MANILA, Philippines - The Century Tuna 5i50 Triathlon Series Philippines is set on June 24 at scenic Subic Bay.
Fred Uytengsu, president and CEO of Alaska Milk Corp., said it’s going to be the “biggest triathlon event in the country.”
Those present in yesterday’s press launch at Dusit Hotel couldn’t disagree with the young-looking CEO, a certified triathlete.
It’s the first 5i50 distance marathon (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run) sanctioned by the World Triathlon Corp. or WTC in Southeast Asia.
And Uytengsu, who helped bring Ironman races to the country, is ecstatic that the WTC has chosen the Philippines as 5i50’s takeoff point in the region.
“It only shows that triathlon is alive in the Philippines,” beamed Uytengsu, who also thanked other sponsors like The Philippine STAR, Gatorade, David’s Salon. 2XU, Timex, Oakley, Intercare and Multisport Magazine.
The famous franchise owner in the Philippine Basketball Association was joined at the presidential table by Subic Bay Management Authority chairman Bobby Garcia and Century Tuna’s Greg Banzon.
Also present were foreign and local triathletes.
Uytengsu was asked why they chose Subic. Why not?
“We looked at the different landscapes for locations and considered what Subic has. It’s enclosed, safe and fully-maintained,” he said.
The SBMA chairman found the better answer.
“It’s more ‘fun-tastic’ in Subic,” he said, borrowing the country’s tourism slogan, and drawing laughter from the crowd.
“Subic is a fenced and gated community. Very secure. And it’s one of the very few places in the Philippines where people follow the stop signs.
“At Subic, we have a 911 (emergency management) and if you call, the phone doesn’t have to ring twice. In 10 minutes, we will get to you,” said Garcia.
The entire race will be held inside the former US naval base. The SBMA has inked a contract with Sunrise Events, Inc. for the staging of the event until 2014.