Munro-Murphy duel looms as Regent triathlon unwraps


Topnotch pros from Australia led by Casey Munro and Subic resident Michael Murphy engage in a battle royale for the crown in the inaugural Regent 5i50 Triathlon in Subic today.

Munro, who won the last 5i50 race held in Subic last year, aims for another victory in this Freeport zone against a crack field that includes Murphy, who counts on his familiarity with the environs to scoop the gold in the event sponsored by Regent Foods, the country’s leading snack manufacturing company.

Out to challenge for the top plum in the men’s pro division are Sam Betten, Clayton Fettell, Mitchell Kibby, Justin Granger and Dan Brown, another expat familiar with Subic.

Granger’s wife Belinda, Thai Carole Fuchs, Aussie Dimity-Lee Duke, and Philippine bet Monica Torres slug it out for the women’s pro title of the event organized by Sunrise Events, Inc.

“I’m looking forward to it, I plan on winning again and beating the heat as well,” Munro said during yesterday’s meet and greet graced by Sunrise president Wilfred Uytengsu and Regent Foods brand manager Jennifer See.

Sydney native Murphy, who finished second to Munro in the 2014 Subic 5150, has been residing in Subic since January and wants to win one on his “home course.”

“I know Subic Bay like my backyard. It’s my home at the moment and hopefully come tomorrow, the ‘home course’ advantage will work for me,” said the 25-year-old Munro.

Brown, who is married to PH national team coach Ani De Leon, is pretty much looking at the same edge.

“I lived here (Subic) when I first moved here (Philippines) so I know the area pretty well. I know the climbs, I know the potholes in the road. Yeah, it’s a good advantage,” said Brown.

The women pros, for their part, just want to run a good race and have fun.

“My goal is to have a really good swim and a really good run. We’ll just see how that pans out,” said Duke, a regular campaigner and podium finisher in PHL events.

Regent 5i50, backed by 2Go Express, official courier and logistics partner, Sante Barley, Newton Running, PLDT Subictel, TYR, Coca Cola Femsa, Garmin, David’s Salon, Shotz, Smart, Pioneer Insurance, The Philippine Star, Multisport Magazine, Intercare, Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board and venue host Subic Bay, features a challenging 1.5K one-loop, rectangular, clockwise swim at the waters of the Subic Bay Boardwalk, a 40km 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 10km 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.


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