Barbados will be hosting one of the legs of the Pan American Cup’s International Triathlon Union’s sprint triathlon series on Sunday, April 21 at the Spring Garden Highway.
This is the second ITU event which Barbados will be hosting under the auspices of the ITU, Pan-American Triathlon Confederation (PATCO) and the Barbados Federation of Island Tri-athletes (BFIT), the local triathlon association.
Last year Barbados also hosted an international triathlon, the first of its nature held in the English-speaking Caribbean.At a media briefing today at the Barbados Olympic Association’s office, plans for the event were outlined by race organisers and sponsors of the event were also introduced. Present for the session were president of the Barbados Olympic Association, Steve Stoute, sponsor United Insurance’s marketing manager Sharron Alleyne-Elcock, BFIT’s president Peter Gibbs, Christine Choy, sponsor Powerade’s Bernard† Frost and organiser Edward Ince.
Ince explained that the sprint event was the shortest of the triathlon races and included a 750m swim, 20k bike ride and a 5k run. He said that so far 21 male and 13 female elite athletes were entered for the event which would start with the female race at 7:30 a.m. followed by the males at 9:30a.m. He also revealed that there would be a 3K run for all interested fans starting at 6 a.m.
He said the field was headed by Barbados’ Jason Wilson who is currently based in Canada. Ince said Wilson would be entering the race on the heels of an impressive victory a few weeks ago in the Chilean leg of the same circuit.†Ince also stated that there would be entrants from the USA, Canada, Chile, Austria, Cuba, Grenada, Trinidad, Venezuela and Columbia.
Ready to compete
During the media briefing a recorded interview with Wilson was played and he indicated his chances on home soil were good and he was looking forward to the event.
Ince said the event was all part of the effort of the athletes to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The race is ITU sanctioned and will have four ITU delegates in attendance: race director Adrian Sinckler (Barbados), Alan Beckford (Jamaica), Jason Gooding (Trinidad) and Winston Crooke (St. Kitts & Nevis).†Gibbs, a record-holding long distance swimmer, indicated that each year Barbados got better at staging such events. He said he was happy with the number of athletes coming in spite of a competing event in San Diego.
“The fact we can get nearly 35 athletes to come to our event which is outside the normal geographic circuit speaks loudly for the location and reputation Barbados has,” he said.
Gibbs †thanked United Insurance, Powerade, the Tourism Development Corporation, Fortress Fund Managers and the Barbados Olympic Association and other sponsors for their involvement in the event.†Alleyne-Elcock and Frost reiterated United Insurance and Powerade’s commitment to events such as the sprint triathlon.††