Thursday, June 18, 2009

Try-This-Tri Volunteer Report (June 14, 2009)

(Photo Credit: Lana Gilyun - more kids' photos here)

Last weekend we held the inaugural Try-This-Tri; it was a great success. We're calling it Cayman's first pool-swim tri. Nobody has proved us wrong!

The day favoured participation by families and beginners. The morning featured three different distances:
7am start - Sprint (800 m swim, 12 mile bike, 3 mile run)
8am start - Super Sprint (400 m swim, 3 mile bike, 1.5 mile run)
9am start - Kids Distance (50m swim, 1/2 mile bike, 1/5 mile run)

At the very end we tacked on a race running the length of a soccer field (OK, here it's a football pitch) for the younger brothers and sisters of the Kids Distance participants.

Results and course maps here: link

We appreciate Camana Bay, a planned mixed-use community, allowing us to use their great facilities. By operating there we kept the Super Sprint and Kids Distance events off the public roads, using a rectangle of interior roads that Camana Bay could close for us. And their 25m outdoor 8 lane pool is beautiful!

We had great volunteer support - 30 of us (I was marshaling at the Transition Area). Sponsors came through strongly with refreshments and spot prizes.

Special thanks to Corrine Fiesel, who had the get up and go to approach the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association about holding a pool-swim tri. Of course we turned around and appointed her race director, a role she fulfilled with distinction.


Blogger Wendy said...

Well done -- participants and volunteers alike.

And how nice to see those kids with medals around their necks!

6/18/2009 12:20:00 pm  
Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

Congrats on the event's success! I'm convinced there'd be a lot more triathletes in FL if they were more pool swim tris for them to get started in the sport (I know of only one).

6/22/2009 09:33:00 am  
Blogger Rainmaker said...

That looks and sounds pretty cool. Nicely done on the event!

6/22/2009 08:10:00 pm  

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