New backers will tri for it to be great

The annual triathlon event has a new sponsor to help ensure its continued smooth running.  

Arch & Godfrey has stepped into the triathlon arena in Grand Cayman, becoming sponsor of the 2013 Cayman Islands Triathlon.  

The event is set for 3 November and will be called the Arch & Godfrey Cayman Islands Triathlon, run by the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association.  

Red Sail Sports and Governor’s Square are also continuing their sponsorship of this long-running, local-favourite event. The charity of choice for this year’s triathlon is the Children and Youth Services Foundation. 

Triathlon association president Trevor Murphy said: “The triathlon association is thrilled to have all three of our financial sponsors for this year’s event. Arch & Godfrey have committed as the primary sponsor and we could not be more pleased to have this long standing Caymanian company as one of our partners.  

“All our sponsors recognise the importance of promoting sport and encouraging the community to maintain its active, healthy lifestyle,” he added. “The triathlon committee thanks 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 2013 Arch & Godfrey Cayman Islands Triathlon will take place on the newly-renovated Seven Mile Public Beach and will offer two race options.  

The sprint version comprises a 750 metre sea swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run. The Olympic distance race is twice as far, at 1,500m for the swim, 40km bike and 10km run.  

Individuals can enter either race distance and teams of two or three people can enter in the Olympic race distance.  

This year’s event offers both a different bike and run course than prior years, said race director Paul Schreiner. 

“This year’s course is not yet set due to the ongoing construction in the Public Beach area and on the extension of the Esterly Tibbetts highway,” Murphy said. “We believe that the new Public Beach amenities will increase the beauty of the event and will allow the athletes to enjoy the race even more.  

“Hopefully, the bike course will encompass the new Esterley Tibbetts extension and the run course will use the new Public Beach walk and run paths, as well as West Bay Road.  

“I’m sure some of our athletes will already be looking forward to riding the ‘mountain’, the bridge on the new road.  

“As always, the course will be determined to ensure the safety of the athletes and volunteers while trying to make the spectator viewing experience a great one.” 

Garth Arch of Arch & Godfrey said: “This premier event has become very popular in the local community, both for experienced athletes and those who are just starting in the sport. What better environment to swim, bike and run in than here in the Cayman Islands. We look forward to working with Paul on making this year’s event the best yet.”  

Both individuals and teams are invited to participate in the 2013 Arch & Godfrey Cayman Islands Triathlon. 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.  

Leading up to the big race will be a training series organised by the triathlon association. It runs in September and October and are informal free training sessions open to everyone.  

Their purpose is to encourage those who are new to the sport and to give seasoned triathletes a chance to gauge their progress and practice transitions. 

Schreiner said: “If you can swim, bike or run we want you to join us. If you are hesitant to participate but want to get involved, you can volunteer.  

“A triathlon event needs a small army to run smoothly and we find that if you volunteer one year, you will want to compete the next!” 

 

For more information, email [email protected] Registration for the 2013 Arch & Godfrey Cayman Islands Triathlon will open in August. 

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Cayman’s annual triathlon is one of its premier sporting events. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD
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