van Berkel 03:52:49.0
3) Fernando Toldi 03:56:47
4) Alberto Casadei 04:01:34
5) Alexander Polizzi 04:04:03.0
Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand 2017 (Women)
1) Imogen Simmonds 04:16:49
2) Eimear Mullan 04:21:38
3) Dimity Lee Duke 04:22:54
4) Parys Edwards 04:28:52
5) Robin Pomeroy 04:30:03
Sunrise Sprint 2017 (Men)
1) Dennis Kruse 01:00:23
2) Saryu Onishi 01:03:21
3) Steven Gailliaert 01:05:36
4) Russell Liew 01:07:29
5) Thanit Kanpai 01:07:48
Sunrise Sprint 2017 (Women)
1) Sam McInnes 01:12:15
2) On Ki Chan 01:15:43
3) Becky Bruhwiller 01:17:53
4) Brenda Haitema 01:19:54
5) Nicole Kiser 01:21:02
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Had a great fun week end race at imphuket 70.3
Water is so calm good course. But some of the racer swim breast stroke. Is it legal? The first 400 meters swim was so intense all the racer is excited. And the 700 meters is a battle. some are strong swimmer to over take. And its nice because it’s not crowded with a marshal with speed boat and kayak. The struggle came up when you see a jellyfish around but over all its good.
First 10km uphill ride upto 16km. after a rolling hills a speed highway course battling in the heavy trucks and cars. the bike course is good because of a lot of hydration checkpoint. Choice of water or gatorade.
Run leg is great and we are blessed that the weather is not hot. There’s a lot of banana and water container to use if you want shower.
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The Singapore International Triathlon (SIT) is Singapore’s pioneer triathlon event. Established in 1984, it was launched in an era when triathlons and endurance sports in general were largely unknown in Asia. From the first local triathlon held by the National University of Singapore (NUS) in its campus, it evolved into an international event two years later with a wide diversity of athletes participation from multiple countries
including Malaysia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. Through the years, the number of participants has grown steadily. The race distances of 2km swim, 65km bike and 16km run, were also changed to the widely accepted Olympic distance. During this time, local sportsmen have also achieved elite competitive status
through better knowledge in training and sports conditioning. Today, the SIT has become one of the most highly-anticipated, international sports
events in Singapore. Co-organised by Triathlon Association of Singapore and Orange Room Pte Ltd, the event has attracted up to 3,000 triathletes from countries such as Philippines, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, USA, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia, who vied for various coveted championship titles, including the Asian Championship. Held at the East Coast Park, this is a great opportunity for participants to Race the Lion City. The event boasts warm and calm water, scenic location, well-marked course and friendly volunteers, promising a memorable racing experience for all to enjoy from the starting to the finishing line.
Date & Time : 10th September 2017, 6.15am – 1.00pm
Venue : East Coast Park Area E2, Angsana Green
Website : www.triathlon.sg
Enquiries : firstname.lastname@example.org
+65 6274 9868
The nearest drop-off is the East Coast Lagoon Food Centre at Car park E2, which is
accessible by Laguna Flyover, Marine Parade Flyover, Fort Road and East Coast Park
Expressway heading towards Marine Parade and City (Exit 10B).
The nearest car park to the main event site is at E2 & E3. Availability at these carparks are
on a first-come-first serve basis. Do note that carpark charges may apply to some
carparks. For Participants starting after 9am, it is recommended to park at Carpark E1
and ride over to the main event site.
Part of East Coast Park Service Road will be closed to traffic on event day from 5am to
1pm. This is to facilitate the cycling leg of the event. The closure will commence from
East Coast Park Expressway towards Bedok (Exit 7A) until the turning point of the cycling
route (National Sailing Centre).
Participants are advised against parking their vehicles at the carparks within the road
closure areas, Should you park in those carparks (Carpark F1, F2 and G), your vehicle will
not be allowed to leave the carpark until the road is reopened to traffic. Any vehicle found
along the road closure within the road closure timing will be towed to Carpark F3 & H.
