According to Sunrise Events’ general manager Princess Galura, Ironman Philippines will address queries as soon as global directives are in place

By Nicole Ganglani | Photo by Javier Lobregat

Just like any other sports league or business, Ironman, the 42-year-old World Triathlon Corporation, is doing everything it can to adjust to the impact of the world crisis. Last June 16, Sunrise Events (which IRONMAN acquired in 2019) was called out by certain triathletes for not refunding its participants after postponing the Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines in Subic to Oct.25.

According to Sunrise Events General Manager Princess Galura, the brand is finding solutions for participants to still be able to race soon. While there are no refunds for this year’s postponed races worldwide, Galura encourages the triathlon community to trust the leadership behind the IRONMAN brand. She says that Ironman Philippines will address queries as soon as global directives are in place.  

“Trust the brand to do what is best for you like how you trust it when you swim, bike and run in every single race,” says Galura.

Galura has been affiliated with IRONMAN for over 12 years now and is no stranger to the obstacles it faces regularly. She is confident that triathletes will soon be reunited with the sport they love most—it’s just a matter of being patient and in her own words “riding through the motions” right now. According to her, Ironman Philippines is aiming to plan the most suitable and safest race possible in time of pandemic—all without sacrificing the experience the brand is best known for. Here’s everything we know about IRONMAN Subic so far:

 

Ironman Subic remains fluid

“The Philippine still has a lot of cases so there are questions right now we don’t have answers to, but it doesn’t mean we’re not doing anything about it,” says Galura.

Galura says that the date for Ironman Subic is not written in stone but instead still subject to change. The annual event may have been moved to Oct. 25 but organizers will still follow the rules imposed by the local government and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority—who Ironman Philippines is also in constant communication with. This means that the status of the race will be a mutually agreed decision between the organizers and the authorities involved. The race will also be highly dependent on how Subic City handles the health crisis in the next few months. Galura says that just because the race is set on Oct.25 doesn’t mean it’s going to happen in October, given that the race is subject to change based on what’s best for its participants and everyone involved. 

Last minute race cancellations have already transpired in other international races. Last June 24, Galura pointed out how Ironman 70.3 Lubbock Triathlon was canceled 48 hours before the race due to the rise of coronavirus cases in Texas.

“Trust the brand to do what is best for you like how you trust it when you swim, bike and run in every single race,” says Galura.

 

Ironman Subic will be following the five pillars of safety

The five pillars made by the world Ironman group are: enhanced hygiene, screening and education, density reduction, touch point minimization and athlete self reliance. These rules and regulations are made based on the configurations of each race and venue. 

For Ironman Subic, Galura mentions that Ironman has already come up with a detailed plan, which again could likely change depending on the situation of the venue as we get close to race day. 

The organizers have come up with protocols following the five safety pillars mentioned above. For example, the touch point minimization area rule means that the shopping point (one of the most popular destinations for participants and guests) will have a more digital point and pay  approach. Another is the enhanced hygiene rule which means that the venue will be disinfected at least three times a day. 

 

Ironman Subic organizers will do what’s best for its triathletes

“Ironman is 42 years old. You trust the brand when you sign up for a full distance of 3.8 kilometers swim, 185 meter bike and 42k run no matter the conditions—the hot or cold weather, angry oceans, strong winds,” says Galura. 

With all the uncertainty happening right now, Galura assures that triathletes, should any race proceed, will have safety protocols in place. The organizers are in constant communication with the world Ironman group who are updated with the local situation. 

Moreover, the Ironman brand has been around for 42 years now (older than some professional athletes who participate in Subic annually) so Galura assures that the brand will definitely bounce back from this health crisis and live up to its name.