IRONMAN champ Tim Reed goes all out to foil fellow Australian Sam Betten’s three-peat bid as he seeks to nail his first 5150 crown in the Bellevue Resort Triathlon which starts on Nov. 5 in the Bellevue Resort in Panglao Island, Bohol.
As the winner of the longer, tougher Ironman 70.3 Philippines (1.9-kilometer swim, 90K bike, 21K run) in Cebu the last three years, the 32-year-old Reed hopes to stamp his class in the 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run event, although he remains wary of his chances against an elite cast of rivals in the centerpiece men’s Open championship of the event organized by Sunrise Events Inc.
That includes Betten, who has also primed himself for a shot at a third straight crown along with Alex Polizzi, also of Australia and a veteran Ironman campaigner, and Rwanda’s Gabe Manner.
The 6’4” Betten beat Henry Beck by almost nine minutes to cap a back-to-back title feat last year, with the victory also extending his run of 5150 romps to four, making him the triathlete to beat in the event capping SEI’s triathlon calendar for the year.
Meanwhile, Dimity Lee Duke is also all geared up for another crack at the championship in the women’s side of the event held on a course that has the entire field wrapped in excitement for its breathtaking landscape, which Betten has described as “perfect” for triathlon.
Panglao Island, billed as one of the country’s top tourist destinations, boasts of natural wonders and attractions as well as artistic, cultural, and historical treasures.
Panglao Island has also become a haven for weekend travelers and city folk looking for rest and relaxation.
The winners in the Open championship will receive $2,000 each, while the top male and female Elite finishers will pocket P30,000 each.
Aside from the Olympic-distance race, SEI will also hold the Sunrise Sprint, a short-distance race series and a sub-category of The Bellevue 5i50 featuring a 750-meter swim, a 20K bike and a 5K run also for the second time in Bohol. (PR)