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PAL named official carrier of ‘Ironman’ int'l triathlon

15 June 2010

MANILA – Philippine Airlines has been named the official carrier of the prestigious Ironman 70.3 Philippines triathlon event, organizers announced today.

The competition, which is open to Filipino and international triathletes, will be held on August 22, 2010 in the scenic province of Camarines Sur in the Bicol region of Luzon island.

The event is a physically intense, 70.3-mile triathlon race where competitors swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles around a demanding course in Camarines Sur, which has gained worldwide attention as the newest sports tourism capital of the Philippines.

The race starts at the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC), which boasts of the largest wakeboard park in the world, where the athletes dive into the freshwater lagoon and tackle the swim leg.

They then get on their bicycles and pedal through the national highway, where a spectacular view of Mount Isarog awaits them.

After completing the cycling leg, they run a lung-busting half-marathon through several towns towards the provincial capital Naga City, before finishing back at the CWC.

The competition is open to men and women aged at least 18 years from across the globe. Participants compete individually or as part of a relay team comprising three athletes regardless of gender or nationality under a corporate or collegiate set-up.

Last year’s inaugural Ironman 70.3 Philippines event attracted 409 individual participants and 58 relay teams. Twenty-three countries were represented.

Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand won the “Ironman 70.3 Philippines” title with a time of 3 hours, 51 minutes and 26 seconds, in a close race with Chris McCormack of Australia, who finished less than a minute back.

Lisa Bentley of Canada was the top female finisher with a time of four hours, 24 minutes and 30 seconds, while Noy Jopson was the fastest local competitor with a time of four hours, 38 minutes and 33 seconds.

For more information on the Ironman event, visit www.ironman703phil.com.

Philippine Airlines is a long-time supporter of sports tourism. The flag carrier organizes two major golf events every year – the PAL Interclub, considered the national clubs championship of the Philippines, and the Mabuhay Miles Elite Invitational, a tournament for its frequent flyers.

PAL also backs a number of important national and international sports events, and regularly flies Philippine national sports contingents to competitions overseas.

PAL flies daily between Manila and Legazpi, located close to the race venue in Camarines Sur, while sister airline AirPhil Express flies 25 times weekly between Manila and Naga.

To book a PAL flight or avail of the latest promotional offers, visit www.philippineairlines.com.

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