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Things Learned From Not Finishing Ironman Gurye

Gurye is a picturesque farming town in the province of Jeollanam-do in South Korea. Last year, I was there for the first time to support a teammate who did (and finish) his first full Ironman.

The IRONMAN Triathlon (tri) race is a 3.8 KM swim, a 180 KM bike ride, and a 42 KM run with only 17 hours to complete all three legs of the race.

What I remembered most of the event was the swim leg.  While watching the athletes lining up and seeding themselves for their predicted swim time, it was in that moment I knew I would be ready to do my first full distance (226 KMS) with more or less a year of preparation.

And so I signed up for 2018 IRONMAN Gurye. My goal was to make it at the finish line, except I didn’t.

Preparation

As part of my tri training and in order to build endurance, I registered for Cebu Marathon, Tigasin Triathlon in Pangasinan (standard distance), and two stand-alone cycling events of Tour de Bintan in Indonesia: the 17 KM Individual Time Trial and Classic 144 KM races (this will be another blog story soon).

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Gran Fondo World Series is a series of UCI-sanctioned races held all over the world. Tour de Bintan is one of those.

To top it off, it was indeed helpful to have a tri coach for my Gurye race. The online tri training via Training Peaks app was offered pro bono by tri coach and cycling aficionado Coach Andy.  Training sessions commenced in October 2017.

Race Day

SWIM

I wore a tri kit under my wetsuit for the swim. The beauty of wearing a tri-specific race suit is that you can wear it throughout the entire event. Most tri kits are designed to be worn during the swim, bike, and run. Well, ideally. It’s a whole other story in cold weather.

On race morning, race officials and volunteers directed all participants to self-seed based on their projected swim time. The weather that day affected water temperature and a blanket of fog covered the lake.  While waiting for the gun start, we danced to these perfect upbeat tempos to warm up.

Not being used to cold water swimming (even after having the test swim the day before), I struggled to find my breath within moments of entering the lake and stopped swimming for a minute or two to blow bubbles. The water was way too cold even with a wetsuit.  Endured intermittent painful calf cramps on the course. I tried to relax my cramped leg and kept moving forward.  As I was on my way back after a U-turn point, a fellow participant accidentally hit the side of my head, just above my ear with his hand as I was rolling my head to breathe. I tried not to feel panicky while trying to reach for the lane rope to pull myself together.  After swimming the last 500 meters using only my arms because both of my legs cramped already, what a relief it was to be out of the water, finally! I was thrilled to bits hearing my name announced by the host while on my way to T1 or the swim-to-bike transition area.

BIKE

Transitioning from cold water to cycling was a huge challenge.  The air was chilly while moving out from T1.  Not having fully recovered from the swim, yet there I was faced with significant climbs in the next kilometers. Quads cramped.  First time it happened.  Then I saw a lady participant who got off her bike and walked the hill.  Me! No way!

Was in luck to build up some speed on the way down and saved some energy by maintaining a good tempo while coasting some of the kilometers leading to the main Y-shaped bike course.

The three-lap Y-shaped bike course took participants to a scenic route passing through rice fields, rivers, waterways, hills, tree-lined streets, and mountain ranges.

On the course, aid stations provided muscle cramp relief spray and sunscreen.  They were also well stocked with a variety of snacks, bananas, energy gels, and half-full bottles filled either with cold water or energy drink prepared by awesome volunteers.  Toilet stop is not a problem since it is equipped with tissue and water.  What more could I ask for?

I was almost done with my second lap, on a path under a shady canopy of trees, when I saw this lady rider ahead of me wobbled, fell off her bike on the right side of the road, and accidentally slammed her head on the highway guardrail.  Her feet were still attached to the pedals when I stopped to check if she had injuries.  I was figuring out a way to break the language barrier and continued to speak proper English telling her not to move.  She may have simply not caught everything I said while waiting for her teammate to make a turn on the road and park his bike so he can assist her before I continued to roll on.

