The Fourth Annual Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend brought fast competition in all of the events, with records being smashed in several of them. The event supported two main beneficiaries, the Rotary Club of Abaco and Friends of the Environment, and was sponsored by Damianos Sotheby's International Realty, Abaco Insurance, Vita Coco, and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. The Treasure Cay Beach, Marina and Golf Resort hosted the event.
The third annual Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend (GAFFW) continues to see growth with 72 triathletes competing in this year’s event as event organizer Lee McCoy sees even more growth to come in next year’s event which takes place in Treasure Cay.
After having both arms amputated and almost losing his life in a work related accident over twenty years ago Hector Picard has overcome obstacles becoming an inspiration for all who know him.
The third annual Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend is slated to take place in Treasure Cay from March 21 – 24, 2014. The scenic resort location lends a gorgeous backdrop to the races, including one of the Top 10 beaches in the world and smooth, flat roads perfect for biking and running.
The weekend opened on Friday afternoon with a 1-mile open water swim, sponsored by BTC, in which 25 participants entered the water at the beautiful Treasure Cay beach in Abaco. The out and back course attracted athletes as young as 8 and old as 76, and all skill levels from competitive swimmers to recreational snorkelers. The gorgeous Abaco weather allowed for a fast course, with Peter Wagner being the first swimmer to finish, defending his 2012 title with a time of 25:32. The first female was Abaco local Christina Pyfrom, just thirteen years old, in a time of 28:01. A young competitor, Ryan Knowles, managed to complete the swim in full clothing after forgetting her swimsuit, proving that determination and effort can overcome adversity.