Text and photos by: Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje


August 5, 2012, Cebu hosted one of the country’s biggest events this year, the Iron Man 70.3 Philippines. The event included participants from more than 30 countries. Pete Jacobs of Australia won the triathlon finishing the race with an official time of 4:07:38 and making this his 3rd in a row win in the Professional Elite Male Category. Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen clocked 4:20:48 dethroning Australia’s Belinda Granger who finished third with 4:32:09 time in the Professional Elite Female Category.


Belinda Granger of Australia, Caroline Steffen of Switzerland and Pete Jacobs of Australia


Started at around 6 am at the beach cove of Shangri-La MActan Resort and Spa, the athletes braved the water of Hilutungan Channel for the swimming stage of the competition.

Swimming Stage of IronMan 70.3 Philippines

Coming out of the water first is, Pete Jacobs of Australia who clocked 21 minutes and 21 seconds. Coming out of the water next is Mathieu O’Hallaran of Canada who timed 22 minutes and 16 seconds and just behind him is USA’s Amanda Stevens with 22:21 clocked on the swim.

Pete Jacobs of Australia finishing the swim at 21 minutes and 26 seconds


Mathieu O'Halloran of Canada and behind him is Amanda Stevens of USA


Cameron Brown of New Zealand timed 22:37 on the swim

Caroline Steffen of Switzerland coming out of the water finishing the swim at 24:03

The athletes then go on a 90KM bike race. Pete Jacobs and Cameron Brown closely finished the bike part of the race with times 22:15:34 and 22:14:14 and starting the 21KM run. Mathieu O’Halloran finished the bike at 2:19:59 and Caroline Steffen at 2:20:43.


Bike stations

Pete Jacobs and Cameron Brown closely finished the bike part of the race with times 22:15:34 and 22:14:14

Pete Jacobs and Cameron Brown

Mathieu O'Halloran of Canada finished the bike at 2:19:59


Professional Elite Male title was awarded to Pete Jacobs who clocked 1:27:55 on the run and finished the race in 4 hours,7 minutes, 38 seconds. 2 minutes behind Jacobs is New Zealand’s Cameron Brown who came in second with a time of 1:29:18 on the run and finishing the race in  4:09:01.  Canadian Mathieu O’Halloran came in third with 1:34:38 on the run and finished 4:19:32.


Cameron Brown of New Zealand - 2nd on the Professional Male Elite Category

Professional Elite Female title went to Caroline Steffen of Switzerland who finished the run at 1:32:49 and the race in 4:20:48. Coming in second is USA’s Bree Wee finishing the run in 1:36:31 and the race in 4:27:24. Coming in third was last event’s winner Belinda Granger of Australia finishing the run in 1:41:10 and the race in 4:32:09.

Belinda Granger (Australia) and Caroline Steffen (Switzerland)

Filipino Elite male Champion is Augusto Benedicto finishing the race in 4 hours, 27minutes and 39 seconds. Monica Torres bagged the Filipino Elite Female category title, making it her 4th title.

4th placer Pro Elite Male Category-Erich Felbabel of Hong Kong talking to the press. On his left is Mathieu O'Halloran and on the right are Filipino Elite Category winners Monica Torres and August Benedicto


Dr. Amanda Stevens of USA, finishing up 4th in the Professional female elite category


Bree Wee of USA - 3rd Placer Pro Elite Fmeale Category


Here are some more pictures of the Iron Man 70.3 Philippines!

A very inspiring guy! One legged guy who was part of the relay category of the race finishing the swim


Thumbs Up Kuya Kim!

Is that Matteo Guidicelli? Good Job!


Matteo G.

Celbrity Blogger, Fat Kid Inside- Erwan! Anne must be a really proud girlfriend!

Pete Jacobs


Is that Mr. Pangilinan?

Mathieu O'Halloran


Oh! it's Senator Pia's Cayetano's back! hehe.


Bike Station