GERALD Anderson, Jake Cuenca and Kim Chiu head the local celebrities seeing action in the Powerman Philippines Asian Championship on Sunday at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
Anderson, Cuenca and Chiu are set to compete in the individual competition, while Aubrey Miles, Troy Montero and coach Al Gonzales will vie in the classic distance relay.
Sitti Navarro and Joey Ramirez are entered in the short distance relay of the run-bike-run event presented by Summit Natural Drinking Water and organized by F&F International Events Group.
They will be among the 1,127 participants set to compete in the event.
Australians Thomas Bruins and Matt Smith, along with Malaysians Ziq Junaidy and Jason Loh banner the centerpiece Elite division with John Chicano, Joey delos Reyes and Cipriane Topia leading the local challenge.
Chicano, De los Reyes and Topia placed fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in last year’s staging of the event.
This year’s event is also a qualifier for the Powerman World Championships.
Japanese Airi Sawada and Alexandra McDougall, also from Australia, loom as the duathletes to beat in the women’s Elite side.
The premier Powerman Classic is a 10km run, 60km bike and 10km run event, while the Powerman Short is 5km run, 30km bike and 5km run.