Local runners prep for Cayman Islands Triathlon

Competitors make their way out of the water in the 2016 Cayman Islands Triathlon. – Photo: Taneos Ramsay

Cayman’s fitness enthusiasts are gearing up to run, bike and swim their way to the finish line.

The 22nd edition of the Cayman Islands Triathlon will take place at Public Beach on Nov. 4, and the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association is sprinting to finish its preparation in time.

The annual race takes more than 100 volunteers to run smoothly and safely, and there will be more than 150 competitors hitting the beach, the streets and the bike. Participants can choose between the Sprint Distance and the Olympic Distance, choosing a challenge that best works for their level of fitness.

“Every year, the Cayman Islands Triathlon has over 170 athletes participate in the race, which demonstrates the increasing popularity of triathlons here in Cayman,” said race director Paul Schreiner. “We are over 20 years putting on this event and we are focusing on continuing to grow the sport of triathlon in the Cayman Islands and to show the health benefits of the sport.”

The Sprint Distance will require a 750-meter swim, a 12.4-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run, while the Olympic Distance consists of a 1500-meter swim, a 24.8-mile bike leg and a 6.2-mile run.

“Triathlon continues to grow on the Island as people see the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle,” said Mr. Schreiner. “It is great to see athletes, volunteers and supporters of every age coming out on race day to cheer.”

The Cayman Islands Triathlon Association has scheduled a series of training events leading up to the big day, and Mr. Schreiner said that the last one will take place on Oct. 21.

Trevor Murphy, the president of the triathlon association, said the race depends on input from the public.

“The support of our sponsors and volunteers is key to this successful event,” said Mr. Murphy of the triathlon. “Anyone who wishes to volunteer should contact the association. We have T-shirts for athletes and volunteers, and everyone has a great time participating or helping.”

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Have a Heart Cayman charity.

Potential participants and people interested in volunteering can learn more by visiting www.triathlon.ky or contacting [email protected] for available sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. Athletes wanting to register for the triathlon can do so www.caymanactive.com/triathlon.