Start Time Wave Category Gender Race Bib No. Cap Colour
6.15am Opening of Transition Area and Body-Marking
7.10am NSC 1 National Championships Male 01 – 19 Pink
7.30am NSC 2 National Championships Female 20 – 25 Pink
20 mins Interval
7.50am 1 Individual Standard Male 101 – 174 Yellow
7.55am 2 Individual Standard Male 201 – 280 Yellow
8.00am 3 Individual Standard Male 301 – 380 Yellow
8.05am 4 Individual Standard Male 401 – 459 Yellow
20 mins Interval
8.25am 5 Individual Standard Male 501 – 590 Red
8.30am 6 Individual Standard Male 601 – 652 Red
8.35am 7 Individual Standard Male 701 – 781 Red
8.40am 8 Individual Standard Male 801 – 885 Red
8.45am 9 Individual Standard Female 901 – 981 Red
8.50am 10 Team Relay Standard All 5501 – 5530 Pink
20 mins Interval
9.10am 11 Individual Sprint Male 1101 – 1173 Blue
9.15am 12 Individual Sprint Male 1201 – 1290 Blue
9.20am 13 Individual Sprint Male 1301 – 1388 Blue
9.25am 14 Individual Sprint Male 1401 – 1497 Blue
15 mins Interval
9.40am 15A Individual Sprint Female 1501 – 1590 Orange
9.45am 15B Individual Sprint Female 1601 – 1625 Orange
9.50am 16 Team Relay Sprint All 8801 – 8840 Pink
15 mins Interval
10.05am 17 Individual Mini Male 1701 – 1795 Orange
10.10am 18 Individual Mini Female 1801 – 1865 Orange
10.15am 19 Team Relay Mini All 9901 – 9915 Orange
10 mins Interval
10.25am 20A Individual Kids Male 2001 – 2104 Pink
10.30am 20B Individual Kids Female
10.45am Prize Presentation
1.00pm End of Event
Date : Sunday, 10th September 2017
Venue : East Coast Park Area E2
Time : Men’s Start – 7.10am
Women’s Start – 7.30am
This year’s Singapore International Triathlon 2017 will see Singapore’s top triathletes
competing against one another in the National Championships category. Every triathlete
will be racing hard to be crowned national champions, with ITU points given to the top 5
triathletes. With this being a sprint distance race instead of the olympic standard
distance, it is going to be a very exciting Sunday with the juniors pitting against the
seniors in the familiar settings of East Coast Park, you will see the battle between the
While Christy Suriadi, Bryce Chong and Nicholas Rachmadi have already been selected
for the XXI Commonwealth Games, this National Championships will need to find 3 more
triathletes for TAS nominations to SNOC to fill up the remaining 1 men and 2 women
slots. Look out for bronze medallist Clement Chow and Wille Loo who finished a close 4th
behind Clement in the recent SEA Games, also not forgetting Zac Low, a confirmed
contender in the 2018 Asian Games. These 3 will be putting up their best for this 1 slot.
Winona Howe’s withdrawal from this race due to an unfortunate injury has kept the
options open with Phoebe Kee and Ethel Lin amongst the favourites now fighting for the
2 women nomination spots.
Will we see the favourites dominating again this Sunday or will we see surprises? With
elite starts comprising of 13 men and 5 women, this category will be the highlights of
For the course map please download Singapore International Triathlon
Davao is an anchor tourist destination and one of the 7,107 times more islands that make up the Philippine archipelago. It is a natural haven for both sedate and daring pursuits.
Davao, on the southeastern seaboard of Mindanao is attracting more tourists because of its rich culture, abundant natural resources, forests, wildlife sanctuary and the imposing presence of Mt. Apo, (the tallest mountain in the country). Davao City limits sprawl over 224,000 hectares, among the largest in the world, leaving ample space for environmentally friendly expansion and development.
