A short distance race series, featuring a 750m swim, a 20k bike and a 5k run, will spice up The Bellevue Resort 5i50 Triathlon firing off this Sunday (Nov. 6) with a huge field expected to vie for top honors at the Bellevue Resort in Panglao Island, Bohol.
Dubbed the Sunrise Sprint, the short distance series is expected to lure beginners wanting to immerse themselves into triathlon racing, a tri warrior who has been off the circuit and is out to make a comeback or simply a triathlon enthusiast.
The organizing Sunrise Events, Inc. launched the event in Subic Bay early this year and inspired by the tremendous response, it has included the Sunrise Sprint in this year’s staging of The Bellevue Resort 5150.
“It has been our desire to expand the base of triathlon, which has grown by leaps and bounds through the years. With the Sunrise Sprint, we provide beginners or those on a comeback trail a fun and friendly racing experience,” said SEI founder Fred Uytengsu.
Meanwhile, few more slots are up for grabs in both The Bellevue Resort 5150 and Sunrise Sprint with fee pegged at P4,500 ($95). Participants in the Sunrise Sprint must be at least 15 years old by Dec. 31. For details, visit www.bellevue.5150philippines.com.
Meanwhile, Sam Betten and Dimity Lee Duke gear up for their respective title retention bids in the main even which has drawn top triathletes from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Europe, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.
The Australian duo dominated the 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run event last year but will be in for a tougher challenge this time with a crack set of rivals all primed up for a shot at 5150 honors and the $2,000 top prize in both sides.
Action is also expected to be fierce and tight in the elite division which offers P30,000 to the winners in the men’s and women’s categories.
SEI and Bellevue Resort, a world-class resort on the coastline of Panglao Island in Bohol, have also lined up a challenging course with the swim stage to start in the shores of Bellevue Hotel. The bike and run legs will be relatively flat but also feature narrow roads and hilly areas.
Backers of the event are The Bellevue Resort as title sponsor, Active Network (official registration partner), 2Go Express (official logistics and courier partner), Powerade (official hydration partner), Wilkins Pure (official hydration partner), Alaska Milk Corp., David’s Salon, GU Energy Gel, Prudential Guarantee, Intercare, TYR, Newton, The Bellevue Resort and Province of Bohol (host venues), Municipality of Dauis and Municipality of Panglao (bike course partners), The Philippine Star, Trilife Magazine, AsiaTRI.com and FinisherPix (media partners) and Ford, Cetaphil, Devant, Daylong, Motor Ace, Regent, Sanicare and Storck Bicycle (marketing sponsors).