Done with two laps and was about to do my third when I noticed volunteers have left the road intersection, with the U-turn signage for third lap gone and replaced with a straight-on directional sign.  With his right arm waving in the air, one race official shouted inaudible words to all bikers and pointed his other arm to the road straight ahead.  I followed, and then hesitated. Realized I’m not finished yet.  One more loop.  But, it was in this leg where my race that day ended.  I had to talk to a race official and surrendered my timing chip because I really didn’t think I was going to make the race cutoff.  It was so close.  Difficult as it was, but I made the decision.

The last stretch of the course leading up to T2 is a 20-kilometer highway with a low-gradient climb as a ruler’s edge. With no shade and as straight as it was, it was the last mental test in the bike course.  Heavy-hearted, there I was pedaling slowly back to transition, reliving the moment, and thinking of what had just happened.   This: A DNF (did not finish) at my first full IRONMAN race.  I was devastated.

LESSONS 

Choose to be positive and have a grateful attitude. 

The support I got from friends, family, siblings, and relatives was overwhelming.

My nephew who’s based in Hawaii messaged me, “It’s OK Auntie there are still many races.”  Or, my niece’s message, “Proud niece here!”  Or, to my coach who said, “You did better than many other people out there.  Just showing up and doing what you could despite all the challenges was brave and already an achievement.  Congratulations nonetheless and keep your chin up.  You’ll get there one day.”    Or, my sister who sent me extra money for whatever stuff I needed to buy.  Or, my supervisor who wished me well and asked me to come back in one piece after the race.  Or, friends and teammates who gave their time to send me (and another teammate) off at the airport and supported this endeavor in whatever they could.   

Sometimes you win.  Sometimes you make it.  Sometimes you LEARN. 

Every athlete, no matter how ready or well trained, will one day have a race that is disappointing, or not perfect.  I may have missed hearing these words “You are an Ironman!” or receiving the finisher’s medal, but again, it is only a race.  There are still plenty of races out there, but there’s only one life.   

Sportsmanship goes beyond the game.  Accept the outcome of the game. 

I have swum (3.8KMS) and biked (over 100KMS) the race by its rules.   “Finished or not finished, pass your papers!” That’s part of sportsmanship.  Sportsmanship or  the golden rule in sports and competition means handling both victory and defeat graciously and taking it all in stride by following the rules of the game, respecting the officials, and treating fellow participants with respect.   Win or lose (or not being able to finish), it is all part of sportsmanship. 

Let it go. Then, move on. 

Dreaming big, or shooting for the star.  Setting goals and trying to achieve them the best way possible.

Rising to challenges and managing personal and work-related stressors.  Spending a huge chunk of time (aside from having to work eight hours a day) training at night and on weekends—rain or shine—with dedication for that goal.  Believing in “me” and having that can-do attitude.

Showing up on race day at the starting line ready to battle what’s ahead (in spite of dealing with ongoing pain).

Well, these things I consider as huge accomplishments already. 

It’s OK to be sad for a while.  But don’t beat yourself up.  The most import part is to figure out what’s needed to be done.  In time, pick up your plan where you left off and come back strong.  Stronger and better than ever before.

New Specialized Concept Store Opening Launch Day, Wednesday, 17 Oct. 2018

Bicycle brand Specialized gears up for its store’s grand opening on October 17 at the SM by the Bay Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

Considered a bike-friendly area especially in the morning, SM by the Bay is one perfect location for the first of three new Specialized concept stores, with Pasig and Maginhawa Street in Quezon City completing the stores to open this year.

The bike shop is set to offer a comprehensive selection of mountain, trail, and road bikes. The 2019 Shiv disc bike is set to take center stage during opening day. The all-new triathlon specific bike promises an unprecedented aero design, a storage for fuel and hydration to last the whole race, and the most flexible fit. It is the most complete triathlon bike ever made.

Riders can expect a complete Specialized experience through the store’s full scope of services including easy and worry-free purchases.  Fabulous prizes will be raffled off while Specialized will offer a launch discount of 10% on all items.

Gruppo Innovare Corporation is the authorized and appointed distributor of Specialized Bicycle Components in the Philippines.

For further information about Specialized in the Philippines, visit  or like and follow Specialized Philippines on Facebook .

TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series Now in the Philippines

Local triathlon gets further boost as top Asian multisport brand TRI-Factor holds the third leg of its Asian Championship series in Camarines Sur in May with a slew of rising and leading triathletes in the region expected to see action.

Put up to provide multisport beginners, enthusiasts, and veteran triathletes or even kids a venue to hone their talent and skills in swimming, biking, and running, the TRI-Factor have grown from organizing multi-sport events in Singapore to creating the premier short-course championship series across the Asian region.

It features kids triathlon (100m swim-5K bike-1K run), freshmen triathlon (200m swim-10K bike-2K run), sprint triathlon (750m swim-20K bike-5K run), standard triathlon (1.5K swim-40K bike-10K run) and long triathlon (1.5K swim-60K bike-15K run).

“We’re pleased to announce the TRI-Factor Asian Championship series with new races in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and China. Our purpose is to provide our athletes diverse race options throughout the year, catering to the specific needs of the athletes across Asia,” said Elvin Ting, managing director of organizing Orange Room Pte Ltd. and Tri-Factor series founder.

The 2018 Asian Championship series will kick off in Singapore on April 22 then to China on May 13 before action shifts to the Philippines on May 25 to 27 at the CamSur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur.

The TRI-Factor is also staged to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, particularly among the youth, and its Asian Championship leg will be held here for two years— 2018 and 2019, where hosting of more events including new race formats like Cycle-Run-Cycle are being looked into. Its staging in the country comes at a time when local triathlon is enjoying tremendous boom with top-notch events held regularly across the country in the last few years.

“Tri-Factor’s coming to the Philippines would be a great opportunity and new challenge for the newbies to engage in triathlon and pioneer triathletes to take the opportunity of racing in other parts of Asia especially in China under a different triathlon format. I’m looking forward to be in both the Philippine and China legs of Tri-Factor and I am really excited to go back to CWC, which is a great venue for a triathlon,” shared Taguig Congresswoman and triathlete Pia Cayetano upon learning about Tri-Factor’s arrival in the Philippines.

Founded in 2009, TRI-Factor is aimed at building a community and culture of Asian athletes racing with the region with its short distances and secured courses allowing beginners to master swimming, cycling, and running and prepare them for the regular triathlon events. Each TRI-Factor race finish gives athletes points counting toward a year-end ranking. For the Asian Championship series, each race will be assigned a Race Course index depending on the degree of difficulty where points awarded will be multiplied with the index, allowing athletes to rack up bigger points at the tougher races.

Titles at stake are the Series Asian, Best Country Athlete of the Year, Best Country Junior Athlete of the Year, Best Veteran Country Athlete of the Year, Top First-Timer Athlete, and Top First-Timer Junior Athlete.

Fitbit Holiday Gift Guide

With only a few weeks to go before Christmas, connected health and fitness market leader Fitbit helps your sports-loving family and friends by finding the perfect activity tracker to keep them moving.

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Fitbit Flex 2 for swimmers
  • slimmest band
  • 50-meter water resistant
  • automatically tracks laps on the pool, duration of the swim, and calories burned
  • features SmartTrack technology which automatically records exercises, reminds you to move, and incoming call and text  notifications via color-coded LED lights
  • P 5,499
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Fitbit Charge 2 for your overall health
  • best-selling activity tracker
  • upgraded to have a new, sleek look, and an easy-to-read display that is four times larger than its predecessor
  • more engaging, motivating, and personal experience to help you reach your fitness goals
  • PurePulse® heart rate tracking
  • tracks calories burn
  • features ‘Cardio Fitness Score’ based on your estimated VO2 Max,  ‘Relax’, a personalized deep-breathing sessions soothe your mind and body, and ‘Interval Workout Mode’   for high-intensity exercise and recovery to maximize workouts
  • five-day battery lifespan
  • P 8,499
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Push your limits with Fitbit Surge 
  • ultimate fitness watch for the sports enthusiasts
  • designed to keep up with your active lifestyle
  • perfect for cyclists and marathoners
  • fitness tracker with a built-in GPS
  • reviews routes and splits times
  • records elevation, distance, and pace
  • PurePulse® heart rate tracking, music control, and smart notifications
  • five-day battery lifespan
  • P 12,899

Available at Fitbit’s major Philippine retailers such as Digital Walker, Beyond the Box, select Toby’s stores, iBOOK, iCENTER, Mobile1, Globe, Gadgets in Style, Hivemind, Lazada, Zalora, Timeline, The Inbox Store, iLiberty and RUNNR stores.

