I went to Cebu this year not to race, but to cheer friends who are racing the 2015 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines.
My compadre, Victor Viola, and myself took the early morning flight of August 1 to catch the Alaska Ironkids. Road leading to Shangri-La Mactan was closed, and we had to walk along Punta Engano to reach the event area.
We were greeted by the big boys who are already on the run leg of the race. As we reach the gate of Shangri-La, we saw some girls who are finishing their bike leg. At the finish line, proud parents cheer their children as they run towards the chute and raise the finish tape. Atmosphere was very festive and everything was truly magical as parents and the Ironkids celebrate the victory of all finishers.
This trip inspired me to get back on training, and plan for next year's edition. I learned that Cebu won the bid for the 2016 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship. It's going to be big, and this is something I surely can't miss.
See you next year!