According to Tran Nguyen Ba, deputy director of the Kien Giang Department of Culture and Sports, this is the first world-class sporting event ever held in Phu Quoc City.
The event has served as a platform to showcase Phu Quoc’s breathtaking landscapes, rich culture, and warm-hearted people to both local and international visitors.
“Sports tourism has become a global trend, and we are planning to propose to the provincial People’s Committee to organize more sporting events annually. This initiative aims to attract both local and international tourists to Phu Quoc, giving them the opportunity to explore and experience the beauty of our landscapes,” Ba added.
|A high number of foreigners participate in the BIM Group Ironman 70.3. Photo: Chi Cong / Tuoi Tre
The athletes competed in a 2km open water swim, followed by a challenging 90km bike ride, and finished with a half-marathon distance of 21.1km.
Mark Allen, a six-time Ironman world champion, expressed his awe at Phu Quoc, saying, “When I first set foot in Phu Quoc, the feeling of wonder overwhelmed me. The sea, mountains, and forests are all breathtaking and leave a lasting impression.”
He also shared his plans to spread the word about Phu Quoc to his friends as an ideal tourist destination in Vietnam.
|Triathletes do a warm-up. Photo: Chi Cong / Tuoi Tre
|The charity run Newborns Vietnam Runout attracts over 300 athletes. Photo: Chi Cong / Tuoi Tre
|Athletes join the Newborns Vietnam Runout. Photo: Chi Cong / Tuoi Tre
|An athlete practices swimming in the sea before officially competing in the triathlon race. Photo: Chi Cong / Tuoi Tre