Tokio Millennium Sprint Triathlon On May 31st

May 9, 2015

The Tokio Millennium Re 2015 Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon is set to be held on May 31, 2015, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Albuoy’s Point in Hamilton.

A spokesperson said, “Island residents of all ages are encouraged to participate alongside Bermuda’s top multi-sport athletes and schools are encouraged to enter teams for a chance to win prize money that will be contributed to their school’s athletic programs.

“This event presents an opportunity for those new to multi- sport to participate in a very fun, safe and well organized short-course event. More seasoned triathletes are presented with the opportunity to race in a top quality event with a very high level of competition, right in the heart of the city of Hamilton.

“The event will include five race categories. The Senior Individual Sprint Triathlon and the Senior Team Triathlon involve a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride, and a 5km run. The Try–a-Tri, designed for those new to the sport, is a 200m swim, 10km bike ride, and a 2km run. In the Duathlon category, children aged 7 to 10-years-old will compete in a 1km run, 4km bike ride, and another 1km run, and Juniors 11 to 15-years-old will compete over a longer distance, with a 2km run, 8km bike ride, and another 2km run.

“For the Senior School challenge, school teams can compete in the Duathlon [one person runs 2k, the second person bikes 8km, and the runner completes another 2k to finish] and the Try-a-Tri course [consisting of three members – one person swims 200m, one bikes 10km, and one person runs 2km]. Overall times for the top 2 teams from each school determine the winners of the cash prizes for the Triathlon and Duathlon, to be donated to the respective school sports programs.

“Other prize categories include overall male and female winner, the [Re]Insurance Cup with a $5,000 charitable donation and the Corporate Cup with a $5,000 charitable donation.

“Last year’s event was won by professional triathletes Tyler and [wife] Nikki Butterfield, with Karen Smith and son Tyler both placing second in the overall female and male events respectively. The Butterfields are unfortunately unable to defend their 2014 titles, as Tyler [sponsored by Tokio Millennium Re] continues his very focused professional racing season overseas in his pursuit of success at the 2015 Ironman World Championships and Nikki has retired from the sport of triathlon.

“Tokio Millennium has extended sponsorship to XTerra Triathlon World Champion Flora Duffy, who is dominating the 2015 XTerra race series as well as holding a ranking of 6 in the International Triathlon Union World Cup racing series as she pursues qualification points for the 2016 Olympic Triathlon. If Flora is not required to race in the ITU World Cup race in London on May 31, we expect she will compete for top honors in this event.

“A strong showing is expected from both Tyler and Karen Smith, on the back of Karen’s impressive age-group win at the 2014 Ironman World Championships and with Tyler’s impressive level of performance in Youth Elite triathlon races throughout 2014 and 2015 to date. No longer competitive at only a junior level, the senior field will need to put in some fast times to make the podium ahead of this talented youth.

“For more information about the event, email triathlon@tokiomillennium.com or visit www.tokiomillennium.com or Facebook page Tokio Triathlon.”

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