Sunday April 5th saw Grenada host the Tri de Spice, 2015 Triathlon event participated in by athletes from Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Germany, France, U.S.A and Grenada.
The overcast morning weather conditions provided participants and early morning spectators of the Olympic and Sprint events, a welcome reprieve from blistering sunshine which can add to the challenge of the event for te athletes.
The main land-based events commenced at the entrance to the Port Louis Marina on the Kirani James Boulevard, where athletes after having swum 1500 meters (Olympic) or 750 meters (Sprint), then cycled 40km (Olympic) or 20km (Sprint) and concluded by running 10km (Olympic) or 5km (Sprint) by circuiting the designated route along the Kirani James Boulevard and the Carenage.
This strenuous event for which participants train year round had as one of its sponsors St. Augustine’s Medical Services Inc. (SAMS) which donated the services of their ambulance and staff in the interests of the health of the participants.
Operators of SAMS, Dr. Lutz Amechi and his wife have been actively involved with supporting the Tri de Spice triathlon for over 10 years and he said, “We know the athletes are well trained and knowledgeable about how to keep themselves hydrated and deal with the physical exertion, but it doesn’t hurt to take the extra precautions and SAMS is pleased to be able to offer its services to the event organisers to ensure happy and healthy participants.”
“We may not all be able to reach the standards of fitness that the athletes have achieved, but looking after our health should be a priority and SAMS is able to assist with this, donating services where we can, and offering extremely affordable healthcare and health plans for all island residents” said the wife, Allyson Amechi, Administrative Director for SAMS.
The Tri De Spice, 2015 event, continued on throughout Sunday April 5th and included events for children as young as 6 and under.
A total of 283 athletes registered for the event this year.
National Winners Results:
Overall Male National Champion – Olympic Triathlon – Troy Felix (39yrs)
Overall Male National Champion – Sprint Triathlon – Callum Noel (18yrs)
Overall Female National Champion – Sprint Triathlon – Enya Noel (13yrs)