Tuesday, 31 March 2015

International athletes begin to arrive for Kenya triathlon

International athletes begin to arrive for Kenya triathlonThe “season opener” for Kenya’s triathlon calendar will be held in Watamu, Kilifi county, at the Kenya coast on April 18 and 19, and over 200 local and international athletes have already signed up for the event.

The various races will be held over two days beginning with a children’s aquathon on April 18 that will see participants aged 5 to 15 years of age run and swim over various distances. The children’s aquathon seeks to bolster the development of the triathlon at the grade school level across Kenya. The Sprint and Olympic distance events will take place on April 19 with participants starting with a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer cycle, and finishing off with a 10-kilometer run for the Olympic distance. The Sprint distance will see competitors battle over a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer cycle, and a 5-kilometer run around the picturesque Watamu bay area.

H&A Sports CEO, Aida Rajab, commented, “The race is now in its sixth year and has grown in stature, and 2015 will be the most competitive in its history.” She further added that the race will include an ocean swim with a flat bike course along Turtle Bay Road and a run course through Watamu Town.

Race director and Ironman competitor, Falgun Bhojak, also added his voice when he was quoted as saying, “This year’s course has been modified, and the distances and terrain will cater for all participants from professional athletes, first-timers, and children.” He added that this year’s lineup will include three-time winner and Kenya international, Swaleh Balala; two-time, runner-up Michael Owora; and Mohammed Tarmal and Sharifa Ingosi, who will lead the women’s pack. Read More...

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