Kiwis upbeat, target Penong's 5150 crowns
(Philstar.com) - June 28, 2019 - 1:34pm

MANILA, Philippines – New Zealand’s Kieran McPherson and Laura Wood hope to mark their first-ever stints in Davao in style, shooting for no less than a sweep of the men’s and women’s pro diadems in the inaugural Penong’s 5150 Triathlon that gets going July 7 at the Waterfront Hotel.

An off-road and trail running champ, McPherson has competed in other endurance races in the country but will be setting out for the upcoming event over the Olympic distance of 1.5k swim-40k bike-10k run in the country’s emerging triathlon hub with high expectations owing to his top form.

"This will be my first time here racing in Davao and first non-drafting race in 5-6 years,” said McPherson, winner of the 2018 XTERRA Pan American Tour. “My fitness is very good at the moment and I look forward to racing some of the best road athletes in the world. I have raced several fantastic Sunrise events in the past (XTERRA) and I look forward to joining the Ironman family."

But he will be as much tested as Aussies Mitch Robbins and Alex Polizzi and Czech Jakub Langhammer, who banner the early roster of bidders in the men’s side of the centerpiece pro division of the event organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. and sponsored by Davao’s favorite barbecue house Penong’s Barbecue and Seafoods Grill.

Like McPherson, Wood also exudes confidence coming off a third place finish in the Ironman 70.3 in Subic recently, polishing her biking skills by training in Thailand.

“I’m very excited to race in Davao for the first time. I had a recovery week following Subic Bay 70.3 and then had a few solid weeks of training in Thailand. I was a bit disappointed with my bike in Subic so that has been my focus. I look forward to putting it all together on race day and then enjoying some more time in the Philippines,” said Wood, who will be facing multi-titled Dimity Lee Duke and Lisa Tyack, also from Down Under, and Guam’s Manami Iijima for the women’s pro diadem.

Also on tap is the Sunrise Sprint, to be disputed over the 750m swim-20km bike-5km run distance. Other titles up for grabs are those in various age categories and relay competition.

For details, visit www.ironman.com/philippines, http://penongs.5150philippines.com and http://www.goforgold.sunrisesprint.com with official hashtags #Penongs5150, #5150Davao.

“All of us from Penong’s are excited to headline the inaugural 5150 triathlon in Davao City. This race is a great opportunity to welcome new and upcoming endurance athletes, showcasing the growth of Penong’s as we started out as a marketing sponsor for Ironman 70.3 and now we have our own race, right here in the company’s hometown,” said Penong’s liaison officer JJ Sarona.

Backing the event, which comes on the heels of SEI successful staging of the second Alveo Ironman, also in Davao, are Lungsodng Davao, Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao, 2GO, Nature’s Spring, David’s Salon, F2P Sportswear, Pioneer Insurance, Vitargo, Alaska, AlcoPlus, Australia Harvest, Cetaphil, Devant, Regent Foods, Sanicare, Sun Life Financial, Timex, TYK and Active with One Sports, Cignal, Manila Bulletin, Crosstrain.ph, MBody.ph, Tempo, Trilife, AsiaTri.com and Finiser Pix as media partners.

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