Local triathletes are getting in shape for their biggest challenge of the year.
KRyS Global, Red Sail Sports and Governors Square have continued their Cayman Islands Triathlon sponsorship for the 2011 triathlon. This year’s event will be held on Sunday 6 November from Seven Mile Public Beach.
Cayman Islands Triathlon Association president, Christine Gibbs, said: “The Triathlon Association is thrilled that all three of our financial sponsors have returned for this year’s event.
“Our sponsors have recognised the importance of promoting this healthy community activity. One of the main goals of the triathlon association is to encourage healthy living and lifestyles through sport.
“This is the second year for KRyS Global to be the primary sponsor of our event. Governor’s Square and Red Sail Sports are also continuing their annual financial sponsorship. The triathlon committee would like to thank the financial and random prize sponsors that have already committed to this year’s race. Without their support, we would not be able to put on such a great event.”
The following businesses have generously donated raffle prizes, goodie bag items, and/or volunteers for the event: Off the Peg, The Reef Resort, Luca, Ragazzi, Flow, Cross Fit 7 Mile, Revolutions, Energy, Beyond Massage, Sunshine Grill, Body Works, A Step Ahead Physiotherapy, The Audiophile, Swim Technology Research, Celebrations, Don Foster Dive Center, Cayman Islands Brewery, Zulu, Economy Car Rental, Comfort Suites and Bon Vivant.
Gibbs said: “We would also like to thank Camana Bay, the North Sound Club and Crystal Harbour for the use of their facilities during our event.
“The triathlon association’s purpose is to host events that are meaningful for any athlete or participant. The message we want to convey is: ‘If you can swim, bike, or run, we want you to join us. If you are not athletic or are hesitant to participate but want to get involved, you can volunteer.’ A triathlon needs a small army to run smoothly and the committee feels that if you volunteer this year, you will want to compete next year.”
The Cayman Islands Triathlon offers two different race options. The sprint version comprises a 750 metre sea swim, 20 kilometre bike ride and 5km run. The Olympic distance race is twice as far, at 1,500 metres for the swim, 40km bike, and 10km run.
Individuals or teams of two or three persons can partake in either race distance. This year’s event offers a different bike course than prior years. Paul Schreiner, race director, said: “We have changed the bike course to loops of West Bay Road and the Esterly Tibbetts Bypass from Raleigh Quay to Lawrence Blvd. We believe that by taking the athletes away from the busy Jacques Scott and Cricket Pitch intersections we will offer a safer race. In addition the bike portion will be more spectator friendly.”
In September and October, the Triathlon Association is coordinating a training series similar to prior years. The training series will be informal sessions for anyone interested in training with other triathletes. This is to encourage those who are new to the sport and to give seasoned triathletes a chance to gauge their progress and practice transitions.
Both individuals and teams are invited to participate. For anyone wishing to participate as a team, CITA offers a team building feature on their website at www.triathlon.ky. This will match individuals with similar skill sets to make a two or three person team.
For anyone thinking of taking up triathlon, it’s a great sport. From the moment of taking the first stroke in the water to the last stride on the run, it’s a world of fun, accomplishment, and camaraderie.
For more information and registration options, please see www.triathlon.ky. Also, please feel free to email our Race Director at [email protected]