CEBU CITY, Philippines – With about 30,000 people expected to gather in the province of Cebu for the 2016 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship this Sunday, August 7, Cebuanos are advised to stay in their homes as major roads in the cities of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Cebu and Talisay will be closed from 5 am onwards.
This is to give way for the international triathlon race which will kickoff with the 1.9-kilometer swim in the waters fronting the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, to be followed by a 90-kilometer bike from Shangri-La passing through one lane of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge, onwards to Mandaue, Cebu then Talisay as the turning point and back through the same route to Shangri-La for the last phase of the gruelling race which is the 21-kilometer run, again from Shangri-La to Punta Engano and back.
This is the first time that a 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship is being held in Asia. This is the 8th half Ironman held here in the Philippines with the first 3 hosted by Camarines Sur and the last 5 including this Sunday’s race hosted by Cebu.
The event is hosted by the Cebu Province and the cities of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Cebu and Talisay, and organized by the Sunrise Events Inc. (SEI) headed by its president Wilfred Steven Uytengsu.
The event has gathered more than 3,000 participants with 34 Pro triathletes, the biggest field so far, in any Asia Pacific championship.
To guarantee the safety of all racers, especially in the bike section, road closures are being implemented.
Lapu-Lapu roads to be closed are in Punta Engaño (Kabesang Tasyo Road) to Manuel L. Quezon National Highway to the Junction of Marcelo Fernan Bridge. The road from Goldberry Hotel, Pusok, up to Punta Engaño will be closed from 5 am to 2 pm while the Punta Engaño side up to Amisa will be opened at 5 pm.
In Mandaue, Ouano Ave. and Plaridel Street will be closed from 4 am to 2 pm. All vehicles bound for Mandaue City and Northern Cebu are advised to take L. Jaena and MC Briones Streets, while those going to Lapu-Lapu City and Mactan Airport are urged to take L. Jaena, MC Briones and UN Avenue or SB Cabahug and UN Avenue, and motorists bound for Mandaue City and Cebu can take MC Briones and L. Jaena.
In Cebu City, the entire Sergio Osmeña Blvd, from Mahiga Bridge leading to Legaspi Extension as well as the underpass going straight to South Road Properties will be totally closed to traffic from 5 am to 12 noon.
In Talisay, there will be total road closure from Talisay Fish Port Cebu South Coastal Road to Cong. Bacaltos Roas from 5 am to 2 pm.
All motorists going to the airport coming from any direction are also advised to take the Sangi Motumbo Road or Mactan Benito Ebuen Airbase if available. All trucks, trailers, tourist buses or motor vehicles with GVW 4500 and above will not be allowed to travel during the duration of the event, especially at diversional/alternative routes going to the airport. – Rappler.com