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A big field of beginners and those on comeback trail get another fun and friendly triathlon experience as they vie in the Sunrise Sprint in the Bellevue Resort 5i50 Triathlon this Sunday n Panglao Island, Bohol.

In its continuing effort to expand the base of triathlon, the organizing Sunrise Events, Inc. launched the 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km event in Subic Bay last year and included it in the 2016 The Bellevue Resort 5150. Inspired by its resounding success, the SEI is again putting up the event side-by-side with the premier 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run championship.

Meanwhile, Aussies Sam Betten and Tim Reed brace for a battle royale in the centerpiece Elite pro while Dimity Lee Duke looms as the triathlete to beat in the women’s side of the event backed by title sponsor The Bellevue Resort and hosted by the world-class resort on the coastline of Panglao Island.

Betten beat Henry Beck by nearly nine minutes to clinch the gold medal last year but expects a fierce challenge from Reed, who completed a three-peat in the Ironman 70.3 Philippines early this year.

Top triathletes from 23 countries are also joining the hunt for the top $2,000 purse in both sides.

The top male and female elite finishers, meanwhile, will pocket P30,000 each.

To spice up the twin events, a 5i50 Expo Open and Bike Service Open will be held on Nov. 3-4 at The Bellevue Pavilion.

The Bellevue 5i50 also caps SEI’s triathlon calendar for the year that included the Alaska IronKids series, Xterra Danao, Ironman 70.3 Subic and Regent 5150 Subic.

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