After the success of the inaugural Mercuryman Triathlon at the start of the year, confirmation of the next one has just been released.
Registration is now open for the 2014 Mercuryman Triathlon and Aquabike on 19 January 2014 at the Reef Resort in East End.
This gruelling long-distance triathlon is a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride followed by a 13.1-mile run. It can be completed individually or in relay teams of two or three individuals.
Athletes who prefer to compete only in the swim and bike can sign up for the aquabike option.
Athletes can register online at www.mercurymantri.com.
The event is the only half iron distance triathlon in the Cayman Islands and one of only a few in the Caribbean.
The first edition of the event attracted 73 participants, including 25 individual triathletes, 12 athletes racing in the aquabike division and 25 teams.
Local athletes who completed the tough course included Marius Deysel, Johann Prinsloo, Scott Ruby, Dave Bennett, Dean Gaffigan and Mike Ridsdale.
It was hugely endorsed. Ridsdale was the fastest local and Gaffigan was second. Visiting professional triathlete Pedro Gomes won the men’s triathlon and professional triathlete Lesley Smith won the women’s race.
Sean Crothers was the first finisher in the men’s aquabike race and Beth Fischer won the women’s division.
Organiser Justine Plenkiewicz said: “The next Mercuryman Triathlon will be better and bigger than last year.
We have already received several registrations from local and overseas triathletes and, as last year, we are looking to invite some professionals to compete.”
Registrations are limited to 200 athletes to ensure a safe race and a unique, personalised atmosphere. All athletes will receive an official race T-shirt, support on the course and a fabulous post-race barbecue catered by the Reef Resort.
A share of the proceeds will be donated to the East End Primary School.
There is still plenty of time for athletes to train for the 2014 Mercuryman Triathlon. Several free half iron distance training plans can be found on the Internet and athletes can find training partners by joining one of the many swim, bike and running groups on island.
In addition, the Cayman Islands Triathlon, at Public Beach on 3 November, is a perfect race to use in preparation for the Mercuryman Triathlon.