Sam Betten and Dimity Lee Duke set out for the Bellevue Resort 5i50 Triathlon unfolding Nov. 6 at the Bellevue Resort in Panglao Island, Bohol, upbeat of their chances but wary of the elite field out to foil their back-to-back title bids.
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 5i50 honors and the $2,000 top prize in both sides.
They include fellow Aussies Alexander Polizzi and Michelle Duffield, Amelia Rose Watkinson of New Zealand and local based Dan Brown and top Filipina elite Monica Torres along with the top triath-letes from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Europe, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Nether-lands, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.
“This is going to be exciting. Betten and Duke will be hard-pressed to score a repeat with the rest of the cast coming into the event in top form, guaran-teeing a wide-open race for top honors,” said Fred Uytengsu, founder of the organizing Sunrise Events, Inc.
Registration is ongoing with limited slots up for grabs for early bird and the 5+1 promo. For details, visit www.bellevue.5150 philippines.com.
To spice up the twin events, a 5i50 Expo Open and Bike Service Open will be held on November 4-5 at The Bellevue Pavilion.
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 rela-tively flat but also feature narrow roads and hilly areas.