The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships presented by Ford will be aired live via streaming when it is held Aug. 7 in Cebu City, marking the first time that such webcast of a premier triathlon will be done in the country.
The organizing Sunrise Events, Inc. said the live broadcast of the event over the internet using the streaming media technology will give triathlon fans and enthusiasts outside of Cebu the rare chance to get to feel the action in the keenly-awaited swim-bike-run featuring some of the world’s top triathletes.
SEI is targeting 2 million viewership worldwide. For live streaming, courtesy of Globe Telecom, log on to www.ironman.com.
Close to 3,000 triathletes from 43 countries, led by an elite roster of pros, will slug it out for top honors at Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa with titleholders Tim Reed and Caroline Steffen heading the cast in the men’s and ladies sides.
The Cobra Ironman 70.3 will also feature 2,869 equally determined competitors in the Filipino elite, CEOs, age groups and relay divisions.
Produced and organized by SEI and backed by Cobra Energy Drink as title sponsor, the tournament is putting up the biggest prize money ever at $75,000 and the highest points earned.
The winner in the pro category will receive $14,000 while the runner-up will pocket $7,000 and the next eight placers will get $4,500, $3,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $1,250, 0$1,000 and $750, respectively.
The blue-ribbon event has generated so much interest since it was announced that Cebu will be the home of the 2016 Ironman 70.3 AsPac. When registration was opened last October, the 2,900 slots in the elite 1.9K swim, 90K bike, 21K run race were sold out in just 28 minutes.
At the same time, 50 slots to the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championships will be up for grabs, giving participants extra motivation to vie for top honors in the event backed by Cobra as title sponsor, Ford as presenting sponsor, Globe Telecom as official wireless and broadband services partner, Philippine Airlines, Summit Water, Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board, 2Go Express as official courier and logistics partner, Asics, Gatorade, Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu Province, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City, Prudential Guarantee, Oakley and Timex.
Other sponsors are Alaska, David’s Salon, Intercare, Gu gel, Kenneth Cobonpue, Megaworld Mactan Newtown, Sun Life Financial, TYR, media partners The Philippine Star, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, TriLife Magazine, AsiaTri, FinisherPix, technology partner Xurpas, official hotels Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa, Be Resorts Mactan, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, Waterfront Hotel and Casino Mactan, Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu and official registration partner Active Network.