World’s top triathletes set to compete in Generali Mercuryman 2015

Mercuryman, Cayman’s annual, one-of-a-kind half iron distance triathlon, takes place on Sunday 18th January 2015 at The Reef Resort, East End and some of the biggest names in the sport will be vying for the coveted winning place on the day.

Among other professional triathletes, former downhill ski champion American Lisa Roberts who is an Ironman and 70.3 specialist; American triathlete and trainer Emily Cocks; Canadian triathlete, dietitian and former ballerina Jennifer Lentzke; USA triathlon coach Kim Schwabenbauer and former competitive gymnast American Charisa Wernick will be competing alongside Cayman’s home grown triathletes. All will be pushing themselves in a bid to outpace their competitors on a route that will take them on a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike race and a 13.1 mile run- a real test of the athletes’ endurance.

Lisa Roberts has had an unbelievable 2013-14 triathlon and cycling season, placing highly in every race she has entered. Lisa’s strengths are her bike/run combination; she often is the fastest run or bike split of the professional women. She teaches bicycle safety classes as a League Cycling Instructor, volunteers at local events and takes a great interest in helping children lead active, healthy lifestyles. During 2014 she was one of the top 20 female pros at the Ironman World Championships. She finished on the podium at Ironman France, Lake Placid and Los Cabos. Charisa Wernick has also had high placings from competing in a wide variety of events, including the Superfrog half (first), the Weymouth England Full (sixth), the St Andrews half (second) and the San Diego International Triathlon (first).

Jennifer Lentzke has had a string of 70.3 successes in 2014, notably achieving her personal best in the Texas event, finishing in the top 15 Pro Female for the Wildflower- Long Course Triathlon. Emily Cocks also had a great year, finishing first in both the Rolf Prima Tri at the Grove event (2:07:38) and the Santa Cruz Triathlon (1:57:06). Kim Schwabenbauer also excelled last year, placing third in Ironman Melbourne, eighth in the Eagleman 70.3 and second in the Ironman Lake Placid.

Trevor Murphy, Race Director, was delighted that so many big names on the international triathlon circuit had committed to competing in Mercuryman 2015, a testament to the high esteem in which the event was clearly held among top triathletes. He was also grateful to Generali Worldwide, who recently pledged its support for Cayman’s most important ‘Race for a Cause’, having agreed to be the title sponsor of the race.

“Generali Mercuryman 2015 will be a truly unique event that will see athletes at the top of their game compete, while at the same time supporting the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation, an important charity that continues to advocate the equality of women and girls within our Cayman community” he said.

As well as Generali Worldwide’s generous sponsorship of Mercuryman 2015, organisers would also like to thank Tower, Health City Cayman Islands, EuroCar, Regenexx, CUC, KRyS Global, Cayman National and Caledonian for their kind support of this exciting event.

Find out more by visiting: www.mercurymantri.com