Budding triathletes tried their hand at a less arduous version of the endurance test this past weekend.
The TriStar 11.1 Try-a-Tri triathlon kicked off at 8 a.m. on March 30. The event took place at Gallows Bay on the island of Nevis. Winston Crooke, president of the St. Kitts & Nevis Triathlon Federation, described what a great opportunity this was for people to participate in an enjoyable and easily manageable triathlon.
“The distances are short and very doable for almost anyone. If you can swim a bit, bike a bit, and run or walk a bit, this event is for you,” Crooke said. The triathlon covered a total distance of 11.1 kilometers and included a 100m swim, a 10k cycle ride and a 1k run.
The swim took place in the gorgeous waters of Gallows Bay along a basic point-to-point course near the shoreline. Later, participants transitioned to Samuel Hunkins Drive to begin the cycling portion. The route had only a single hill with an elevation of less than 150 meters. Athletes turned around at Cotton Ground village and headed back to downtown Charlestown. They then moved on to the 1k run, which brought them along a two-loop route through the town’s back streets and finished at Samuel Hunkins Drive, where a large crowd of excited spectators clapped and cheered.
Those who completed the race were given a finishers medal and T-shirt, which they could proudly show off at the party after the race. The more-challenging TriStar111 and TriStar33.33 triathlons took place the next day, covering 111 kilometers and 33.33 kilometers, respectively.