On my way to and from work, I always pass by Roxas Boulevard. During those idle times when my mind wanders as I gaze at the sunset on my way home, I wonder wouldn’t it be great if our very own Manila Bay gets to host one of the Ironman races? Picture it. Swim leg would be an out and back from the shores of Manila Bay while Baywalk can serve as the transition area. The 180km bike leg would then take the racers to scenic Tagaytay via Aguinaldo Hi-way, turnaround at Batangas and then back to Roxas Boulevard where the 42K run is done on the very same route used for the Milo Marathon. At the finish, there’ll be fireworks at Quirino Grandstand and all-night partying in front of the Rizal Monument. If the race starts at 7am, the elites will probably finish right about sunset time. Running towards the finish with the famous Manila Bay sunset as the backdrop….:)
But I guess it’ll never happen huh? Only because Manila Bay is so darn polluted that ITU wouldn’t even dare sanction a race there. But then, I do see children swimming in the Bay especially during summer time 🙂 I don’t know….Every triathlete dreams of doing an Ironman and I just thought wouldn’t it be great if one were to do his/her very first one right in his/her own backyard? The closest thing that we have here is Whiterock and Subic O3. And I do remember having read somewhere that the Philippines did hold an Ironman distance race before (in Matabungkay i think). But I’m not sure if it was part of the Ironman series held around the world. And I’m sure it wasn’t at Manila Bay. Oh well, I can still dream can’t I?