The 2013 Solomon Harris Try-This-Tri at Camana Bay on the Queen’s Birthday holiday was another immense success.
This was the fifth year of the family friendly event and over 170 participants took part, despite the threatening weather.
Both beginner and experienced adults and children entered in the event, designed to introduce everyone to the sport of swim, bike and run.
The event was free to all participants, with donations of over $1,000 going to Solomon Harris’ charity of choice.
Everyone who crossed the finish line received a medal. Some of those medals were seen on school playgrounds on Tuesday morning as proud finishers displayed their achievement to their classmates.
Sophia Harris managing partner of Solomon Harris said: “Solomon Harris is pleased to have the opportunity to support an event that brings communities and families together.
“It’s particularly wonderful to see children of all ages in such numbers participating in this wholesome event.”
Organised by the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association, the event took take place in and around Camana Bay and the Cayman International School site.
The swim portion of the race was in the Camana Bay pool, great for those nervous about an open water swim.
Four race distances catered to all ages and abilities. With the children’s courses remaining on Camana Bay property, the environment was particularly safe and controlled and was a great spectator experience.
The adult only Sprint distance race consists of an 800 metres swim (32 lengths of the pool), a 12 mile bike (two loops of the course from the school to the north end of the new by-pass by the Yacht Club and back), and a three mile run (a two loop course through the Camana Bay Paseo). Twenty-one participants took part.
The Super Sprint race is a 400m swim, six mile bike (12 loops around the CIS site) and a 1.5 mile run. Sixteen took part.
The Junior Sprint is a 200m swim, three mile bike and a one mile run. There were 32 entrants.
The Kids Tri is a 50m swim, half mile bike and a half mile run around the football pitch and 85 children entered.
For those little brothers and sisters, the end of the morning saw the Tykes Dash – a give-it-everything run across the football pitch for the under fours. Medals for everyone at the finish line were a great incentive. The children filled the field.
Jeffrey Wight of Camana Bay Sports & Recreation said: “Camana Bay Sports & Recreation is excited to be able to support this event for the fifth year running. “Those who participate in sports not only reap the physical benefits, but have been proven to do better in school, develop personal discipline and build interpersonal skills, all of which transfers to their everyday lives.
“Try-This-Tri is an amazing opportunity for people of all ages and athletic abilities to come together and enjoy a positive sporting activity with long-term benefits.”
Rebekah Brooks whose five and eight year old children took part said: “The event was very well organised and there was such a great buzz to it.
“I can’t believe that we haven’t done it before. Thank you and well done to all the event organisers.”
With the youngest triathlete only five years old to the oldest at over 50, it really was an event for the whole family.
First to cross the finish line of the Sprint distance event was the family team of Bill and Will Edwards with Lauren Hew, who showed that the whole family can enjoy triathlons together.
First individual home in the Super Sprint event was 15 year old Brandon Williams who is becoming a familiar face on the triathlon circuit, having won his age group in the 2011 Cayman Islands Sprint Triathlon.
Race Director Claire Griffin said: “The 2013 Solomon Harris Try-This-Tri was a very successful event with record numbers. We couldn’t have put on the event without the volunteers who gave up their holiday morning to come out and keep everyone safe and on course and can’t thank them enough.
“It’s very inspiring to watch people who have never done a triathlon before cross that finish line and seeing the enthusiasm and perseverance of the kids is just wonderful.
“Thanks also to Solomon Harris and Camana Bay and all those businesses who donated to the refreshments and random draw prizes – we really appreciate your support.’
The next event in the triathlon calendar is the three series event of Stroke & Stride sponsored by A Step Ahead Physiotherapy and hosted by Sunset House.
This swim/run race begins on 7 August and is open to ages 13 and over.