Jonathan Rohr, the accomplished triathlete and American University of Antigua (AUA) medical student who died suddenly last November, will be commemorated this weekend by the Digicel-Jonathan Rohr Memorial Tinman International Triathlon.
The triathlon is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Catamaran Hotel in Falmouth Harbour from 9 am to 5:30 pm.
French professional triathlete Benjamin Sanson joined the list of high-profile athletes competing in the triathlon, along with Claudio Delpueche from Argentina, Nevis’ Reginald Douglas, and Antigua & Barbuda’s Andre Simon.
Rohr’s family and fiancee have assisted with the planning of the triathlon. Rebecca Rohr, his stepmother, will fly to Antigua to witness the race, while his father has been involved by urging better health-screening standards for extreme athletes at the event, an area where AUA may play a role. A video tribute has been produced in Rohr’s honour and a life-size banner of him will greet those attending the triathlon.
Rohr, a third semester student at AUA, died in his sleep. His death is believed to have been caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. Rohr had been spending most of his time outside of AUA training for the event now dedicated to his honour.
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