Cebu News

Ironman 70.3 concludes with no major glitch

The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines - Despite the strong winds and choppy waters that gave extra challenge to athletes, this year's Ironman challenge in Cebu went without a hitch.

Dr. Peter Mancao, medical director for Cobra Ironman 70.3, said only a few injuries were reported, which included cuts, abrasions, or dehydration.

On the security aspect, Police Senior Supt. Romel Cabagnot of the Lapu-Lapu City Police, said no crime was reported that affected the triathlon.

In Mandaue City, Police Senior Supt. Roberto Alanas said an estimated 50,000 residents flocked U.N. Avenue and Plaridel Street during the 90-kilometer bike relay.  An athlete who lost his balance during the relay had to be brought to Chong Hua Hospital for treatment.

Mandaue's Traffic Enforcement Agency was also on standby for any untoward incident and recorded no major glitch.

Mancao attributed the success of the triathlon partly to the athletes who now have more experience from the races in previous years. He said observed that athletes this year "listened to their bodies" during the race and stayed safe.

Aside from this, Mancao said the close coordination of event officials and their counterparts in Lapu- Lapu, Mandaue, Cebu, and Talisay, as well as with the volunteers, was a major factor in the event's success. — Kryzia Ann Casinillo and Christell Fatima Tudtud (FREEMAN)

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