Merry FITmas!

Fitness Trackers Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 Launched

Connected health and fitness market leader Fitbit recently introduced two new fitness wristbands, the Fitbit Charge 2™ and Fitbit Flex 2™.  With its new sleek looks, both can track your health and fitness stats and help you experience a more engaging and motivating activities to eventually reach your fitness goals.

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The new Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2
What’s New?

•    Charge 2™ – In addition to PurePulse® heart rate tracking, it now features smart notifications, it has a new design with a larger display, interchangeable bands–from workout to a night out accessory, and enhanced exercise fitness tools, eg “Relax” guided breathing sessions, cardio fitness level (estimated VO2 Max), all-day activity tracking, auto sleep tracking, multisport tracking modes (run, bike rides, weight, yoga), connected GPS, auto exercise recognition, smartphone notifications, reminders to move to motivate you to stay active throughout the day, wireless syncing, long battery life of up to five days, and a hi-res tap display which can be personalized to best fit your activity or style.

The all-new fitness Fitbit wristbands
The all-new fitness Fitbit wristbands
 Availability

o    Charge 2™ will be available late October 2016 in colors black, blue, plum or teal.  Its classic accessory bands in four colors are sold separately.  Luxe premium leather accessory bands in blush pink, brown, and indigo.  Coming soon is its special edition in gunmetal and rose gold.  Check prices on Fitbit.com.  (Note: pricing at retailers may vary)

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Style it your way with accessories.

•    Flex 2™ – Its ultra-slim and minimalist design is thirty percent smaller. A swim-proof fitness wristband which is water resistant up to fifty meters and can track pool swims, laps, duration, and calories burned accessible via the Fitbit App.  It can also be transformed into a chic piece of jewelry or fashion accessory either as a bangle or pendant to be made available in 2017.  Check prices on Fitbit.com.  (Note: pricing at retailers may vary)

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 Availability

o    Flex 2™ tracker in colors black, lavender, magenta or navy.  Its classic three-pack fitness accessory bands are coming soon in pink – blush pink, lavender and magenta and sport – gray, navy, and yellow are sold separately.  Bangle accessory in gold (rose gold), and silver stainless steel.  Its pendant accessory in gold and silver stainless steel .  Flex 2™ will be available soon at major Philippine retailers including Digital Walker, Beyond the Box, select Toby’s stores, iBOOK, iCENTER, Mobile1, Globe, Gadgets in Style, Hivemind, Lazada, Zalora, Timeline, The Inbox Store, iLiberty, and RUNNR stores.

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For more information about Fitbit products and services, kindly visit www.fitbit.com or www.fitbit.com/press for other details.  Connect and share your Fitbit experience on their Facebook or Instagram.

Southeast Asia country manager Louis Lye and Asia Pacific product marketing manager Alex Healy at the launch of Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2.
Southeast Asia country manager Louis Lye and Asia Pacific product marketing manager Alex Healy at the launch of Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2.

 

About Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT)

Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals.  As the leader in the connected health and fitness category, Fitbit designs products and experiences that track everyday health and fitness.

Fitbit’s diverse line of award-winning products includes Fitbit Surge®, Fitbit Blaze™, Fitbit Charge 2™, Fitbit Charge HR™, Alta™, Fitbit Charge™, Fitbit Flex 2™, Fitbit Flex®, Fitbit One® and Fitbit Zip® activity trackers as well as the Aria® Wi-Fi Smart Scale.

Fitbit products are carried in 54,000 retail stores and in 64 countries around the globe.  Fitbit Group Health uses the power of the Fitbit activity trackers, software, and services to deliver innovative solutions for corporate wellness, weight management, insurance and clinical research.

Weiss Targets Xterra Albay Repeat

Defending champion Bradley Weiss seeks to dish out another explosive performance around majestic Mayon Volcano as he banners a stellar field in the XTERRA Albay 2016 on February 7 in Albay.

