Try-This-Tri open to adults too

Triathlon’s popularity is growing exponentially in Cayman and children will soon get another chance to be introduced to the sport in a completely safe and adequately supervised environment.

The 2014 Solomon Harris Try-This-Tri will be on the Queen’s Public Holiday, Monday, June 16.

Adults and children are invited to dip into competitive swimming, biking and running, either individually or as part of a team.

Medals, a random prize-draw entry, and food for everyone will be provided.

The Try-This-Tri is a free annual event and a great way to try a mini-triathlon or introduce children to the sport.

Although the event is free, adults must be or become triathlon association members and donations will be gratefully received and go to the sponsor’s charity of choice.

Hosted by Camana Bay and organized by the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association, the action is all in and around Camana Bay and the Cayman International School site.

The swim portion of the race is again in the Camana Bay pool, great for those nervous about an open water swim. Four race distances are on offer so there is something for every age and ability. All children’s courses remain on Camana Bay property ensuring a safe and controlled environment.

The approximate start times are 6:30 a.m. (sprint), 8 a.m. (super sprint), 9 a.m. (junior sprint), 9:45 a.m. (kids tri), and 10:15 a.m. for the Tykes Dash. Participants are asked to arrive an hour early for check-in and body-marking – which is not required for the Tykes Dash.

The adult only sprint distance race consists of an 800 meters 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 3 mile run (a two loop course through the Camana Bay Paseo).

Try-This-Tri is endorsed by Tony Watts, the founder of the Wednesday Night Running Club. Watts ran the Deputy Governor’s 5k on Sunday, which was a tad easier than completing the Texas Ironman last week which entailed an arduous 2.4 mile sea swim, 112 mile bike and full marathon run of 26.1 miles, and took him 13 hours and 20 minutes.

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