Commuters, be aware of Cobra Ironman road closure: organizers

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"WE would like the community to be aware of the activity."

With the race date of the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines drawing near, the organizers and the local coordinators are calling the public to be aware of the route as early as now, especially the roads that will be closed when the event blasts off on Aug. 3 in Lapu-Lapu City.

Cebu Province Administrator Atty. Mark Tolentino said guests and residents will have to bear with the traffic as it is a small price to pay for putting Cebu in the international sporting map.


"One of the reasons for announcing the road closure early is to fully inform the community about the traffic scenario on race date so as to minimize problems especially for the commuters," said Tolentino.

The road closure and rerouting notices will be announced through social media, radio and print ads and organizers are calling on everyone to check these media for updates.

Traffic and delay for some who are going and coming from the port areas, where the bike route will pass through, the organizers are making sure that these people will be assisted.

"Buses will be stationed in the port areas. We are aiming to inform the public about this event and request for their patience and understanding," said Neville Manaois, technical race director.

Ironman 70.3 Philippines 2014 Traffic Advisory
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The organizers and the Lapu-Lapu LGU are currently cooking up a plan to make it easier for those going to and out of the airport on that day.

"We encourage everyone to hear from the announcements from the LGUs through social media for the rerouting updates," Manaois added.

This will be the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philipines' third staging in Cebu and sixth in the Philippines.

The bike route is passing through the four big cities of Cebu-Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City and Talisay City.

In Mandaue City, the Osmeña roads will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Plaza Independencia all the way to the South Road Properties (SRP) road up to Talisay Fish Port will be closed starting 5 a.m to 12:30 p.m, while Punta Engaño will be fully closed at 4 a.m to 4 p.m.

Some of the world's top triathlets wll be among the 2,500 participants from 40 different countries racing in Cebu streets.

Several CEOs from some of the country's top-earning companies will also be joining the event.

"We have 13 participants from the CEO category, these people are earning $5million and above," said Princess Galura, Sunrise Events Inc.'s (SEI) project director.

This year marks the most number of first-timers in the event. There are a total of 1,726 Filipino registrants and 141 Singaporean entries. There are 54 American triathletes on the list; 52 Australians and 39 Japanese. These numbers are on top of those joining the relay events.

With the number of participants gradually increasing every year, from 1,800 last 2012, 2,100 last 2013 and 2,500 this year. Tolentino said that it means a lot for Cebu as the host of the event.

"The event is growing and this says a lot about Cebu as host and venue for this event," said Tolentino.

The race will start at Shangri-La Mactan with the swim leg, pass through four cities in the bike, and finish with a run in Mactan. RSC

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 23, 2014.


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