Regent Stages Inaugural 5i50 Triathlon


Triathlon has become the fast-growing sport today, attracting triathletes from across the country and the international community. And a significant number of triathlon races are being held annually in the country.

With Sunrise Events, Inc. at the helm, watch out for the inaugural Regent 5i50 Triathlon slated on June 7, 2015, in Subic Bay. As the presenting partner, Regent Foods promises not only the exciting challenges of the multisport in the 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run, but most importantly, a different kind of experience for every participating triathlete – from the swim start down to the finish line, and extends even more than receiving the finisher medal.

Regent 5i50 features a challenging 1.5km 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 heads on to the first turn around in Dewey Ave., going back to Remy Field and then go to Rizal Highway entering Argonaut Highway for the second turn around, and heading back for the finish at Remy Field.

Top Aussie pros Casey Munro, Justin Granger, Clayton Fettel, Belinda Granger, Dimity Lee-Duke and Thai Carole Fuchs head the foreign entries in the 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run, which serves as Regent’s answer to triathletes who love to do short – distance but challenging races in a world – class production set-up.

“In our aim to support Filipinos’ changing lifestyle and needs, Regent Foods started to focus in promoting a balanced routine through our participation in fun run events.  Over the past years, we have seen triathlon evolve as a fast – growing sport. We are truly proud to be part in supporting the triathlon community with the Regent 5i50 event,” said Ricky Lee, President and CEO of Regent Foods.

Alaska Tri-Aspire’s Banjo Norte and Jenny Rose Guerrero, and LC Langit compete in the Filipino elite category. Celebrity triathletes Kim Atienza, Matteo Guidicelli, Victor Basa and Onemig Bondoc are also competing in their respective age groups.

“We commend Regent Foods for joining the ever-growing list of backers of this popular three-sport athletic competition. With a talent-laden international field, we expect a world-class competition since the event also serves as a fitting tune-up for those competing in the Ironman,” said Wilfred Uytengsu, President and CEO of Sunrise Events, Inc., which also stages the Philippine franchise of Ironman, Ironkids and Safeguard 5i50.

The two pre-event activities which include athlete registration, race pack claiming and race briefing will be held on June 5-6, 2015, is backed by 2Go Express, the 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 host venue Subic Bay.

For more event details, please log on to http://www.regent.5i50philippines.com

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Filipino Triathletes Are Set To Race in Ironman Langkawi


Philippine Contingent to Ironman Langkawi: Ivan Fojas, Carlos de Guzman, Julian Valencia, Norman Pascual, Retzel Orquiza, Coach Vince Garcia

Philippine Contingent to Ironman Langkawi: Ivan Fojas, Carlos de Guzman, Julian Valencia, Norman Pascual, Retzel Orquiza, Coach Vince Garcia

The significant increase in the of number of triathlon races in the country is a sign that the trithatlon community is indeed growing. And the demand for more races locally and in the international scene has also increased.

On September 27, 2014, 124 Filipino triathletes are set to participate in the full distance Ironman to be held in Langkawi, Malaysia. This is also the second Philippine contingent to an international Ironman race, and the largest to date. The first Philippine contingent, a 90-member team, raced in Ironman Asia Pacific Championship in Melbourne, Australia in March.

With the return of the Ironman race in Langkawi, Filipino triathletes and other participants will once again put their endurance to test as they tackle the 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run on tropical, hilly and demanding terrains passing through kampungs (villages), mangroves and rainforest vistas in the island. Ironman Langkawi has been noted as the third toughest full distance Ironman.

Julian Valencia, a seasoned triathlete, shared that his recent finish at the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines gauged his preparedness for the race. He had to work on his cycling by doing hill training. His weekly routine includes a twice a week swimming session completing 4kms per session, mileage progression in running and mental training. Aside from being physically tough, mental toughness is essential to finish a full distance Ironman.

