January 09, 2007
The Nevis Cycle and Triathlon Club is gearing up for the 5th Annual Olympic Triathlon . The event, known as Carino Nevis Olympic Triathlon, attracts athletes from all over the world. This race features two courses: an Olympic distance course including a 1500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run and the shorter Sprint distance course covering exactly one-half the Olympic course and consisting of a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run.
The entry fee for the Olympic course is $75 (US) and $45 (US) for the Sprint Course. Thanks to the generosity of the triathlon’s sponsor, Carino Health Spa, a division of the Norwegian firm, Carino Nevis, Ltd. Carino is currently developing Hamilton Estate, a luxury villa/condominium resort complex with a state-of-the-art health spa on Nevis.International athletes already signed up for the event this year will come from Holland, France, Canada, Venezuela and the USA, including Tom Dutton who recently placed 3rd at the World Championships in Honolulu in the 60-65 age group. Regional athletes set to compete will represent Trinidad, Barbados, St. Martin, Tortola, St.Thomas, St. Croix, Puerto Rico, as well as St. Kitts & Nevis.
For the second time, the event is sanctioned by the Organization of East Caribbean States (OECS), a group of nine Caribbean nations that promotes cooperation in defense, international diplomacy, economic and sustainable development policies. In recognition of this special status, the Nevis Cycle and Triathlon Club will award the top male and female OECS nationals with a special prize.
The swim will take place in the Gallows Bay in downtown Charlestown. There will be a beach start following a simple triangle format – two laps for the Olympic distance swimmers and one lap for the sprint. Upon completion of the swim competitors will run along the bay front for approximately 60 meters to the transition area where their bicycles will be stationed.
Upon leaving the transition area, the bikers will head north along the main island road, towards the airport and the turnaround point. The bicycle course is relatively flat with a maximum elevation of 150 ft. Bikers will loop the course twice for the Olympic distance and once for the Sprint, before heading back to the transition area to prepare for the run to the finish.
The run course will be two laps for Olympic and one for Sprint. The run is flat, heading north from town out to the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, where they will turn around and head back to the finish line on the waterfront in Charlestown. Here the winners will be crowned as champions of the 4th Annual Olympic Triathlon.
Special accommodations for the event will be provided by Carino Hamilton, Oualie Beach Hotel and the Sea Spawn Hotel. For more information on rates and reservations, call Oualie Beach Hotel at (869) 469-9735 and Sea Spawn Hotel at (869) 469- 5239. For more information on the Nevis Triathlon visit www.neviscycleclub.com or call Race Committee Chairman, Winston Crooke at 869-469-9682.