Triathlete Tyler Butterfield will run in Bermuda Marathon Weekend as he continues his preparation for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, in April.
Butterfield is to return home from Boulder, Colorado, tomorrow and will be among hundreds taking part in the full marathon on Sunday — the final race of the three-day event.
The 34-year-old, whose schedule does not usually allow him to compete in the Bermuda Marathon Weekend, will also take part in the Butterfield & Vallis 5K next weekend, which marks the 100th anniversary of his family’s wholesale business.
“I’m super excited about doing a road race in Bermuda again,” Butterfield said.
“I miss doing May 24, but some years the timing works and others it doesn’t due to other races over here in the United States or internationally.
“I’m pumped to get to do a bit of Bermuda Marathon Weekend, a weekend I used to always look forward to when I lived on the island. I’m not looking at anything special from myself in the marathon; I just want to enjoy it.
“I will be racing off mostly base training and it will be one of my last long, harder runs before I switch to focus on more speed.”
Butterfield left his mark in the schools’ KPMG Front Street Mile races in the early 2000s when he set several records. His schedule will not allow him to return in time to watch those races.
“I would love to come on Thursday to watch the Front Street Mile on Friday night, but I’ve one other sponsor trip I had to do this week, today and tomorrow.”
Butterfield is also looking forward to competing in the Butterfield & Vallis race, along with brother Spencer. He will also be the guest speaker at the Bermuda Triathlon Association’s prize-giving dinner at the Loft at Flanagan’s next Saturday.
“Tickets for that are available at Raceday World, and it should be a fun night talking about modern racing, the old days of triathlon and racing with my dad Jim.
“Then the next day I will be at the Butterfield & Vallis 5k to celebrate the [company’s] 100th anniversary. It’s a perfect distance for everyone to come out and enjoy a family event.
“It’s great to be able to be home for both weekends and three great events. Bermuda always has so much going on.”
Butterfield will then turn his focus to the Commonwealth Games, where he hopes to be a part of a triathlon relay team including Flora Duffy, Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley.
“After this trip to Bermuda, it will be back to Colorado and a training camp in Arizona to start to get ready for Commonwealth Games in April,” he said.
Dage Minors, a Commonwealth Games hopeful, will be Bermuda’s lone representative in the Elite Mile tomorrow night.
Minors has a best time of 4min 6sec for an indoor mile and will be up against Jordan Chipangama, of Zambia, a former 10K and half-marathon winner. Chipangama will also run the 10K and half-marathon this time around.
In the school races, Ashley Irby, who qualified for the 1,500 metres in the Carifta Games last weekend, will be aiming to make it three straight senior schools titles tomorrow. Her victory last year was her sixth school title.
Selah Tuzo, also a Saltus Grammar School student, will move up to the senior schools after two straight middle school titles.
Lynsey Palmer, Jessie Marshall, Zahra Wilson and Koa Goodchild are also in the senior category.
In the senior boys, Johndelle Cumberbatch and Quincy Kuzyk — first and second in the 1,500 metres at last weekend’s track meet at the National Stadium — will battle again with the likes of Nicholas Pilgrim, Nirobi Smith-Mills and Ryan Outerbridge. Kyrah Scraders, whose senior girls record of 5:19.74 set in 2014 still stands, is returning to competitive running after taking a break. She will run in the local women’s race that also features Jennifer Alen and Rose-Anna Hoey.