SEI: Don’t sell your slots or else…

By: Glendale G. Rosal June 23,2016 - 10:05 PM

Sunrise Events Inc. (SEI) issued a warning to those who will be caught selling their slots to the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships slated Aug. 7 in Lapu-Lapu City.

SEI’s Princess Galura said organizers have already caught four Cebuano triathletes who sold their slots to the race in the social networking site Facebook. She would not, however, disclose their names.

Galura, on her Facebook account, said they won’t take this issue lightly.

“All those selling their slots on Facebook, I will make sure you are banned from all Ironman races! Don’t make a fool of us when we are doing the best for you!” Galura’s post read.

Slots to the race costs $275 for the individual local and individual foreign and $350 for the relay competition. Many triathletes are tempted to sell their slots at double the price because of the success of last year’s race, which got a near perfect 97.3-percent rate from the World Triathlon Council in terms of organizing. There are also more than a hundred triathletes on the waiting list, which makes selling easier.

Galura said this kind of practice may stain the image of Cebu, especially since those caught were Cebuanos.

“Huwag nilang babuyin yung race. Alam nila na nontransferable yung slots nila. Nagiging bad image yung Cebu dahil dito dahil ang mga nahuli namin are all Cebuanos. ‘Wag nila sirain yung pangalan ng race. Binibigay na namin lahat sa kanila tapos gagawin pa nila yung bagay na yun (They should not dishonor the race. They know that their slots are nontransferable. They give Cebu a bad image because those we caught were Cebuanos. They should not destroy the image of the race. We give them our best and this is what they do)?” Galura said.

Around 3,000 triathletes coming from 41 countries have already enlisted for the race that starts and ends at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa. Almost half of the 3,000 triathletes are Filipinos.

The race offers a half Ironman distance of 1.9-kilometer swim, 90k bike and 21k run.

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