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Techcombank Ironman 70.3 Vietnam to take place in Danang
Minh Duy
Monday,  May 7, 2018,18:25 (GMT+7)

Techcombank Ironman 70.3 Vietnam to take place in Danang

Minh Duy

Participants at Ironman 70.3 Vietnam 2017 - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

More than 1,600 athletes from 56 countries, including 620 from Vietnam, will take part in the triathlon race Techcombank Ironman 70.3 Vietnam 2018 in Danang City on May 13.

The fourth edition of Ironman with the message “Be Greater Together” starts with 1.9 kilometers of swimming from Hyatt Regency’s beach that is followed by a 90 kilometer track bike race along the coastline, and ends with 21 kilometers of running.

It is one of the few sports where professional and amateur athletes compete alongside as they all strive to be greater in their goal to reach the finish line.

This is an international sporting event organized by Sunrise Events Vietnam with great support from the Danang Department of Culture and Sports.

From a one-day event that was held in 2015, three years later, the Techcombank Ironman 70.3 Vietnam 2018 is a multi-day event, with many categories and activities for family to join.

Individual participants will have a chance to qualify for both the Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship in Cebu in the Philippines on August 5 and the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa on September 1 and 2 with 50 slots and 30 slots, respectively based on top placements in their age groups.

Complementing the Techcombank Ironman 70.3 Vietnam on May 13 will be a number of other engaging activities which will be organized throughout the weekend, including the third edition of Ironkids and the second edition of the Sunrise Sprint to be held on Saturday, May 12 as well as the third edition of the Newborns Run Out on May 11.

Ironkids will feature an ocean swim for those participating in the Aquathlon (swim/run) category with a 100-meter swim and a 1-kilometer run for ages 6 to 10 and a 300-meter swim and a 2-kilometer run for ages 11 to 14. Similar to previous editions, there will be a run-only category for both age groups.

The Sunrise Sprint provides a great opportunity for new triathletes to get into the sport and for athletes that have not had time to train for the longer distance to still engage in healthy and wholesome competition. The shorter format Sunrise Sprint consists of a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike race and a 5-kilometer run that will trace portions of the main Ironman 70.3 course event and will also have a relay category.

The Newborns Vietnam Run Out will take place on Friday morning and is a fun way for participants and the local community to come together for a short run to raise awareness and funds for Newborns Vietnam, a charity organization committed to reducing infant mortality in Vietnam.

Speaking about the growth of triathlon in Vietnam and the region, Geoff Meyers, managing director of Ironman Asia, said: “It is exciting to see how much the Vietnamese have embraced the sport of triathlon over the past few years since the first Ironman 70.3 Vietnam event in 2015. The Danang event has become a major destination race for our Ironman athletes around the world as evidenced by the large number of countries represented each year and the strong professional field that returns year after year.”

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