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Huelgas shines as best Asian finisher in 2019 Ironman 70.3 Cebu

Aug 11, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Two-time SEA Games gold medalist Nikko Huelgas impresses in the 70.3 distance

TOP ASIAN. Nikko Huelgas finishes 8th overall in the 2019 Ironman 70.3 men's tournament. Photo from Ironman live blog

Ironman organizer 'gets lucky' with new Cebu course

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Many Ironman professionals laud Fred Uytengsu and company for the great race organization

TECHNICAL ROUTE. Four-time Cebu Ironman champion Caroline Steffen is one of the pros who prefer the new bike route for it's technicality. Photo from press release

Pinoys nab Ironman 70.3 world championship slots

Aug 05, 2018 - 10:30 PM

Asian elite winners Banjo Norte and Alexandra Ganzon are going to Nice, France in 2019 to compete against some of the world's top triathletes

PINOY PRIDE. Banjo Norte (left) and Alexandra Ganzon top the Asian elite category while competing among the world's best in the Ironman 70.3. Photos by Beatrice Go/Rappler

WATCH: How Ironman darling Mendez fell in love with PH

Aug 05, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The Filipino fan favorite from Mexico recalls how he first felt that he was part of a family in the Philippines

FAN FAVORITE. Mauricio Mendez swoons the crowd after clinching the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific title. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Mendez, Kahlefeldt clinch Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific titles

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:06 PM

The 2018 Davao Ironman 70.3 winners repeat their title performances in Cebu

STREAKING. Mauricio Mendez (left) and Radka Kahlefeldt win the Ironman titles again in their second time in the Philippines this year. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

2018 Ironkids: Borja nips Pusing by fraction of a second

Aug 04, 2018 - 3:02 PM

National developmental team members Zedrick Borja and Moira Erediano rule the 13-14 age group of the swim-bike-run race

CLOSE FIGHT. Age group champion Zedrick Borja (left) edges out Clifford Pusing by 1/10 of a second. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

World's best duke it out in Ironman Asia

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:17 PM

Tim Reed and Melissa Hauschildt are picked as favorites to rule the Asia-Pacific triathlon championships in Cebu

AUSSIE RULE. Australians Melissa Hauschildt (left) and Tim Reed look to continue their Asia-Pacific Ironman reign. Photos by Ironman Philippines (Hauschildt) and Beatrice Go/Rappler (Reed)

Piolo Pascual, Enchong Dee lead Ironman relay squad

Aug 03, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The two celebrities banner the Sun Life relay team vying for honors in the 2018 Ironman 70.3 race in Cebu

STAR POWER. Sun Life Financial boasts a star-studded team composed of celebrity athletes like Piolo Pascual, company executives and elite athletes. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

World slots up in Ironman 70.3 Philippines

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Age-group berths for the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in France are up for grabs in the Cebu race

FAVORITE. Three-time world champion Melissa Hauschildt of Australia hopes to flash her winning Ironman form in Cebu.

Seychelles’ Nick Baldwin rules first full Ironman Philippines

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:03 PM

The 30-year-old triathlete pulls ahead in the final stretch of the run leg to beat New Zealand legend Cameron Brown

JUBILANT. Nick Baldwin whoops it up after conquering the grueling 3.8 km swim-180 km bike-42.95 km run challenge. Photo by JR Isaga/Rappler

Ironman PH: Marawi medals weave hope

Jun 02, 2018 - 8:45 AM

The 'Alab ng Puso' award features medal ribbons made by Maranao weavers from war-stricken Marawi

PERSEVERANCE. The finishers of the Ironman 70.3 Philippines will receive medals that also serve as reminders of perseverance amid insurmountable odds. Photo by JR Isaga/Rappler

Mendez, Kahlefeldt rule pro division in 1st Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao

Mar 25, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Mauricio Mendez overtakes 2016 Cobra Ironman 70.3 champion Tim Reed and finishes with a time of 3:50:32

PRO WINNERS. Radka Kahlefeldt (left) and Mauricio Mendez (right) are the inaugural Alveo Ironman 70.3 pro winners. Photos by Sunrise Events Inc.

Huelgas, Benedicto clinch Top Asian Elite honors in Ironman 70.3 Thailand

Nov 26, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Filipino triathletes Nikko Huelgas and August Benedicto continue their winning ways in 2017

1-2 FINISH. National athletes Nikko Huelgas and August Benedicto take the top two honors in the Foremost Ironman 70.3 Thailand. Photo from Foremost Ironman 70.3 Thailand Facebook

Davao raising P30M for biggest Ironman race in 2018

Sep 22, 2017 - 2:59 PM

The race hopes to gather 2,700 contestants who will traverse from Davao City to Tagum City on their bikes, take a 21.1-kilometer run on Davao’s commercial district, and swim at a mixed-use property developed by Ayala Land Inc.

