Sam Betten goes for a three-peat while fellow Australian Tim Reed seeks to add the Bellevue Resort 5150 crown to his three Ironman Philippines 70.3 victories, ensuring a fierce duel when the premier 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run championship is fired off today (Sunday, Nov. 5) in Panglao Island here. 5150 is the Olympic Distance brand of IRONMAN.
Dimity Lee Duke, meanwhile, seeks redemption in the women’s side of the event organized by Sunrise Events Inc. and backed by title sponsor The Bellevue Resort after being foiled by New Zealand’s Amelia Watkinson in her title-retention bid last year.
“Having won the race the last two years, I am excited to try for a three-peat,” said the towering Betten, who is also out to extend his win streak in 5150 events to five, including two in Subic. But he’s in for an uphill battle with Reed also in top form and raring to nail a first 5150 title after a dominant Ironman campaign, and Alex Polizzi, also a veteran Ironman campaigner, and Rwanda’s Gabe Manner.
Duke is also all geared up for another crack at the championship on a course that has the entire field wrapped in excitement for its breathtaking landscape which Betten described as “perfect’ for triathlon.
The pristine Panglao Island, billed as one of the country’s top tourist destinations, boasts of natural wonders and attractions as well as artistic, cultural and historical treasures. “I’m looking forward to racing in such an iconic location showcasing what the Philippines has to offer,” said Duke of the world-class resort.
Panglao Island has also become a haven for weekend travelers and city folk looking for rest and relaxation. “It’s a boutique location with a beautiful beach and a wonderful local community, making it a highlight in my racing calendar,” added Duke, who primed herself up for the event by winning the Regent 5150 in Subic recently.
Betten is also all thrilled just for being back here. “Bohol is a dream destination and I have enjoyed coming to the event the last two years and am very excited to be back for the third time,” he said. “I really believe Bohol is a perfect destination for triathletes and holiday travelers alike. It is a great feeling to have the opportunity to return to this stunning location every year.” This is the 4th consecutive year that the Bohol plays host to the 5150 race.
The event drew a total cast of eight pros vying for the total prize money of USD 10,000. The top male and female Asian elite finishers will pocket P30,000 each.
Meanwhile, aside from the Olympic-distance race, SEI will also hold the Sunrise Sprint, a short distance race series and a sub-category of The Bellevue 5i50 featuring a 750m swim, a 20k bike and a 5k run also for the second time in Bohol. For details, visit www.bellevue. 5150philippines.com.
To spice up the twin events, a 5i50 Expo Open and Bike Service Open will be held on Nov. 3-4 at The Bellevue Pavilion. The Bellevue 5i50 also caps SEI’s triathlon calendar for the year that included the Alaska IronKids series, Xterra Danao, Ironman 70.3 Subic and Regent 5150 Subic.
The event is presented by the Department of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines and backed by venue hosts Province of Bohol and The Bellevue Resort, bike and run course partner Municipality of Panglao, bike course partner Municipality of Dauis, official courier and logistics partner 2GO Express, official hydration partners Powerade and Wilkins Pure, official swim cap Tyr, official hotel
Bellevue Resort, official registration partner Active Network. Other sponsors are David’s Salon, Gu, Intercare and Pioneer, while The Philippine Star, Trilife, Asiatri.com and Finisherpix are media partners, Alcoplus, Bohol Bee Farm, Cetaphil, Daylong, Devant, Regent Sanicare, Ssangyong, Storck and Timex are the marketing partners.