THE fifth staging of the Jamaica Triathlon Multi-Sports Weekend will get underway on November 9-11 at Iberostar Hotel, Montego Bay.
Organisers Entertain Jamaica is hoping local athletes will come out in their hundreds, repeating last year when for the first time many events were won by non-overseas participants.
Wards Power Tools owner Howard Ward captured the Duathlon, ahead of Jamaican cyclist Dhalia Duhaney, while Bobby Barnes clinched the Sprint Distance.
A new feature in next month's event, one of the most sought-after endurance sport in the Caribbean, would be the placing of coconut men at aid stations along the course, further details of which will be announced tomorrow.
"As the athletes pass the aid stations, they will be able to drink coconut water from freshly chopped coconuts, as well as water and energy drinks," explained the organisers.
The Corporate 5K walk/run challenge which was well-received last year, will now include a 10k run in accordance with suggestions. Maximum number of participants for the 5k/10k run is 300 and 150 walkers.
"We would love to see corporate companies and everyone
else to come on down to Iberostar Hotel and participate in the Corporate 5k/10k Walk- Run Challenge," said Rayne Russell, event co-ordinator.
"The course is very easy, everything happens at Iberostar, and we just want everyone to come out and walk or run for fun, for fitness and for charity."
The triathlon weekend will also feature the Ocean Spray Wata Schools Challenge Workshop, Kids Triathlon, Olympic Distance course which includes 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run.
There will also be the sprint distance, 0.8k swim, 20k bike, and 5k run; a duathlon, sprint relay, and pasta party. The Kids Triathlon is for children 6-13 years old.
All events will start and end at the amazing Iberostar Beach. The races will be timed using Pro-Chip Timing, a technology allowing for easier timing of the participants on a beautiful course designed for medium to entry-level participants.
"The course is not very technical but will certainly push you to your limits," Russell admitted.
Children's Medical Services will benefit from the triathlon this year. Through its medical network in Richmond, Virginia and other parts of the the United States, CMSI identifies health professionals willing to donate time and travel to Jamaica at their own expense.
Over the past 10 years, Children's Medical has brought medical and technical support personnel to Jamaica on a regular basis, including medical supplies and equipment such as computers, gurneys and ventilators and the first mammogram machine in western Jamaica.
Registration is open for all events of the Triathlon weekend with its website, www.jamaicatri.com, providing information.
Sponsors of the triathlon include Iberostar Hotel, Jamaica Tourist Board, Entertain Jamaica, Cran Wata, RJR Group, Budget Car Rental, Wards Power Tools, Gymkhana, JPS, Fontana Pharmacy, Rose Hall Developments, Marksman Group, Medical Response, Powerade, and JAVCO.