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Jake's Off-Road Triathlon Set For April 30

Published:Saturday | April 9, 2016 | 4:01 AM
A participant in the 25k ride at a previous staging of the triathlon
The 2015 female individual winner, Emily Smith.
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Rated as one of the top five globally by Triathlete Magazine, the 21st Jake's Off-Road Triathlon is set to take place on Saturday, April 30, in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, under the theme 'You Never Know Unless You TRI.'

As in previous years, the triathlon features a 350-400 metre protected ocean swim, a 25K off-road back country mountain bike ride through rugged terrain and a 7K trail run.

This year, the event is expected to be fun as usual and a huge turnout is anticipated.

Action begins at 7 a.m., and all proceeds from the day's activities will go towards Breds, The Treasure Beach foundation.

According to the promoters, elite and amateur athletes alike, have demonstrated great enthusiasm because of the event's unique combination of friendly competition with laid-back participation.

With increasing awareness in a healthier lifestyle, the triathlon has attracted more and more participants over the past two years, and the organisers are seeking to build on this. But after all the fun and entertainment are over, the true meaning of the event will come to the fore, as proceeds will be going to Breds.

"The triathlon has always been the perfect way to showcase all that Treasure Beach has to offer while raising funds towards the development and sustainability of Treasure Beach and the surrounding community," said Jason Henzell, chairman of the Breds Foundation.

Breds Treasure Beach Foundation, is a volunteer-based charitable organisation run by members of the community for the benefit of the predominantly farming and fishing community in Treasure Beach, located on the island's south coast.

Donations to Breds go toward a range of programmes that are geared towards meeting the needs of the community. These programmes range from educational to what has been described as Jamaica's first community-based ambulance service.

Among recent projects completed are the establishment of an education fund for children of fishermen lost at sea, set up with money earned from a community concert and donations from several individuals. Then there was the upgrading of the Sandy Bank Basic School, supported by a grant from the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, which was administered by Breds. The school received a playground, improved perimeter fence, a rainwater catchment, storage system, and new furniture for classrooms. The Sandy Bank Primary School also benefited, with assistance from the US Peace Corps, Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation, and Tank-Weld Metals Limited.

Apart from proceeds from the Triathlon and individual donations, Breds is funded through money earned from projects such as the Dollar-A-Night and Dollar-A-Trip initiatives, whereby participating guesthouses, hotels, villas, taxis, and boat tour operators, contribute US$1 per night and per trip, the Treasure Beach Hook 'N' Line Fishing Tournament held every October, and postcard and T-shirt sales.

Support also comes from the USAID, the Cobb Foundation, Food For the Poor, and Jamaica National Foundation.