The 2009 edition of the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore will revolve entirely around the Playground @ Big Splash. From the race-pack collection, race briefing, carbo-loading party, post-race banquet and many more activities all located at the beautiful beach-front lifestyle hub.
In 2006, the World Triathlon Corporation, the licensee for Ironman triathlon introduced the first new Ironman competition since the original Ironman was founded in 1978. Since that inception in 2006, the Ironman 70.3 series has become the fastest growing triathlon series in the world.
Right now there are 31 events around the world that qualify athletes for the Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater Florida USA, every November. The number grows annually! Ironman 70.3 races consist of a 1.9km / 1.2 mile swim, a 90-kilometre / 56-mile bike and a 21.1km /13.1 mile run, which adds up to 70.3 miles of total racing, hence the name.
By coincidence, two men in Australia began a search at this time of an ideal location for such a race, having already run highly successful Half Ironman events through X-Tri Australia since 2000 and having been part of the Ironman phenomenon in Asia since that time also.
Two men in Singapore had long wanted to bring the Ironman name to the island country; but the global series for Ironman racing had been filled. However they had also formed an event company, HiVelocity and accrued a team of event experts.
A chance meeting brought the quartet together, and with so much common ground upon which to build, they formed H-Tri Pte Ltd, now known globally as the organiser of the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore.
The first event, in September 2007 saw Brazilian youngster, Reinaldo Colucci and Australian veteran, Belinda Granger take on the world’s best to become the inaugural Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore Champions.
Ironically, also on the podium was a then unknown British athlete, Chrissie Wellington, who, just one month later would become the Ironman World Champion and catapulted the Singapore based Team TBB into global success also! One month later, in November 2007, Miranda Carfrae, second in Singapore, would win the Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater, Florida – an auspicious podium for that first Aviva Ironman 70.3 to be sure confirmed when Belinda Granger backed up from Singapore in February 2008 to win Ironman Malaysia Langkawi!
World Champions, Ironman and Ironman 70.3 winners and short course specialists all come together in Ironman 70.3; and the inaugural race had all these and more – including World Ironman 70.3 champion, Craig Alexander!
In 2008, Hi-Tri moved to make many improvements to the race. Swim, bike and run courses were revised and improved, and other areas such as logistics, volunteers and merchandise were further modified to bring to the participating triathlete, the ultimate Ironman 70.3 experience, all backed by the warmth, safety and security of Singapore.
In one of the closest finishes on the Ironman 70.3 circuit in 2008, Australia’s Simon Thompson edged out Kiwi pre-race favourite Terenzo Bozzone by a mere 15 seconds to win the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore in a time of 3:55:40.
Completing the double for the Australians was Rebekah Keat, who saw off the challenge of last year’s women’s winner Belinda Grainger, who would place fourth this time round after suffering a punctured tyre, and losing some five minutes while fixing it. Keat’s winning time of 4:25:43 was more than four minutes ahead of second-placed New Zealander Gina Ferguson, with fellow Aussie Alison Fitch rounding up the top three in the women’s elite category.
With the assistance and support of naming sponsor Aviva, the event has been aggressively and uniquely marketed to Singapore and the world and so it’s no surprise that the triathletes of that world will meet in Singapore on March 22nd 2009, for the third annual edition of this exciting event.
Once again Singapore and the world will experience triathlon at its best, highlighting Singapore’s sports ability and the prowess of the elite and amateur athletes on the day.
Entry Closing Date 08-MAR-2009 23:59:00
Event Date 22-MAR-2009 07:00:00
- Individual (Early Bird) SGD 350 (Carbo Dinner and Post Race Banquet inclusive)
- Individuals (Normal) SGD 375 (Carbo Dinner and Post Race Banquet inclusive)
- Teams SGD 700 (Carbo Dinner and Post Race Banquet inclusive for all members)
Entries close on 08 March 2009 (or sooner if the maximum field of 1500 is reached).
Relay Team Registration: (Please Note that a relay team consists of a minimum two to maximum three persons, each one completing one leg of the race only (or two if in a two person team)
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