The beautiful Mactan, Cebu hosted this year's Ironman 70.3 Philippines. The triathletes swam 1.9kms along the beautiful coastline of Shangri-La, hammered their bikes in 4 cities of the island of Cebu covering 90 kms, and ran 21 kms under the mighty sun.
Australian Pete Jacobs scored a 3-peat in 4 hours, 7 minutes, and 38 seconds. He was trailed by Cameron Brown of New Zealand, and Mathieu O'Halloran of Canada. Swiss Caroline Steffen is the female champ in 4 hours, 20 minutes, and 48 seconds. Bree Wee of USA and Belinda Granger of Australia finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
August Benedicto and Monica Torres are top male and female Filipino triathletes, finishing 4:27:39 and 4:48:40, respectively.
I was blessed to be part of the accredited media to cover the event. The atmosphere was festive, as the crowd cheered the triathletes along the route.
Click here to view some pictures I took during the event.