Triathlon event Ironman 70.3 has confirmed that its Davao run this year recorded one death among its participants.
"We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of a race participant at Ironman 70.3 Davao," the organizers said in a statement on Sunday, March 26.
The unnamed athlete required medical attention during the race's swimming portion. The Davao swim course was 1.9 kilometers long, starting at the Azuela Cove property, going through the Pakiputan straight before continuing its rectangular shape toward the exit transition.
The participant was later transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, but unfortunately passed away.
"Our condolences go out to the athlete's family and friends, whom we will continue to support," Ironman 70.3 wrote.
Ironman 70.3 Davao Philippines took place on March 26 in Davao City, where triathletes ran and biked on flat surfaces as well as swam the ocean.
According to the Ironman Davao website, the average air temperature at the time was 33 degrees Celsius while the water temperature was 28 degrees Celsius.
The said triathlon offered 30 age group qualify slots and another 25 extra slots for women to the 2023 VinFast Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Lahti, Finland from Aug. 26 to 27.