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September 23, 2014

Manila, Philippines 18 September 2014 – 119 Filipinos are set to participate at the IronMan race to be held of September 27 at Langkawi, Malaysia.


Triathletes with varying profiles and athletic abilities, these group of Pinots have bonded together to form what is now the largest and second Philippine contingent ever to compete in a full-IronMan distance race outside the country, the first one being the 90-member team which went to race at the IronMan Asia Pacific Championship in Melbourne, Australia last March.

This year marks the return of the IronMan race in Langkawi. Lagkawi Island is located within a cluster of tropical islands that attract visitors the world over. Our Pinoy triathletes together with other participants, are set to embark on a truly Malaysian cultural journey through a 3.8K swim, 180k bike and a 42.2k run on tropical, hilly and demanding terrain passing traditional kampungs (villages), mangrove clusters and rainforest vistas.

The team, organized by Triathlete and RP Paratriathlon Team Coach, Vince Garcia, is composed of mostly first-time IronMan Langkawi participants and a number of second and third-time participants. They just held a press conference at the Skippy’s Bar and Grill located at Bonifacio Global city, mainly to send out the message that passion for Triathlon as a sport has truly grown in the country within only half a decade.


Retzel Orquiza with Coach Vince Garcia

Sunrise Events Inc., franchise-holder of IronMan races here in the Philippines has expressed full backing to the contingent. Princess Galura, Project Director of SEI said, “SEI will continue to support Filipinos competing in Iroman races all over the world”.

Apart from Coach Vince, some of the notable members of the Pinoy contingent to Langkawi are celebrity triathlete Drew Arellano, UltraRunner Willy Yao who at 60+ is the most senior member of the group, the youngest being Charles Lazaro who is 21 years old and Cobra IronMan 70.3 2014 Filipina Elite Joyette Jopson.

Some of the triathletes competing in IM Langkawi (L-R Ivan Fojas, Carlos de Guzman, Julian Valencia) Carlos de Guzman will skip this year's event as he has previously done it.

Some of the triathletes competing in IM Langkawi (L-R Ivan Fojas, Carlos de Guzman, Julian Valencia) Carlos de Guzman will skip this year’s event as he has previously done it.

The IronMan Langkawi is a qualifying race to the 2015 IronMan World Championship in Kona, Hawaii with available 40 slots.


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