DAVAO CITY -- The Davao City government and organizers of the Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao are expecting to exceed the registration limit set for the race, which is set to take place in March of 2019.

“I think we will exceed that in the next couple of days,” said Mikey Aportadera, officer-in-charge of the SDD-CMO, when asked about the triathlon’s initial 2,200 available slots.

The number of racers from the previous Ironman 70.3 race held in Davao in March of this year was 1,800.

Aportadera said that the organizers are expecting a total of around 2,800 to 3,000 registrations this year.

The city government also intends to double its security measures for the upcoming race, considering the expected volume of racers, tourists, and media practitioners to be coming to Davao for the event.

Aportadera said that he needs to make sure that the ratio between security officers and civilians is at least 1:10 for the Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao next year.

Last year, the city tapped the region’s police and fire fighting forces to help ensure the safety and security of everyone in Davao during the race. The city intends to do the same next year.

Mauricio Mendez, who topped the men’s category of the first Ironman 70.3 in Davao, has already registered for next year’s race to defend his title.

Aportadera expressed the city’s excitement to host the Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Davao for the next two years in fulfillment of its three-year contract with its organizers.