Sam Betten of Australia is back to defend his Bellevue 5150 triathlon title this Sunday at Bellevue Resort in Bohol (Photo by Jamil Buergo)
PANGLAO, Bohol – Aussie Sam Betten seeks to win his third straight 5150 title in Bohol (and sixth straight 5150 title overall in the Philippines) as he heads back to the posh Bellevue Resort Bohol this Sunday for the 2017 Bellevue 5150 triathlon event.
After finishing a disappointing 11th place in the recent Cobra Ironman 70.3 in Cebu last August, the towering 29-year old Betten seeks to redeem himself in Bohol which he considers one of his favorite race destinations. “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,” said Betten. “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.” he adds.
However, defending his title will be highly contested by the inclusion of 3-time Ironman Cebu champion and fellow Australian Tim Reed in the pro field. The 32-year old Reed will be competing in his first Olympic-distance triathlon event in the Philippines.
Aside from Tim Reed, other Men’s pro participants of the 1.5Km swim, 40Km bike, and 10Km run event are Australia’s Alexander Polizzi and Rwanda’s Gabe Manner.
In the distaff side, Australia’s Dimity Lee Duke is eyeing to regain her 5150 title in Bohol which she failed to defend last year. Fresh from winning the Regent 5150 title in Subic this year, Duke will attempt for her third 5150 title in the country against fellow Aussie Kerry Morris (third placer in the recent Ironman 70.3 Cebu championship), and Laurel Wassner of USA. Like Betten, Duke keeps coming back to Bohol not only to race but to embrace what the island has to offer. “I’m looking forward to racing in such an iconic location showcasing what the Philippines has to offer,” said Duke. “It’s a boutique location with a beautiful beach and a wonderful local community, making it a highlight in my racing calendar.” she adds.
Meanwhile, hundreds of triathletes from 23 countries will compete in this year’s Bellevue 5150 event organized by Sunrise Events Inc. 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 5150 featuring a 750m swim, a 20k bike and a 5k run.
This event caps of SEI’s very busy 2017 triathlon calendar in the Philippines that included Alaska Ironkids series, XTERRA Danao, Regent 5150, Century Tuna Ironman 70.3, and Cobra Ironman 70.3. Bellevue 5150 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. Other event partners are official courier and logistics partner 2GO Express, official hydration partners Powerade and Wilkins Pure, official swim cap Tyr, and 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.