The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will hold the island's first triathlon in October.
The triathlon kicks off with a half-mile swim in the lagoon just south of the Longboat Key Club and Resort property, followed by a 20-mile bike ride along Gulf of Mexico Drive. The final leg of the race will be a five-mile run through the club’s property, with picturesque views of the grounds and golf course.
As many as 150 volunteers are needed in a variety of areas to help conduct a safe event. The endurance event starts at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct 24, at the Key Club. Between 600 and 800 people are expected to participate in the inaugural event.
The chamber hopes the triathlon eventually will draw as many as 1,500 participants and become one of the top triathlons in the country.
For information, visit www.longboatkeytriathlon.org or call Rhonda Coblentz, triathlon chair, at 504-9010 or the chamber at 383-2466.
Contact Loren Mayo at email@example.com.
Currently 3 Responses
- I agree with Cindy. Keep the distances set by International Triathlon Union, and USA Triathlon.
Or its just another wantabe and nobody will come.
- I think this is a fabulous idea to have a triathlon on Longboat Key and it's a perfect place to do it. I am not sure how they can call it an Olympic/International distance because the run is usually a 10k ( not just 5 miles) and the bike is 26 miles ( not just 20)so I am not sure how anyone came up with these distances? Well it will at least be a fun time!
- I think this is a great idea. I'm looking forward to it!
Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
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