Taking second spot behind Reggie was Trinidadian Clarance Tobias, 34, in 1:41.48, followed by David Hay, 20, in 1:43.29. Hay was first out of the water with a time of 16:39, with Reggie almost two minutes behind him. But by the second lap of the four lap race, Reggie had over-taken Hay and established an unbeatable lead.
Tobias, a strong runner, also over-took Hay on the run-leg of the race and was closing fast on Reggie before reaching the Grafton Beach finish line to the cheers of hundreds of spectators. Tobias crossed the finish line with the national flag proudly flying on his back, as did Reggie with his country’s colours. Local champion Ancil Greene, 32, finished in fifth place in 1: 47.20.
In second spot behind Stoney was Dr. Clare Morrall, 36, president of the Grenada Triathlon Association, in a time of two hours and 54 seconds. She was 12th overall in the total field of 27. In third position was Valarie Shoppell,26, of St. Croix. The first Trinidadian female to finish was Lara Littlepage, 30, who is just making her return to triathlon, in a time of 2:09.15. She was 15th. overall.
The event was started by THA Assembly woman, Claudia Groome-Duke, who welcomed the triathletes to Tobago.
The 10-12 age group saw Sachin Sankar of Trinidad finishing ahead of Joshua and Ty Abraham of Tobago and among the girls, Mohini Seejattan,12, of the Penal Triathletes finished ahead of Chelsea Mohammed and Celete Calcut. Jean Marc Granderson won the 7-9 category ahead of Sachin Seejattan of Trinidad and Luke Clarke of Tobago. In the 13-15 age group, Akeil Baptiste turned the table on Tobagonian Mark London who defeated him last year, but this will be Akeil’s last year in this age group. Shane Corbie was third. Kerlene Taylor was the only brave girl in this age group to compete.
Then at 3pm saw the country’s top distance runners facing the start of the 5km Charity fun/run in support of the Black Rock Police Youth Group. Seven-time marathon winner, Pamenos Ballantyne, running for Team Toyota, topped the 76 other runners in a time of 16: 23 to take the TT$3,000 first prize; second was Tobagonian Curtis Cox in 16:38 and last year’s winner Elvis Turner of Tobago, was third in 16:48. In fourth and fifth sports were Kenrick Williams in 16:53 and Brian Maynard in 16:48. The top four winners were running for Team Toyota. The top corporate prize went to the staff of the Grafton Beach Resort with the highest number of participants.
Female winner of the 5km was Kerticha John in a time of 20:17, followed by Christine Regis (20:07), Susan Garcia (23:48), Carla Walcott (26.33) and 10-year-old Tobago sensation Tsaiane Leander in 27:05.
Other main sponsors of the successful event were the Tobago House of Assembly, Grafton Beach Resort, Tourism Development Company, NLCB, RBTT, Blue Waters, Monster Energy Drink, GHL, Tobago Channel 5, Radio Tambrin,
Red 96.7FM,Unit Trust Corporation, Odessey Timing company and the Rainbow Warriors Triathlon Club (RWTC) .
The next RWTC event will be the third annual City of Port-of-Spain Duathlon and 4km fun/fun in the heart of the capital on Sunday August 17, 2008. Contact www.rainbowtri.com for more information. The fifth annual Toyota Rainbow Cup International Triathlon will take place at Grafton Beach, Tobago on Saturday May 23, 2009.
And now that the THA has beautifully resurfaced the entire course, (and Grafton Bay remains clear, blue, clean and calm), the race is expected to be on the ITU/PATCO Continental Cup calendar which means that a higher quality of triathletes will be coming to Tobago to compete for larger prizes and world ranking points.