The Beauty & The Beast Triathlon Selects the Virgin Islands Special Olympics as a 2019 Race Beneficiary

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St. Croix's Annual Triathlon Continues to Give Back to The Community

The Beauty & The Beast Triathlon on St. Croix made a name for itself last year when it donated over $30,000 to local nonprofits including the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center, My Brother’s Table and the Community Centers for the Boys & Girls of the Virgin Island. The legendary race, headed by VI TRI, has built its foundation around community outreach and growth with all proceeds benefitting local nonprofits. The committee has announced that one of their beneficiaries for the 2019 race, scheduled for December 8th, will be the Virgin Islands Special Olympics. 

According to their website, the Special Olympics “provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.” Their mission aligns with VI TRI’s focus to offer activities and support for all community members. Race director, Theresa Harper, said “The Virgin Islands Special Olympics is in dire need of support not only through volunteer efforts but also through funding. Their yearly main event draws over one hundred children and adults from the local community. VI TRI looks forward to helping the organization continue their efforts to create unforgettable events and lasting memories for those participating.”  

An island rich in triathlon history, St. Croix has continued to provide a scenic and challenging race for athletes over its thirty years of hosting memorable events. This year’s race will offer athletes their choice of participating in a long distance course, sprint course or a sprint aquathlon.  Relays are offered in the long-distance course and sprint triathlon races. 

VI TRI is not only giving back to local nonprofits, but also to athletes who can take advantage of 25% off registration fees when using promotion code “sharethelove” before February 28, 2019. For more information or to sign up for the 2019 race, visit www.virginislandstriathlon.com

Discounted Registration for The Beauty and The Beast Triathlon in America’s Paradise

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St. Croix Triathlon Offers Additional Savings Through January

The Beauty & The Beast Triathlon is set for December 8, 2019 on the island of St. Croix and the race committee just announced additional savings for athletes who register before January 31, 2019. Although St. Croix has hosted over thirty triathlons, this will be the second year that the race committee is headed up by VI TRI, a non-profit who donated over $30,000 to local charities from their 2018 race registrations and donations.

The island of St. Croix is known for its beautiful Caribbean waters and stunning tropical views that continue to impress triathletes as they compete in this challenging event, most known for its world-famous 15% average grade climb, “the Beast.” Backed by several triathlon legends, including 8-time IRONMAN® Champion Wendy Ingraham, two-time duathlon world champion Catriona Morrison and IRONMAN® Champion & Triathlon Hall of Famer Karen Smyers, this race is surely one not to miss.

Taking place at the end of triathlon season, The Beauty & The Beast Triathlon is the perfect way to celebrate the successes of the year while escaping from the cold winter to the Caribbean. Commit to that New Year’s resolution today and register using “RESOLUTION19” before January 31, 2019 to save an additional 20% off discounted registration. For more information and to register, visit www.virginislandstriathlon.com.

St. Croix Hosted Its Thirtieth Major Triathlon This Past Weekend

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Athletes Competed in America's Paradise at Another Unforgettable Race

The island of St. Croix welcomed athletes from around the world for the Beauty & The Beast Triathlon that took place on December 2, 2018. Nicknamed the “race to rebuild,” the event focused around community support and the island’s recovery after Hurricane Maria passed over it in September 2017. This year’s race was headed by VI TRI, a nonprofit organization, who aimed to raise funds for three local nonprofits, all of whom lost their homes after the September storm.

The race weekend kicked off with a Friday night Tri Fête in downtown Christiansted where athletes enjoyed shopping and dining at local retail shops and restaurants, many of whom offered discounts to those competing in the race weekend. The event also included live music at multiple restaurants, Jazz in the Park at Fort Christianvaern, a puppy parade led by the Animal Welfare Center and an 80’s band at the Caravelle Hotel & Casino main stage.

On Saturday, athletes had the opportunity to hear testimonies and race recommendations from three race legends, 8-time IRONMAN® Champion Wendy Ingraham, two-time duathlon world champion Catriona Morrison and IRONMAN® Champion & Triathlon Hall of Famer Karen Smyers. Each of the three athletes have competed in St. Croix in the past and returned to support the legendary race as members of three relay teams.

The beautiful Caribbean weather was in full display on Sunday morning as athletes arrived at the transition area located in the lawn of Fort Christianvaern, a National Park Historic Site. Volunteers and spectators watched on as the athletes took off into turquoise blue waters, passing by the historic Roseway Schooner. The bike portion of the race proved again to be the most challenging as cyclists made their way along the scenic north shore, leading towards the world famous “beast” and its 15% average grade climb. Once racers conquered “the beast” and returned to Christiansted, the scenic run course through The Buccaneer Resort and historic Christiansted was the last challenge left between them and the finish line, where spectators, volunteers and Moko Jumbie cultural stilt dancers cheered them on.

