At least 1700 participants from 39 countries have joined the first Alveo Ironman 70.3 in Davao City on Sunday, March 25. The event covers 1.9-kilometer swim along the coast of Azuela cover, 90-kilometer bike loop to Tagum City and 21-kilometer loop to downtown area.

Near the swim course in Azuela Cove

Warm up

Philippine Navy’s Multi-Purpose attack vehicle

Swim out

Let’s go!

Swim, swim

Spectators

August Benedicto on his way to Tagum City

Spectators gather at the old wharf inside Azuela Cove

Air Ambulance of the Philippine Air Foce

Say, hi!

Mauricio Mendez leads the pack as they are approaching Azuela Cove

Tim Reed on his way to the final segment of the race.

Paul Jumamil of TRI SND Barracuda

Leanne Szeto

Water stations

Craig Alexander (08) and Mauricio Mendez (02)

Bradley Weiss

Beating the heat

Benjamin Rana

Radka Kahlefeldt of Czech Republic

Tim Van Berkel

Mauricio Mendez nailed his first triathlon victory in the Philippines after clocking 3:50:32 to beat veteran rivals Tim Reed and Tim Van Berkel.

Naomi Washizu of Japan

Mauricio Mendez at the finish line

Tim Reed crosses the finish line

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte welcomes Pro-Women’s category winner Radka Kahlefeldt at the finish line. Kahlefeldt gave birth to her first child 10 weeks ago.

Naomi Washizu crosses the finish line

Mauricio Mendez embraces second placer Tim Reed

Tim Van Berkel

Eric Watson celebrates at the finish line

Jerry Ycong finished 11th in the Mens Pro Category after cloicking 4:24:15.

August Benedicto assists Banjo Norte at the finish line.

Radka Kahlefeldt shows her medal after winning the Women’s Pro Category after clocking 4:25:38.

Alveo Ironman 70.3 champion 22-year old Mexican Mauricio Mendez is flanked by runners up Australians Timothy Reed (right) and Tim Van Berkel (left). Mendez is the youngest XTERRA World Champion in 2016.