Beach Blast Triathlon/Duathlon sprints into April

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 09:08 AM.

The competition includes a Sprint and Olympic Triathlon and a Sprint and Olympic Duathlon.

Duathlons are different from triathlon in that there is no swimming leg – athletes compete in a run, bike, run format.

The Sprint Triathlon includes a swim of .35 miles, a bike ride of 15 miles and run of 3.1 miles; the Olympic Triathlon is .7 miles on the swim, 25 miles on the bike and a run of six miles.

On the Duathlon side, the Sprint includes a run of 1.2 miles, 15 miles on the bike and a run of 3.1 miles; the Olympic Duathlon includes a 3.1 mile run, 25 mile bike ride and another 6.2 mile run.

“We started nine years ago with just the sprint triathlon, but the longer distance is more attractive to bringing in athletes,” Cemore said. “The duathlon is a more family-friendly event, people of all ages can really compete.

“About 20 percent of the field of duathletes travels from outside the area, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama. This is the only event like this between Panama City and Georgia. It is very attractive to athletes. There are some locals and there is a huge crowd from Tallahassee and Atlanta.”

The swim legs of the event are competed in the Gulf of Mexico directly across the highway from Veterans Memorial Park and the bike leg takes riders up County 386 and back before rounding through Gulf Aire and, for a brief stretch, along U.S. 98.

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