Watamu Triathlon in April
Triathletes to Discover Watamu’s Beauty in April
The fifth edition of the Watamu Triathlon beckons international visitors, looking for a great adventure, and local residents, wanting a change of pace, alike to experience the ultimate athletic challenge. Set at the Turtle Bay Beach Club, the event will be held from the 21st to the 22nd of April, with online registration open from 1st March to 6th April.
“The event is designed to build the amateur triathlete, thus allowing many more community members to participate,” says organiser Aida Rajab of H&A Sports. “All our proceeds from the event go back to the Watamu community through various projects.”
Looking back to last year’s edition, Jo Zaremba, the only female participant for the Olympic distance, says, “It was fun, well organised, and relaxed. It really made one feel welcome.” Falgun Bhojak, the overall first placer, found the routes for cycling and running very scenic. “There were many spectators cheering us on. The beach finish was spectacular on the hot, sunny day in Watamu.”
Coping with the heat was Jo’s greatest challenge. For Falgun, it was the swim. “I don’t think I was ready for it mentally, but I managed to scrape through,” he says.
Triathlons can be done by anyone regardless of age and gender. One just has to take the step of deciding to participate and then train for at least one month for each of the disciplines in the multisport race. Jo’s advice to new participants is “Relax about it. Get time in doing each event (swim, cycle, and run) individually, and then together.” Falgun, for instance, trains four to six days a week, depending on his work schedule.
The swim, bike, and run distances vary to accommodate different fitness levels, with the kids’ aquathlon taking place on the 21st and the triathlon on the 22nd. At least 50 to 75 participants are expected to take part in the main event on the 21st. The triathlon follows all the governing rules set by the International Triathlon Union, as well as the Kenya Triathlon Association.
Watamu is an exciting holiday destination 140 kms north of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean. It boasts of good roads with light traffic, warm and welcoming locals, a wide range of land and marine attractions, and the quietest and most peaceful beach in Kenya.
To register online and get more information, go tohttp://www.hnasports.co.ke/watamu-triathalon.html .