IT’S OFFICIAL | Davao to host Ironman 70.3 in 2018
Davao City, in partnership with Sunrise Events and Ayala Land, Inc., will host Ironman — the prestigious triathlon that is expected to draw thousands of athletes and tourists next year.
“It is such an honor for Davao to host for the very first time the prestigious triathlon, which will bring to our city the best swim, run, bike athletes,” Mayor Inday Sara Duterte said Wednesday.
It will be called Alveo Ironman 70.3 with Ayala Land as its major sponsor.
Sports tourism is an emerging field and the mayor said, “with Ironman, we hope to bring the world’s attention to Davao as well as our unique culture.”
“Davao is ready to host a high-caliber sporting event such as the Ironman,” she said.
Wilfred Uytengsu, president of Sunrise Events, envisions the holding of world-class events in the Philippines and said he is very excited and proud that Ironman will be held in Davao next year.
“We see our youth growing up with technology and they are not exposed to all of the sports, we would like to imbibe that in their behavior early on,” Uytengsu said.
The COO of Ayala land, Aniceto Bisnar Jr. also committed that the Alveo land will support the holding of Ironman in the city.
“It is indeed an honor for Azuela cove here in Davao to partner with this great event that hopefully will bring a lot of tourists. Together with the Alveo residential brand, which is a co-sponsor for this event, we will be cooperating and working hard in order to ensure that we deliver a high quality international caliber event,” Bisnar said.
Also on Wednesday, the mayor ordered the creation of an executive committee that will oversee the staging of Ironman 70.3.
The committee, created through Executive Order 35, would also ensure that the triathlon event becomes successful.
Davao City hopes that the Alveo Ironman event will complement the Kadayawan celebration slated August every year. The triathlon has also been held in Camarines Sur and Cebu.
The hosting of the Alveo Ironman event is a signal that the city is prepared to host other big sporting events.
Mayor Inday Sara said it will also help the city prepare for the DAVRAA and the Palarong Pambansa.