The Triathlon Legend Continues on St. Croix

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The Triathlon Legend Continues on St. Croix

A day after the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, VI TRI, the group of organizers of the 2018 triathlon on St. Croix, held their first press conference at Fort Christianvaern, the site of the transition area for the December 2 race. Race Director, Theresa Harper, updated the community on the race happenings and the committee’s focus on giving back. Harper made a special mention to thank the US Virgin Island Department of Tourism, whose support and contribution allowed for the committee to move forward with their hope of holding another triathlon on the island. This year’s “race to rebuild” will benefit three nonprofits: My Brother’s Table, the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center and Caribbean Centers for the Boys & Girls of the Virgin Islands, all of whom lost everything after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September, 2017.

VI TRI is dedicated to keeping the triathlon tradition alive on St. Croix; this year’s race marks the thirtieth major triathlon hosted on the island. The community has been overwhelmingly supportive of this year’s race through their sponsorships and look forward to showing athletes how far they’ve come in their rebuilding process after the storm.

Athletes will have an opportunity to experience the true spirit of the island during the Friday night “Tri Fete” in downtown Christiansted.  Local restaurants & retail shops will be open late, live music will be heard at several venues and special cultural tours will be offered. Athletes will also have the opportunity to see several surprise cultural performances or sail on the World Ocean School’s historic Roseway Schooner. Visitors can partake in the community support and give back during the festive evening through the can drive for My Brother’s Table. The St. Croix Animal Welfare Center will also be present during the event with a puppy parade along the Christiansted boardwalk.

With so many wonderful events taking place, the race weekend will not be one to miss. Three races will be offered this year: long-distance course, sprint and for the first time, a sprint aquathlon.  Relays are offered in the long-distance course and sprint triathlon races. In addition, the long-distance course race is designated as the Caribbean Long Distance Triathlon Championship. VI TRI is currently offering discounted race entry for all events taking place during the race weekend.

VI TRI, along with the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and the National Park Service, look forward to another successful triathlon in America’s paradise.

For more details on the race, visit www.virginislandstriathlon.com.

Race Sponsors and Supporters: US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, Adorn VI / Supergoop!, Armstrong Advisory Group, balter Restaurant, Better Copy, Biofreeze, Broadband VI, The Buccaneer Resort, Cane Bay Partners, LLLP, Caravelle Hotel & Casino, Crucian Gold, Department of Planning & Natural Resources, Department of Public Works, Denali Asset Management, Diageo USVI, Edison Advisors, LLC, Gatorade, GoToStCroix.Com, Hertz Preferred Rental Car, H.H. Tire & Battery, Hotel on the Cay, Jackie & Joel Holt, J. Benton Construction, Leatherback Brewery, LnL Publications, Masters Capital, National Park Service, Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, Peil Charitable Trust, QE IV Ferry, Reliable Rentals St. Croix, SBR Sports, Squirt, Toni Lance, United States Coast Guard, Virgin Islands Police Department,  West Indies Company and World Ocean School.

 

Diageo USVI Sponsors Local Athletes in Triathlon on St. Croix

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                  Erica J. Johnson, Diageo USVI

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2018 ‘Race to Rebuild’ Will Help Fund Local Charities

September 10, 2018, St. Croix, USVI – The island of St. Croix is set to host its 30th major triathlon on December 2, 2018, and Diageo USVI is encouraging local athletes to get in the race.  Known as the “Race to Rebuild,” this year’s race is focused on community support and rebuilding after the island was ravished by Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

“Diageo USVI is excited to offer up to $5,000 towards entry fees in the ‘Race to Rebuild’ for athletes who are residents of St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John, ages 18 and over,” said Erica J. Johnson, Community Relations Director for Diageo USVI.  “As organizations around the USVI continue rebuilding efforts even a year after the 2017 hurricane season, we thought sponsoring Virgin Islands athletes in the triathlon on St. Croix was a great way to encourage our neighbors and friends to take part in a healthy, fun and inspiring event that will raise much-needed funds for local charities.” 

This year’s race aims to raise funds for the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center, My Brother’s Table and the Caribbean Centers for Boys and Girls Club of the Virgin Islands, all of whom are still working to fully recover since the storm last year.

