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World Triathlon Bermuda events announced

  • Gold star: world champion triathlete Flora Duffy (Photograph supplied)

Social events and free public parties have been announced as part of the MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda Festival Weekend.

There will be something on offer for all ages and fitness levels as the island hosts the ITU World Triathlon Series from April 26 to 29.

A special triathlon-themed Harbour Nights Pasta Party will serve as the official opening on Front Street, the heart of the event, on April 26.

Organisers said: “This will be the public’s first look at the event venue and the World Triathlon Expo, with the street alive with music, visiting athletes enjoying local cuisine and each vendor offering a ‘carb’ meal option, a tradition for athletes before a big event.”

Front Street will also host the Millenium Re Kids Race, a duathlon open to children aged 7 to 15, on April 27.

They will use part of the same course that the world’s top triathletes will race the next day, including the blue carpet finish.

“Organisers expect children from across Bermuda to participate in this amazing opportunity, including those who don’t currently compete.

“Registration details will be released shortly.”

The Digicel Feather Mile and Street Party will also be held on April 27, with Bermuda Heroes Weekend fans and partygoers invited to strut their stuff in a carnival-style street party on Front Street.

The event will start at 9pm with the Digicel Feather Mile, an untimed run or walk to music, followed by a party until midnight.

The amateur age group race will kick off at 7am on April 28, with staggered starts of waves diving into Hamilton Harbour. The amateur run is also along Front Street.

Local runners, cyclists and all sports enthusiasts are encouraged to participate in the individual or team relay events and entry is available online at www.tribermuda.com.

These races are open to everyone and no previous triathlon experience is necessary.

The Elite Race, where locals can watch the world’s top triathletes race and potential Commonwealth Games medal-winners, will start at noon on April 28.

Organisers explained that the transition zone, where the athletes will go from their swim to their bike and also start their run, will be at the centre of all the activity.

“The blue carpet transition zone and Front Street will be in the global spotlight of international television, broadcasting to millions on global networks.”

The men’s elite start is at 1pm and the women’s elite start, featuring Bermudian world champion Flora Duffy, is at 4pm. Racecourse maps are available at www.tribermuda.com.

On April 29, residents will be able to mix and mingle with visiting athletes for a hangover swim.

This casual gathering will be a Bermudian-themed relaxation for athletes from their hard work the day before and an opportunity for autographs and photos.

The venue is to be announced closer to the time.