Beach Blast Triathlon/Duathlon sprints into April

Beach Blast Triathlon

More than 800 athletes are expected to compete during the April and September Beach Blasts.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 09:08 AM.

Olga Cemore always loved Veterans Memorial Park at Beacon Hill.

The triathlete often joined a group of fellow bike-riders for training rides from Tyndall Air Force Base ending at the park.

The park with its hills and the panoramic views of the ocean was always a perfect end to those fast-paced rides, a postcard finish.

So it should be of little surprise that nine years ago, as she was planning for the event that would become the Beach Blast Triathlon, that Cemore, a fitness instructor in Panama City, would find a suitable home at Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill.

“I really like that park,” Cemore said while preparing for the ninth annual spring edition of the Beach Blast Triathlon/Duathlon later this month. “The park was calling for it. It can hold a lot of people and it is a great venue.”

A venue that will come alive April 27 when hundreds of athletes will converge on Gulf and Bay counties for the bi-annual Beach Blast, which has come to also feature a fall race in September.

The spring Beach Blast is actually four competitions in one.

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