What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, the island of Puerto Rico was vibrant and full of life. Known for its mountain range and coastal beaches, it has hosted triathletes for IRONMAN® 70.3® in the middle of March since 2011. TriBike Transport began servicing the race that same year and instantly fell in love with it.
On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria hit the island and left severe devastation in its wake. The category four storm quickly cut electricity to 100% of the island and rendered clean food and water virtually impossible to find. Considered to be the worst storm to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years, it is expected to take years to rebuild the island`s infrastructure, and even longer for affected families to heal.
Now six months removed from the initial landfall, and Islanders are still feeling the impact. Nearly 150,000 homes and businesses are without electricity and thousands are without clean drinking water. It is under these conditions that IRONMAN® 70.3® comes to San Juan with over 600 athletes toeing the line this Sunday, March 18.
While things are still not ideal on the island, the race course is ready to go and as beautiful as ever. And following race day, the IRONMAN® Foundation is providing triathletes and their families the opportunity to provide the hands-on help the people of Puerto Rico need.
The team at BN Sports LLC, the owner/operator of IRONMAN® 70.3® Puerto Rico, should be commended for their commitment and perseverance following the storm. The TriBike Transport team is thrilled to support this amazing race, but more importantly the people of Puerto Rico. #raceforpuertorico