From a recent press release:
Treasure Beach, JAMAICA (March 15, 2007) â€“ The 2007 Triathlete Magazine Swim Suit Issue (on newsstands May 2007) will feature Treasure Beach and St. Elizabeth's parish, which is also the site of the Caribbean's premier off-road triathlon: Jake's Jamaican Off-Road Triathlon, to be held on April 29, 2007.
Chosen because of its pristine physical beauty and triathlon history, Treasure Beach and St. Elizabeth parish proved a perfect venue for this coveted multi-sport media event (which had been hosted in prior years in Bali, Thailand and Moreea). "It was everything that we'd hoped.â€ť said Triathlete Magazine publisher John Duke. "There were more fantastic places in this part of Jamaica to shoot than we had time for. We could have shot for another week. It will be our best issue to date.â€ť
"Jake's Jamaican Off-Road Triathlonâ€ť is the biggest event of the year in the secluded community of Treasure Beach and draws an enthusiastic and vocal local crowd for the race and its associated festival and parties.
The race features a 500 meter ocean swim, a 13.7 mile (25K) mountain bike and a 4.3 mile (7K) country run.
"It's always a wonderful event,â€ť said Henzell. "The people in the community turn out to line the roads and cheer on the racers. It's a wonderful experience.â€ť The race is the also chief donor to BREDS Treasure Beach Foundation, a local charity that helps the people of the small farming and fishing community of Treasure Beach. Past sponsors include Air Jamaica, Gatorade, Red Stripe, Island Car Rentals, Nike and The Jamaica Tourist Board.
Jake's Jamaican Off-Road Triathlon is known for having everything, including prizes, food and entertainment, come from the local area. Additionally, the field is strictly limited to 100 participants; 50 Jamaicans and 50 International. Despite the racing rivalry among the elite contestants, the feeling is very friendly and intimate among all of the participants, many of whom choose "Jake's Off-Roadâ€ť as their first off-road experience. International athletes interested in participating may go to www.jakestri.active.com for registration and travel information.