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Ironman today announced that Cebu, Philippines will host the 2016 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship on Aug. 7, 2016. The championship event was previously hosted annually by Auckland, New Zealand.
As a result of the substantial growth of triathlon in the Southern Hemisphere, Ironman will begin an annual rotation the of Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship throughout the Asia-Pacific region starting with Ironman 70.3 Philippines, Cebu.
“It’s an exciting time for the sport of triathlon in Asia-Pacific. With our ongoing expansion in Asia that includes 14 Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events combined with tens of thousands of athletes living and competing in the region—it’s the right time to host a championship race here,” Ironman Asia-Pacific CEO Geoff Meyer said in the press release. “Cebu also hosted the successful Ironman 70.3 Philippines triathlon for the past five years—and will provide our athletes a beautiful and challenging championship course.”
The championship race will be a part of Ironman’s long-standing partnership with Sunrise Events, Inc., which operates Ironman 70.3 Philippines (set for this weekend), Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay, 5150 Subic Bay and 5150 Bohol.
The 2016 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship will offer a $75,000 USD professional prize purse and 40 age-group qualifying slots for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, which will take place in the United States.
The locations for the 2017 and 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship will be announced soon.