“Diageo’s sponsorship will be combinable with the hurricane discount currently offered by VI TRI and highlights the neighborly support seen throughout the US Virgin Islands,” explained Katherine Pugliese of Un Amore who is leading the organizing efforts of the VI Tri.  “We hope visiting athletes will also take the opportunity to give back to the island through various initiatives, raffles and events throughout the race weekend.”    

The community of St. Croix is working tirelessly to restore the island back to normal and is proud to currently be hosting visitors each day. Restaurants, retail shops and activity vendors are eager to welcome local and visiting athletes this December for an unforgettable experience.   

Virgin Islands athletes who wish to take advantage of the discounted registration fees supported by Diageo USVI should send an email to info@vitf.org.  The discount will be offered on a first come, first serve basis and will apply to all events including the long-course, sprint, relays and aquathon. The race committee is also currently offering athletes a $20 savings on registration as well as a free, 16-week training program. Current registration rates are valid until November 29, and the last day to register is December 1. 

VI TRI and Diageo USVI, along with the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and the National Park Service, look forward to another successful triathlon in America’s paradise.

For more details on the race, visit www.virginislandstriathlon.com.

Race Sponsors: US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, Armstrong Advisory Group, balter Restaurant, Better Copy, Biofreeze, The Buccaneer Resort, Caravelle Hotel & Casino, Denali Asset Management, Diageo USVI, Edison Advisors, LLC, Epok Signs & Banners, Gatorade, GoToStCroix.Com, Hertz Preferred Rental Car, H.H. Tire & Battery, Hotel on the Cay, J. Benton Construction, Leatherback Brewery, LnL Publications, National Park Service, Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, QE IV Ferry, Reliable Rentals St. Croix, SBR Sports, West Indies Company and World Ocean School.

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Catriona Morrison Announces Participation in Virgin Islands’ Triathlon

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Rebecca Hensley
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Professional Triathlete, Catriona Morrison, officially announced this week that she will be racing in the 2018 Beauty & The Beast Triathlon on the island of St. Croix. Morrison has competed in the legendary race before, placing first in her event four of the six years she participated. Morrison shared her excitement to return to the Caribbean in a video posted by VITRI, a 501(c)(3) organization running the triathlon that will take place on December 2nd, stating the “great island, challenging course and friendly people” all attributed to the race “holding a special place in her heart”.  

Morrison will be joined on the course by professional triathlete Angela Naeth as they continue their quest to conquer the world-famous 15% average grade climb known as the “beast.” Other race legends who will be in St. Croix for the events include 8-time IRONMAN® Champion, Wendy Ingraham, IRONMAN® Champion & Triathlon Hall of Famer Karen Smyers and Olympic Medalists & IRONMAN® Champion Michellie Jones. Race participants will have several opportunities to mix and mingle with the pros and legends throughout the race weekend festivities.

The VI TRI committee has partnered with the US Virgin Islands Department or Tourism and National Park Services for this year’s race which aims to raise funds for the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center, My Brother’s Table and the Caribbean Centers for Boys and Girls Club of the Virgin Islands, all of whom were greatly impacted by Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

Athletes will have an opportunity to give back to the cause by purchasing raffle tickets throughout the weekend for a chance to win a USA Triathlon jacket signed by Gwen Jorgensen, Sarah Groff, Laura Bennett (who has raced in St. Croix), Hunter Kemper and Manuel Huerta.

The race committee is also currently offering a $20 savings on registration as well as a free 16-week training program. Plus, another great bonus is that passports are not required for U.S. citizens.

For more details on the race, visit www.virginislandstriathlon.com

Race Sponsors: US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, balter Restaurant, The Buccaneer Resort, Caravelle Hotel & Casino, Denali Asset Management, Epok Signs & Banners, Gatorade, GoToStCroix.Com, Hertz Preferred Rental Car, H.H. Tire & Battery, J. Benton Construction, LnL Publications, Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, QE IV Ferry, Reliable Rentals St. Croix, Tropical Shipping and the West Indies Company. 

