With a huge turnout of 1,800 by far, the upcoming Alveo Ironman 70.3 set this weekend in Davao City is an indicator of confidence in the safety and security of the city and even the whole Mindanao.
This according to City Sports Division Office head Michael Denton Aportadera.
Aportadera confirmed the turnout of over 1,800 participants including 38 foreign entries.
“With the numbers who registered, Martial Law is not a problem for them and it also shows that Davao is secure, Mindanao is secure,” he said.
He said the city also broke the record of being the first-time host to hit the 1,800 registrants of the presitgious triathlon qualifying event in the world.
The security components from Davao City Police Office (DCPO) and Task Force Davao and other uniformed personnel in Davao del Norte are helping the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) to in place the security plan to ensure the safety and security of the athletes.
Also, Aportadera said the medical teams including their equipment are ready to give any medical assistance during the day of the event.
“Kaning security forces, the medical teams, andam na just as far as Tagum [City], Carmen, [and] Panabo City amo ng gi-sync tanan, centralized ang among operations niana (Our Security Force and Medical Team coming as far as, Tagum City, Town of Carmen and Panabo are already prepared and we syncronized all our operations for that event),” he said.
He said the emergency team of Philippine Coast Guard and Centrall 911 are also deployed in the water stage in case of possible drowning incident.
In the past Ironman events in the Philippines, tragic events led to deaths in the water stage.
Aportadera said the city and the organizing team Sunrise Events are now more than 80 percent ready for the big event in the city.
He said on the city’s hosting, the diverse but rich culture of the 11 tribes in the city.
“Ang amoang focus is more on the tribal aspect of the city,” he said.
Aportadera said not only the city will be showcased in this event but also the other neighboring cities and municipalities such as Panabo City, Tagum City and Carmen.
The participants will enjoy racing through Davao’s fusion of nature and urban infrastructure.
The race begins with a one-loop swim at the beautiful property development of Azuela Cove where they will go back for their first transition.
Athletes will take their exit to the main highway to start the 90km bike course. The fast, single loop bike course heads all the way to the turnaround point at Tagum City.
Participants will then head back to Azuela Cove for the second transition. They exit out to the flat roads of J.P. Laurel Avenue towards the commercial district of Davao to complete the two-loop 21.1km run.