Regent sees big turnout in triathlon  

MANILA, Philippines – Over 1,000 triathletes, including top pros, Filipino elite and age-groupers, are expected to answer the starting gun for the inaugural Regent 5i50 Triathlon on June 7 in Subic Bay.


Top pros led by Aussies Casey Munro, Justin Granger, Clayton Fettell, Belinda Granger, Dimity Lee-Duke and Thai Carole Fuchs have signed up for the 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run event, which gives triathletes the chance to do a short-distance but challenge race in a world-class set-up.


Local bets Banjo Norte, Jenny Rose Guerrero, and LC Langit, and celebrities Kim Atienza, Matteo Guidicelli, Victor Basa and Onemig Bondoc have also entered.


“The Regent 5i50 gives new opportunities to triathletes who are just coming into the sport and those who want to continue racing,” said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, president of the organizing Sunrise Events, Inc.


Uytengsu, whose group also handles the Ironman and Ironkids and the Safeguard 5i50 triathlon, joined officials of Regent Foods led by COO Irwin See and brand manager Jen See and SBMA director Raul Mercado in launching the Regent 5i50 triathlon at Dusit Thani yesterday.


“In our aim to support Filipino’s changing lifestyles and needs, Regent Foods started to focus in promoting a balanced routine through our participation in fun run events. Over the past years, we have seen triathlon evolve as a fast-growing sport. We are truly proud to be part in supporting the triathlon community with the Regent 5i50 event,” Ricky See, president and CEO of Regent Foods, the leading snack manufacturing company in the Philippines, said in a statement.


Regent 5i50 features a challenging 1.5K one-loop, rectangular, clockwise swim at the waters of the Subic Bay Boardwalk, a 40K point-to-point bike ride to the Subic International Airport, heading to IDESS up to Tarlac Road and head back to Transition 2 in Remy Field.


The 10K run will start from Transition 2 in Remy Field and then head on to the first turn around in Dewey Ave. then head back to Remy Field and then go to Rizal Highway entering Argonaut Highway for the second turn around and then back to Remy Field.


“How is this different from other races? First, we’re going to return to the board walk, where it all began. We have so many new people in the sport who really haven’t done the board walk yet so we’ll start with the board walk out and back,” said Uytengsu.


“Then it will be a challenging bike ride, fairly gradual climb up and aggressive descent on the way backand what’s nice about the run course is that it’s very spectator-friendly., it gives a chance to family, friends, supporters and just fans of the sport to come and see the runners,” he added.


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