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Jake's Triathlon in May

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Jake's Triathlon in May

Postby KarenS » Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:14 am

A recent press release reports: "KINGSTON, JAMAICA March 6, 2006 - May 7, 2006 marks the 11th installment of the Jake's Off-Road Triathlon, which will be held in the tranquil South Coast community of Treasure Beach, Jamaica. For ten years, Jake's Treasure Beach Hotel and the people of this close-knit region have been hosting this grassroots multi-sport race to raise funds to support the development and education needs of the community. All proceeds from Jake's Triathlon will benefit "Breds," a local charity designed to promote education, sports, cultural heritage and environmental awareness in Treasure Beach.

The race itself comprises a 500-meter ocean swim, followed by a 25-kilometer mountain bike ride and seven-kilometer cross-country run, and has become the Caribbean's premier off-road triathlon. The triathlon attracts top off-road athletes from Jamaica, the Caribbean and around the world, though the registration field is capped at 100 participants. Recent winners in overall and age group categories have regularly come from the noted Kingstonian running club - 'The Jamdammers'. The triathlon is well revered for its friendly and intimate environment despite the competitive nature of the racers. There is a 5K run the evening before the event which draws fast runners from around the island.

Registration fees for the race are $65 for individuals, $90 for team relays. For all travel and hotel information as well as race information for both events, email jakes@cwjamaica.com or call 876-965-3000 or visit www.jakestri.active.com.

"Breds" - short for brethren - is a term of respect and unity commonly used by Jamaican locals and fishermen on the beaches of Treasure Beach. It is a fitting name for an organization established by Chairman, Jason Henzell, along with local community leaders and Peace Corps volunteers in 1998. Their concept fostered an ironclad spirit of volunteerism, and a common vision, committing "Breds" to a code of commitment to the enhancement and enrichment of the Treasure Beach community through a continuous series of development projects. Previous races have sponsored projects such as volunteer first responder training for the Treasure Beach Emergency Response Unit (TBERU) as well as the construction of a community center housing an auditorium, computer lab, library and a health clinic. The 2006 Off-Road Triathlon will help fund the development of the Treasure Beach Sports Park, which will be used by both visitors and members of community.

Jake's and 'Breds', while working to strengthen a local community, may have inadvertently tapped into the mindset of a much larger community, that of the travel and tourism industry. A recent survey following the 2005 Adventures in Travel Expo noted that 'active/adventure travel has become the growth engine of tours and travel for the next decade,' and that '43 percent of young affluent travelers are asking for nature and outdoor components to their vacations.' More and more people are booking alternative vacations where sport, experiential education and volunteerism are major aspects of their trip. Jake's Off-Road Triathlon and 'Breds' encapsulate each of these principles and are gaining international recognition. TBERU receives training and financial support from a group of doctors from Bellevue Hospital in New York, which is headed by Dr. James Saddock, who continue to hold fundraisers in the U.S. to support the project. Daren James, a Canadian and recipient of a United Way International Volunteerism award, has teamed with 'Breds' on the creation of a physical development plan for the community, being pursued through the St. Elizabeth Parish Council.

About Jake's:

At Jake's, guests and locals mingle cheerfully at this bohemian resort, which celebrates the beachcomber lifestyle. Twenty-three units (with 29 rooms) commune with the garden, sea and sky, near a secluded fishing village. Moroccan domes and arches bloom. Decks skim the waves. Shells, beads and colored glass glitter brightly from walls. Eclectic and exotic. Elemental and eccentric. Sensual and secluded. Adjectives fly fast and thick about Jake's, a mid-range resort that won't install telephones and TVs, but boasts a world beat music library, yoga meditation room and, for guests who can't entirely unplug, complimentary Internet service. The resort's restaurant continues to be a rallying point for islanders and guests alike. Local excursions include trips to YS Falls, mountain biking, herbal steam baths, river tours and manatee watching. A trip wouldn't be complete without a visit to the 'Pelican Bar', dubbed the coolest bar in the Caribbean by those in the know."

Has anyone ever participated in this? Plan to?
Karen for Caribbean-On-Line.com
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