The BVI Triathlon Federation will be holding an unofficial bonus Summer Series for training and fun during June and July – the Spring Sunset Series. The races will be duathlon-style and be either Swim/Bike, Bike/Run, or Swim/Run. The races will be held on the National Sprint Championships course and will be the Sprint distances – 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike, five-kilometre run. The races, for individuals only, will start Saturday evenings at 5pm at Sandy Spit, West End, and should only take about 45 minutes.

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The Peter Island-Athlon Challenge and youth development event will take place on Sunday, May 12th, 2013. Competitors have a choice of three different individual events:

• Islander Challenge “A”: Half-mile kayak, five-mile hilly mountain bike, two-mile flatter run
• Islander Challenge “B”: Half-mile swim, five-mile hilly mountain bike, two-mile flatter run
• Islander Challenge “2.0”: One-mile swim, ten-mile hilly mountain bike, five-mile hilly run

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In the 12th annual National Sprint Championships, a sprint distance triathlon, husband and wife team Russell and Kat Crumpler cleaned up in their respective mens and ladies divisions in their first BVI triathlon competition. Russell completed the 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike ride and a five-kilometre run in one hour and 19 minutes and 44 seconds and his wife the same distance in 1 hour, 23 minutes and 5 seconds. This event, which was held on Saturday at Sandy Spit, Soper’s Hole, saw record attendance with 10 in the men’s division, 7 in the ladies division, and 10 teams.

Last year’s individuals winner defended their titles but both lost their crowns. Richard Morgan, was second coming in 45 seconds after Crumpler and Adrian Dale was third, nipping at Morgan’s heels and only 24 seconds behind at the finish. 2012 ladies champ, Kay Reddy, was kept from the podium this year by a bevy of new triathletes and placed fourth. Gillian Howe was second, a mere 18 seconds behind Crumpler, and Natasha Ruscheinski was third.

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