Organisers of the upcoming Bermuda World Triathlon Festival Weekend in April, today announced a host of social events and free public parties, including a Heroes Weekend carnival style party in the City of Hamilton.
The ITU World Triathlon series gets underway on April 26 and runs through to April 29, in a four-day whirlwind of events featuring the world’s top triathletes, and of course, Bermuda’s own World Champion Flora Duffy, who will be defending her title on home turf for the very first time.
And the full line up offers something for all ages and fitness levels, with a special triathlon themed Harbour Nights Pasta Party to serve as the official opening on Front Street on April 26.
A spokesperson 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.”
The race series line up includes the Millenium Re Kids Race, a duathlon open to children aged seven to 15, on April 27.
They will set the tone on the same racecourse for the top international triathletes who will race the following day to the famous blue carpet finish.
Registration details will be released shortly, and organisers “expect children from across Bermuda to participate in this amazing opportunity, including those who don’t currently compete”.
The big race day on April 27, will also see The Digicel Feather Mile and Street Party, which may prove to be a big draw for Bermuda Heroes Weekend fans and partygoers, in what will be a big carnival-style street party on Front Street.
The event will start at 9pm with the Digicel Feather Mile, which is an untimed run or walk to music, followed by a party until midnight.
The amateur Age Group race kicks off at 7am on April 28, with staggered starts of waves of diving into Hamilton Harbour, followed by the amateur run along Front Street.
And there’s an open invitation for local runners, cyclists and sports enthusiasts to participate in the individual or team relay events., go online to www.tribermuda.com for more information on how to enter.
These races are open to everyone and no previous triathlon experience is necessary.
The big Elite Race, starts at noon on April 28. And the transition zone, where the athletes will go for their swim to their bike and also start their run, will take centre stage for spectators.
And 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 is scheduled to get underway at 1pm, the women’s elite start, featuring Flora Duffy, is at 4pm. Racecourse maps are available at www.tribermuda.com.
The day after the big race, on April 29, local residents will get a chance to a casual meet and greet with visiting athletes for a Hangover Swim.
The venue for the “Bermuda-themed relaxation for athletes from their hard work the day before and an opportunity for autographs and photos”, will be announced closer to the time.
From Thursday, April 26 through to Saturday, April 28, Front Street car parks will be the main venue for the MS Amlin World Triathlon Festival.