GOING THE DISTANCE. Wilfred Uytengsu Jr, the main organizer of major Ironman races in the country, meets Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Davao will host the Ironman 70.3 race in 2018. Photo by Mick Basa

Cobra Ironman 70.3 organizers to assist family of dead competitor

Aug 08, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Sunrise Events Inc will assist the family of Eric Nadal Mediavillo who died of cardiac arrest during the swim leg of this year s Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70 3 Philippines competition in Cebu

TRAGEDY. A triathlete in the 45-49 age category died tragically during the swim leg of the race. File photo from the Cobra Ironman Facebook

IN PHOTOS: Celebrities at Ironman 70.3 race in Cebu

Aug 06, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Piolo Pascual Kim Chiu Gerald Anderson and Jake Cuenca are among the stars who participated in the event

Triathlete dies at Cobra Ironman race in Cebu

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Eric Nadal Mediavillo aged 47 went into cardiac arrest during the swim leg of the race and was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital

TRAGEDY. A triathlete in the 45-49 age category died tragically during the swim leg of the race. File photo from the Cobra Ironman Facebook

Reed completes Ironman 3-peat, Watkinson is new female champ

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:23 PM

Tim Reed wins the Cobra Ironman 70 3 Philippines for the third straight year

Reed goes for third straight Ironman 70.3 Philippines title

Aug 03, 2017 - 6:53 PM

Five time women s champ Caroline Steffen will not race after announcing her pregnancy

TITLE DEFENSE. Australia's Tim Reed leads the pack ahead of this weekend's Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines. File photo by Russell Pintor

500 Filipinos register for the Century Tuna Ironman Philippines

Aug 01, 2017 - 6:28 PM

Interested triathletes still have a chance to join as there are about 100 slots up for grabs

Talisay resolves Cobra Ironman 70.3 issue

Jul 30, 2017 - 12:26 AM

Talisay City Mayor Eddie Gullas says he will not ban the international race

Jake Cuenca is set to race again after training accident

Apr 28, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Jake is determined to achieve a podium finish at his next race after he broke his hand while training for the Ironman triathlon

Jake Cuenca to undergo surgery following bike accident

Mar 14, 2017 - 4:06 PM

Jake is taken to the hospital after hitting a truck while training for the Ironman competition

Cebu Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship hosting tops survey

Sep 21, 2016 - 1:06 PM

The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70 3 Asia Pacific Championship held in Cebu last month receives an overall satisfaction rating of 87 9

IN PHOTOS: Celebrities at Ironman 70.3 in Cebu

Aug 08, 2016 - 7:40 PM

Piolo Pascual Dingdong Dantes Matteo Guidicelli and more compete in the annual competition

Reed, Steffen repeat as Cobra Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific champs

Aug 07, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Reed wins the men s title by a margin of 3 minutes while Steffen finishes top among women for the fifth straight time

ONCE AGAIN. Tim Reed repeats as Cobra Ironman champion. Photo by Russell Pintor

Deepest pro pool for Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship in Cebu

Aug 06, 2016 - 1:43 PM

The Asia Pacific championship will be held in Asia for the first time with over 30 pro triathletes set to compete

Cebuanos urged to stay off roads during Ironman race

Aug 06, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Several roads will be closed in Cebu as 3 000 participants compete in the 2016 Cobra Ironman 70 3 Asia Pacific Championship this Sunday

STAY OFF THE ROAD. Several roads in Cebu will be closed on Sunday.

Under Armour opens first branch in Cebu

May 26, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Under Armour opens up at Ayala Center Cebu in time to partner with the Asia Pacific Championships of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70 3 Philippines

CEBU GEAR. Filipinos wanting to purchase athletic gear in the Visayas region no longer have to travel to Manila to do so. Contributed photo

Alexander, Steffen win top prize at 2016 Century Tuna Ironman in Subic

Mar 07, 2016 - 7:41 PM

Alexander a 5 time Ironman World Champion clocks in at 03:48:56 while two time World Champ Steffen comes in at 04:09:40

Craig Alexander is the fastest finisher at the 2016 Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 at Subic Bay. Photo from press release

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Dec 23, 2015 - 11:22 PM

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No legs, no excuses: Palaro amputee shines in Cebu triathlon

Aug 08, 2015 - 5:27 PM

Zamboanga native Jomar Maalam bests 2 600 able bodied athletes in the swimming event of the Cobra Ironman 70 3 triathlon The 18 year old paralympic triathlete has no legs

MORE THAN MEDALS. PTRAP’s relay team celebrate the end of the Cobra 70.3 Ironman challenge. Jomar Maalam (center) finished the 1.9-km swim while Raul Angoluan (2nd from left), a double arm amputee, did the 21-km run. Photo courtesy of the ParaTriathlon Association of the Philippines.

