Sam Betten aims to repeat as champion of the Regent 5150 Triathlon this weekend in Subic (Photo by Jamil Buergo)
Subic – Raring to come back after suffering his first DNF at the Ironman race in Vietnam a month ago, Aussie Sam Betten looks to defend his olympic distance multisport title this weekend at the Regent 5150 triathlon in Subic.
Despite leading the way at the swim leg of Ironman Vietnam, Betten suffered cramps leading to his difficult decision to cut his race short. “I was really disappointed to have had to withdraw from the race in what was my first Ironman 70.3 DNF and what I hope will be the last.” Betten said in his blog.
The 28-year old Betten is the defending champion of two olympic distance races in the Philippines (Regent 5150 and Bellevue 5150) organized by Sunrise Events Inc.
Aiming to spoil Betten’s repeat as 5150 champion are Slovakia’s Michal Bucek, and Philippine-based foreign triathletes Dan Brown and Mitch Robins.
In the distaff side, Dimity Lee-Duke aims for her first 5150 title in Subic. A frequent triathlon competitor in the Philippines, the former off-road motorcycle racer turned triathlete from Australia wants to win a title in Subic after having won the 5150 race in Bohol late last year. To win the Regent 5150 women’s pro title, she would need to get past fellow Aussie Michelle Duffield and Amelia Watkinson of New Zealand. Both Duffield and Watkinson are first-time racers in the Philippines. Last year’s champion Belinda Granger has already retired from triathlon competition.
An interesting roster of Filipino Elite triathletes add spice to the event as Banjo Norte will have to defend his Regent 5150 title against reigning SEA Games triathlon gold medalist Nikko Huelgas. Also looking to unseat Banjo Norte as champion are August Benedicto, Paul Jumamil, John Philip Duenas, and Joseph Miller.
Meanwhile, Sunrise Events has come up with its first short distance race that caters to beginners who want to try out the sport of triathlon. The Sunrise Sprint Run (or S2) features a 750-meter swim, 20km bike and 5k run. “It is perfect for beginners wanting to immerse themselves into the sport of triathlon for the first time, for triathlon 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,” said Sunrise president Wilfred Uytengsu.
The Regent 5i50 Triathlon is produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. with title sponsor Regent Foods. Other sponsors of the event are 2GO Express (official courier and logistics partner), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Acea Beach, Coca-Cola Femsa, Newton Running, Alaska, David’s Salon, Intercare, GU, Sante Barley, TYR, Department of Tourism, registration partner Active Network, media partners The 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.