It’s all about getting Grand Bahama back to normal for the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) and the Conchman Triathlon Committee, as indicated during a press conference held Thursday, October 10.
From the location where the 33rd Annual GBPA Conchman Triathlon is scheduled to be held on November 2, GBPA Vice Chairman Sarah St. George stated, the upcoming mainstay event should be one that gets Grand Bahamians’ spirits lifted even more since the passing of Hurricane Dorian.
“Hard to believe just one month ago, September 1-3, Hurricane Dorian pounded Abaco and Grand Bahama for over 30 hours. Seventy percent of our island was under water; many people lost everything. Some, tragically, lost their lives or loved ones.
“While we mourn the physical and emotional loss and tragedy, we’re now going through the process of recovery. And one of the essential steps of recovery is bringing back a sense of normality,” said St. George.
“We need to do everything we can to support our licensees to be able to get back in business, again. The most direct way of creating opportunities is to encourage visitors to come and visit our great Grand Bahama Island.
“It’s with this in mind that the GBPA is going full steam ahead to support our 33rd Conchman Triathlon.
“So, I’d like to congratulate Christopher Baker, Ravanno Ferguson, the members of their team for organizing this 33rd Conchman Triathlon. It’s a great credit to the organizers to host this event every year for over 30 years through thick and thin.
“We want the international community to know that Grand Bahama is back and will be ready for the tourist season,” she stated.
St. George also shared that she hopes the community would also show up on Saturday morning, November 2, in full support.
The tri-sport competition kicks off at 8:00 a.m. with the Olympic Triathlon, followed by the Sprint Triathlon set for an 8:15 a.m. start, and concludes with the IronKids Triathlon, set to begin at 12:30 p.m.
The Olympic Triathlon includes a 1.5K swim, transitioning to a 20K bike ride and finishes with a 10K run.
The Sprint Triathlon involves a 750-metre swim, 20K bike ride and a 5K run.
The IronKids’ course features a 200m swim, 2.5K bike ride and 800m run.
As Committee Chairman Baker was excited to finally announce the meet’s date, he was also out-rightly grateful to the sponsors that made this year’s edition of the triathlon possible.
“Thank you (Sarah) for your sponsorship and encouragement. Thank you to all our sponsors who have kept us going. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here today.
“Grand Bahama, we want you all out here, either participating or supporting. We get a lot of help from youngsters on the course. Go online, www.conchmantraithlon.com. All of the information is there to get registered.”
Registration forms have already been issued to various track clubs, swim clubs and various organizations. The awards ceremony takes place that afternoon at 2:00 p.m. followed by an after party featuring a Junkanoo rush-out at 3:00 p.m.
Registration forms can be found at Playtime Sports, located in Bullard’s Plaza, where Frank’s Ice Cream is located, as well as Cafferata and Company, located on Ponciana and West Mall Drive. For e-registration forms you can contact 242-727-6826.