The World’s Toughest

For the first time, the new Alaska Tri-Aspire team will compete against the world’s best at the 2016 Ironman 70.3 in Vietnam.

Cover Image: The world’s best triathletes about to dive into the waters of Danang in last year’s inagural Ironman 70.3 Vietnam. (

It has been 10 years since the Ironman 70.3 World Championships debuted in 2006, and each year, the competition has served as a venue where some of the toughest athletes in the world come together to compete. From Olympians to Ironman champions and short-distance athletes who use the event to prepare for long-distance racing, the global event is, if not, the world’s most competitive long distance race.

For any triathlete aspiring to be the best, the Ironman 70.3 World Championship is the race to beat. Right before their wins in IronMan’s Kona, Ironman World Champions Craig Alexander, Mirinda Carfrae and Leanda Cave each earned the Ironman 70.3 crown. Olympians from Samantha McGlone, Andy Potts, Julie Dibens, Jodie Swallow, and Joanna Zieger to name a few, all became world champions.

On May 8, Ironman 70.3 Vietnam will take its bow and, for the first time, the new lineup of our country’s own Alaska Tri-Aspire team will be competing together towards one goal – nothing less, than victory.

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Multi-awarded triathlete and Ironman 70.3 Vietnam 2015 Women’s Champion Caroline Steffen will be back to defend her crown together with the new members of the Alaska Tri-Aspire team. (

Alaska Tri-Aspire is a team made up of some of the world’s best triathletes, each a veteran of some of the world’s toughest races while working to promote the sport and produce professional athletes capable of competing in the 5i50, 70.3 IronMan and XTERRA events at the Asian Beach Games, Asian Games and, eventually, the Olympics. The latest squad is composed of former multi-awarded Ironman World Champions Caroline Steffen, who also won last year’s Ironman 70.3 Vietnam, Tim Reed, Tim Van Berkel, 5i50 champion Dimity Lee Duke, Sam Betten (who recently won the prestigious Noumea International World Championship), and Filipino Elite Champion August Benedicto.

Despite the Ironman 70.3 in Vietnam being their first race together, the Alaska Tri-Aspire certainly boast the experience and skill to compete against the world’s best. Individually, their accomplishments are stellar. Imagine what they can do as a team. On the 8th of May, we’re all about to find out.

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