Group photo before the race. Left to right - Front row: Stephanie Holmsten with daughters (Edith & Natalie). Standing middle row: Jon Holmsten, Bao Le, Nicole Diol, Jay & Ann Aro , Alvin Vong, and Lukas & Allison Matthews. Back row: Prestin Johnson, Michael Cundiff, Anudeep Pillarisetty, Kody Nilson, Nick Blackstone
– DeVry Medical International’s (DMI) Medical Education Review Program
(MERP) was pleased to sponsor the 25th Annual Conchman Triathlon and
support fitness, wellness and healthy lifestyle
activities in the Grand Bahama community.
“We had 14 members
of the MERP community participate in this year’s triathlon and everyone
had a great time,” said Jon Holmsten, a licensed professional counselor
at MERP. “The weather was beautiful on the
island and the community was great in Freeport.”
The 25th Conchman
Triathlon was a memorable experience for several of the participants who
won awards. MERP award recipients were:
won the 17-29 male age group.
received second place in the 17-29 male age group and the third-fastest run
had the women's second fastest swim time, the fastest female run time (ninth
overall) and was named the overall second fastest female.
won the 17-29 female age group.
received second place in the 17-29 female age group.
received third place in the 30-39 female age group.
Anudeep Pillarisetty, Bao Le and Prestin Johnson after the race
competitors who participated included Alvin Vong, Kody Nilson, Anudeep
Pillarisetty, Jay Aro, Bao Le, Prestin Johnson, Nick Blackstone and Jon
“Although the 25th
Conchman Triathlon was a competition, it also felt like a team effort to
encourage everyone to do their best”, said Holmsten. “It was a great
day of exercise and enthusiasm.”
MERP commends Bert
Bell, a coordinator for the triathlon, as well as all the organizers,
volunteers and participants who helped make the annual event a success.
proud to have been a part of the triathlon and encourage everyone to
continue in the spirit of the event by identifying an activity or
exercise they enjoy that will promote
wellness and healthy living,” said Holmsten. “Hopefully, even more
people will come out to participate next year.”
is a rigorous 15-week program designed to provide preparatory basic
medical science course content for medical school education. Students
who successfully complete MERP are
offered entry to Ross University School of Medicine.
invested in an upgrade to the MERP facilities at Seahorse Plaza and
maintains a longstanding relationship on the Grand Bahama Island.
Many MERP students benefit from a wealth of experiences in Freeport as
they often connect to the community through churches, outreach
opportunities and by supporting the local economy.
Allison Matthews, Lukas Matthews, Michael Cunduff and Alvin Vong recreate their fantastic finishes!
The 8 Finishers: Alvin Vong, Bao Le, Prestin Johnson, Nicole Diol, Kody Nilson, Nick Blackstone, Anudeep Pillarsetty, and student counselor Jonathan Holmsten
Stephanie Holmsten (center) receives her trophy at the awards presentation at Port Lucaya Marketplace, Count Basie Square.