In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Participants then go for the last stretch with a two-loop run passing scenic views of the coast under the sweltering heat.“For all the first-time Ironman athletes out there, a full distance is not two 70.3s,” said Uytengsu. “I promise you it’s gonna be a tougher course.”“But when you come across the finish line and they call your name and they say you are an Ironman, you earned every minute of that course so we are proud we are able to break the full distance here and see what happens after Sunday if we’ll be back.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The full Ironman, which is a 3.8-kilometer swim, 180 km bike, and 42 km run, will now be the centerpiece on Sunday instead of the usual Ironman 70.3. Although, the half Ironman remains part of race day as well as the age group classification.Kiwis Cameron Brown, a 12-time Ironman champion in New Zealand, and Simon Cochrane are among the top contenders in the Male Pro category as they look to make history as the inaugural winner of Ironman Philippines while Filipino Arland Macasieb hopes to make a good account of himself against the tough field.A special medal, made by renowned sculptor Daniel dela Cruz in collaboration with weavers from war-torn Marawi, will be given to each Ironman finisher.But it will be a grueling road to the finish.The race begins at ACEA beach as competitors traverse the 1.9-kilometer swim twice before riding out of Subic Bay and into the smooth roads of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and back to Remy Field.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations PSI hits back at judge: Everyone aware of stakes Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Special medals will be given to the Ironman finishers this year. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was only last year when it was announced that the first full distance Ironman in the Philippines will be held.Wilfred Uytengsu, a grizzled triathlete himself and founder of Sunrise Events, Inc. which organizes Ironman Philippines, had long entertained the idea of staging a full Ironman race.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Sinas: 2,500 NCRPO cops poised to support Taal eruption relief ops PLAY LIST 02:15Sinas: 2,500 NCRPO cops poised to support Taal eruption relief ops03:08Total evacuation in full swing in Taal00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Uytengsu believes the timing is ripe with triathlon as popular as ever in the country.“I’ve wanted to do a full for the last five years but I just didn’t think one, the community was ready,” Uytengsu said during a press conference Friday at Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“If you look at how the sport has grown for the last five years, it’s exponentially. Far wilder than my imagination could ever take us. And secondly, I also think that we have to be ready as a community to embrace this distance,” he said.As a testament to triathlon as a fast-rising sport, there will be around 1200 participants for the whole distance Ironman alone.