Island Challenge Asks – Are You Fit For Charity?

February 25, 2013

808_1-Island-Challenge-e-blast_P1The second edition of Island Challenge will take place next month and, new this year, will be the first of three events in the Bermuda Triple Challenge Series 2013.

Island Challenge will test teams of four along the dunes of south shore on Saturday, 9 March; the Urban Foot Race will challenge individuals through the Town of St. George on Sunday, 28 April; and, on Saturday, 12 October in Dockyard, the Royal Challenge will dare individuals or groups – you choose – to tough it out over a course demanding grit and determination. Do all three events and you will be eligible to be the Bermuda Triple Challenge winner.

The purpose of the Bermuda Triple Challenge is to raise money for charity, so participants will be reaching out into the community for pledges of support.

“With all three events, the winners will be determined through a points system that adds the points you receive based on your running time to the points you receive based on the amount of money you raise,” said organiser Aideen Ratteray Pryse. “So, if you prefer to take your time going around the courses, you can still reach the podium by raising a lot of money for charity!”

For Island Challenge 2013, teams will encounter more obstacles on the sand dunes and these will need more teamwork too. The new course and obstacles are designed by Reid Robinson and Jason Correia.

“We wanted to add to the fun and challenge of this event and so we approached Aideen with ideas for new obstacles,” said Reid Robinson. “Yes,” added Jason Correia, “the first Island Challenge was a lot of fun and Reid and I wanted to build on that. Literally! We are building obstacles now and have developed the course for the Urban Foot Race already. ”

Island Challenge teams will start at Warwick Camp and follow a route that includes Warwick Long Bay Playground, Warwick Long Bay, Horseshoe Bay, the sands dunes behind the beaches and, as a finale, the Regiment’s assault course. Like last year, team members will get wet and sandy but, also, they will be challenged in new ways this year.

The selected registered charities for Island Challenge 2013 are The Menuhin Foundation, Knowledge Quest and De Boys’ Day Out Club. More information about the event can be found at

“I am delighted to be working with the Bermuda Regiment for the second year in a row. It would not be possible to stage this without the Regiment. It is a truly unique team building experience that is fun, unusual, satisfying and, yes, demanding,” said Mrs. Ratteray Pryse. “You don’t need to be an athlete though, and that’s the best part! Launching the Bermuda Triple Challenge offers the athlete, the sometime athlete and the pseudo athlete three different opportunities to help charities in need whilst having fun at the same time.”

Speaking for lead sponsor, KRyS Global, Patrick McPhee, Managing Director, Bermuda, said “Island Challenge is a unique fun event for Bermuda which fosters teamwork and tests personal resolve. As Platinum Sponsor, KRyS Global is proud to be associated with this innovative and challenging island adventure.”

Island Challenge has five divisions: General (all men, all women or mixed men and women), Company and Youth. The youth teams will comprise teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 on race day. The Company teams need only have two employees. This makes it easier for small firms to participate and compete. Teams will compete for first prize in each of the five divisions. There will be one Island Challenge grand prize winner too.

There are two ways to sign up. A team can enter online in 2 steps: first, by paying the entry fee through Premier Tickets at and then using the online payment order number (your receipt number) to complete the entry form online at Online entries will be accepted up to noon on Thursday, 7 March.

Alternatively, teams can download the entry form from or collect one from Sportseller in Washington Mall, complete it and drop it off (with a cheque) at the Sportseller no later than 5:00PM Wednesday, 6 March.

Once a team is registered, with a team name, it will be listed on the Island Challenge Add to Cart page of Premier Tickets and friends and family can donate to the team of their choice. Sponsor pledge forms can be downloaded from the Island Challenge website too.

For a course map, sign up details and information on what to do with pledges, check or follow on Facebook page – Island Challenge – for the latest news and updates.

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