The Conchman Triathlon, scheduled for the first Saturday of each November, is considered a great race that got off to a good start from the very beginning. In 1986, principal organizers and founders, Ambrose Gouthro, Bert Bell and Craig Stewart saw the potential of having a Bahamian triathlon and decided to launch it after seeing the success of the Iron Man triathlons in Hawaii and Bermuda.
Mr. Gouthro and Mr. Stewart, then presidents of the Rotary Club of Lucaya and Rotary Club of Freeport, respectively, aimed to create a positive community event that would contribute to charitable organizations, which still stands in effect today.
The Conchman provided an activity where Grand Bahama residents and visitors could come together to compete, build and maintain a healthy, physical and mental body. And to raise funds for Grand Bahama Rotary Club projects, BASRA and Freeport Aquatics Club,” says Mr. Gouthro. At the time, Mr. Gouthro says the proceeds of the event also went to the Polio Plus Organisation, which was, and still is, dedicated to eradicating polio in the world.
Mr. Gouthro and Mr. Stewart can’t remember who came up with the name, Conchman, however it is generally regarded to have been Bert Bells creation. The first race was held at Xanadu Beach and consisted of the present distances, 1000 metre (half a mile) swim, 25km (15 miles) bike ride and a 5km (3 miles) run. According to Mr. Stewart, 166 persons participated with a fair number of entries from North America and Canada. There were 30 individual entries and 44 team entries that participated but of course only one winner in each category.
Over the next few years, the Conchman moved from Xanadu Beach to the former
Holiday Inn, now Our Lucaya and then to its present location at Taino Beach,
where it has garnered a lot of support and participation.
The upcoming Conchman promises to be an exciting, challenging and fun race
for persons of all ages to enjoy. With the “potential to be bigger and
better”, the Conchman has come a long way in becoming one of The Bahamas’
most respected and well-liked sports, hopefully for many years to come.
Event details and schedule
Challenge yourself. Get inspired.
Register now, and get conchin’!
For the sprint, Register BEFORE October 1 st for $50 or after October 1 st for $75.
Age Categories are as follows:
Male & Female
Nov 3rd and 4th 2022
5 pm to 7 pm: Race Packet Pickup,
Manor House, Grand Lucayan Hotel
Saturday 5th November 2022
6.00 am: Check In & Race Markup Opens on Taino Beach
7:30 am: Start Sprint Triathlon
8:15 am: Start Mini Sprint Triathlon
10:30 pm: Start IronKids
12:00 pm: Start Prize Giving – Taino Beach
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