Anticipation mounts as the World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) Bermuda makes its long-awaited return on November 5th – 6th, 2022, just under a month away. It is all hands on deck to pull together an event of this magnitude, and both the public and corporate sectors across the island are helping organizers shape what looks to be another stellar event in the City of Hamilton.
Restaurants along Front Street and FREE viewing areas spread out around the racecourses are anticipated to be filled with local and international fans waving flags as their friends, family, and favorite athletes go head to head on one of the most challenging triathlon courses in the global championship’s series.
Registration for Age Group and Relay Team athletes - at tribermuda.com – continues throughout the month of October.
The event organizers are inviting people to get together to swim, bike, run, and challenge themselves, whether taking on the entire course singlehandedly or by combining efforts to build a relay team. Relay teams can be corporate, all female, all male, or male and female.
Incentives for signups include charitable donations on behalf of winning corporate teams, additional prizes for top Age Group and Mixed Relay finishers, along with a number of additional prize draws. Participants can look forward to feeding off of the energy of live spectators lining the swim, bike, and run courses weaving through Hamilton’s harbor and city streets.
Hazel Clark, Chairperson, and CEO, WTS BDA Ltd said: “It’s been a few years since our last Bermuda-based event, and now we’re looking at it being a few weeks away. The lineup of athletes participating is undeniably exciting. The energy building is indescribable, ahead of a great weekend of Age Group and Elite racing.”
Spectators both on the ground and those watching the broadcast around the world will witness the return of Dame Flora Duffy, OBE as the hometown favorite. Fans will recall Flora’s epic 2018 MS Amlin World Triathlon win in front of large crowds as she breezed through the finish chute on the famed blue carpet. An inspiration to many, the 2020 Summer Olympic gold medalist has ignited a passion for many young people to join the sport. Rising Bermuda Elite athletes Erica Hawley and Tyler Smith have also secured places in the event, adding to Bermuda’s growing talent and pride in the triathlon space.
Alec Shepherd, Vice President, the Bermuda Triathlon Association and member of the WTCS Bermuda Local Organizing Committee said: “Development of local triathletes has really come on in recent years. Bermuda has a tremendous amount of talent and a lot to look forward to with the rise of Erica Hawley and Tyler Smith and others coming through.
“Bermuda’s natural surroundings are an ideal year-round training ground for the sport. Our youth programs have been flourishing and a large number of local amateur athletes will be participating in the Age Group races and the RenaissanceRe Kids Duathlon on the same streets that the Elites will race on in the City of Hamilton.”
The island will be buzzing with activities in the lead-up to the November races. Youth interested in learning more about the sport will have an opportunity to register for the upcoming HSBC Kids Clinics happening on October 16th, 23rd, and 30th, at National Sports Centre’s North Field.
The event’s Main Sponsors include Bacardi, Bermuda Tourism Authority, BF&M, City of Hamilton, and HSBC. Official Partners are Butterfield & Vallis, Carey Olsen, Clarien Bank, and One Communications. The weekend would not be complete without Official Suppliers PwC Bermuda, Winners Edge, and Kids Duathlon sponsor RenaissanceRe.
In addition to corporate support, the WTCS Bermuda event organizers continue to build their volunteer base. All those interested in being a part of the weekend’s activities are encouraged to register their interest online at bermuda.triathlon.org/volunteer.