Ironman athletes: 'Cebu is the Disneyland of racing'

Aug 06, 2015 - 1:22 PM

Competitors in the recently concluded Ironman 70 3 said the support of Cebu fans make the experience a memorable one

IRON-FAN. Spectators line the streets of Cebu to cheer on competitors at the Cebu leg of the Ironman 70.3. Photo by Dale Israel/Rappler

Matteo Guidicelli on seeing girlfriend Sarah G at Ironman

Aug 05, 2015 - 7:19 PM

Matteo says Sarah Geronimo fulfilled her promise to see him at the race

MATTEO GUIDICELLI. The actor says that the Ironman 70.3 race was one of his worst races but best finishes. He is pictured above at the Dreamboys concert in June. File photo by Manman Dejeto

IN PHOTOS: Stars at Ironman 70.3

Aug 02, 2015 - 2:32 PM

Sarah Geronimo supports boyfriend Matteo Guidicelli at the triathlon

Steffen wins fourth Ironman 70.3 PH women's title; Aussies dominate men's event

Aug 02, 2015 - 12:27 PM

Tim Reed crosses the finish line just two seconds ahead of fellow Australian Tim Van Berkel in the men s event as Switzerland s Caroline Steffen continues her domination of the women s race

WILL TO WIN. Switzerland's Caroline Steffen won her fourth straight Ironman 70.3 Cebu title. Photo by Nathan Soriano/Rappler

Cebu to host 2016 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship

Aug 01, 2015 - 2:08 PM

The Philippines will be the first Asian country to host the Ironman 70 3 Asia Pacific Championship when it comes to Cebu in August 2016

IRON PEOPLE. The professional triathletes and the organizers all don red shirts to announce Cebu's hosting of the 2016 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship during the Meet the Pros press conference at the Marquee of Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa.

Athletes from 52 countries to compete at Cebu's Ironman

Jul 31, 2015 - 1:46 PM

The Cobra Energy Drink IronMan 70 3 Philippines will attract an estimated 10 000 people as Cebu province hosts the event for the third consecutive year

Celebrities, champs expected to return for Ironman 70.3 in Cebu

Jul 27, 2015 - 2:42 PM

Philippine celebrities Piolo Pascual Matteo Guidicelli Victor Basa Paul Jake Castillo are among those who enlisted in the race

Cebu roads closed for Ironman triathlon on August 2

Jul 20, 2015 - 7:18 PM

Several roads in Mandaue City will be closed to make way for the Cobra Ironman 70 3 Triathlon

Gameplan Profiles: May Masuda for Jiu-jitsu

Apr 18, 2015 - 8:38 PM

This is the story of May Masuda first Filipino Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion

Gameplan: Ford Forza's iron team spirit

Apr 13, 2015 - 12:33 PM

Here are 3 reasons why training with a triathlon team helps

Gameplan: Triathletes are built for tough

Apr 11, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Finishing strong may also mean finishing with whatever you have left The rewards you will get when you are willing to go further is always satisfying

Gameplan: Ford Forza – Strong athletes, strong hearts

Mar 29, 2015 - 12:22 PM

Gameplan hangs out with the Ford Forza Triathlon Team and finds out about the passions that help them pedal on to the next race

Gameplan: Introducing the Ford Forza triathlon team

Mar 28, 2015 - 1:41 PM

Meet Ford Forza a newly formed team set to make waves in local triathlon

Gameplan: In the air above water

Mar 27, 2015 - 5:43 PM

After 2 days surviving like jungle commandos Ton Amanda and Julian get a taste of what it’s like to be Ironman

Filipino cop completes Ironman, world’s toughest triathlon

Aug 15, 2014 - 8:18 PM

Police Chief Inspector Fernando L Cunanan Jr was among 2 781 triathletes from 40 countries to participate in the 2014 full triathlon at Memorial Hermann Texas

IRON COP. Police Chief Inspector Fernando L Cunanan Jr waves the Philippine flag as he completes the 2014 Ironman triathlon. Photo by Finsiherpix

Why join a triathlon?

Oct 10, 2013 - 3:19 PM

One sport is hard enough — but 3? For the athlete bored of the usual pavement or laps a triathlon may just be what you need

WHY A TRIATHLON? For those looking for a new challenge and are bored of running, cycling or swimming, a triathlon may just be the thing you need. Photo from Safeguard

SHOWBITZ: Piolo Pascual, all set for 2013

Jan 03, 2013 - 4:55 PM

If you re a Piolo fan get a hold of the actor as VJ all this month

RESTLESS. Piolo Pascual continues to have a busy work schedule at the height of his career

From the brink of death to the Ironman

Nov 04, 2012 - 4:59 PM

Ten months after a near death experience triathlete Martin Lorenzo competed in one of the world s most grueling races a picture of mental strength and determination

RISING UP. Triathlete Martin Lorenzo raced a triathlete ten months after he was shot at a road rage incident. Photo by Martin Lorenzo.