After Luzon and Visayas, IRONMAN sets foot in Mindanao with this addition to extend its presence across all three island groups of the Philippines.Davao City has continuously grown and developed infrastructure over the years to become one of the most popular touristic destinations in the Philippines. Athletes will have an easy journey to the start line through Davao international airport with direct flights from Manila, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, and will have a wide selection of world-class hotels to enjoy their stay in Davao, located on the East coast of Mindanao island in the Philippines.
“It is always exciting for us to announce the addition of a new event – especially in the Philippines where the enthusiasm of the IRONMAN community is exceptional. We launched IRONMAN Philippines on August 1st and sold out all entries in one day. We hope for such a tremendous response as we open registrations of IRONMAN 70.3 Davao on October 1st.” IRONMAN Asia Managing Director Geoff Meyer said.
The participants will enjoy racing through Davao’s fusion of nature and urban infrastructure. The race begins with a one-loop swim at the beautiful property development of Azuela Cove where they will go back for their first transition. They will then exit onto the main highway to start the 90km bike course. The fast, single loop bike course heads all the way to the turnaround point at Tagum City. Participants will then head back to Azuela Cove for the second transition. They exit out to the flat roads of J.P. Laurel Avenue towards the commercial district of Davao to complete the two-loop 21.1km run. Participants will be cheered by a crowd of spectators lining up along the streets until the finish line at the Azuela Soccer Field.
“We at Sunrise Events are excited to be offering a brand-new race in another part of the country next year.Davao will be our next destination for an IRONMAN 70.3 race and we believe this will be well received by local and foreign triathletes alike. We are encouraged by the enthusiasm Davao has expressed in hosting us there and I expect we will see this race steadily grow.We look forward to seeing you all at a new destination.” said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, President of Sunrise Events
IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Qualifying Race
There are 30 qualifying age group slots for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
The 1.9km swim starts in the beautiful property development of Azuela Cove. Participants will swim the Pakiputanstraight, following a single loop clockwise swim heading north. The swim leg begins with a 925meter stretch followed by a 50 meter turn then a final 925 meter stretch back to Azuela Cove.
Participants exit the swim and enter transition in the Azuela property to start the bike leg of the course.
Participants exit the Azuela property and onto the main highway to begin the 90km bike course.Traversing through several cities, the course is straightforward and easy to navigate with wide and scenic roads. The course will lead participants north to the turn-around point in Tagum City. After making the turn-around, participants will head back to Azuela for transition 2 and enter the run leg of the course.
After racking their bikes, participants will head back out of Azuelaand turn right heading to J.P.Laurel Ave for the 21km run course. The run course is a two-loop clockwise 10km out-and-back race course. It will pass through the commercial district of Davao where the roads are flat and lined up with people cheering on the participants. The race ends at the finish line in Azuela Soccer Field
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When I first started my career in triathlon, I got to a certain level by training with my buddies, in groups and non-structured environments. I then left for a while and came back with a whole new attitude. I found a coach I liked and really appreciated his ideas. So I committed myself to the training. I rarely trained with people. Eighty-five to 90 percent of the training I did alone, which worked for me. So if I were climbing a hill and my heart rate spiked, I’d walk up the hill. This created self-confidence. I came out and won my first race by training alone, which was Wildflower, a tough course.
2. Do drills
People neglect cycling and running drills. I did them. So on race day I would lose as little fitness as possible. I could be more efficient, not really falling apart halfway through the marathon because of the training drills. The reality is you should be doing drills all the time, year in and year out. I was different than a lot of pros by doing that.
Don’t train for general fitness. I think I was one of the first to train on the Big Island. I trained in the heat and learned the currents of the water. When I did Wildflower, I’d incorporate rides and runs similar to that course. I found out the course had lots of trails and hills, so I thought, okay, I need to run hills and train specific to that course.
