Coming soon: We're cooking up a warm mix of Island sunshine, wellness, and triathlon
Posted Oct 23 2009 10:00pm
It is our great pleasure to announce that next week we' ll be covering the second annual WATA Rose Hall Triathlon & Wellness Festival. The fine folks at the Jamaica Tourist Board have graciously paid to send our intrepid reporter and the Renaissance man of the sport of triathlon Ben Greenfield to report on the race and festival.
As we did a few weeks ago from Kona, we look forward to bringing you the inside scoop from the race as well as passing along a bit of warm Island sunshine to all of our readers in the frigid and cooling Northern Hemisphere.
The official press release is for the race is below:
KINGSTON, JAMAICA – Imagine a 1500m ocean swim in the sparkling Caribbean Sea, followed by an invigorating 40k bike ride through the lush Jamaican countryside, culminating in a 10k run along a world famous golf course. This is the spectacular route of the second annual WATA Rose Hall Triathlon & Wellness Festival, scheduled for October 31, 2009 along Jamaica’s “Elegant Corridor,” in Rose Hall.
Taking place along the North Coast near Montego Bay, the WATA Rose Hall Triathlon & Wellness Festival is quickly becoming a favorite event in Jamaica. Locals and visitors alike will have an opportunity to experience the island’s beauty, and compete alongside other triathletes in their quest for gold.
“The WATA Rose Hall Triathlon & Wellness Festival is helping to position Jamaica as the capital of sports and health tourism in the Caribbean,” noted John Lynch, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Jamaica is home to the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, and by tapping into our athletic roots we are boosting our appeal to sports, health and wellness enthusiasts.”
For those athletes who want to participate in a less arduous, yet equally gratifying competition, the Sprint Triathlon, which is one half of the international distance (750M swim, 23K bike, 5K run), and the Beach Duathlon Sprint, consisting of a 500M run, 23K bike and 5K run, are appealing options.
A kids’ triathlon on Sunday, November 1, new to the lineup this year, will provide fun for the whole family.
For fall travelers seeking wellness and adventure, this is a great opportunity to be a part of a spectacular event while enjoying the beauty and culture of Jamaica. Jam Venture Tours is offering alluring and affordable package deals at Iberostar Rose Hall and RIU Montego Bay. STSVacations is offering special vacation packages to Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Half Moon, The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort and Holiday Inn Sunspree www.stsvacations.com.
About the WATA Rose Hall Triathlon & Wellness Festival
The Rose Hall Triathlon & Wellness Festival launched in 2008 and is in its second year. The annual event is a unique sporting event in Jamaica, along the “Elegant Corridor.” Taking place across the 18-hole Robert von Hagge, Cinnamon Hill Golf Course and along the newly constructed North Coast Highway, it is a scenic event for professional and amateur triathletes alike. The course consists of a 1500m ocean swim, 40k bike ride and a 10k run.
From the ardent, health conscious to those seeking a cultural adventure, the Wellness Festival will help visitors embrace an overall healthy lifestyle, with a unique Jamaican approach, through a series of workshops, seminars and displays. Participants will experience a host of holistic healing methods, which are distinctly Jamaican and have been practiced for generations, as well as a diverse realm of universally-recognized wellness traditions.