Weiss won gold last year when the prestigious off-road triathlon race had its maiden run in Albay with the South African ace determined to set another podium for himself with the world’s most perfect cone as backdrop.

Out to foil Weiss’ bid are 2015 male pro third-placer Ben Allen of Australia, 2015 fourth placer Brodie Gardner also of Australia, Charlie Epperson of Guam, Joseph Miller of the Philippines and Michal Bucek of Slovakia who are all returning to Albay.

The women’s pro crown is up for grabs with 2015 winner and world titlist Flora Duffy from Bermuda has opted to skip this year’s event to concentrate on her campaign at the Rio Olympics.

Runner-up Australian Jacqui Slack and third placer Australian Dimity Lee Duke head the contenders in the distaff side along with Mieko Carey of Guam, who placed fourth last time.

Pros Lizzie Orchard, Taylor Charlton, Cameron O’Neal, and Hsieh Chung Sing are making their debut in the 2016 edition of XTERRA Albay.

The 1.5-kilometer swim starts in the shores of Lidong in Mayon Rivera where the water is calm and deep and the sands are black.

The 35-kilometer bike course features wide and open trails and provides breathtaking view of Mayon. It is a single loop point to point race passing through fire roads, grass roads, sands and rocky trails.

The 10-kilometer run follows the ATV route in Mayon passing through rocky and sandy areas, river bed, and grasslands with the finish line set at the famous Cagsawa Ruins.

XTERRA Albay 2016 is organized and produced by Sunrise Events, Inc. and backed by official venue partners Province of Albay, City of Legaspi, Municipality of Daraga, Bayan ng Sto. Domingo; official courier and logistics partner 2Go Express; Cetaphil; Columbia; Finisher Pix; Shotz Sports Nutrition; Timex; David’s Salon; Department of Tourism + Tourism and Promotions Board; and, media partner The Philippine Star.

Cycling Enthusiasts Joined 2015 BGC Cycle Asia Philippines

Manila, Philippines, 28 Nov. 2015 – Filipino riders geared up for another bike action around the roads at Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City on November 21-22 during the third edition of the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines.  

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Around 2,000 cycling enthusiasts joined the  exciting and challenging event, which featured categories not only for adults and families but also for children.  The BGC Cycle Asia Philippines is one of Cycle Asia’s network of premier cycling events across the region which offers bikers an opportunity to ride on safe closed public roads in major Asian cities, one of which is Manila. In partnership with Cycle Asia and BGC, the cycling event was made possible by organizer Sunrise Events, Inc.

Before the ride events, participating families were entertained with fun activities in the Cycling and Lifestyle Expo at the Ascott BGC Manila, the official residence of the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines for 2016.

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The fun cycling action started  in the morning of November 21, Saturday via the kiddie ride categories with a 30-minute Junior Challenge Ride, followed by the Kid’s Ride and Tricycle Ride categories.  On  November 22,  Sunday the Adult Ride categories commenced.  The presence and special participation of Australian former PRO cyclist and three-time Tour de France green jersey sprinter’s classification winner Robbie McEwen highlighted the adult ride.  It was followed by the 40-km Challenge Ride and the 20-km Community and Foldies Community Rides.  

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The participation in Cycle Philippines through the years have shown us that cycling is here to stay and that it is going beyond being a hobby and sport where people are more and more using it as an alternative mode of transportation to get around the metro. This insight pushed us to implement more bike racks around the city.  Furthermore, it also inspired us to experiment with a bike-sharing program which will be launched in the near future,” said Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation commercial operations head  Manuel Blas II.

Supported by the local government of Taguig City and with BGC as title sponsor, BGC Cycle Asia Philippines has attracted additional partnerships: Gatorade (hydration), 2Go Express (official courier and logistics partner), and Ascott BGC as the official residence including Subaru, Rudy Project, Scott Bikes, Rocktape, Regent, Garmin, Pioneer Insurance, Herbalife, Storybook.ph, Skippy’s bar and Grill and Purefoods Sexy Chix.  

