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January 16/ 2003
- Press Releases
Top us athletes to compete in Bay Islands triathlon

Roatan, Bay Islands - Two top triathletes from the US have confirmed that they are looking forward to competing in the Bay Islands International Triathlon - this firmly places the race as an important event in international triathlon calendar.

The two athletes who will be participating in the event are Hunter Kemper, ranked number one in the US by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and is placed at 16th best athlete in world rankings. Kemper was also a member of the Olympic team that represented the US in the Sydney last year. Sheila Taormina is ranked at number 4 in the US, number 10 in worldwide ratings and also represented the US at the Olympic Games.

The triathlon, which will take place on Roatan Island, the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras, on March 8 this year. The race is expected to draw about 300 athletes from the US, Honduras and Central America and the Caribbean.

“We are extremely happy with the numbers so far”, says Sandra Sampayo of Bay Islands Marketing, one of the organizers of the event. “Our goal is to put on a very well organized and supported race for 2003, and to build the event as a reputable international annual event that will draw widespread awareness for both the sport as well as the Bay Islands as a destination.”

The Bay Islands International Triathlon, organized by Bay Islands Marketing and Kemkon Ltd of the US, will be the first ITU-rated race to take place on the Bay Islands and is expected to become an important race within the ITU world championships.

An ‘international’ race incorporates a 1.5km swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run. The Bay Islands International Triathlon’s course has been dubbed ‘a serious challenge’ by professional athletes who have tested the course. “It is one of the most challenging courses I’ve seen so far and I think that it is going to be an enormously fun race. The cycling part of the event takes athletes over some impressive hills, and there is this one hill in particular, which I have dubbed ‘El Diablo’ (The Demon), which is going to separate the men from the boys”. says age grouper triathlete and race director Leslie Poujol-Brown.

Similarly, Honduran champion triathlete, Pablo Rubio predicts that athletes who are not afraid of going downhill fast, and those that are strong hill climbers, will have the advantage.

“The race is going to be tough, but it is going to be fun. With average annual sea temperatures at 29ºC (84ºF) and water as flat as glass, the swim is going to be amazing. Runners are led through a stunning tropical forest with gorgeous views of the Caribbean Sea,” says Rubio.

The islands can expect about 300 athletes from the US and the Caribbean and Central American regions. These athletes will receive red-carpet treatment from the moment they arrive at the airport.

“One of the most important aspects of a grueling athletic event is that the athletes get a good night sleep before the race, and what better way to wake up than at a top-notch resort or hotel on a lush Caribbean island. Our participating hotels will make sure that there is plenty comfort, tranquility and carbohydrates before the race,” say organizers.

People who would like more information on the triathlon or who would like to register, can contact Sandra Sampayo at Bay Islands Marketing on Roatan at +504 455-5841 or email info@bayislandstourism.com or Leslie Poujol Brown in the US, at info@bayislandstriathlon.com or 803-957-3347. A special event website has been created for the event, and the address for this is http://www.bayislandstriathlon.com


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