Conchman Triathlon and Guy Fawkes Festival ready to go for this weekend

All systems are a go for the 31st GBPA Conchman Triathlon set for Saturday, November 4 on Taino Beach. Present for the final press briefing, left to right, were Triathlon committee member Fatima Zahara Kabobe; GBPA Senior Manager of Sales and Commercial Development, Charles Pratt; Triathlon Committee Chairman, Christopher Baker and committee president John Bradley.

The 31st Annual Grand Port Authority Conchman Triathlon and Guy Fawkes Festival will have Taino Beach busy this coming Saturday, November 4 at 7:00 a.m.

As you know the yearly held race is one of the longest running calendar events for the island of Grand Bahama and is expected to continue its rich tradition of intense competition. The race that puts individuals and teams through the rigors of swimming, cycling and running has grown steadily over the years since first introduced in 1986.

A press conference was held this past Wednesday at the GBPA’s headquarters. The GBPA became a title sponsor for the event for it’s 30th annual celebration just last year, according to Senior Manager of Sales and Commercial Development, Charles Pratt.

“We are a part of something that is positive for the community of Grand Bahama and we certainly encourage those that have not yet registered to do so at the earliest opportunity so that you can be a part of this wonderful, wholesome event,” he expressed, “The Conchman Triathlon has been known to attract visitors to Grand Bahama and last year over 15 international registered athletes competed. So that’s a great accomplishment, we think so.”

He noted that the race has been known to test the will and strength of athletes of all ages over the years. Triathlon Committee Chairman Christopher Baker further added to that point when he listed events suited for every age group, including the Iron Kids Triathlon geared to primary school athletes, young adults, middle aged adults and elderly adults.

The race also features individual sprints, individual Olympic distance, relay teams and family teams. But last year the High School challenge and Corporate Cup were introduced and have now become a fixture of the event; something Baker remains excited about.

“One ofp the specialities that we introduced last year was the secondary schools’ competition, which was a great success. They had a lot of cheering from the sidelines and this year it’s going to be even bigger and better. We even have two teams coming from the Beacon School...St. George’s are coming back to defend their title and we expect Jack Hayward, Bishop Michael Eldon and even Eight Mile Rock are coming into town to participate.”

Just over two weeks ago the Committee had a generous sponsor give enough money to buy 11 bikes, after some of the schools lamented it was difficult to compete last year due to the lack of bikes.
“I’m pleased to say that at this stage they’ve all been taken up, including two of them with the Beacon School. So we’re looking forward to a very exciting day.”

The Ministry of Tourism will be hosting their Guy Fawkes Festival at 4:00 p.m. following theTriathlon’s awards presentation.

“We’ll be having Junkanoo, there’s going to be a competition where schools are taking part making their own Guys. Corporate sponsors are taking part and they there will be independent judges to judge the best Guy. There’s a $100 entrance fee for that,which goes to charity with Bethel’s Books for school children to be presented with. It’s going to be a very exciting day.”

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