Half-IRONMAN event in Danang is the newest destination race in Asia
DANANG, VIETNAM — Vietnam officially becomes the 30th country to host an IRONMAN event via the VNG IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam Triathlon. The race, the biggest international triathlon event ever to be held in Vietnam, is set to happen on May 10, 2015 in the coastal city of Danang, well-known for its pristine beaches, UNESCO world heritage sites and numerous tourist attractions.
The IRONMAN 70.3, also known as the half-IRONMAN distance triathlon, is among the world’s most exciting races, attracting hundreds of thousands of athletes and supporters year-round. The Vietnam inaugural race boasts over one thousand registered participants representing 54 countries, making this race the newest sought-after destination race in Asia and with one of the mostinternationally-diverse field of athlete participants ever for an IRONMAN 70.3 event.
Over 30 professionals athletes of various nationalities are expected to arrive, including 2008 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Terenzo Bozzone, 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 Asia Pacific Champion Tim Reed and triathlon hotshots Caroline Steffen and Josh Amberger, representing one of the deepest fields of professional athletes assembled for an IRONMAN 70.3 event in Asia.
Not to be discounted is the strong participation from the Vietnamese community, which includes VNG CEO and co-founder Le Hong Minh, Novagroup CEOLe Thi Thu Thuy, Luala CEODo Ngoc Minh, TMG Chairman and CEOTran Trong Kien, Minh Long CEOLy Huy Sang,McDonalds Vietnam Chairman Henry Nguyen, Collagen Adiva CEO Tran Quoc Dungand 2011 Miss Universe VietnamVu Hoang My, among others. Also participating are charity teams led by Team Britain, comprised of David Lloyd, Graham Knight and Frederik Farina. Team Britainwill be participating in the race’s relay category to raise awareness and funds for Newborns Vietnam. Based in Danang, Newborns Vietnam is a charity that works to reduce infant mortality in Vietnam by providing specialist British training for neonatal nurses and doctors, as well as life-saving equipment.
Danang, Vietnam’s third-largest city, will play host to the inaugural VNG IRONMAN 70.3. Situated along an immaculate 30-km stretch of white-sand beach within 100 km of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (including the Imperial City of Hue, Hoi An Ancient Town and the My Son ruins), Danang is a bucket–list destination for travelers with its mix of cultural attractions, famous cuisine, beautiful beaches, world-class golf courses and award-winning resorts, making it the perfect venue for this major sports tourism event.
The race will have a fast and scenic course that includes a 1.9km swim in front of the beautiful Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa (host hotel and race central), a two-loop 90km biking ride with a course that will take participants along Danang’s pristine coastline and by some of the city’s key landmarks and a 21km out-and-back flat run passing many of Da Nang’s famous beach resorts before finishing at the foot of the legendary Marble Mountains. With tropical conditions, this warm-weather event is the perfect mid-season race to prepare athletes for their summer IRONMAN events.
The VNG IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam also serves as a qualifying race for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria. Twenty-five age-group qualifying slots are at stake, along with a US$15,000 prize purse for the event.
The VNG IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam is produced and organized by Sunrise Events Vietnam and made possible through the support of a number of sponsors and partners, including: title sponsor VNG, venue hosts People’s Committee of Danang and Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa, official hydration partner Number 1, official travel partner TMG Group (Buffalo Tours, Victoria Hotels, Hai Au Aviation), media partner Dat Viet(HTV2,Gia Tri TV, DRT) and other sponsors AA Corporation, Family Medical Practice, Indochina Sun Company, Jett Cycles (Cannondale, Giro, SRAM, SCHWALBE), JLT Insurance, Maple Healthcare, Shotz and Timex. Partner hotels include Grand Mercure and Vinpearl. Marketing partners include AB Promotions, Finisher Pix, HuuToan, Marou Chocolate, Minh Long, More than Sport, Novaland, Phuong Vy Coffee, Samsung, Vietnam Airlines andVietnam Trade Alliance (Budweiser).
ABOUT SUNRISE EVENTS BIKING VIETNAM TOURS
Sunrise Events Vietnam was established in 2015 and is the exclusive licensee of the World Triathlon Corporation for IRONMAN 70.3 events in Vietnam. The vision of the company is to stage a world-class IRONMAN event that will establish Vietnam as the newest sought-after destination race venue in Asia.
The inaugural staging of the VNG IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam attracted over one thousand athletes representing 54 countries. Combined with one of the largest professional fields ever assembled for an IRONMAN 70.3 event in Asia, the VNG IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnamis already on its way to becoming a must do event on the IRONMAN 70.3 circuit
Sunrise Events Vietnamis an affiliate of Sunrise Events, Inc. of the Philippines, organizer of World Triathlon Corporation-licensed triathlon events Century Tuna Ironman 70.3, Safeguard Active 5150, Regent 5150 and Cobra Ironman 70.3 which is referred to as the “gold standard of races in Asia”.
VNG Corporation is an enterprise serving more than 80% of Internet users in Vietnam. VNG’s products are constructed as an ecology on the Internet, including online entertainment, news, social network products and platforms connected to online payment system. Among these are the No.1 mobile messaging app – Zalo and product group Zing – Zing MP3, Zing News, Zing me. VNG is also the largest game publisher and developer in Vietnam.
VNG has currently more than 2000 employees working with the spirit “Embracing challenge” for the mission “Make the internet change Vietnamese lives”