Pros, competitors and enthusiasts brace for another thrilling weekend in the triathlon capital of Northern Luzon – Subic Bay – as they clash for top honors and seek personal glory in the second edition of Regent 5150 Triathlon on Sunday.
The participants will 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.
Produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. in partnership with Regent Foods, the country’s leading snack manufacturing company, Regent 5150 is regarded as the answer to triathletes who love to do short-distance but challenging races in a world-class production setup.
The inaugural Sunrise Sprint or S2 will also be staged, a 750-m open water swim, 20K bike ride, 5K run race which is fit for beginners wanting to immerse themselves into the triathlon, for enthusiasts who wants to race without having to worry about long periods of training, or for the tri warrior who has been off the circuit and is raring to make a comeback.
“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.
“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.
For his part, Regent Foods president Ricky See said: “In our aim to support Filipino’s changing lifestyles and needs, Regent Foods started to focus in 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.”
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 which will be up for grabs following the retirement of Belinda Granger.
Aside from the centerpiece pro competition, exciting races among the Filipino elite athletes and age-groupers will also fire off.
Other backers of the event are 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, TYR, 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.