Aug. 23, 2006 – For the third year in a row, triathletes will swim, bike and run in the Toyota Wall to Wall Triathlon. "It's St. Croix's favorite sport," organizer Tom Guthrie said of triathlons.
This year's race is set for Sunday, Sept. 24 and will begin at 7 a.m.
Guthrie, who's organizing the event for the first time this year, said he's made some changes in the course to improve safety for the participants.
According to Guthrie, last year's event drew about 80 people competing in individual and team categories.
Guthrie said he expects a similar number this year, adding that most of those participating will come from the Virgin Islands, but he said an occasional tourist does join in.
The entrance fee runs $35 for individuals and $20 for each member of a relay team. Registration forms are available at GNC/Endurance Sports at Sunny Isle shopping center.
The triathlon starts at Cane Bay with the half-mile swim.
A 15-mile bike ride along the North Shore Road is the second leg. It runs past Gentle Winds to the turnaround at the bottom of Scenic Road, then west past Cane Bay to the Carambola Beach Resort guard shack, where the bicyclists turn around to return to Cane Bay.
The final portion, a three-mile run, heads east to La Vallee.
Awards will be given to the top overall male and female winners as well as to the top finishers in each age group.
Guthrie said he needs volunteers to hand out water and to staff the safety kayaks used in the swim.
He said the Toyota triathlon is part of the fall series of events that begins Sept. 3 with the Love City Triathlon on St. John, which is followed by the Coral Reef Swim Oct. 22 at the Buccaneer Hotel and the Caribbean Classic Triathlon on Nov. 14. Both events are on St. Croix.
For more information or to volunteer, call Guthrie at 773-8456.
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