This year’s Conchman Triathlon is being made even more special with the appearance and support of former pro-football player, Darryl Haley, the world’s largest Iron Man triathlete, who stands at six feet, six inches and weighs 325 pounds. Mr. Haley, who has played for the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns in his eight year NFL career, is dedicated to “improving international relations, youth involvement and spectator support” in events, such as the triathlon.
Before the Conchman triathlon, Mr. Haley is conducting clinics for participants and the Iron Kids athletes. He will visit various schools such as The Beacon School, Walter Parker, Freeport Primary, Sunland Lutheran, Lucaya International and St. George’s High and Sir Jack Hayward High to talk to the student body and athletic teams not only about triathlons but also sport specific fitness and general health.
On Friday, November 2nd, Mr. Haley will hold a special clinic at 4pm on Taino Beach and will also give a special talk on fitness and training at Our Lucaya starting at 6:30pm. After the race on Saturday, Mr. Haley will host a final clinic at Our Lucaya from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.
As the day for the 15th Annual Conchman Triathlon quickly approaches, athletes and fitness lovers, who have trained rigorously, are preparing mentally for the most challenging race of the season. Even athletes from abroad are eagerly anticipating Grand Bahama’s triathlon, and according to race organiser, Coach Bert Bell, they have received 50 entries from overseas thus far.
The race, which will be held at Taino Beach on November 3rd, 2001, will begin with a pre-race registration of athletes from 6:30am to 7:30am, after which Minister of Tourism, Honorable C.A. Smith will officially commence the ceremonies. Then promptly at 8am, the athletes will shift into first gear as they race to complete a 1000 metre (half a mile) swim, 25km (15 miles) bike ride and a 5km (3 miles) run. The race will be followed by the Iron Kids race at 12pm where kids 12 and under will participate in a 200 metre swim, two and a half mile bike ride, and a half mile run.
The public is encouraged to support this exciting race and cheer on some of regular favorites like, Stefan Larsen, David Bell, Ada Lester, Alana Dillette and Jacinda Mireault, to name a few.
This year’s Conchman, is an event persons won’t want to miss, as the media houses of The Freeport News and Cool 96 will be battling it out to see who is the toughest on the island. Plus there will be lots of food and drinks available. Even those who didn’t break a sweat can still enjoy themselves as they can expect a good race from start to finish, for Coach Bell promises, “Unless there’s a hurricane, the race will get on, so don’t miss it.”