LOCAL and international pros are expected to gather for the 5150 Triathlon series which is returning once more to the jungles and secluded waters of Subic Bay on October 6.
The Safeguard Active 5i50 Triathlon was officially launched last Monday in a press conference at the Hotel Dusit Thani in Makati City by Sunrise Event Inc. CEO and president Wilfred Uytengsu.
Procter & Gamble is the major sponsor of the October race and has signed a three-year partnership with Sunrise for the event.
The October race will have a 1.5 kilometer swim at Kamana Resort and Spa, a 40km bike course along the rolling hills of Subic and will culminate with a 10km run at a new route along the shady forest.
The cast of international and local pros will be led by the Australian powerhouse couple Justin and Belinda Granger.
Notables in the men’s division are Sweden’s Fredrik Croneburg; Aussies Michael Murphy and Luke Gillmer; Csaba Kuttor and Peter Bajai of Hungary and the Philippines’ Matthieu O’Halloran.
Expected to challenge for podium finishes in the women’s are Belinda Granger, the other half of the Australian triathlete couple and newly turned pro Monica Torres of the Philippines.
Popular actor- sportsman Matteo Guidicelli will also participate in the event.
“When I started running one and a half years ago I thought it was pretty boring but when I joined my first triathlon I found out it isn’t boring at all because of everything that is happening,” the young actor said.
Uytengsu, one of the country’s pioneer triathletes, said the new course “is not going to be easy.” He explained that there are significant differences to the earlier Century Tuna 5150 Triathlon that was also held in Subic last June 23.
For starters, the Safeguard race will be limited to 400 participants - a number dictated by the capacity of the venue - compared to the June race which counted more than 600 racers in the individual event and the relay.
Two loops of 750 meters each make for a more “spectator-friendly” swim course, Uytengsu added. The bike course poses a challenge with a one-kilometer vertical over 40 kilometers while the run course will utilize a rarely used trail he described as "very green, very lush."
A total of US$10,000 in cash prizes will be given out for winners of the pro division while P100,000 will be awarded to local triathletes who will top the elite divisions. Winners of all age-group categories will also be given prizes.
The leg is part of the 5150 triathlon series, the world’s largest international Olympic race series in the world. It is also the first non-drafting international race series of its kind, offering a competitive platform for professional and age group athletes.