THIS REPORT FROM DEBORAH TITTERTON-NARRAWAY
A group of young triathletes from Bermuda traveled to West Chester Ohio this past weekend to compete in the USA National Youth and Junior Age Group Triathlon Championships. A total of 850 athletes competed over two days and, for the first time in the event’s history, there was sold out registration.
The Bermuda contingent consisted of members of the Tri-Hedz Junior Triathlon Club of Bermuda: Megan Hand (10), Caleb Ingham (11), Nicholas Pilgrim (11), Amber Simons (11), Nicholas Narraway (12), Jessica Godfrey (14) and Tristan Narraway (15). The young Bermudian team had a strong showing, with several members of the team achieving personal best times; and notable finishes from Hands who had a top 15 finish (15th) in the 10yr old girls age group, Pilgrim who achieved a top 10 finish (9th) in the 11yr old male age group and was 47 finisher out of the 302 male/female participants in the 11-15yr category and Tristan Narraway who earned herself a podium finish by placing 3rd in the 15yr old female age group. Narraway, who is not American, presented the 3rd place award to 4th place finisher Nicole Tanner of Alpharetta GA who shared the honour by inviting Narraway to share the podium with her.
The age group event begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday August 2, 2014 after a weather delay due to thunder and lightning and featured competitive distances, ranging from a 100m swim, 5k bike and a 1k run for ages 7-10 to a 200m swim, 10k bike and 2k run for athletes ages 11-15. The swim was in fresh water, and presented a challenge as the athletes usually compete in salt water. They overcame this and showed great strength on the bike course, holding their own on the flat run.
In addition to the race the Bermudian athletes had the opportunity to participate in the event clinic on August 1st. This opportunity featured USA Triathlon Certified Coaches taking 100 youth athletes through swim, bike, run and transition stations on the racecourse and offering advice for race day. This was a great opportunity for our athletes to familiarize themselves with the course and learn some tips from top coaches before racing got under.