Filipino hero Benedicto shines in Vietnam

Benedicto tops Asian Elite division at Ironman Vietnam, finishes 11th overall.

August Benedicto sets heights for the Asian Elite division at the Ironman 70.3 Vietnam 2017. (Image from

On May 7th, the Ironman 70.3 Vietnam 2017 welcomed some of the world’s finest triathletes. One name that stands out is Alaska Tri-Aspire team member August Benedicto, the champion of the Asian Elite category.

Ironman 70.3 Vietnam featured a 113 kilometer stretch overlooking the scenic white-sand beaches of Danang. Benedicto managed to complete the course with a total time of 4:40:04, making him place 11th overall at the event.

From delivering ice to cross-country races, Benedicto serves as a hometown hero to many.
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Through his past experiences racing under the harshest conditions and the thousands of hours dedicated to training, Benedicto finds himself competing at the highest level. For those unaware, the 32-year old triathlete out of Tarlac unconsciously began his road to glory by delivering ice to the mountains. From there he would slowly find himself building a body built to go distances.

Although the Filipino champ treasures his victory, there’s no slowing down for him at all. Benedicto is set to put on a courageous display once again on June 4th for the Regen 5i50 to be held in Subic.

Racing alongside Benedicto was fellow Alaska Tri-Aspire team member Tim Van Berkel who won first in the male pro division. In other triathlon news, Tim Reed finished second overall at the Ironman Australia event.

To this day, Benedicto truly holds one of Filipino sports’ most amazing stories, and it’s inspiring for every Filipino to witness how successful he has become.

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