Sam Betten put his title on the line against a horde of worthy foreign and local challengers as the Regent 5150 Triathlon fires off today inside the Subic Freeport Zone.
Speaking before local media, the 28-year-old Betten admitted he’s expecting rough sailing against the crack field out to dislodge him and snap his reign as undisputed triathlon king.
“It’s going to be tough because of the quality of competition. But I am physically and mentally prepared to face all the challenges coming my way,” said Betten after gracing the awards rites of the Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon yesterday.
“I came here in top condition. I religiously trained hard back home because my mission is to keep my title. I will work hard and utilize all my resources from my arsenal to win,” said Betten, who won four of seven races he competed in before coming over here to defend his crown.
Tipped to foil Betten’s bid are fellow Aussies Mitch Robins and Dan Brown and Slovak Mical Bucek.
“We’ll see what happens tomorrow (today),” said Robbins.
Aussie Dimity-Lee Duke, the runner-up in 2015, heads the three-cornered fight in the women’s side of event produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. in partnership with Regent Foods, the country’s leading snack manufacturing company.
Duke guns for the crown against compatriot Michele Duffield and Kiwi Amelia Watkinson.
The inaugural Sunrise Sprint will also be staged. It consists of 750m water swim, 20k bike, and 5k run for beginners who want to join in big time triathlon in the future.
The event, designed to encourage more people to indulge actively in multi-sports like triathlon, is initiated by Sunrise president sportsman/businessman Wilfred Uytengsu.
The Regent 5i50 Triathlon is backed by 2GO Express as the official courier and logistics partner, venue hosts Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Traveler Hotel and Event Center and Acea Beach, sponsors Coca-Cola Femsa, Newton Running, Alaska, David’s Salon, Intercare, GU, Sante Barley, TYR, Department of Tourism – Tourism and Promotions Board, 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.
For details, visit regent.5150philippines.com.