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As he gears up for historic North Pole run, Louie Sangalang joins Ironman Davao race

Louie Sangalang is ready for both the North Pole Marathon and the Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao. Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

TAGUIG--For a Filipino who will be traveling way north for the FWD North Pole Marathon, Louie Sangalang should be in Baguio or somewhere colder right now for his early acclimatization training.

But on Palm Sunday, he will be in Davao City instead.

Sangalang revealed to some reporters on Thursday night that he will be part of the Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao.

"[For now,] I have to worry about my race on Sunday," said Sangalang after FWD threw a send-off party for him at the Bonifacio Technology Center.

The Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao is the first Ironman triathlon event that will take place in Mindanao in celebration of a full decade of Ironman in the Philippines.

Being in the half-distance Ironman race is nothing new for the former URCC champion turned marathoner and triathlete as he already finished a number of triathlons ever since he gave the sport a try in 2015.

However, he clarified, "I'm treating that as part of my training [for the North Pole Marathon]."

Curiously, he is set to leave for Oslo, Norway on Good Friday before traveling to the nearby city of Tromso on April 2, so the jet lag could play a factor in the final stage of his North Pole Marathon preparations especially with the short rest spanning his trip back to Metro Manila to his trip to Oslo.

But according to him, he is already used to it.

"Ang maganda kasi sa ginagawa ko, I've been racing and doing a lot of racing events every weekend, so my body has adapted to the pressure and strenuous activities," Sangalang further said.

He also reiterated that he is ready for the historic run in the world's northernmost point in spite of the short recovery period from the Davao triathlon.

"The most important [thing] is that yung gear na binigay sa akin ng FWD plus the people that have helped me physically, mentally, [and] emotionally," remarked Sangalang, who has been under the tutelage of renowned triathlete and coach Ani Brown, Mt. Everest conqueror Romi Garduce, actress Maricel Pangilinan, her son Benjamin, and radio and TV host Sam Gogna. "With that, the confidence is there, and regardless if I get tired, at least I have that mindset to back it up."

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