The fittest of the fittest on these shores tempered their festive season excesses to be in the best shape possible for the ultimate challenge next week.
Much work has been going on behind the scenes of the Mercuryman Triathlon and Aqua bike, which is at the Reef Resort on Sunday 20 January.
“We are on track for a great event, the only one of its kind in the Cayman Islands and one of only a few half iron distance triathlons in the Caribbean,” said organiser Justine Plenkiewicz.
“So far we have 38 registrations: six relay teams, seven individuals taking part in the Mercuryman aquabike and 25 individuals taking part in the Mercuryman Tri.”
The inaugural Mercuryman Triathlon is capped at 100 athletes to ensure a quality event for everyone. They are receiving registrations daily and expect more individuals to enter the triathlon event and many more teams for the relay event, especially given that registration fees go up on Wednesday.
Athletes can register online at www.mercurymantri.com. Anyone wanting to be matched up for a team can email the organisers at [email protected]
“We are excited to announce that we have two registered pro triathletes coming down from the United States to take part in the race – Guilherme Campos and Pedro Gomez,” said Plenkiewicz. “We are also looking for more volunteers to ensure a safe event for all the athletes. If you want to see an extreme athletic endurance event up close (which is sure to inspire anyone), you can register to volunteer at http://mercurymantri.com/sign-up-form.”
Notable local athletes so far in it are Marius Deysel, Neal Coleman, Scott Ruby, James Murray, Dean Gaffigan and Mike Ridsdale. Given the fast runners and cyclists in this bunch, they are expecting an extremely competitive race in the men’s field.
“On the women’s side, Elizabeth Berns, Gill Comins and Carol Bell will duke it out against visiting triathlete, coach and Ironman World Championship qualifier Sue Aquila.
“Aquila will also be giving a free seminar for triathletes on Saturday afternoon at the Reef Resort about racing a half iron distance triathlon.”
The Mercuryman Triathlon is sponsored by the Reef Resort, which is the official hotel for the race. The other sponsors are Cayman Airways, PostNet, White Sand Watersports, Tortuga, Vampt Motors and the Cayman Islands Tourism Association.
This event is organised by the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association. The race directors are Johan Heath, Trevor Murphy and Plenkiewicz.