This year’s Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay was the first time I have not been on the starting list of a half-ironman race in the Philippines since 2011 when I joined a relay team for Ironman 70.3 Philippines in Camarines Sur. With radically different goals for this year, I’ve decided to sit out the two Ironman 70.3 races in the country.
That doesn’t mean I want to be completely absent; I love triathlon and I love following the sport. In particular I think the Philippine triathlon scene is as warm as our weather. *wink*
At the same time, I have been whining about the poor worldwide official media coverage for professional women. I met Stef Hanson, the editor-in-chief of Witsup.com, at Challenge Roth last year. Witsup stands for “Women In Triathlon. ‘Sup?” It’s a portal covering all things women in triathlon, aiming to boost the profiles of women in the sport and introduce triathlon to more women. We have been following each other on Twitter for some time now, and I offered to do a write-up of the Ironman 70.3 Philippines for them last year.
After the dismal coverage Ironman did for the professional women at Ironman 70.3 Dubai, I shot Stef an email proposing I do some supplemental reporting on the women at Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay. With many thanks to Century Tuna, Ogilvy, and Sunrise Events, we secured a media pass so I could be at the race on “official business.” I drove up to Subic with Roselle of Runningdiva.PH to cover the race.
But the first stop that weekend was the Century Tuna Superbods Underpants Run. Continue reading “Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay 2016”