Haikou, 5 April 2008 - As registration for Ironman China comes to a close, the newest addition to the Ironman calendar is emerging as one of the most international races in the Ironman world. We have great representation from across the globe,” reports Tinny Tung, Ironman China’s Race Director, “of the 800 athletes registered so far we have a truly global mix of Asian, European, Australian and North American athletes. We are really thrilled to have such a diverse group of racers.”
A range of triathlon clubs from both within and beyond Asia are bringing groups to Haikou to seek out that uniquely special experience Ironman China has to offer.
The diversity and international flavour of the inaugural Ironman China, presented by K-SWISS, will be strongly evident in the race village where The Bike Boutique, Asia's fastest growing bike franchise, will be on hand with its international team of mechanics. Across the village, a
team of 50 international massage therapists will work under the auspices of The Hawaiian Islands School of Massage, which has been providing race site massage at the Ford Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, for the past 18 years.
Australian Belinda Granger remains a clear favourite in the women’s pro race and an interesting pro men's field is emerging, which could be anyone’s race. Second placed at February’s Ironman Malaysia Czech Petr Vabruosek, Ironman Louisville 2007 Champion Chris McDonald and Park Byung Hoon, of Korea, join the 30 plus pro athletes in the line up. Park was runner up on his home turf at Ironman Korea in 2007, where he was chased by Olaf Sebatschus, Tim Marr, and Hubert Hammerl - all of whom will be racing in China.
Ironman China is on 20 April 2008, the same day as the CLSA Ironman 70.3 China - the first time in the history of Ironman that two Ironman events will be hosted at the same site on the same day.
The final event of the GKA Kite-Surf season saw sparks fly on the water as Prea delivered four days of perfect strapless freestyle conditions and sensational action last week.