 

Virgin Islands’ Triathlon Announces Winners of “Fly, Stay and Race for Free” Sweepstakes 

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Rebecca Hensley
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www.virginislandstriathlon.com

St. Croix Hosts Triathlon on December 2, 2018

The island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands is gearing up to host the Beauty & The Beast Triathlon on December 2, 2018.

After hundreds of entries were received, VI TRI, a 501(c)(3) organization running the 2018 triathlon on St. Croix, has announced the winners of their “Fly, Stay, and Race for Free” sweepstakes. The grand prize winner was Darrell Moses who won a three-night stay at the legendary Buccaneer Resort, free entry into the race of his choice for this year’s race and flight reimbursement. Second place went to Alberto Vivas who will receive free entry into the race of his choice and third place went to Jennifer Zeldis who won an official triathlon t-shirt. Athletes who race in the triathlon will have the opportunity to win another flight reimbursement during the awards ceremony as well as other fabulous prizes. 

The 2018 triathlon committee is currently running their largest promotion yet with athletes receiving 15% off when registering before August 8th using promotion code “keeptri-ing.” Athletes have the choice between three races being offered: half-distance triathlon, sprint triathlon and, for the first time, a sprint aquathlon.  Relays will also be offered in the Long Distance Course and Sprint Triathlon

The race has certainly been a favorite among professionals in the triathlon world, including 8-time IRONMAN® Champion, Wendy Ingraham who said “There is a reason I have returned to St Croix’s triathlon for over 20 years. The people, the challenge of the course, the food; it is truly a race you cannot miss on your bucket-list.” Athletes who take advantage of the fabulous savings will surely have an unforgettable experience in America’s Paradise. Plus, another great bonus is that passports are not required for U.S. citizens. 

The VI TRI committee has partnered with the US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and National Park Services for this year’s race which aims to raise funds for the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center, My Brother’s Table and the Caribbean Centers for Boys and Girls Club of the Virgin Islands, all of whom were greatly impacted by Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

For more details on the race, visit www.virginislandstriathlon.com.

Race Sponsors: US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, balter Restaurant, The Buccaneer Resort, Caravelle Hotel & Casino, Denali Asset Management, Epok Signs & Banners, Gatorade, GoToStCroix.Com, Hertz Preferred Rental Car, H.H. Tire & Battery, J. Benton Construction, LnL Publications, Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, QE IV Ferry, Reliable Rentals St. Croix, Tropical Shipping and the West Indies Company. 

 

Triathlon in St. Croix, USVI Announces “Fly, Stay and Race for Free” Promotion

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St. Croix to Host 30th Triathlon

The largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix, will host its 30th major triathlon on December 2, 2018. 

This year’s race offers athletes a chance to win their trip to St. Croix with a “Fly, Stay, and Race for Free” sweepstakes taking place until July 31, 2018. The grand prize includes a three-night stay at The Buccaneer Resort, free entry into the race of choice for this year’s race and flight reimbursement for up to $1,000. Second place will receive free entry into the race of choice for this year’s race and third place will receive a triathlon t-shirt. 

St. Croix has certainly made a name for itself in the triathlete world and has been home to previous races such as “America’s Paradise Triathlon”, “St. Croix International Triathlon” and “IRONMAN 70.3® St. Croix.”  The beauty of the island is obvious through the entire race, from the swim in the Christiansted Harbor to the sweeping views along the South Shore. But the real highlight of the race is the world-famous 15% average grade climb on the bike known as “the Beast.” 

The authentic experience athlete’s feel when they race in St. Croix is best described by 11-time IRONMAN® Champion, Lisa Bentley, who said “Racing in St. Croix is true triathlon. Every resident embraces the event. No exaggeration. I never saw a car on the bike course on race day. Racing in St. Croix embodies all that is good about triathlon. We raced hard. But the biggest takeaways were the relationships we built with the local families. Those priceless memories are lasting a lifetime.” 

The Beauty & The Beast Triathlon is being run by VI TRI, a 501(c)(3) organization, composed of local leaders who founded and administered successful events, including the Coral Reef Swim Race (5 miles open water), Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, and Junior Tri Virgin Islands Kids Triathlon Series. 

