St. Kitts & Nevis – As the end of the 2013 multisport season draws to a close, the Nevis Tourism Authority and the St. Kitts & Nevis Triathlon Federation has officially launched the Macca X Nevis Triathlon to take place on Saturday, November 16th 2013. This follows the signing of a partnership agreement between the Federation and professional Triathlete, and multiple times Ironman World Champion, Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack.
The 2013 MaccaX Nevis Triathlon will be staged on the Caribbean island of Nevis which has been recognized as one of the most exotic places to race and the triathlon, a must-do on the racing circuit.
The international meet is one of triathlon’s premier races attracting entrants from around the globe including Australia, France, USA, Great Britain, South Africa and Brazil; as well as the Caribbean region. The completion consists of a 1.5K swim, 60K cycle event and 10K run, plus a standard sprint distance, 750m/20k/5k.
The 3 day triathlon festival will kick off with a swim event and a charity 5k run that has McCormack and the other visiting triathletes competing.
Greg Phillip, Chief Executive Officer of the Nevis Tourism Authority, said, “We are thrilled to have Chris on board. His collaboration with the Nevis Tourism Authority and the St. Kitts & Nevis Triathlon Federation will bring our event to the attention of more athletes and will increase the level of participation”.
Speaking of his association with the Nevis Triathlon and the re-branding of the event as the Macca X Nevis International Triathlon Mr. McCormack said, “I am looking forward to again returning to Nevis to race. The island is magical and the ‘course’ presents a unique challenge in a stunningly beautiful environment. I have raced in some incredible places but Nevis is seriously spectacular. This is a beautiful and energetic race with a feeling of camaraderie among the participants and I am pleased to be now officially associated with the event”.
The Nevis International Triathlon began 11 years ago as a celebration of Tourism Week on the island. Over the years, the event has been recognized internationally for the high standard of competition by triathlon publications.
In 2008 Triathlete Magazine listed it as one of its Top 5 Must-Do Races. In 2011 Triathlete Europe named it on its list of Top 20 Must-Do Races. In 2011 L’Equipe Magazine listed Nevis as one of its three most exotic locations for triathlon.
An Australian triathlete known affectionately to the triathlon community as ‘Macca’, Chris McCormack began competing on international-distance courses in 1996, winning both the 1997 Triathlon World Championships and the 1997 ITU World Cup Series; to date, no-one else has won both titles in a single year.
ESPN named him “World’s Fittest Man” and Forbes Magazine called him “World’s Greatest Athlete”. Over the course of his amazing career, Macca has won over 200 Triathlons in addition to being:
– 4-time World Champion Triathlete
– 2-time Ironman World Champion
– ITU Long Course World Champion
– ITU Short Course World Champion
– 14-time Ironman Champion
– 8-time World Cup Champion