A SHORT distance race series—featuring a 750m swim, a 20K bike and a 5k run—will spice up The Bellevue Resort 5i50 Triathlon, firing off on Sunday with a huge field expected to vie for top honors at the Bellevue Resort in Panglao Island, Bohol.
Dubbed the Sunrise Sprint, the event is expected to lure beginners wanting to immerse themselves into triathlon racing, a tri warrior coming back to the circuit after a lengthy absence or simply a triathlon enthusiast looking to mix things up.
The organizing Sunrise Events, Inc. launched the event in Subic Bay early this year and inspired by the tremendous response, it has included the Sunrise Sprint in this year’s staging of The Bellevue Resort 5150.
“It has been our desire to expand the base of triathlon, which has grown by leaps and bounds through the years. With the Sunrise Sprint, we provide beginners or those on a comeback trail a fun and friendly racing experience,” said SEI founder Fred Uytengsu.
Few more slots are up for grabs in both The Bellevue Resort 5150 and Sunrise Sprint with fee pegged at P4,500 ($95). Participants in the Sunrise Sprint must be at least 15 years old by Dec. 31. For details, visit www.bellevue.5150philippines.com.
Meanwhile, Sam Betten and Dimity Lee Duke gear up for their respective title retention bids in the main event which has drawn top triathletes from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Europe, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.
The Australian duo dominated the 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run event last year but will be in for a tougher challenge this time with a crack set of rivals all primed up for a shot at 5150 honors and the $2,000 top prize in both categories of the event hosted for the first time by Bellevue Resort, a world-class resort on the coastline of Panglao Island in Bohol.
Backers of the event are The Bellevue Resort as title sponsor, Active Network (official registration partner), 2Go Express (official logistics and courier partner), Powerade (official hydration partner), Wilkins Pure (official hydration partner), Alaska Milk Corp., David’s Salon, GU Energy Gel, Prudential Guarantee, Intercare, TYR, Newton, The Bellevue Resort and Province of Bohol (host venues), Municipality of Dauis and Municipality of Panglao (bike course partners), The Philippine Star, Trilife Magazine, AsiaTRI.com and FinisherPix (media partners) and Ford, Cetaphil, Devant, Daylong, Motor Ace, Regent, Sanicare and Storck Bicycle (marketing sponsors).