The Beach Blast Triathlon/Duathlon will bring more than 200 athletes to the area this weekend.

 

 

The Beach Blast Triathlon/Duathlon will bring more than 200 athletes to the area this weekend, holding the fall race back at the El Governor Motel after being shown the door in Gulf County.

Saturday’s race gets underway at 6 a.m. CT and typically wraps up by lunchtime.

The Beach Blast, held twice a year in Beacon Hill for over a decade, was not offered a permit by the Gulf County Board of Commissioners this year after renovations to what is now Veterans Memorial Park at Beacon Hill.

Gulf County’s loss was Mexico Beach’s gain, however.

Race organizer Olga Cemore, noting the welcome the event has received from local businesses and city officials in Mexico Beach, said the change in location may have been for the best.

The spring Beach Blast was moved to the El Governor for the April race due to construction at Veterans Memorial Park.

In effect, the Beach Blast is racing in four distinct categories.

The Olympic-level Triathlon includes a .7-mile swim, 25-mile bike ride and 6.2- mile run; the Olympic-class Biathlon is comprised of a 3.1-mile run followed by a 25-mile bike and finishing with a 6.2-mile run.

For those non-Olympic athletes, and the Beach Blast attracts athletes of all proficiencies, the Triathlon starts with a .35-mile swim, 15 miles on the bike and 3.1 miles for the final-leg run.

The non-Olympic Biathlon includes a 1.2-mile run, 15-mile bike and 3.1-mile run.

After the race, there will be an awards banquet with BBQ and cold beer by the El Governor Motel pool.

The pool will also be the site of a “carb-load” dinner 6-7 p.m. CT on Friday.