Former F1 World Champion and current Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Driver Jenson Button is to host his first triathlon in aid of The Jenson Button Trust. A keen triathlete, Jenson has brought together two of his passions in what will prove a fun, yet no doubt, highly competitive race.
The Jenson Button Trust Triathlon in aid of Help for Heroes is an exciting new race from event organisers Human Race for 2012. To be staged on the estate surrounding Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa in Bedfordshire on 19 August 2012, The Jenson Button Trust Triathlon will allow 500 triathletes to race against Jenson himself. There will be a post-race party with prizes presented by Jenson, music and a barbeque.
Competitors will each take part in a 300m swim, 10km bike ride and 2.5k run all within the grounds of the beautiful Luton Hoo estate. The top 50 from each wave will then go into a final to see who can take the podium spots in this exciting new triathlon format. The remaining participants from each wave will go into a repechage – a ‘wooden spoon’ race-off final meaning that everyone has the chance to race twice. The event is aimed at people who want to have a go at their first triathlon right through to seasoned triathletes. Even though the distances are short they will be challenging in this fast and furious format.
Jenson Button commented: “I’ve been talking about hosting my own Triathlon for a while now and am delighted it’s finally happening. I’ve been lucky enough to punish myself in triathlons around the world and it’s become a big part of my life and the perfect way to train for F1. I wanted to put on something different and give competitors more of a unique experience, which with the format and the venue I’m confident we’ll achieve. It’s also a great chance for everyone taking part to team up and help raise some money for a fantastic charity in Help For Heroes, we’ve set it up so everyone can fund raise together and there will even be some amazing prizes for the top fundraisers including a VIP trip to the Monaco Grand Prix in 2013 for the person who raises the most money! Look forward to seeing everyone on the day for what will be a great event.”
Nick Rusling, CEO of Human Race added: “It is hugely exciting to be involved with The Jenson Button Trust Triathlon. We are confident that participants will find it great fun on the day and their competitive spirits will come to the fore as they all try and beat Jenson Button”.
In addition to any funds raised by participants, profits from the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon will be donated to Help for Heroes via The Jenson Button Trust. Participants will also be encouraged to fundraise for Help for Heroes, with special fundraising prizes being awarded for top fundraisers. Now in its third year, The Jenson Button Trust has raised vast sums of money for a number of charities close to Jenson’s heart.