PROS, elite and age-group triathletes brace for another thrilling weekend in Subic Bay as they clash for top honors and seek personal glory in the second edition of Regent 5150 Triathlon on Sunday.
The participants flock to the triathlon capital of Northern Luzon to test themselves in a challenging 1.5k swim, 40K bike, 10K run course around Subic, seeking to level up, warm up for bigger races, or get the hang of the tri-sport – all depending on their skill set.
Organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. in partnership with Regent Foods, Regent 5150 is regarded as the answer to triathletes who love to do short-distance but challenging races in a world-class setup.
Another highlight of the weekend is the inaugural staging of the Sunrise Sprint or S2, a 750m open water swim, 20K bike ride, 5K run race which is fit for beginners wanting to immerse themselves in triathlon, for enthusiasts who want to race without having to worry about long periods of training, or for the tri warrior raring to make a comeback after a long hiatus.
“Our aim with this event is to encourage even more people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and embrace multisport training and racing,” said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, Sunrise president and Alaska top honcho.
“While we recognize that people may have an Ironman or Ironman 70.3 event as a ‘bucket list’ item, we also realize that you need to start somewhere and this event does exactly that. The distance is still challenging for the novice triathlete and we hope to encourage many individuals to start with this distance,” he added.
Aside from the centerpiece pro competition, a fierce battle also looms among the Filipino elite athletes and age-groupers in the event backed by 2GO Express as the Official Courier and Logistics Partner, Venue Hosts Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Traveler Hotel and Event Center and Acea Beach, Sponsors Coca-Cola Femsa, Newton Running, Alaska, David’s Salon, Intercare, GU, Sante Barley and TYR.
“In our aim to support Filipino’s changing lifestyles and needs, Regent Foods started to focus on promoting a balanced routine through our participation in fun run events. Over the past years, we have seen triathlon evolve as a fast-growing sport. We are truly proud to be part in supporting the triathlon community with the Regent 5150 event," Regent Foods president Ricky See.
Aussie Sam Betten will return to defend his male pro crown against compatriots Mitch Robins and Dan Brown and Slovak Michal Bucek while 2015 runner-up Dimity-Lee Duke and fellow Aussie Michelle Duffield and New Zealand’s Amelia Rose Watkinson will dispute the women’s tiara following the retirement of last year's winner Belinda Granger.
Other supporters of the event are Department of Tourism – Tourism and Promotions Board, Registration Partner Active Network, Media Partners Philippine Star, TriLife Magazine, AsiaTri and Finisher Pix, Marketing Partners Cetaphil, Devant, Ford, Garmin, Omega Pro, PLDT Subictel, Sanicare, Walter Bread, Beer Below Zero, Miller Beer, AlcoPlus and Hotel Partners The Lighthouse Marina Resort, Court Meridian, Travelers Hotel, Subic Bay Yacht Club and Subic International Hotel.