This April, all eyes will once again be on Bermuda as some of the world’s top triathletes converge on the island for the MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda. Taking place Saturday, April 28, Bermuda’s own ITU World Champion Flora Duffy will compete to defend her title on home turf for the very first time. What’s more, the island will host the event for the next three years, attracting the attention of the global sports community.
To celebrate the big event, Bermuda will also be hosting the MS Amlin Bermuda Triathlon Festival Weekend from April 26 to April 29. The City of Hamilton’s Front Street will be the home base for an array of exciting public activities and social events taking place over the course of four fun-filled days.
Here’s a look at all the events to look forward to:
Thursday, April 26: Official Opening
Load up on carbs and kick off the weekend of festivities at the Official Opening of the MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda, featuring a special triathlon-themed Harbour Nights Pasta Party that will take place in the heart of the event venue on Front Street. Partygoers will get a first look at the event venue and the World Triathlon Expo, The street will come alive with music and a variety of street food vendors will offer plenty of “carb-heavy” selections for athletes and visitors alike.
Friday, April 27: Tokio Millennium Re Kids Race
Head to Front Street to cheer on local and visiting young athletes in the Tokio Millennium Re (TMR) Kids Race at 7 p.m. This will be a duathlon, open to children aged 7 to 15 to run and bike along Front Street, using part of the very same race course that the world’s top triathletes will race on the following day, including the famous blue carpet finish.
Digicel Feather Mile & Street Party
Bermuda Heroes Weekend fans and partygoers are invited to strut their stuff in a carnival-style street party on Front Street after the Kids Race. It kicks off at 9 p.m. with the Digicel Feather Mile, a joyful untimed run or walk to music, followed by a party until midnight.
Saturday, April 28: Race day – Amateur Age Group and Elite Racing
At 7 a.m., the amateur Age Group race will commence with staggered starts of waves diving into Hamilton Harbour. Spectators can watch athletes cycle along Front Street and up Corkscrew Hill. The amateur run is also along Front Street. At noon, crowds will once again gather in Hamilton for the Elite Race to watch the world’s top triathletes. The men’s elite start at 1 p.m. and the women’s elite (including Bermudian Flora Duffy) starts at 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 29: Hangover Swim
Mix and mingle with visiting athletes at a public beach that will be announced closer to the time, for a Hangover Swim. This Bermuda-themed gathering will celebrate athlete’s hard work and an opportunity for for fans to snag autographs and photos.
Thinking of signing up for the ITU World Triathlon Series? Local and international athletes of all ages and levels are encouraged to take part in the event. To register for the individual or Team Relay event or to learn more information, visit bermuda.triathlon.org.