The Tokio Millenium Re Triathlon which takes place this Sunday 31st May starting at Albuoys Point has quickly become the most popular triathlon on the Bermuda racing calendar and this year 229 people (according to the registration site) will be participating either individually or in teams as seniors or juniors.
Flora Duffy, who is recovering from a shin injury, is now a Tokio Millenium Re. sponsored athlete, will be participating on a team for Tokio and the presence of the XTerra World Champion and 10th ranked Triathlon World Series athlete will please participants and spectators alike.
Exciting youngsters Tyler Smith, fresh from his recent commanding win at the Aon National Sprint Triathlon Championships, and Erica Hawley will start as firm favorites for the senior sprint titles over 750 meter swim, 20km bike and 5km run as they look to build on excellent starts to the season both locally and abroad.
Jonathan Herring and Tucker Murphy should take the other podium spots on the mens side whilst on the womens side expect a close race for 2nd between Martina Olcheski Bell, winner of the Olympic and sprint distance national championships this year, and veteran Julia Hawley, with Amber Mehta also likely to feature.
As well as the usual individual categories and age groups the sprint triathlon has attracted numerous teams in male, female and mixed gender categories as well as categories for reinsurance and corporate teams.
As always there will be a junior duathlon for juniors aged 7 to 10 (1km run, 4km bike and 1km run) and 11 to 15 ( 2km run, 10km bike 2km run) in racing bike and non racing bike categories with prizes awadred in various age groups
This year Tokio have introduced great new school team duathlons and triathlons with generous prizes being awarded to the winning schools sports’ departments.
There will also be a tri a tri triathlon for beginner triathletes over 200 meter swim, 8km bike and 2km run.
Racing gets underway at 8AM tomorrow ( Sunday 31st May) from Albuoys Point.