BOHOL goes into triathlon mode as the Sun Life 5150 welcomed more than 500 aspirants in various age categories on Friday, ushering in a weekend of fun and excitement for the return of tri-sports to the mainstream after a hiatus two years.
The first wave of athletes, including those competing in the Sunrise Sprint, checked into various official hotels simultaneously with the opening of the Health and Fitness Expo and the Official Ironman Store at the Grand Pavilion at Bellevue Resort in Panglao.
Pre-5150 activities are heating up on Saturday with exhibit booths from Sun Life, Go for Gold, Bohol Province, Bellevue Resort, Rudy Project and the 5150 store opening at 8 a.m. while check-in for bicycles and equipment will begin at 1 p.m. At the seaside.
More than 500 triathletes, including first-timers and weekend runners, make up the cast of the first post-pandemic multi-sport event taking place on Sunday. The host province, a leading hub for triathlon, ensured another successful organization of the event including Olympic distances (1.5km swim/40km bike/10km run) and sprint.
“It’s been a long time since the last 5150 and even longer since the last race we had in Bohol. We have prepared an excellent and safe race with a very fast and exciting course for everyone to enjoy,” said race director Neville Manaois.
Bohol Governor Aris Aumentado is also gearing up for the event, along with a large number of female bidders and foreign bettors, with entries spread across the age categories of 15-19 to 65-69.
The men’s and women’s relays as well as the mixed relay are also on the agenda.
For more details visit www.ironman.com/5150-bohol with social media accounts at Sun Life 5150 Bohol (facebook) and 5150bohol (Instagram). For the Sunrise Sprint, log on to www.goforgold.sunrisesprint.com.
There will also be a focus on the Go for Gold’s Sunrise Sprint, a short distance event designed for beginners looking to get into the sport. It takes place over 750 m of open water swimming, 20 km of cycling and 5 km of running.