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By Richiel S. Chavez

CEBUANO hospitality was one of the keys to the resounding success of the 2015 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines, organizers said.

Princess Galura, project director of Sunrise Events Inc. (SEI), pointed this outlast Thursday night during the event’s celebration at the Abaseria Deli and Café.

The SEI team was in Cebu to thank the entities who made the half-Ironman race a huge success. The Province of Cebu, Cebu City, Talisay City, Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City, whose jurisdictions covered parts of the 1.9-kilometer swim, 90K bike and 21K run, received a plaque made by renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue for their efforts in making the race memorable to all the participants.

“It’s only in Cebu where you can see a lot of people cheering on the race course. The event was a huge success because of the personalities of Cebuano, who are always cheerful and smiling despite any adversities. We’ve got good feedback from the participants and they said that they have not seen a race like this in any part of the world,” Galura said.

The SEI team also awarded the entity who made the race safe and secure to all the 2,618 participants from 52 countries. The full police presence of PRO-7 and the medic team and Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation led by Dr. Peter Mancao were also regarded for their efforts.

Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, who received the plaque for PRO-7, credited the cooperation of the participants and Cebuanos during the race, which resulted to a peaceful event.

The Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa, the host hotel for the race; MegaWorld Mactan Newtown, who provided the race’s transition area; and Cebu’s local newspapers and magazine—Sun.Star Cebu, Cebu Daily News, The Freeman and TriLife Magazine—also received plaques.

Galura said that it was a total team effort with the coordination of the local government units of Cebu and private entities. She thanked Provincial Administrator Atty. Mark Tolentino and the engineering department of Cebu Province for steeping up in the last minute to patch up the potholes in the Plaridel St., which made for a successful race.

The bike portion is longest segment of the triathlon race, and it was vital for the SEI in their aim to pull off a ‘perfect race’. The Cobra Ironman 70.3 earned the second world’s highest participants’ rating at 97.6 percent in 2013 but it dropped to 80 percent in 2014 due to bad road conditions. The 2015 rating was yet to be released.

After staging the successful seventh edition of Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines last Aug. 2, the organizers will not rest on their laurels and will start their planning for the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship next year.

Organizers said that the registration will start on Oct. 1 and it’s expected to be sold out in just a few minutes. Last year’s slots were all taken in just 15 minutes while in 2013 it only took four hours for the organizers to sell out the entries.

SOURCE: SunStar Cebu

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