Bohol is fast becoming PHL sports tourism destination

Hundreds of world’s most elite triathletes have started arriving in the province of Bohol this week as the province will again host a 5i50 Triathlon on November 6, according to Provincial Administrator Alfonso “Ae” Damalerio II.

Damalerio said Bohol is fast becoming a sports tourism destination in the country today because of its well-placed infrastructure, peace and order, strong partnership with the provincial government and local government units, and beautiful tourism attractions.

“Every triathlon event held in our province would generate massive economic activities, and this is good for all the stakeholders of the tourism industry of Bohol,” said Damalerio during an interview over dyTR’s “Ang Lungsod nga Nasayod” program hosted by Mike Ligalig. “The triathletes from all over the world, when they return home, can help promote Bohol as a premiere tourism destination in the Philippines.”

Damalerio said the provincial government of Bohol has been working hard to put Bohol in the world map of sports tourism. Sport tourism is a fast-growing sector of the global travel industry, which has an annual value of US$7.68 trillion.

He added that next Sunday’s triathlon event is sponsored by Bellevue Resort, in Doljo, Panglao, Bohol.

Bellevue Resort, a world-class resort on the coastline of Panglao Island in Bohol, gears up for its first triathlon venture – the Bellevue Resort 5i50 Triathlon set Nov. 6 with a crack international field clashing for top honors in various divisions of the grueling swim-bike-run event.

Australians Sam Betten and Dimity Lee-Duke have confirmed participation in the blue-ribbon event, which they ruled in last year’s staging of the 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run championship. But the duo will be up against a formidable field, which includes compatriots Alexander Polizzi and Michelle Duffield, New Zealand’s Amelia Rose Watkinson and local based Dan Brown and top Filipina elite Monica Torres.

Top triathletes from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Europe, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States are also joining the hunt for the top $2,000 purse in both sides.

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

Meanwhile, the organizing Sunrise Events, Inc. is also putting up the Sunrise Sprint, a short distance race series and a sub-category of The Bellevue 5i50 featuring a 750m swim, a 20k bike and a 5k run held for the second time this year but first in Bohol.

Registration is ongoing with limited slots up for grabs for early bird and the 5+1 promo. For details, visit www.bellevue.5150philippines.com.

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

The event is also expected to boost local tourism with the pristine Panglao Island boasting of natural wonders and attractions as well as artistic, cultural and historial treasures. Billed as one of the country’s top tourist destinations, the Panglao Island has also become a haven for weekend travelers and city folk looking for rest and relaxation.

The Bellevue Resort 5i50 will fire off at 6:28 a.m. on Nov. 6 with Wave I composed of the Pros and Filipino elite while the male age group 15-39 will start at 6:30 a.m. The male age group 15-39 will flag off at 6:35 a.m. while the female age groups and relay teams will start at 6:40 a.m.

Cut-off time for the swim stage is at 7:40 a.m. while the bike and finish line cut-offs are set at 10:10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m., respectively.

The Sunrise Sprint will start at 8 a.m. for the male division and 8:05 a.m. for the female side.

The Bellevue 5i50 also caps SEI’s triathlon calendar for the year that included the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 and the Alaska Ironkids in Subic, the Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon at The Village Sports Club in Paranaque and Subic, the Regent 5i50 Triathlon, also in Subic the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship and the Alaska Ironkids Triathlon in Cebu.

Backers of the event are The Bellevue Resort as official hotel, Active Network (official registration partner), 2Go Express (official logistics and courier partner), Powerade (official hydration partner), Wilkins Pure (official hydration partner), Alaska Milk Corp., David’s Salon, GU Energy Gel, Prudential Guarantee, Intercare, TYR, Newton, The Bellevue Resort and Province of Bohol (host venues), Municipality of Dauis and Municipality of Panglao (bike course partners), The Philippine Star, Trilife Magazine, AsiaTRI.com and FinisherPix (media partners) and Ford, Cetaphil, Devant, Daylong, Motor Ace, Regent, Sanicare and Storck Bicycle (marketing sponsors). (PR)

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