This year’s half-distance course winner was St. Croix resident Stephen Swanton (5:17:46), followed by Travis Montgomery (5:50:36) in second place and Wayne Nichols (6:00:19) in third place. The first-place woman in the half-distance course was Julie Sommer (6:02:18), with Esther Ellis (6:06:11) in second and Megan Lambert (6:30:57) in third. Team Annaly Insurance, composed of Brent Mays, Scott Marusa and Billy Bohlke, took first in the Half-Distance Relay. The Sprint Course was won by Dominic Pugliese (1:10:25) who recently represented the US Virgin Islands in the 2018 Junior Olympic Games followed by Dedrick Luikens (1:10:35) then Mason Lambert (1:14:07), the youngest competitor in the race. Team VING4, made up of Donna Prock, Garfield Ferdinand and Carl Christopher, placed first in the Sprint Relay. This year’s race debuted a sprint aquathlon with Savannah Logan (0:52:24) placing first, followed by Colleen Cooke (0:53:54) then Kyle Suddarth (0:56:58).

At the awards banquet, Race Director, Theresa Harper, announced that the race raised $30,000 to distribute to My Brother’s Table, the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center and the Caribbean Centers for the Boys and Girls of the Virgin Islands. Winners were awarded at the banquet with handcrafted jewelry from local jewelry stores Crucian Gold and iB Designs.

The race committee will continue their focus on community support with three new local nonprofit beneficiaries announced early next year. This year’s race could not have been possible without the support of the Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and many other supporters and sponsors. VI TRI looks forward to continuing the triathlon legacy in America’s Paradise with the 2019 Beauty & The Beast race set for December 8th.

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

Race Sponsors and Supporters: US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, Broadband VI, The Buccaneer Beach and Golf Resort, Joel & Jackie Holt, LnL Publishing (an RT Park Company), Edison Advisors, LLC, balter Restaurant, Cane Bay Partners VI, LLLP, Caravelle Hotel & Casino, Denali Asset Management, Diageo USVI, Masters Capital, Peil Charitable Trust, Plaza Extra East, QE IV Ferry, Seaside Market and Deli, A Better Copy, Aquafina, Leatherback Brewery, International Private Bank, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, Seaborne Airlines, West Indies Company, Big Beards’ Adventure Tours, JKC Communications, Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, O’Neale’s Transport, Armstrong Advisory Group, Gallows Bay Hardware, Hertz St. Croix, H.H. Tire & Battery, J. Benton Construction, ADORN VI, Supergoop!, Beeston Hill Fitness Center, Biofreeze, Business World, Caribbean Sea Adventures, Crucian Gold, DPNR, Public Works, Dick’s Garage Band, Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park, Gatorade, GoToStCroix.Com, The Home Depot, Honey Stinger, Hotel on the Cay, Hunter Foods, iB Designs, Plessen Healthcare, Reliable Rentals St. Croix, SBR Sports, Inc, Squirt, St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventure, Toni Lance, USCG, VIPD, DPNR and World Ocean School.

“The “Race to Rebuild” Extends Discounted Registration to the Communities Affected by the 2018 Hurricane Season.”

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“The “Race to Rebuild” Extends Discounted Registration to the Communities Affected by the 2018 Hurricane Season.”

VI TRI, the committee heading the 2018 triathlon on St. Croix, extends their condolences to all of the communities affected by this year’s hurricane season. The Beauty & The Beast triathlon, which has been nicknamed the “race to rebuild,” will take place on December 2, 2018 and was already focused on helping the St. Croix community that was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September 2017.  All of the proceeds of the race will be donated to three local nonprofits, My Brother’s Table, The Caribbean Centers for the Boys & Girls of the Virgin Islands and the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center, who lost everything last year.

As an island who has firsthand experience to the loss and devastation these storms can bring, the committee truly understands the emotions that come in the days, weeks and months following.  They announced on Friday that they would be expanding its outreach by offering 30% off registration fees for any athlete who registered for a triathlon race that was cancelled due to this year’s hurricane season. They are also giving athletes the choice to pay full registration and donate 30% of their fee to a nonprofit organization in one of the affected towns.  

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.

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Race Sponsors and Supporters: US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, A Better Copy, Adorn VI / Supergoop!, Armstrong Advisory Group, balter Restaurant, 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, Gallows Bay Hardware, Gatorade, GoToStCroix.Com, Hertz Preferred Rental Car, H.H. Tire & Battery, Hotel on the Cay, Jackie & Joel Holt, J. Benton Construction, Leatherback Brewery, LnL Publishing, Masters Capital, National Park Service, Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, O’Neale’s Transport, 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.

 

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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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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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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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

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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.