Athletes preparing for triathlon

Athletes are gearing up for one of the most gruelling sporting events in the calendar – the Cayman Islands Triathlon. 

It is set for Nov. 1 and for the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association it is the highlight of the triathlon season. 

It starts at Public Beach and participants have the choice of two courses: the sprint distance, a 750 meter swim, a 12.4 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run. The Olympic Distance is an extremely testing 1,500m swim, 24.8 mile bike ride and 6.2 mile run. Athletes also have the choice of competing as individuals or in a two or three person relay. 

Race Director, Paul Schreiner, said the race is an important community event.  

“In 2014 the Cayman Islands Triathlon had over 170 athletes participate in the race, which demonstrates the increasing popularity of triathlons here in Cayman and around the world,” Schreiner said.  

“Now in our 19th year, we are focusing on continuing to grow the sport in the Cayman Islands, thanks to the support of volunteers, participants and sponsors.” 

Corporate and fund services specialists, Elian, has pledged its support of the event as title sponsor. Colin MacKay, group director of Elian, said his organization was thrilled to be partners for a second year.  

“The Cayman Islands Triathlon has become increasingly popular each year it has been held and has become extremely well supported, as everyone enjoys coming out on race day to cheer on athletes, volunteer at water stops and so on,” MacKay said. “We believe the Cayman Islands Triathlon is an excellent example of a sport which brings the community together, and are pleased to be partnering with such a powerfully positive event.” 

Schreiner said the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association wants to assist local athletes to perform their best on race day, so a series of training events have been scheduled. 

“We’ve set the dates this year for Aug. 30, Sept. 20 and Oct. 11, so participants will have had training sessions to help them prepare for what is, after all, one of the most demanding tests for any athlete, physically and mentally,” he said. 

This event is also supported by Tower, Cayman National and Red Sail Sports. 

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Jeff Jakubiak, Patrick Loughnane and Dale Avery competed in the 2014 Cayman Islands Triathlon.

Jeff Jakubiak, Patrick Loughnane and Dale Avery competed in the 2014 Cayman Islands Triathlon.

Conrad Proud is a regular triathlon entrant.

Conrad Proud is a regular triathlon entrant. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD