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posted by: Stonefield Villa Resort on: August 30, 2017
tri st lucia triathlon

Lying around on the beach is NOT your thing? You start to get restless if you spend too long on a sun lounger? Then you’re probably the kind of person who likes to spice up your vacation with a physical challenge.
Look no further than the Tri St Lucia. It’s been named one of the ‘Top Eight Fitness Escapes’ by National Geographic Traveller – so if you like a sporty challenge on vacation, the Tri St Lucia triathlon is for you. Here are seven things you need to know before you pack your running shoes…
1. There are three distances to choose from, each with individual and relay entry options: ‘The Dagger’ (200m swim, 6.6km bike, 2.5km run);’The Pistol’ (750m swim, 13.2km bike, 5km run); and ‘The Cutlass’ (1500m swim, 26.4km bike, 10km run).
2. In St Lucia they cycle on the left side of the roads. The roads are good quality asphalt, the course is quite hilly and it will be hot and very humid.
3. Prizes will be awarded for first place for males and females in each individual race. However, there has to be at least eight people racing in that category. Relay teams are awarded for first place only.
4. There are events for the kids too: For the five to nine-year-olds there will be a 100m swim, an 800m bike and an 800m run. For the eight to 15-year-olds there is an aquathlon (swim/run) that includes a 200m swim and an 800m run.
5. British Olympic Legend Daley Thompson will be leading some master classes before the event, including a week-long series of ‘Daley Fitness’ classes from Monday 13 until Friday 17 November each morning on the beach.
6. It’s recommended that you arrive at least five days before the race to acclimatize, as it’s always 30 degrees-plus and very humid.
7. You can give something back. One of the aims of the event is to build the popularity of triathlon in St Lucia, so teams can visit local schools to promote triathlon and encourage the kids to get into sport. Participants are encouraged to take no-longer used triathlon t-shirts to give to local kids and volunteers.
Cradled in the lush rainforest of St Lucia’s west coast, Stonefield Villa Resort is the perfect place to relax after flexing your triathlon muscles. Built in harmony with St Lucia’s natural surroundings, Stonefield offers a unique eco-resort experience that features private, semi-outdoor villas, world-class dining and a full-service spa.