Retzel Orquiza, on the other hand, had to squeeze in at least eight to 12 training hours per week in order to get ready for the race. Putting in 40 hours a week at the office was a challenge to him. He trains in the morning before coming to work and in the evening after office hours. He further added that more than the physical demands of the race, nutrition plays a very important role in making it to the finish line.

The Philippine Team was organised by RP Paratriathlon Team and a triathlete himself, Coach Vince Garcia.

Sunrise Events, Inc. (SEI), the franchise-holder of Ironman races in the Philippines has expressed full support to our Filipino triathletes. “SEI will continue to support Filipinos competing in Ironman races all over the world,” shared Princess Galura, SEI Project Director.

Joining Coach Vince Garcia are Ivan Fojas, Carlos de Guzman, Julian Valencia, Norman Pascual, and Retzel Orquiza. Other notable member of the Philippine contingent are celebrity-triathlete Drew Arellano, Ultrarunner Willy Yao, who at 60+, is the most senior member of the group, Charles Lazaro, the youngest in the lot at 21, and 2014 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines Filipino Elite Female Champion Joyette Jopson.

Ironman Langkawi is a qualifying race to the 2015 Ironman World Championships Kona, Hawaii, with 40 available slots.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Vince Garcia
Mobile No.: 0917-8866341
Email: vince@yotolvo.com

Steffen, Atkinson Dominate the 2013 Cobra Energy Drink IronMan 70.3 Philippines


2013 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines WPro and MPro Champions Caroline Steffen and Courtney Atkinson

2013 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines WPro and MPro Champions Caroline Steffen and Courtney Atkinson

It’s a run away win for both the Alaska Team TBB’s Caroline Steffen and the Australian Courtney Atkinson who took the 2013 Cobra Energy Drink IronMan 70.3 Philippines WPro and MPro Division top spots by storm. 

Caroline Steffen clocked in at 04:16:12, crossing the finish line with an 11 minute lead against the second placer Bree Wee, while Courtney Atkinson finished off the race in 03:58:07, with just a little over a minute lead from the 2012 Champion Pete Jacobs.

The swim start was literally bumpy due to heavy rains and winds the entire night prior to the race. The inclement weather that Sunday morning of August 4 did not deter the strong – willed champs, Filipino elites, age groupers and celebrity triathletes from taking on the challenge of the much awaited IronMan 70.3 Philippines. Coming to the race venue, a lot of them had to be on foot because of the traffic build up leading to Shangri – La Mactan. 

In the Photo (from left): WTC CEO Andrew Messick,2nd Place Bree Wee, 5th Place Monica Torres, Champ Caroline Steffen, 4th Place Jacqui Slack, 3rd Place Belinda Granger; Lapu Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza, SEI CEO Fred Uytengsu & Cobra Energy Drink Brand Mgr. Jeff Mendoza

In the Photo (from left): WTC CEO Andrew Messick,2nd Place Bree Wee, 5th Place Monica Torres, Champ Caroline Steffen, 4th Place Jacqui Slack, 3rd Place Belinda Granger; Lapu Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza, SEI CEO Fred Uytengsu & Cobra Energy Drink Brand Mgr. Jeff Mendoza

Coming off from the swim course, the windy bike ride may have been a challenge for the racing champs because of wind resistance, but Atkinson made his first U – turn at the 29th kilometre way ahead of the other pros. The second pack of racers included Pete Jacobs, Chris McCormack, Brent McMahon, David Dellow, Josh Rix, Anthony Devos, Ben Allen, and Frederik Croneberg. The powerful quads of Steffen were all she needed to make the great lead on from her contemporaries. She was in the third pack of racers, who were all males. She was indeed living up to her monicker, Xena. Racing up on the second spot was Bree Wee, followed by Belinda Granger, Jacqui Slack and Philippines’ Monica Torres, who was competing in her first ever 70.3 as a Pro. The 90-kilometre bike ride transitioned to the 21 kilometre run course along the Punta Engaño Road. 

