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Harder they come: Jake’s Off-Road Triathlon offers roots racing and holiday package


In partnership with Adidas, Jamaica’s north coast hideaway Jakes is gearing up for the 20th anniversary Jake’s Off-Road Triathlon on Saturday 18 April 2015.

As the preparations get into full swing for next year, ‘the Caribbean’s oldest off-road triathlon’ is offering up a dedicated package to ensure triathletes and supporters alike can sample the best of what the bohemian bolthole and its surrounding community can offer.

Those seeking a fully integrated healthy holiday or who simply prefer to compete with themselves can also opt to embark on ‘A Fitness Trip in Rebel Terrain’ from 16-20 April 2015 with New York fitness guru Ross Anti from the celebrated Equinox gym franchise.

Positioned as a true grass-roots event, the vibrant fishing community of Treasure Beach will provide the backdrop for the race, which will comprise a 500m swim, 25K bike and 7K run across rugged red terrain and warm and wild sea.

As it gets set to celebrate its 20th year in 2015, the organisers of Jake’s Off-Road Triathlon note that the event was voted one of the Top 10 Destination Races of 2013 by Active.com. The event’s organisers note that Jake’s was the only off-road triathlon to make the list. Prior awards for Jake’s include a Top Five Global Off-Road Triathlon award from Triathlete Magazine in 2010.

All net proceeds raised from the event will agin benefit local non-profit organisation Breds. Founded by Jakes’ owner Jason Henzell Breds’ main mission is to promote education, sports, cultural heritage and emergency healthcare in the area through various initiatives. These include: the foundation of local pioneering sports community facility Treasure Beach Sports Park and the Treasure Beach Sports Academy, Black Galleon Fish Sanctuary and the Greater Treasure Beach Sustainable Development Plan.



As well as fitness retreats with Ross Anti, the team at Jakes has also recently introduced dedicated yoga retreats to complement a new rooftop yoga deck and the sea facing Driftwood Spa, ensuring the pioneering coastal abode ‘continues to provide a fitting base for the community’s emerging fitness and sports tourism offerings.’

Jakes’ Triathlon Package includes:

  • 5 night single occupancy accommodation in garden view
  • 1 Swedish massage
  • 2 Yoga classes
  • 1 Warm up bicycle ride
  • Registration to triathlon

Prices start from US$1050 including tax (US$875 before tax) per person

A Fitness Trip in Rebel Terrain with Ross Anti includes:

  • Thursday 16 April: pre-dinner mobility and training session followed by dinner of fresh fish and just-picked produce.
  • Friday 17 April: jog to the sports park for circuit training at the Ross-designed outdoor gym, followed by a juice and Jamaican breakfast. After afternoon relaxation, guests will enjoy a bike-based tour of the surrounding farmlands with local guides.
  • Saturday 18 April: Day two starts with a hardcore circuit at the crack-of-dawn, followed by an afternoon of biking or hiking and an evening recovery session with soothing stretches and a night swim. There is also the option to take part of the Off-Road Triathlon.
  • Sunday 19 April: After some serious calorie burning by day, guests will gather to celebrate their time together at Jack Sprat for conch soup and fresh seafood.
  • Monday 20 April: home time.

Prices are from US$1,000 per person including four full training sessions at Jakes or Sports Park, three hiking/biking excursions, two home-cooked, family style meals, transportation to and from the airport and in and around St Elizabeth.

During their stay athletes and guests can explore the area with Black River Safaris, heritage tours of (Treasure Beach capital) St Elizabeth and enjoy excellent Caribbean fare, fish grills and freshly made salads from Jakes Country Cuisine and at the neighbouring Jack Sprat Restaurant.

Charismatic local bike and hike guide Damian Parchment plays double duty as an impressive chef for a special cook-out night that comes early in the trip.

Jakes Hotel in Jamaica offers 31 secluded cottages and 49 rooms set on six acres of land. Set in the small seaside fishing village of Treasure Beach on Jamaica’s south coast and renowned for its laid back atmosphere, this boutique resort offers Caribbean fare from Jack Sprats Restaurant, rum cocktails from Dougie’s Bar and treatments at the Driftwood Spa, all the while ‘exuding a inimitable personality and charisma.’

Run by the Henzell family, responsible for Jimmy Cliff’s The Harder They Come, ‘the hippest Caribbean film of all time’, the bohemian atmosphere comes as no surprise.




  1. This will be an amazing year at Jakes. Guided training, triathlon packages and the event itself. Maybe the second oldest off-road triathlon anywhere after Xterra Maui?


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