(St. John’s, Antigua) – The region’s best triathletes are expected to go head to head once again when they meet in the twin-island paradise of Antigua and Barbuda, for the fourth annual non-profit AUA Tinman Rohr Triathlon slated for Saturday March 28.
The first half-iron distance triathlon to be held in the English-speaking independent Caribbean now enters its fourth year with Guadeloupe having retained the title for the past two years.
Participants are lured by this race taking place in one of the most picturesque islands in the Caribbean. Temperatures are welcoming with a cooling sea breeze, the waters of Antigua’s Morris Bay are calm and crystal clear, the bike course takes you through the rolling hills of the island’s spectacular southern coastline and ends with a challenging run through the lush rain-forest in Fig Tree Drive. A grueling 2 kilometer swim, 90 kilometer bike and 21 kilometer run makes this race though, one of the toughest tests for Caribbean athletes in the region.
Twelve-time Guadeloupe national champion is the reigning Tinman Rohr Champion having followed up his 2013 success last year by securing the title ahead of Cuba’s national athlete Vincente Sanabria in 2nd place. Six-time Trinidad and Tobago national champion Ancil Greene in 2014 secured third for the second year running after Antigua & Barbuda took second place on home soil in 2013. Former world champion swimmer turned triathlete Benjamin Sanson won the inaugural event in 2012 which also attracted his colleague Stephane Poulat and Argentinian national triathlete Claudio Delpueche.
The event, which attracts competitors from across the region and the wider world, will have a cap of 200 entrants in 2015 to ensure ideal race conditions for all participants. Registration is open to amateurs and professionals alike via www.antiguatinmantriathlon.com. Special accommodation rates are available.
Young athletes will also compete in a host of shorter distances to include a mini triathlon of a 500 meter swim, 10 kilometer bike and 2 kilometer run or a sprint distance of a 1 kilometer swim, 18 kilometer bike and 5 kilometer run. Age group awards will be given for 6&under, 10&under, 14&under and 18&under.
About AUA Tinman Rohr Triathlon:
The AUA Tinman Rohr Triathlon was launched in 2012 as the first half-iron distance triathlon to be held in the English speaking independent Caribbean. Currently half-iron events are also held in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands’ St Croix, Guadeloupe and the Dominican Republic.
The event is dedicated to the memory of former USA triathlete Jonathan Rohr, who passed away at the age of 25 while studying at the American University of Antigua. Rohr shared the dream of two local triathletes to create a world class half-iron triathlon in Antigua and Barbuda. He died from a rare heart disease known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) while training heavily for the event.
The Tinman Rohr is a 100 per cent non-profit event. The event is dedicated to educating athletes and the general public about heart diseases to save lives as well as raising the level of sport in Antigua & Barbuda and the wider Caribbean. All funds raised are used towards developing sports in Antigua & Barbuda.