In the Photo (from left): WTC CEO Andrew Messick, 2nd Place Pete Jacobs, 5th Place Brent McMahon, Champ Courtney Atkinson, 4th Place Chris McCormack, 3rd Place David Dellow; Lapu Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza, SEI CEO Fred Uytengsu & Cobra Energy Drink Brand Mgr. Jeff Mendoza

In the Photo (from left): WTC CEO Andrew Messick, 2nd Place Pete Jacobs, 5th Place Brent McMahon, Champ Courtney Atkinson, 4th Place Chris McCormack, 3rd Place David Dellow; Lapu Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza, SEI CEO Fred Uytengsu & Cobra Energy Drink Brand Mgr. Jeff Mendoza

All participants had to make a couple of loops to complete the run course. Courtney Atkinson consistently held his position in the top spot after completing his second U – turn, up to the finish line. Catching up for the second place was Pete Jacobs, Alaska Team TBB’s David Dellow ended up on the third spot, followed by Chris McCormack and Brent McMahon for the fourth and fifth places, respectively. Caroline Steffen remained strong maintaining her lead among the WPros, and even gave Jenny Rose Guerrero, Alaska Team TBB’s Filipino WElite, a little push at some point along the run course. Bree Wee locked in on her second spot. And even while on the race, she gave one participant who was already walking some boost by telling him to keep going. Belinda Granger was also holding on to the third spot, with Jacqui Slack and Monica Torres taking the fourth and fifth spots, respectively. Each of them maintaining a significant lead from the other.


Filipino Elites

Filipino WElite 2nd Place Jenny Guerrero and Filipino MElite Champion Banjo Norte (rightmost), with Alaska Team TBB Manager Alex Bok (middle)

Filipino WElite 2nd Place Jenny Guerrero and Filipino MElite Champion Banjo Norte (rightmost), with Alaska Team TBB Manager Alex Bok (middle)

Despite being relatively new in the Filipino Elite Men’s category, Banjo Norte of Alaska Team TBB clocked in at 04:26:44, beating the more seasoned Filipino triathletes – 2012 Champion August Benedicto, and John Phillip Duenas, with a finish time of 04:32:38 and 04:33:18, respectively. 

Among the Filipino Women Elite, Allesandra Araullo – Gonzalez emerged as the top finisher with a time of 05:05:33. Taking the second place was Jenny Rose Guerrero, crossing the finish line in 05:20:02. Ani de Leon – Brown filled the third spot with a finish time of 05:22:43. 


Alasaka Team TBB

Alaska Team TBB, which was formed in 2012, was well represented in both the Pro and Filipino Elite categories. The Pros category was participated in by Caroline Steffen, David Dellow and resident coach Matt O’Halloran while the Filipino Elite was joined in by Jenny Guerrero, Dhill Anderson Lee and Banjo Norte.

Coach Matt is proud of the protegés for standing out among their contemporaries. Though not winning any spot in the Filipino Elite category, Dhill Anderson Lee won the Swim Time bonus, and he is set to work more on his runs. Jenny shared that she was already on the verge of giving up and would already wanted to walk during the last leg of the race. Teary – eyed, she shared, “My family was my motivation to keep going.” And her perseverance really paid off.

Banjo Norte, on his first IronMan podium finish, was “really grateful for all the children who lined up along the streets cheering for the triathletes.”

Alaska Team TBB (from left): Professional Triathlete and Coach Matt O'Halloran, David Dellow, Caroline Steffen, Filipino Elites Banjo Norte, Dhill Anderson Lee & Jenny Guerrero

Alaska Team TBB (from left): Professional Triathlete and Coach Matt O’Halloran, David Dellow, Caroline Steffen, Filipino Elites Banjo Norte, Dhill Anderson Lee & Jenny Guerrero

World-famous and the Philippines’ pride apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas participated in this year’s Ironman 70.3 Philippines, who competed with his relay team. Though considered as legally blind (in US standards), he went out to show that physical challenges can’t stop a person from achieving his dreams. Other celebrities who participated in the event were Piolo Pascual, Matteo Guidicelli, Isabelle Daza, Erwan Heusaff, and Drew Arellano. Tessa Prieto-Valdes, who competed in the relay category last year, was back in the game in the individual age group category.