4. Put yourself in pain
This one is kind of sadistic. I always had this problem of my stomach shutting down during the marathon of an Ironman. So I thought if I could run with my stomach shutting down, I could do it in a race. So once a week I would sit down and eat nachos with really spicy hot sauce. Then I’d get my running gear on, go for a run and of course, my stomach would shut down, but I’d just keep going. They were brutal training runs. But then on race day, when my stomach would shut down I’d think, “I can deal with this.” I’d be able to keep going. Doing this paid off so many times over. I’d do this 10 weeks out from Ironman until two weeks before race day. It’d be a horrible run, but it had a huge impact on my overall race performance.
5. Spend the dough
I see this with a lot of age-groupers. They spend so much time and effort training for an Ironman and they don’t bother to get new tires or get a tune-up. Get new tires. Get a new chain if you need it. You’ve invested so much time, just pay the couple of extra bucks. Don’t cheap out. It’s worth the extra expense.
6. Get out of shape
I got this piece of advice from Paula Newby-Fraser and it was one of the best things I have heard. She told me, “Peter, you can have a great short career or you can have a great long career. But you need to take time to leave the sport behind you.” Basically, you need to get out of shape to get back into shape. You need to physically and mentally recharge. You need to become a non-athlete. Don’t eat healthy. It hurts your fitness, sure, but it makes for a better long-term career. Mark Allen did this and it worked for him. Doing this prepares your body for another season. It was so easy for me to do this because two legends told me they did it. It felt like a part of the puzzle of being pro.
7. Don’t workout when sick
I see so many athletes tinker with their workouts when they are sick. Don’t. Take the day off.
8. Know your body
If you head out the door and your knee hurts, don’t push through it because then all of a sudden you’re injured and you are out. Stop exercising and take a couple of days off rather than be out a couple of weeks.
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Century Tuna IRONMAN Subic Bay, Philippines is the newest race to be added to the growing Philippine triathlon scene.
About Subic Bay, Philippines
About Subic Bay, Philippines
Bounded on three sides by a mountain range, and endowed with a deep natural harbor, Subic Bay was once the home base of the U.S. naval forces in the Pacific. It was America’s largest naval installation outside the United States, until it was turned over to the Philippine government in 1992.
All that sand and sea have not gone to waste, as Subic Bay is now a premier holiday destination for visitors from all over the world. They come for its pristine beaches, first-rate amenities and friendly services. In fact the waters and beaches of Subic Bay feature attractions for all types of folks: miles of fine sand and calm waters for beach lovers and picnickers, spectacular corals and underwater fauna for divers and snorkelers, mysterious sunken wrecks for history aficionados, and even choice spots for a relaxing afternoon of fly fishing.
But there’s more to Subic Bay than sun-drenched shores. Its blessed location at the foothills of the Zambales mountain range has given it lush tracts of preserved tropical forest, which have become favorite venues for eco-tourism activities and sports events. U.S. Marines used to hone their jungle-survival skills in these mountains, trained by local indigenous people called the Aetas who have learned to live in harmony with their natural environmen
The inaugural Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines will aim to build upon the successes of the Century Tuna IRONMAN 70.3 Subic Bay and provide athletes with a challenging, yet beautiful course to tackle. Athletes will begin their IRONMAN journey with a one-loop, 3.8km ocean swim in the calm, pristine waters of Triboa Bay, starting and finishing at ACEA Resort which will also play host to the first of the split transition areas. Once onto their bikes, athletes will head out of Subic Bay and onto the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) for a fast and flat two-loop, 180km ride which will bring riders back into the T2 at Remy Field in downtown Subic Bay. The 42.2km, two-loop marathon run will take in some of the best coastal views that the area has to offer and will be a buzz of energy with local supporters lining the streets to cheer the athletes home.
Registration is set to open on August 1, 2018 at www.ironman.com/philippines.
Registration rates are as follows :
EARLY – USD650 (August 1 to August 30, 2017)
NORMAL – USD700 (September 1 to February 28, 2018)
LATE – USD800 (March 1 to April 30, 2018)
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