The 2016 BVI triathlon and aquathon calendar will see nine events, starting with the tri-tasting Try A Tri on Sunday, January 31, and finishing with the CaneChristmasAthon on December 10th.

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The off-road Red Bull BVI X-Tri, took place in Smuggler’s Cove and Belmont on Saturday, March 21. Carolina Pettigrew, after last competing in and winning this event 8 years ago, roared back to win the ladies division and break the course record set by Kay Reddy’s winning time last year. Kay was second, and Sarah Carroll, third.

Carolina completed the course in 54 minutes and 58 seconds, taking almost three and a half minutes of Reddy’s time. A sweet victory for Carolina, as Kay broke the record she had set in 2006.

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The Red Bull BVI X-Tri, held annually in the off-road wilds of Smuggler’s Cove and Belmont, will take place on Saturday, March 21. The event, for a second year, will also include an Aquathon. A kids event will follow the X-Tri and Aquathon.

The three-discipline X-Tri starts with a 600-metre, two-lap swim in Smuggler’s Cove which includes a trademark sprint around a flag on the beach at the end of the first lap. Competitors then embarked on a four-mile bike circuit which sees the cyclists climb the north side of Belmont Drive, and then descend the south side, before heading west around Steele Point and back to Smuggler’s Cove beach. The race finishes with a two-mile run along Arawak Drive and back along Palm Drive.

The event’s Aquathon (swim/run) comprises a three-lap, 900-metre swim and two-lap, four-mile run.

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For 2015, the BVI Triathlon Federation has added a new event – Try VG – and the ‘Four Islands Cup’ – a ‘best of five’ points series with Garmin prizes for the top three mens and ladies individuals.

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