Last chance for tri build-up

The Cayman Islands Triathlon Association has a new sponsor for next month’s national triathlon.

Elian – formerly Ogier Fiduciary Services – will be the title sponsor of the event on Nov. 2, from Public Beach on West Bay Road, starting at 6:45 a.m.

Two race distances are on offer. The Sprint is an 800-meter swim, 20K bike and 5K run, and the Olympic distance is a 1,600m swim, 40K bike and 10K run. Athletes can take part as individuals or in teams of up to three.

Katherine Atkinson of Elian said, “Elian is delighted to be able to support such a high-profile event which has become very popular in the Cayman Islands.

“It offers great competition for both elite athletes and those just starting out, in addition to promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to the local community.

“Whether you are participating, volunteering or spectating, it is a fun day and we are excited to be part of that. We wish all the participants the best of luck.”

Race director Paul Schreiner said, “We are looking forward to another great event this year. We are excited to be partnering with Elian, and we believe this year’s event will be the largest ever.”

“Elian has come on board as our title sponsor and we could not be more thrilled,” said Trevor Murphy, president of the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association. “Having sent an athlete to the PASO qualifiers in Mexico recently, we are seeing a huge growth in triathlon on the island, and this will be our largest year to date.”

Murphy added that the build-up events have been the best attended ever and the enthusiasm for the sport is at “an all-time high.”

Along with main sponsors Governors Square and Red Sail Sports, a number of local businesses will provide prizes for athletes and volunteers. They include Cost U Less, Cayman Islands Brewery, Dolphin Discovery, Luca, Ragazzi, Flow, Progressive, Waterman, A Step Ahead Physiotherapy, CUC, Zulu, The Heart Health Centre, Foster’s and West Bay Loop. Elian’s charity of choice is Kiwanis of Grand Cayman.

Schreiner appealed for more volunteers. All participants and volunteers receive event T-shirts as well as a post-race meal at nearby Duke’s Seafood and Rib Shack.

The Cayman Islands Triathlon Association holds its last warm-up triathlon this Sunday at Public Beach.

It is an informal training session that will be up to 75 percent of the main race day distances and is a good chance to try out the course and practice transition and nutrition.

The Athlete Race Guide will be online by Oct. 13 and all race information including registration details can be found at www.triathlon.ky.

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