For the second consecutive year, American University of Antigua (AUA) will host the 2013 Antigua & Barbuda Tinman Rohr half-iron distance triathlon.
The challenging distance race consists of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile ride, and 13.1-mile run. The middle distance triathlon race is dedicated to the legacy of former AUA student and triathlete Jonathan Rohr. Rohr, one of the founders of the inaugural race, died of a heart failure before the inaugural race on January 29, 2012.
“It’s fantastic to have AUA recommit to this great race in honor of Jonathan so soon and means we can get to work and ensure we continue to strengthen his legacy,” said Andre Simon, a national triathlete and one of the lead organizers of the triathlon.
AUA is a gold level sponsor of the Tinman Rohr triathlon. Next year’s triathlon will take place on October 20, 2013.
“We’ve had some great discussions with the Ministry of Tourism and we’ve decided to move the race to a time when the country really needs the visitor arrivals the most,” said Simon.
Puerto Rico and St. Croix host annual half-iron distance triathlons, which have attracted thousands of visitors to their islands every year. This year, Guadeloupe and Dominican Republic began hosting half-iron races in hopes of emulating the sports tourism successes of these Caribbean islands.