St. John’s, Antigua – The region’s best triathletes are expected to go head to head once again when they meet in the twin-island paradise of Antigua and Barbuda, for the fourth annual non-profit AUA Tinman Rohr Triathlon slated for Saturday March 28.
The first half-iron distance triathlon to be held in the English-speaking independent Caribbean now enters its fourth year with Guadeloupe having retained the title for the past two years.
Participants are lured by this race taking place in one of the most picturesque islands in the Caribbean. Temperatures are welcoming with a cooling sea breeze, the waters of Antigua’s Morris Bay are calm and crystal clear, the bike course takes you through the rolling hills of the island’s spectacular southern coastline and ends with a challenging run through the lush rain-forest in Fig Tree Drive. A grueling 2 kilometer swim, 90 kilometer bike and 21 kilometer run makes this race though, one of the toughest tests for Caribbean athletes in the region.
Twelve-time Guadeloupe national champion is the reigning Tinman Rohr Champion having followed up his 2013 success last year by securing the title ahead of Cuba’s national athlete Vincente Sanabria in 2nd place. Six-time Trinidad and Tobago national champion Ancil Greene in 2014 secured third for the second year running after Antigua & Barbuda took second place on home soil in 2013. Former world champion swimmer turned triathlete Benjamin Sanson won the inaugural event in 2012 which also attracted his colleague Stephane Poulat and Argentinian national triathlete Claudio Delpueche.
The event, which attracts competitors from across the region and the wider world, will have a cap of 200 entrants in 2015 to ensure ideal race conditions for all participants. Registration is open to amateurs and professionals alike via www.antiguatinmantriathlon.com. Special accommodation rates are available.
Young athletes will also compete in a host of shorter distances to include a mini triathlon of a 500 meter swim, 10 kilometer bike and 2 kilometer run or a sprint distance of a 1 kilometer swim, 18 kilometer bike and 5 kilometer run. Age group awards will be given for 6&under, 10&under, 14&under and 18&under.