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It’s Triathlon Day! – 200 Expected To Take Part

CLOSE to 200 local, regional and international tri athletes will participate in the second annual St. Lucia Triathlon today. The event is scheduled to start from 7:30 a.m.

And thay're off, Under-16 participants in the swim segment. [Photo: Anthony De Beauville]
And thay’re off, Under-16 participants in the swim segment. [Photo: Anthony De Beauville]

Like last year the St.Lucia Tourist Board with its major sponsor Digicel, is again lending logistical and other technical support to the staging of the event which will be the culmination of a week-long festival of fun activities hosted at Rodney Bay.

According to the organizers, with four separate competitive distances available, including relays, there is something for everyone. The course includes a swim, tough hilly volcanic bike ride to Cotton Bay and finally, a flat run to Pigeon Island and back,

Keeping with the Pirate theme from last year -The Dagger: 200m swim, 6.6km bike, 2.5km run, The Pistol: 750m swim, 13.2km bike, 5km run, The Cutlass: 1500m swim, 26.4km bike, 10km run, *The Musket: 2250m swim, 39.6km bike, 15km run.

There will also be relay teams covering the same distances. (Relay teams can be 2 or 3 people doing any of the disciplines)

For the Children’s 5 – 9 years events there will be a 100m swim, an 800m bike, children 8 – 15 can still take part doing the aquathlon (swim/ run) over 200m.

Meanwhile, in memory of Ollie Gobat, there will be the Ollie Gobat (2014) Memorial award for Special Achievement awarded at prize giving. The criteria for winning is that the person is born in St.Lucia, of any age and that they put in an exceptional performance.

According to the organizers, prizes will be awarded to the first three males and females in each individual race. However, there has to be at least 8 people racing in that category. Relay teams will be first only.

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

He covers and contributes articles highlighting the areas of international, regional, national, community based clubs and schools sporting activities. There is never an off day as he stays busy... Read full bio...

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