VI TRI is proud to partner with the USVI Department of Tourism, Virgin Islands Triathlon Federation, The National Park Service and the legendary Buccaneer Resort for this year’s races. A total of three races will be offered: Long Distance Course, Sprint and, for the first time, a Sprint Aquathlon.  Relays will also be offered in the Long Distance Course and Sprint Triathlon races. Passports are not required for U.S. citizens, and racers can enjoy the convenience of multiple nonstop flights from major cities.

The committee aims to raise funds through the “race to rebuild” for the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center, My Brother’s Table and the Boys and Girls Club of St. Croix, all of whom were impacted by Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

Support from the St. Croix community will ensure the legendary race will continue to impress visitors as it has in the past. For more details on the race and a chance to win, visit www.virginislandstriathlon.com

Race Sponsors: US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, balter Restaurant, The Buccaneer Resort, Caravelle Hotel & Casino, Denali Asset Management, Epok Signs & Banners, Gatorade, Hertz Preferred Rental Car, J. Benton Construction, LnL Publications, Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, QE IV Ferry, Reliable Rentals St. Croix, Tropical Shipping and West Indies Company. 

St. Croix US Virgin Islands Triathlon, The Legend Continues

St Croix USVI Beauty & The Beast Triathlon Dec 2 2018

Christiansted, USVI

Contact: info@vitf.org

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“St. Croix USVI Hosts Another Major Triathlon, The Legend Continues”…in America’s Paradise.  Save the date!

The island of St. Croix, in the US Virgin Islands, will host its 30th annual triathlon on December 2, 2018.

Known globally as “Beauty & the Beast”, the St. Croix's race course is legendary. This island is host to one of the most beautiful and challenging races in the world. A crystal-clear harbor swim in the heart of historic Christiansted transitions to one of the most challenging 58-mile bike rides on the international circuit, which includes “The Beast”- the world-famous 15% average climb that crests the divide from the north shore to the south shore of St. Croix.

The run goes east from Christiansted, through historic Danish ruins, to the welcoming old-world grandeur of The Buccaneer Beach and Golf Resort. Throughout the event residents, volunteers and visitors cheer on athletes, with festivities occurring throughout the day and night in and around the historic district in Christiansted. 

Three races will be offered: Long Distance Course, Sprint and for the first time, a Sprint Aquathlon, with the Long Distance Course designated as the Caribbean Long Distance Triathlon Championship.  Additionally, relays are offered in the Long Distance Course and Sprint Triathlon races.  

New for this year, the St. Croix Event will be a fund-raiser for local charities that were impacted by Hurricane Maria in September 2017.  “The Race to Rebuild” will feature several clinics, parties and entertainment offerings over several days leading up the Sunday races.  Iconic professional triathletes from past years will be present to give clinics and to share stories of their extraordinary racing careers.  Lisa Bentley, an 11-time IRONMAN™ Champion, says of the race, “Racing in St. Croix is true triathlon. Every resident embraces the event. No exaggeration. I never saw a car on the bike course on race day. The locals were either volunteering or cheering. Twice, on separate years, I got a flat tire training a few days prior to race day. I was picked up immediately within minutes by a local and driven back to my home stay. No cellphone required. Racing in St. Croix embodies all that is good about triathlon. We raced hard. But the biggest takeaways were the relationships we built with the local families. Those priceless memories are lasting a lifetime.”

Sponsored by the USVI Department of Tourism and sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the event will be under the direction of Scott Fricks and Theresa Harper, both from St Croix.  Home to previous races such as  “America’s Paradise Triathlon”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Ironman 70.3™ St. Croix”, St. Croix's Triathlon is a must-do event for triathletes worldwide. Wendy Ingraham, 8-time IRONMAN™ Champion, comments, “There is a reason I have returned to St Croix’s triathlon for over 20 years.  The people, the challenge of the course, the food; it is truly a race you cannot miss on your bucket-list.”

Registration (including early entry discounts) is available on RaceEntry.com now, and any additional information at stxtriathlon.com.  American Airlines flies non-stop to St. Croix from Miami. Special hotel packages are offered by host hotel The Buccaneer, as well as other participating hotels, and are listed on the website.  To become a sponsor to support St. Croix non-profits, volunteer at the event, or to entertain please contact info@vitf.org.