Butterfield to defend sprint title
Tyler Butterfield will continue his preparations for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow by competing in the Tokio Millennium Re Sprint Triathlon next month.
Butterfield, who stormed to victory in this month’s Catlin Bermuda National Triathlon Championships in Southside, won last year’s event in a time of 59min 37sec.
The 31-year-old be among four Bermuda triathletes — including Jonathan Herring, Tucker Murphy and Flora Duffy — representing the Island at the Commonwealth Games, starting on July 23.
“The Tokio Millennium Re Sprint Triathlon is an event I look forward to every year,” Butterfield said. “I love coming back to Bermuda to compete and I really enjoy seeing the young kids taking part.
“It is a great way to introduce people to the sport of triathlon and I always see a lot of commitment from those participating in the event.
“I hope we see many more people taking part this year.”
Jessica Lewis, who is hoping to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil, will also be competing in the race, which takes place on June 8.
“This is a great event,” she said. “It takes dedication to train for something like this and it is good to see people giving it a try. It is amazing that so many young people get involved.”
There are five race categories in the even: Senior Individual, Senior Team, Try-a-Tri, Senior School Challenge and the Junior Duathlon. The Sprint Triathlon involves a 750-metre swim, a 20-kilometre bike and a 5km run. The Try-a-Tri, designed for those new to the sport, is a 200-metre swim, 10km bike ride, and a 2km run.
Children aged from 7 to 10 can compete in a duathlon comprised of a 1km run, 4km bike and another 1km run. Juniors aged from 11 to 14 will compete over a longer distance — 2km run, 8km bike and 2km run.
The Senior School challenge is competed in school teams. For the duathlon, there is a team of two — one person runs 2k, the second person bikes 8km and the runner completes another 2km to finish. The triathlon teams consist of three members — one person swims 200 metres, one cycles 10km and one runs 2km.
“We have categories that suit just about everyone and we are hoping that everyone takes part either individually or as a team,” said Ed Jordan, the head of Tokio Millennium Re’s Bermuda branch.
“As a company, we are committed to helping children and adults live healthy lifestyles and encouraging a positive attitude towards health. We would love people to get involved in this event and get fit. Bermuda has a lot of health issues and being fit and living healthier is a way to reduce our reliance on the healthcare system.
“The Try-a-Tri, school and junior events are designed to introduce a new audience to the sport and to encourage participation at an early age. These events are part of our commitment to the community. They are fun events and I would encourage people to take part.”
Prize categories are: overall male and female winner; (Re)Insurance Cup with a $5,000 charitable donation; the Corporate Cup with a $5,000 charitable donation and the Senior School Challenge with cash prize for first, second and third in the duathlon and triathlon.