Bermuda is tailor-made for a triathlon. Scenic pathways, ideal year-round temperatures and azure waters make the islands a tempting destination to run, bike and swim. Small wonder, then, that the Bank of Bermuda Foundation Triathlon has attracted a devoted local following for 21 years. Bermuda’s oldest triathlon is a Sunday morning race with categories for juniors, individuals and teams (of both adults and juniors). It prides itself on being an open, welcoming event that nonetheless adheres to a very high standard of professionalism. “We strive to host a well-organised triathlon in a beautiful location aimed at encouraging participation,” says Christopher Page, one of the race directors and a veteran of the competition. “We do everything we can to make sure people have a good time and feel included. We also offer a complimentary breakfast to all participants and their supporters, and this makes it very much a family event.” The event is a sprint-distance triathlon (as opposed to Olympic distance, which is double the length) that takes place at Clearwater Beach, on the grounds of a former U.S. naval base. Participants begin with a 750m swim in Clearwater Bay, then tackle a 20k bike ride, and finish up with a 5k run through Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve, a narrow spit of land with the ocean on both sides. The 2012 event takes place on Sept. 30. Registration will open in early September and will be available online at racedayworld.com. It costs just $30 to enter, and the event is open to all participants. And though it’s not intended to be an elite sporting event, don’t be surprised to find elite athletes competing. Former participants have included Olympians Flora Duffy and Tyler Butterfield. All entrants get a T-shirt, and the winner takes home something special: bragging rights from Bermuda.
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