By Bejay Browne
PREPARATIONS are underway for the first Paphos Sprint Triathlon which is due to be held in November.
The event is being organised by the Bikin Cyprus Event Management Company, with the cooperation of the municipalities of Paphos and Yeroskipou, the Paphos regional board of tourism and hoteliers.
A spokesman for the local tourist board said: “We are combining our efforts to promote sports tourism – and the Paphos region in general – as an ideal destination for sporting events, particularly during the winter period.”
He added that two meetings had already been held where the details of the routes, technical and organisational issues, publicity and promotion, along with other coordination issues were discussed in great detail.
“The turnout of hoteliers, representatives of municipalities and other interested parties at the meetings was massive and support has so far been overwhelming, which is a good sign,” said the spokesman.
According to organisers, the event is considered as part of the preparation for the International Triathlon Race which is due to be held in Paphos in April 2014.
“All of the parties involved are looking forward to establishing this as an annual event and we aim to attract hundreds of participants from overseas. We want to offer an event of a high standard and good quality, so that it will be the biggest international triathlon event in Paphos,” said the spokesman.
The race consists of three sports activities: swimming, cycling and running. Part of the cycling and running route will take place in the streets of the municipalities of Paphos and Yeroskipou.
The spokesman added: “Both individual or teams are able to participate (relay) and the race is open to all Triathlon fans and generally to everybody who is involved with sports.”
The race will commence at 9.30am on November 10 from Yeroskipou municipal beach and will finish around 11.30am at Paphos medieval castle. The event will include 750 metres swimming, 18 km cycling and 5 km running. It costs €25 to enter.
“There are already many registrations and due to the limited number of places, anyone interested in taking part should contact the organisers as soon as possible,” said the spokesman.