Alaska Run Out reels off Alveo Ironman70.3 weekend

THE ALASKA Run Out gets the much-anticipated Alveo Ironman 70.3 weekend starting at 6 a.m. at the SEDA Hotel going to San Roque Elementary School and back.

“It will be a fun run open for all ages,” said Merliza Main, Events and Media Supervisor of the organizing Powerline in yesterday’s press briefing.

The Alaska Run Out will serve as a kick-off to the weekend activities which will then converge at the scenic Azuela Cove in Lanang. From then, it will be followed by a Bike Course Ride Out at 9 a.m. which will coincide with the Ironman 70.3 Davao Expo Open and Food Park activities.

On the other hand, the Herbalife Nutrition Iron Girls reels off in the afternoon at 5 p.m. with some 600 entries expected to show their wares. The fun run for girls ages 12 years-old and above will be having a five kilometer run on a start and back route at the Azuela Cove.

“It will be more of a fun activity for the girls,” said Herbalife Nutrition Philippines General Manager Rosalio Valenzuela.

Futhermore, the Alaska IronKids swim-bike-run, on the other hand, is set at 5 a.m. on March 24 with the local junior version of the Ironman staged to promote a well-balanced lifestyle for kids and at the same time serves as venue for family bonding. It will have around 200 participants.

Then on Sunday, March 25, the Alveo Ironman 70.3 featuring five world champions gearing up for a blistering finish on a relatively flat and straight run and bike courses, hinting at a spirited battle of strength and stamina in the 1.9K swim, 90K bike, 21K run event.

Close to 1,800 participants from 39 countries are vying in the inaugural Mindanao staging of the highly successful endurance series.

Former Xterra world champion Ben Allen, also a regular campaigner in local triathlon, joins fellow Australian Tim Reed, the world titlist in 2016, Mexico’s Mauricio Mendez and Bradley Weiss of South Africa, the Xterra world champions in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and three-time Ironman winner Craig Alexander in the elite division of the event backed by title sponsor Alveo, an AyalaLand company.

Other fancied names vying are Canadian Brent McMahon, a three-time North American Ironman 70.3 champion, while last year’s Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic titlist Radka Kahlefeldt of the Czech Republic headlines the women’s elite field that includes equally talented Dimity Lee Duke of Australia and Anna Eberhardt of Hungary.

The Alveo Ironman 70.3 will also put into focus renowned artist Kublai Millan, who with the help of a community of T’boli brass casters, designed the medals to be given to all participants.

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