Philippine Star and ABS-CBN Sports+Action are the event’s media partners while Goya and Cetaphil are its marketing partners. Check out BGC Cycle Asia Philippines’ official website at www.cyclephilippines.com.ph.    

About Cycle Asia

Owned and organised by Spectrum Worldwide, Cycle Asia is a network of premier cycling events and offers cyclists the rare opportunity to ride on closed public roads in major Asian cities while catering to participants of all ages and abilities.  Whether it’s a young cyclist on three wheels or the more serious cyclists looking to test themselves on a longer distance, there’s a ride for everyone across the Cycle Asia network.   For more information, please visit www.cycleasia.com.

About Sunrise Events, Inc. (SEI)

Established in 2008 after it was granted the Ironman 70.3 license by the World Triathlon Corporation.  Its vision is to stage world-class events and put the Philippines in the sports tourism map of the world.  SEI stages at least 12 events per year, and has the exclusive rights to the Ironman 70.3, 5150, XTERRA and Ironkids events.    

About Bonifacio Global City (BGC)

BGC is the proud venture of Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation managed by the powerhouse partnerships with Ayala Land, Evergreen Holdings of the Campos Group, and the Bases Conversion Development Authority. The combined formidable wealth of real estate development, expertise, and investment from each group has established BGC as one of the world’s finest and fastest-growing premier cities in mega Manila.  For more info, please visit http://bgc.com.ph.

Inaugural Regent 5150 Triathlon, 7 June 2015

Leading manufacturing company Regent Foods joins the triathlon community as it stages the inaugural Regent 5150 Triathlon on June 7 at Subic Bay with top Aussie pros Casey Munro, Justin Granger, Clayton Fettell, Belinda Granger, Dimity Lee-Duke and Thai Carol Fuchs lead the foreign entries in the 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run events which serve as Regent’s response to multisport enthusiasts who  like to do a short distance yet challenging race in a world-class stage.

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Presscon of the inaugural #regent5150ph #regent5150triathlon happening on 7 June 2015 at Subic Bay. SBMA director Raul Marcelo, Regent marketing head Jen See, and chairman and CEO of Sunrise Events Fred Uytengsu answer questions from media people during the Q & A portion at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.

In our aim to supportchanging lifestyles and needs, Regent Foods focuses in promoting a balanced routine through our participation in fun run events.  Over the past years, we have seen triathlon evolved into a fast-growing sport.   We are truly proud to be part in supporting  the community with the Regent 5150 event,” said Ricky See.  Joining this challenge are local elite triathletes Banjo Norte, Jenny Rose Guerrero, LC Langit and celebrity triathletes Kim Atienza, Matteo Guidicelli, Victor Basa and Onemig Bondoc.

The Regent 5150 Triathlon is a tune-up event for Cobra Ironman 70.3 in Cebu in August featuring a 1.5K one loop, rectangular, clockwise swim at Subic Bay Boardwalk, 40K point-to-point bike ride to the Subic International Airport heading to IDESS up to Tarlac Road and back to Transition 2 at Remy Field.

The 10K run starts from Transition 2, Remy Field  towards the first turnaround at Dewey Avenue and heads back to Remy Field then to Rizal Highway entering Argonaut Highway for the second turnaround then back to Remy Field.

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Sunrise Events CEO Fred Uytengsu announces the #regent5150triathlon

We commend Regent Foods for joining the growing list of backers of this popular three-sport athletic competition.  With a talent-laden international feed, we expect a world-class competition since it serves as a fitting tune-up for those competing in the upcoming Ironman,” according to president of Sunrise Events, Wilfred Uytengsu. Sunrise Events also handles the Ironman, Ironkids, and the Safeguard 5150 Triathlon.

Athlete registration, race kit claiming, and race briefing will be held on June 5 and 6.  The two-day pre-event is supported by 2Go Express (official courier and logistics partner), Sante Barley, Newton Running, PLDT, TYR, Coca Cola Femsa, Garmin, David’s Salon, Shotz, Smart, Pioneer Insurance, The Philippine Star, Multisport Magazine, lntercare, Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board, and Subic Bay. 

For more details, please visit Regent 5150 Philippines.