MANILA – Australian Sam Betten leads a cast of elite field of triathletes in the Regent 5150 Triathlon, considered as one of the world’s toughest triathlon series which is set on June 4 in Subic Bay.
Betten will be challenged by fellow Aussies and veterans Ben Allen, the 2016 Australian ITU Cross Triathlon champion and a former XTERRA As-Pac titlist, Mitch Robins and Dan Brown.
Betten’s tries to become the first triathlete to score a three-peat in the annual event organized and conducted by Sunrise Events, Inc. (SEI).
American Iain Alexandridis, a consistent top 10 Ironman 70.3 finisher, is joining the title hunt in the 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run event put up by the country’s leading snack manufacturing company.
The battle for the women’s tiara is also expected to be equally tough with veteran campaigner and be-medalled triathlete Dimity-Lee Duke of Australia, Hungarian Anna Eberhardt, and Kerry Mulholland and Annelies Jeffries from Down Under, slugging it out for the crown won by absentee Amelia Watkinson of New Zealand last year.
SEI is again featuring short distance race series featuring a 750m swim, a 20k bike and a 5k run in the classic event supported by Dept. of Tourism Region 3 and Tourism Promotions Board as presentors, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority as host venue and Acea Subic Bay as host hotel, along with 2GO Express, Powerade and Wilkins Pure, TYR, Hoka One, Active Network, Philippine Star, Trilife, AsiaTRI.com, Finisher Pix, HyperHD on Cignal, AlcoPlus, Cetaphil, Daylong, Devant, Omega, PLDT Subictel.
Dubbed the Sunrise Sprint, the event is designed for beginners wanting to immerse themselves into triathlon racing, a tri warrior who has been off the circuit and out to make a comeback or simply a triathlon enthusiast.
The event is also backed by Sanicare, Storck, Garmin, Alaska, David’s Salon, GU, Intercare, Pioneer Insurance and Sante Barley, the Lighthouse Marina Hotel, Court Meridian, Subic International Hotel and Active Network. Primo Agatep/PNA-northboundasia.com