Message from the Chairman
Mabuhay! Welcome to the Black Arrow Express 5i50 Philippines website. We are very excited to be able to host this event.
After five years of successfully staging the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines and the Alaska Ironkids Philippines, we are very pleased that Sunrise Events has been awarded by the World Triathlon Corporation the rights to stage the 5i50 Series. The 5i50 series is the Olympic Distance brand of WTC.
Our aim with this event is to encourage even more people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and embrace multisport training and racing. While we recognize that people may have an Ironman or Ironman 70.3 event as a “bucket list” item, we also realize that you need to start somewhere and this event does exactly that. The distance is still challenging for the novice triathlete and we hope to encourage many individuals to start with this distance. As more and more people seek a healthier lifestyle, triathlon is well positioned to attract many new participants. One way of encouraging this is by offering relays. I am pleased WTC has agreed to this and we will have several categories in the relay division. We believe that by offering relays, we will end up getting full fledged triathletes from this group as these participants will discover the joy and challenge of completing all three disciplines.
At the same time, seasoned triathletes will enjoy the standard distance as a way to improve on their speed and add yet another race to their calendar.
We are also pleased to announce that Subic Bay has also agreed to be our host venue for 2018. Although Subic Bay has been host to many multi sport events, we will make it our challenge to make the 5i50 another world class production.
We are working closely with our partners and sponsors to ensure you have a comfortable and unique experience that will encourage you to return year after year and hopefully get you to have your triathlete friends come as well.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing you at the finish line.
Wilfred Steven Uytengsu
President & CEO Alaska Milk Corporation
President, Sunrise Events Inc.