Perfect weather lured a large field for the spring Beach Blast Triathlon/Duathlon last weekend at Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill.


Perfect weather lured a large field for the spring Beach Blast Triathlon/Duathlon last weekend at Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill.



According to race director Olga Cemore, 325 athletes turned out to participate in one of the four races that comprise the Beach Blast – Olympic triathlon, Sprint Triathlon, Olympic Duathlon and Sprint Duathlon.



Cemore sent a special shout-out to the dozens of volunteers who assisted with the race.



“The race simply cannot exist without volunteers,” Cemore said. “Also Gulf County helped with permits and clean-up and maintenance of the park and Sheriff (Mike) Harrison and his new and fresh support of the event helped tremendously.



“The event was a great success and we heard only appreciation of local support from athletes. The athletes also raised over $600 for Boston Marathon bombing victims and event t-shirts were designed as a tribute to the terrible tragedy.”



The participants represented a wide demographic. Sixty percent were men, 40 percent women and 58 percent of the athletes hailed from around Florida. Twenty-two percent came from Georgia, 10 percent from Alabama and participants came from as far as Mississippi and Texas.



Roughly one-quarter of the participants competed in the Duathlon and the remainder the triathlons, 60 percent in the Sprint and 40 percent in the Olympic.



Nearly three in four participants brought at least one other person with them, filling the park with hundreds of visitors, Cemore said.