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Gooding braces for best ever Rainbow Cup

Published: 
Thursday, June 7, 2018
T&T’s Jason Costelloe competes during the Caribbean Age Group Triathlon Championships in Miami, recently. He won the title for the second straight year.

The stage is set for the 14th annual Massy Rainbow Triathlon Cup on Saturday from 7 am at Turtle Beach in Tobago.

Athletes from Canada, USA, Germany and across the Caribbean have already begun arriving for the Olympic distance triathlon, which will require participants to swim, ride and then run.

Event organiser Jason Gooding said, “Everything is ready to go. I am looking forward to getting the race site set up this week to create an atmosphere for the athletes to compete in like no other in the Caribbean.

“With a huge thanks to the major sponsors Massy, Grafton Beach Resort, Odessey Timing Company, Rainbow Warriors Triathlon Club and the T&T Triathlon Federation (TTTF), Massy Rainbow Cup 2018 is shaping up to be one of the best ever.”

Top local triathletes Jenna Ross and Jason Costello will have their work cut out for them against the best athletes internationally, such as Canada’s 23-year-olds Garrick Loewn and Stevie Blankenship, who both train 25 hours-a-week and are hoping to be in top form this weekend.

Olympian Jason Wilson from Barbados is also among the favourites for the event, having won the Rainbow Cup several times before. His achievements include taking the sprint distance when he was a junior.

Among the Women, 27-year-old Nina Sieh will have her eyes set on gold after she earned silver last year behind Genesis Ruiz. Sieh said she has been training 15 hours weekly and is looking forward to competing against Ross who was third last year.

The event caters for participants within the six to 60-plus age group, across a variety of categories and distances, such as Youth Triathlons, Tri a Tri, Sprint and Olympic Distances.

“There is something for everyone to challenge themselves and accomplish at the end of it,” Gooding said.

“To do a triathlon means you must have the endurance to swim, ride and run, all within one race.”

He is challenging people to come out and try the event, saying it also helps people across the country to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle.

WALTER ALIBEY

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