The awarding ceremonies followed at the Shangri-La Mactan grounds, where Top Finishers in the Pro, Filipino Elite, CEO, Age Group and Relay categories were recognized. World – renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue designed this years Winners’ Trophies and Finisher’s Medal. The even wrapped up with an after-event party held at Mövenpick Hotel.

Here are the Top Winners:

Top Winners

MPro

WPro

1st Place Courtney Atkinson 03:58:07 Caroline Steffen 04:16:12
2nd Place Pete Jacobs 03:59:09 Bree Wee 04:27:49
3rd Place David Dellow 04:02:22 Belinda Granger 04:33:50
4th Place Chris McCormack 04:03:15 Jacqui Slack 04:39:31
5th Place Brent McMahon 04:04:05 Monica Torres 04:52:08

Filipino MElite

Filipino WElite

1st Place Banjo Norte 04:26:44 Allesandra Araullo-Gonzalez 05:05:33
2nd Place August Benedicto 04:32:38 Jenny Guerrero 05:20:02
3rd Place John Phillip Duenas 04:33:18 Ani Karina Brown 05:22:43

For a complete list of winners in the Individual and Relay categories, please visit the following links:
Cobra Energy Drink 70.3 IronMan Philippines Individual Official Results
Cobra Energy Drink 70.3 IronMan Philippines Relay Official Results

Cobra Energy Drink IronMan 70.3 Philippines 2013 was participated in by 2,150 triathletes from 35 countries. Ironman 70.3 is a triathlon event with a total distance of 70.3 miles (113km) covering 1.2 mile (1.9km) swim, 56 mile (90km) bike ride and 13.1 mile (21km) run. It was a race with a feel of a festival. An event that the Cebuanos and the global triathlon community is looking forward to.

For more race details, please log on to: http://www.ironman703phil.com/

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Alaska TeamTBB Launch


Photo Credit: Alaska Team TBB

With the rising popularity of multisports in the country, Alaska Milk Corporation (AMC) launches its own triathlete team. As the title sponsor of Team Bike Boutique, the team is now called Alaska Team TBB.

I had the opportunity to be invited to the press presentation of Alaska Team TBB on April 18, 2012 at the Grand Ballroom of Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City. The team is composed of 10 triathletes; four of which are already professional players in various international multisport events.  Joining them are six local young and promising triathletes who were hand picked to become part of the team.

Before the formal program started, I had a little chat with Ali Fitch at the lobby of the Grand Ballroom. I was blessed to be sharing the same table with a fellow blogger The Jazz Runner Sir Rene Villarta. During lunch, he ordered a different set of meal for me since he knows I don’t eat meat. Thank you, Sir!

Things were all so new to me – a lot of ‘firsts’ in the life of a blogger. I was very careful with my actions.  I don’t want to leave a bad impression to among those who are present.  Moreso, to the client.  Just outside the ballroom entrance, Alaska milk products in vanilla and chocolate flavor were made available to all the guests.  By the entrance to the ballroom were the life – size standees of the triathletes.

Here’s your chance to know more about these triathletes. The foreign pros who are joining Alaska Team TBB are Caroline Steffen, David Dellow, Ali Fitch and Mathieu O’Halloran.

Caroline Steffen
Photo Credit: Alaska Team TBB

Caroline Steffen is a 33 year old triathlete professional from Switzerland.  She became pro in 2009, and went on to bag the Second Place in the 2nd 2010 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, and won in the 2012 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship.

David Dellow
Photo Credit: Alaska Team TBB

Australian David Dellow was a member of the Australian Elite World Championship Team in 2007 and 2008. He is also an eight–time participant of the World Cup and has been into more than 100 races.

