MANILA, Philippines – Tim Reed is eyeing a rare "three-peat" against an elite field in the country's premier triathlon, Cobra Energy Ironman 70.4 Philippines, which is set for August 6 at the Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu.
Reed bested a world-class cast to rule the first Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship last year, and complete a back-to-back title romp in the 1.9k-swim, 90k-bike, 21-k run event at the Ironman 70.3 home in the Queen City of the South.
Reed is upbeat of his chances for a treble but is also wary of his rivals, led by his compatriot Tim Van Berkel, the winner of this year's Ironman 70.3 Vietnam.
Also tipped to contend are Xterra titlist Mauricio Mendez of Mexico, 2014 Ironman 70.3 Philippines winner Brent McMahon of Canada, Kiwi Cameron Brown, the winner of Ironman 70.3 Malaysia, Taiwan, and Korea, and another Australian in Sam Betten, the winner of the recent Regent 5150 in Subic.
Also in the fold are Braden Currie, Eddie Rawles and Callum Millward of New Zealand, David Mainwaring, Alexander Polizzi and Luke Bell of Australia, Americans Brad Williams and Iain Alexandridis, Czech Jakub Langhammer, Johan Stofberg of South Africa, Italian Jonathan Ciavatella and Eric Watson of Bahrain, all of whom are raring to beat Reed's time of 3:51:46 last year.
Organizer Sunrise Events, Inc. has guaranteed another successful staging of the grueling race that has lured a record 51 countries and more than 2,600 participants.
The chase for the women's crown is also expected to be fierce, with Dimity-Lee Duke going for a follow-up to her breakthrough victory in the Regent 5150 Triathlon in Subic.
Spicing up the annual event are the IronGirl on August 4, a 5-km run for female runners 12-years-old and above, and the ever-popular IronKids on August 5.
There will also be competitions for Filipino elites, CEO tri-racers, and close to 2,000 age-groupers and mixed, all-male, and all-female relay participants.