The tiny Caribbean island of Nevis hosted the second TriStar 111 Nevis triathlon event today. The culmination event in the week long festivities put on my Star Event USA. Olivier Marceau from Switzerland and Amy Kloner from the US were today's winners.
The turquoise waters and exotic surroundings of the island was the setting for the 1km Swim, 100km Bike and 10km run as well as the TriStar 33.3 triathlon that consisted of a 0.3km Swim, 30km Bike and a 3km Run. The surrounding beauty of the island as well as Mount Anaconda disguises the challenging course athletes faced today.
Marceau, last year's runner up to Macca wins today's race in a time of 3:48:26. It's Marceau second tiny island triathlon in a week. Last weekend he was in Saipan for an XTERRA race and today on the island of Nevis in the Caribbean for this 111km triathlon event. Kloner get's her second TriStar 111 victory by holding off Laurel Wassner. Last summer she was the female winner at the inaugural TriStar 111 Minnesota race.
2012 TriStar 111 Nevis Results:
Charlestown, Nevis - March 31, 2012
|Olivier Marceau (SUI) M-PRO||03:48:26||
|Amy Kloner (USA) F-PRO||04:08:01|
|Chris Meewes (USA) M25-29||03:55:29||
|Laurel Wassner (USA) F-PRO||04:19:15|
|John Hirsch (USA) M-PRO||04:06:51||
|Janine Herweijer (NED) F45-49||04:46:12|
The Top 3 finishers in today's TriStar 33.3 Nevis Triathlon were:
1st: Chris McHugh (USA) 1:24:35, 2nd: Johanna Starr (SKN) 1:28:53, 3rd: Paul Belmondo (FRN) 1:29:10
TriStar Nevis welcomed athletes from over thirteen countries ages 15 - 79 with representation from Antigua, Barbados, France, Netherlands, South Africa, UK, USA and others. PRO triathletes competed for a $10,000 PRO cash purse. The Male PROs included World Champion Olivier Marceau (Switzerland), James Weeks (St. Kitts & Nevis), John Hirsch (USA), Reginald "Reggie" Douglas (St. Kitts & Nevis) and Kellen Hood (USA). The female PRO field was represented by Amy Kloner (USA) and Lauren Wassner (USA).
Also in the field of participants, French actor and former Formula One driver Paul Bermondo who is in for the first time. For him it's a great pre-season warm-up before his appearance in TriStar Cannes in April.
Nevis the "Queen of Caribes" opened the week with a sold out StarMile, a 2.5 mile channel swim from St. Kitts to Nevis. Daily, professional triathlon coach Shaun Green of UK based Green Coaching worked with athletes during custom training sessions in water and on land to offer participants a better understanding of the challenge to follow on race day.
Mid-week brought the return of the Pink Lily charity 5km, walk/run from Four Seasons Resort to Pinney's Beach. The jubilant crowd attracted a mix of local Nevisians, resort visitors, cancer supporters and cancer survivors. And for many visiting TriStar athletes like World Champion Olivier Marceau, Amy Kloner, John Hirsch and Christine Lynch, the charity 5km brought the chance to learn more about the island, the people and the spirit of the Caribbean.
"This week, I've found Nevis to be one of the friendliest and most supportive communities I've ever visited," said PRO John Hirsch. "The Pink Lily 5K gave me and others the opportunity to engage sport with important charity efforts." "I participated in the StarMile 2.5 Cross Channel swim on Sunday which was extremely tough but everything worth doing is! It was a good starting point for my personal race preparation and it launched the week of TriStar activities superbly. To have such a good event on the first weekend, activities throughout the week and a choice of race distances the second week, TriStar Nevis is a perfect place to kick start your season," said Shaun Green, professional coach.