Flora Duffy wrote to me that she could have got her ITU World Series campaign underway last week in the Gold Coast leg of the series but opted to sit it out to ensure that she is fully recovered before racing.

Triathlon is littered with professional, and amateur, triathletes who have tried to come back too early from injury and ended up either with chronic injuries, operations or brought about the end of their careers.

It is a good lesson for all triathletes that when injured or sick you need to rest and listen to your body, doctor and physio before coming back. For anyone hoping to be involved in the sport long term this patient approach is critical. Take a lesson from Flora’s book.

And…. when you do come back, come back gradually to avoid a relapse.

Hopefully Flora’s planned comeback at Yokoma will go ahead and one thing is for sure, she will be like a greyhound in a trap waiting to race again.


A meesage from race director Aaron Smith

Digicel TriFest and ITU Continental Cup 2017

Thank you one and all!

By all accounts, Sunday’s event was a resounding success. With over 100 local participants and 35 Elite athletes we exceeded expectations for this inaugural event which included Bermuda’s first ITU sanctioned triathlon in 20 years. Congratulations to all who participated!

As Race Director, I couldn’t be prouder of what we were able to accomplish especially given the challenges of limited resources and experience with events of this caliber.

Nothing would have been possible without our sponsors’ involvement. The Bermuda Tourism Authority have proved to be an invaluable supporter of our sport. The fact that we were able to provide more than just a race but a “TriFest Experience” that included training camps, officials’ clinics and an expo in addition to junior, age-group, team and elite racing, fits their vision and ours for growing Bermuda as a sports tourism destination (hopefully with triathlon as a key element).

Digicel stepped in on a late request and had a huge impact as our lead corporate sponsor providing not only funding but several valuable prizes and items to help race participants, volunteers and spectators enjoy the experience. We look forward to their continued involvement in our growing sport.

Other sponsors included Oakley Capital Investments, Butterfield & Vallis, BGA, Barritt’s, Phoenix Stores and East End Telecom. In addition, there were several businesses along our route who were impacted by road closures but for whom we are grateful for their cooperation and contributions including BUEI, RUBiS East Broadway, The SuperMart, Tribe Road Kitchen, Docksiders, Bermuda Bistro, Flanagans and the Pickled Onion.

I also think our local media provided extraordinary coverage for the event and during its lead-up. We are very fortunate to have such talented and knowledgeable reporters following our sport.

We had over 50 volunteers sign up to help with the TriFest… many of whom put in long hours not just on race day but leading up to the race with planning and preparation. Without your time and dedication, the event would not have been possible.

Last but not least, I wanted to thank all the members who joined me on the Local Organizing Committee (Julia Hawley, Steve O’Reilly, Ian Pilgrim and Alex Shepherd), our visiting ITU Technical Delegate (Andrew Dacanay) and race referee (Patty Petty) as well as everyone who served as a Technical Official (after taking a demanding clinic), section chiefs, road marshals and all of the other roles (some performing multiple duties!) that it takes to make a successful event. Many of you who volunteered your time were not able to participate in the event, or you found yourself running to perform a duty for the elite races literally right from the finish line of your race… Your sacrifices have not gone unnoticed, nor has your love for the sport.

It was my honour and privilege to be the Race Director for Bermuda’s first Continental Cup. My greatest reward has been the accolades and commendations we have received from the elite athletes thanking us for everything from their transportation and homestays, to the course layout and volunteer assistance… A true community effort! The female race winner, Dominika Jamnicky said that the hospitality was overwhelming and it was one of the best run events that she has ever attended… and a quick check of her stats shows that this was her 63rd ITU event!

Thanks again to all and looking forward to more successful events – both local and international – in our future.

Aaron Smith

Digicel Tri fest younger junior races now duathlon

Following feedback from parents, the 7-10 and 11-12 year olds will now compete in duathlon so (run-bike-run) in the Digicel TriFest Junior Triathlons this weekend.

Distances : 7-10 will do 0.5km, 4km, 1km and 11-12 will do 1km, 8km, 2km

The 13-15 age group remains the same ( 375m swim, 10km bike, 2.5km run

Any athlete aged 12 on race day but eligible for the 13-15 age group will be allowed to enter the 11-12 duathlon if they do not wish to swim.

Sign up st Racedatworld.com or at the Digicel store on Church Street this Friday 7th April between 4 and 6PM.



Digicel TriFest – Calling all juniors


The Digicel Bermuda Trifest kicks off this Sunday morning, April 9th, with the Junior age group races for those aged 7-15. The course offers a great opportunity for the kids to race in Hamilton and we think they will love the fast, traffic-free roads. So far we have had only a few sign ups for these Junior races so if you are thinking of entering your sons or daughters but haven’t yet signed them up, please do so now. This will give us a better idea of numbers to ensure that the correct safety arrangements are in place for the number of athletes competing.

On safety advice, there will not now be a lane-line in the water for the swim. This is because we are advised that the lane line may prove more of a hazard for the swimmers than a benefit. We have shortened the course for the younger swimmers so that they only have to swim 50m (7-10 yr olds) and 100m (11-12 yr olds) and would advise anyone who is concerned that their child cannot swim these distances comfortably (or 375m for the 13-15 yr olds) not to enter their child in the race. The water temperature will be taken one hour before the start when a final decision is made on the wearing of wet suits. The swim is very likely to be wet suit legal with a water temperature of 65-68F. Wet suits will not be compulsory but if your child has one, it would be advisable to wear it. A very limited number of spare wetsuits may be available for children to borrow.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday. Once again, please sign up and if you have any questions, contact Alec Shepherd, Age Group Race Director (alecshep@btopenworld.com).

Thank you.

The Trifest and Continental Cup Organising Committee