General Entry Opens: Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship
General registration is now available for the 2010 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, being held at the Laguna Phuket Resort in Phuket, Thailand, on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010.
With a well known venue, host and production team, the championship has its roots in the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, one of the most popular destination races on the circuit. Over the years, this race has attracted many of the sport’ top performers including Mark Allen, Paula Newby Fraser, Craig Alexander and Samantha McGlone, who have routinely listed Laguna Phuket as a favorite race due to its course (already used venue), organization and overall tourism experience.
The Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship will incorporate the Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s trademark swim comprised of two bodies of water including asection in the Andaman Sea, a beach run and a section in a lagoon. The bike course will be challenging and scenic with hilly sections and winding rural roads through rubber plantations and villages. The two-loop flat run, around the spectacular Laguna Phuket Resort, will include road, path and grass golf-course sections.
Entries are open to athletes around the world. There are no qualification requirements to enter the race’s Open Division. Competitors wishing to race for Asia-Pacific Championship titles, age group awards and Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 qualifying slots may easily transfer their entries (free of charge) to the Championship Division by finishingin the top 50 percent of their age?group at any 2010 Ironman 70.3 race worldwide.
Entry is available through the official event website, with Open Division entry limited to 600 athletes/spots. Once Open entries are closed, entries will be available to those winning their age group at any global Ironman 70.3 event. Additionally, competitors finishing insecond to fifth places in their age group at any Ironman 70.3 event worldwide may enter the race as a wild card” entrant (space permitting).
A Championship Division for relay teams is also available, through qualification at Asia?Pacific Ironman 70.3 events only.
The Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship event will offer a US $60,000 professional prize purse as well as qualifying slots for age group winners and the top 10 professional athletes to the 211 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3.
Laguna Phuket is Asia’s finest destination resort – a collection of deluxe hotels and villas including Banyan Tree Phuket, Angsana Laguna Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Laguna Beach Resort, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort & Villas, Best Western Allamanda Laguna Phuket, and Laguna Holiday Club Resort - all sharing 1,000 acres of tropical parkland and three kilometres of beach frontage with Laguna Phuket Golf Club, Canal Shopping Village, Banyan Tree Spa, four Angsana Spas, Laguna Wedding Chapel, the Quest team building facility, and Latitude, a unique stand-alone function venue.