Cobra Ironman’s new king

ALL he wanted was a romantic getaway in a tropical island, but two-time Olympian Courtney Atkinson ended up beating fellow Australians to rule the pro men’s division of the Cobra Energy Drink 70.3 Ironman Philippines yesterday at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.

Atkinson, a veteran of the 2008 and 2012 Olympics who has seven International Triathlon Union titles, finished the 1.9-kilometer swim, 90-kilometer bike and 21-kilometer run in 3:58:07. He was more than a minute ahead of three-time champion Pete Jacobs (3:59:09), who settled for second despite slashing some seven minutes from his time last year. David Dellow was third in 4:02:22, while two-time world champion Chris McCormack was fourth in 4:02:22. Brent McMahon got fifth place in 4:04:05. READ MORE

Philippine elites shine in Cobra Ironman

A 20-year-old triathlete from Cagayan de Oro finished first in the Filipino elite division of Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday with a time of 4:26:44.

Banjo Norte, of Alaska Team TBB, won his first Ironman 70.3 after months of focused training and right nutrition in Laguna with his coach, professional triathlete Mathieu O’Halloran, who finished 17th place in the pro division with a time of 4:38.48. Norte won P50,000 cash and a trophy. READ MORE

Atkinson, Steffen win Ironman race

Cloudy skies and slight drizzle failed to dampen the heat of Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday, with Australia’s Courtney Atkinson and Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen winning their respective race categories.

In the men’s category, Australians bagged the top three spots, with Atkinson crowned as this year’s champion after finishing the race at 3:58:07. READ MORE

Atkinson, Steffen lead Ironman race

Australian triathlete Courtney Atkinson was the first to come out from the 1.9-kilometers swim, which fired off 6:25 a.m. on a gloomy Sunday morning of the second year of Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines.

Atkinson led the more than 1,000 swimmers who joined this year’s Ironman. Last year’s champion, Australian national Pete Jacobs, was two minutes behind Atkinson in the swim time. READ MORE

Endurance test? Yes, for commuters, too

SOME roads in the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu will be closed on Sunday for the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines, the triathlon that is expected to draw at least 2,000 athletes from 35 countries.

Authorities hope the endurance test won’t test the patience of commuters as much as last year’s event did. Read the rest of this entry

Below is the traffic advisory map:

Ironman 70.3 Philippines traffic advisory

DETOURS. Some roads in the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu will be closed on Sunday for the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines, the country’s major triathlon event that is expected to draw more than 2,000 athletes from at least 35 countries.