A number of beach resorts in the Island Garden City of Samal worry over the adverse effect of the Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao Triathlon slated to be held on March 25 in the cities of Davao, Panabo and Tagum.
According to an officer of Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort, said to be the biggest resort in IGaCoS, their customers will have no access to their resort for several hours while the triathlon will be held. This is because the triathlon will require be a maximum 12-hour major closure of roads in the whole stretch of J.P. Laurel starting Azuela Cove in Lanang passing through Panabo City to Tagum City, Davao del Norte from 3:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In effect, the road closures will deprive the beach-goers access to IGACoS and its resorts, according to Emilio D. Diamante, Jr., Paradise resort assistant manager Paradise island resort. He said the closure of the roads will deprive the resorts income for the day.
Diamante said the resorts in IGaCoS now numbering close to 100, accommodate tens of thousands of people going to the beaches during weekends, especially Sundays and holidays as evidenced by the long queues in wharfs and terminals of ferries and motorboats.
“Unta naay access sa amoang resort kay sirad-an nila ang main road gikan Alcantara hangtod Tagum from 3 am ata up to mahuman ang race. Sirad-an man gud ang access sa Samal including the ferry terminals from early morning hangtod na mahuman ang race. The road to be closed our concern will be from the junction where JP Laurel meets R. Castillo (caltex/Alcantara) up to Tagum both lanes padulong ug pabalik,” Diamante said.
In Davao City, the affected roads will be from corner JP Laurel/F. Torres to Lasang. All roads affected will be temporarily closed. At 3 am to 3:30 pm corner JP Laurel/F. Torres to Alcantara northbound dicrection will be closed. Both directions will also be closed from Alcantara to Robinsons Tagum at 3 a.m to 12:30 pm. By 10:30 a.m southbound direction will be opened for traffic while northbound direction remains closed from 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. At exactly 12:30 pm Daang Maharlika Highway (from Tagum City to Alcantara) both directions will be opened for traffic all the way to JP Laurel Avenue southbound direction only.
During the run course, the affected road is JP Laurel Avenue (northbound lanes) from Alcantara to corner F. Torres St. at 3 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
“Mawad-an gyud mi ug kita ana ba ug dili lang kami but the rest of Samal resorts nga moagi sa ferry terminals and the resorts having jetties on the closed part of the road,” Diamante said.
He said they are now talking with the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Samal and the association of the resort owners as the latter are also calling the attention of the organizers of the said international event.
“Imagine Sunday ni (Ironman opening) it’s when business is best multiply that to how many resorts naa Samal who access us by ferry (resorts in Samal who have no jetties of their own),” he added.
The 1.9km swim starts at the property development of Azuela Cove. Participants will swim the Pakiputan straight, following a single rectangular clockwise swim course heading north. The swim leg begins with a 500 meter leg then turning right for 50 meters then followed by a 850 meter leg heading south. Participants will then make a 25 meter right turn heading to the final 475 meter leg exiting in Azuela Cove. Participants exit the swim and enter transition in the Azuela property to start the bike leg of the course.
Participants exit the Azuela property and onto the main highway to begin the 90km bike course.Traversing through several cities, the course is straightforward and easy to navigate with wide and scenic roads. The course will lead participants north to the turn-around point in Tagum City. After making the turn-around, participants will head back to Azuela for transition 2 and enter the run leg of the course.
“Sa bike route Azuela Cove is the former Alcantara & Sons Co. unya sirad-an na nila from 3AM all the way to Tagum, maabrehan na the earliest mga 12:30 PM, kinsa pa man pod manganhi sa Samal sa hapon? Kung gamay na lang ang customers jumbolan pa gyud na sa daghang resorts,” Diamante said.