Bali Triathlon

Bali Triathlon

25 June, 2012
Race for the soul
Team Ecozine participated in annual triathlon amidst beautiful Balinese surroundings
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The Biznet Bali International Triathlon happened yesterday, June 24th, and was a smashing success by all accounts. The race is set in beautiful Jimbaran Bay, and is one of the region’s premier multisport events, now in its 6th year. Dubbed the “Triathlon for the Soul”, the race welcomes both seasoned triathletes and first-timers with equal warmth and spirit. This year over 700 athletes from 29 countries were in attendance… including Team Ecozine from Hong Kong!
 
Our team did us proud, with everyone completing the race successfully and more than one podium finish:
Nissa Marion’s relay team, with swimmer Sean Baylis and cyclist E. Poliman H., finished the Olympic Distance within their goal time and with smiles all around.
Barry Day came blazing in to score 4th place in the Men’s Olympic Distance.
Cristina Tonda rocked the race, coming in 3rd place in the Women’s Olympic Distance.
And, finally, Lisa Christensen, our Co-founder and CEO, finished 2nd in her age group and 3rd place overall for Women’s Sprint Distance! Go, Lisa!
 
Congratulations to Team Ecozine, and to all the winners and the hundreds who completed the race. The top overall winners gave incredible athletic performances, some setting new records for the course. They included:
Olympic Men: Stephane Vander Bruggen
Olympic Women: Stef Puszka
Sprint Men: Wayne Veitch
Sprint Women: Lesley McDonald
 
This triathlon is special for so many reasons, starting with its location. Bali is known as the “Island of the Gods”, and it is a magical place to experience by swim, cycle and run. The sparkling, warm waters of Jimbaran Bay are the starting point for the 1.5km swim, with the 40km cycle leading around beautiful Nusa Dua, and finally the 10km run taking us on a flat route through Jimbaran Village, where the occasional downside of busy streets and traffic fumes is offset by the warm cheering and enthusiasm of local residents and their kids.
 
The race is bracketed by a slew of top-notch supporting events, including a beachside pre-race banquet at The Intercontinental, a welcome cocktail event at the Four Seasons, and a post-race party at the Ayana’s world-renowned Rock Bar. Our favourite event by far, however, is of the “only in Bali” variety: the bike blessing ceremony, complete with mantras, flowers and holy water, conducted before the race to protect the cyclists on the sometimes-treacherous roads of the bike course. It must have worked – the race had a zero-injury outcome (thank you Bali gods)!
 
One other event was on the agenda this year, thanks to yours truly, the folks at Ecozine: a beach cleanup. Aside from competing, our other role at the race was as a Green Partner, working with the organizers to implement programs that reduce the race’s impact. This included providing educational materials, holding an eco-education briefing and a beach cleanup prior to the competition, as well as consulting the organizers on ways to reduce the Triathlon's environmental impact in the short and long term. The efforts made by our team were warmly welcomed and recognized, and we were grateful for the enthusiastic reception we got from many athletes.
 
Team Ecozine is deeply thankful to the organizers of the Bali International Triathlon for their commitment to an excellent event and a lower impact future, and we look forward to being there again next year!

By: Ecozine Staff
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