Photo Credit: Alaska Team TBB

Ali Fitch, 39 years old and also an Australian, has been a pro since 2005. Her winnings include 2nd Place in 2007 Ironman Malaysia, and 2008 Ironman Canada, and First Place in 2008 Coeur d’Alene Olympic.  Ali has had several other victories in her name.

Mathieu O’Halloran
Photo Credit: Alaska Team TBB

The fourth international professional triathlete to join the team is Mathieu O’Halloran.  A pro since 2007, he has already participated in over 100 hundred races.  He represented Canada in three Junior World Championships.  He bagged the First Place in the recently concluded Zambales Beach Games Triathlon and Bantayan Beach Games Triathlon in the Philippines.

The six young professionals who were handpicked to form part of the first Alaska triathlete team are Nena Torres, Loren Dale Echavez, Dhill Anderson Lee, Martin Torres, Marc Altura and Banjo Northe.

Nena Torres is a 16-year old triathlete from Cagayan de Oro. At her age, she already won for herself several podium finishes in local swimming and running competitions. She bagged the First Place in 2008 Super Tri–Kids, Second Place in 2009 Super Tri–Kids, First Place in both the 2009 CDO Kids Aquathlon, and in 13 – 15 SUBIT mini – sprint in 2010.

Another female joins the team – the 19-year old Loren Dale Echavez from the Queen City of the South, Cebu City. She has been running with her sister who was once a part of the national triathlete team.  She has already won several medals and recorded personal best in swimming. She finished First Place in the overall out of the water relay in 2011 X – Terra Cebu.

Dhill Anderson Lee is from Manila. This 21-year old has already gained multiple medals at international competitions.  He was the first relay swimmer out of the water in 2010 Cobra Ironman 70.3 in CamSur.

Another protégé joining the team is Martin Torres, 17 years old, is also from Cagayan de Oro. He won 2nd Place in 2009 Super Tri – Kids in Cagayan de Oro; 7th Place in 2010 Junior SUBIT mini – sprint; and First Place in 2010 CDO Tri – Kids Aquathlon.

Marc Altura, 17, from Manila has parents who are Polo Tri Members.  He has had multiple victories in his age group.  He placed 5th in 2011 Junior Elite SUBIT, and 2nd Place overall in 2011 Anvayan Cove Triathlon.

Completing the team is the 19-year old Banjo Northe from Cagayan de Oro.  His victories include 3rd Place Overall in 2010 Val Naga Triathlon; Second Place in 2011 Philippine National Games Junior Division, First Place in 2011 CDO Off Road Duathlon, and First Place Overall in CDO NAGT.

From Left: Loren Dale Echavez, Banjo Northe, Marc Altura, Dhill Anderson Lee, Martin Torres & Nena Torres
Photo Credit: The Jazz Runner

These six promising young triathletes have been training with the four international professional triathletes. As AMC President and CEO Fred Uytengsu mentioned, “Alaska Milk Corporation aims to help them become future triathlete professionals by giving them the support that they need through proper nutrition and training.” With Alaska’s entry to multisports, Mr. Uytengsu hopes that this will give way for the children to develop and embrace a healthy lifestyle.

The launch of Alaska Team TBB coincides with Alaska Milk’s support of the Olympic – distance Century Tuna 5i50, which will be held in Subic Bay on June 24, 2012. AMC through Sunrise Events introduces the Olympic – distance triathlon composed of 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run. This is the first 5i50 triathlon sanctioned by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) to be held in Southeast Asia.

The partnership of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) with this event, according to Mr. Roberto Garcia, the administrator of SBMA, said that “sports is a tourism master thrust in Subic.”

“It’s more fun-tastic in SBMA.” Garcia added, referring to SBMA as the official venue of the multisport from 2012 to 2014.

Towards the end of the press presentation, invited media had the opportunity to ask the members of Alaska Team TBB.

Nena Torres, when asked how does she feel to be training with the four professional triathletes, said that “it’s a dream come true, and I look forward to train with the four professionals, and they will be my inspiration until the end.”

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