The National Aquatic Centre, the open roads and the National Park will be buzzing this weekend when the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) and its affiliates stage a team and individual triathlon and the Olympic Day Run/Walk/Jog.
Following a team draw at the National Park on Saturday from 6:30am to 8:30am, swimming will kick start the weekend’s activities of the triathlon. At the Aquatic Centre, the swimmers will race for 750m, then hand the baton over to the cyclists for a 20km ride which will be followed by a 5km race in the national park by the athletes.
Each participating national federation will be responsible for organizing their leg of the event and will be expected to provide the necessary officials to man the transition points and count laps.
- Team Event
* The expected number of participants is twenty (20) from each of the three national federations.
* Names will be placed in three containers and the teams selected at random
* Individuals will register as such on the Registration Form
Trophies will be awarded to the first to third placed teams and individuals. In addition, the first placed team will receive a cash prize of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) and the first placed individuals (male and female will receive fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000)
On Sunday, the Olympic Day Run/Walk/Jog commences at YMCA, Thomas Lands at 06:00hrs.
Interested persons can contact the Guyana Olympic Association (223-6376) or visit ‘Olympic House’ (76 High Street, Kingston) for more information and to complete entry
Participants will receive an Olympic Day t-shirt and a Certificate signed by the President of the International Olympic Committee. Monetary prizes and trophies will be awarded for the Team Run.
Over the past few years, Olympic Day has been celebrated under the three pillars – Move, Learn and Discover. Move encourages persons of all ages and abilities to be involved in some form of physical activity; Learn involves the teaching of Olympic Values and providing information on the positive effects of sport on society; Discover encourages persons to attempt sports which they have not previously tried.