JIS News

More than 120 local and international athletes participated in the 14th annual Jake’s Off-Road Triathlon held last Sunday (April 26) in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth.
Jason Henzell, organizer for the event, told JIS News that the field was the “largest turnout that we have had since we began staging the event”.
The competitors, including 30 teams, vied for top honours as they participated in a 500-metre swim, a 25-kilometre mountain bike race and a seven-kilometre run.
The triathletes competed for the fastest overall course completion time, including timed transitions between the swim, bike, and run components.
Prizes such as gift baskets, weekends at selected resorts, and plaques, were awarded to the top three finishers in the individuals and team events.
The individual categories and winners were: Overall male – Nigel Wynter; Overall female, Nancy Pinchas; Mixed Relay – Paul Facey, Tinga Stewart and Heather Facey; Male Relay Team – Andre Gordon Jr., Andre Gordon Snr. and Andrew Gutzmore; Female Relay Team – Henrietta Harris, Gena Harrison and Laurie Hirenstein; Masters Male – Kevin Kane; and Masters Female – Angela Beckford.
Some of the competitors expressed their enthusiasm at competing in the event with some indicating that they have participated in previous triathlons.
Proceeds from the Jake’s Off-Road Triathlon, held in April of each year, go to the BREDS Treasure Beach Foundation, a local charity that helps the people of the small farming and fishing community.
A similar triathlon dubbed ‘Rose Hall Triathlon and Wellness Festival’ will be staged in Rose Hall, Montego Bay in October.

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