By Briana McKellery, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – This year’s 2019 South Beach Triathlon, part of the 2019 Life Time Tri Series starts April 14th with the first participant taking off at 6:50 AM. The race is split between Recreational and Competitive divisions, with approximately 2,500 athletes.
The South Beach Triathlon is known as one of the nations most reputable and acclaimed races due to the level of intensity of the course and the beautiful location viewing all of Miami Beach’s beautiful white sands and the historic Art Deco District.
The South Beach Triathlon course starts off with participants taking an ocean swim in the amazing tolerable 78 degree waters that are parallel to the world renown South Beach Ocean Drive.
The Bike course is flat and smooth crossing over Miami Beach’s MacArthur Causeway, which provides the most beautiful scenic views of the Intracoastal Waterway, and a skyline of downtown Miami and Miami Beach.
The newly constructed course takes you alongside Miami Beach’s South Pointe Park and Art Deco District, rapping up the experience on the white sands of South Beach.
With the only Miami Beach Triathlon powered by Life Time Tri Series bringing in about 2,500 participants from forty different states and thirty different countries, the profits from the race benefits the Save the Children foundation.
It makes up of seven signature races across the country and is the only triathlon Miami Beach hosts. This makes for an impactful event that brings an immense amount of tourism and consumers to the South Beach area
The race is split between two Divisions, Recreational divisions and Competitive divisions. The Recreational Divisions include participants who are primarily focused on simply enjoying the experience and amazing views and location, however they are not eligible for the competitive awards and capacity for specific events are limited.
The Recreational categories include first timers, friends and family of active competitive divisions and charities and teams. These are new non-competitive divisions allowing participants who are just getting their first taste of The South Beach Triathlon providing support from event staff, coaches, and officials.
Official charity partners have the opportunity to begin private group starts in the race depending on the event.
The Competitive Divisions participants are primarily focused on speed, and are eligible for competitive awards within their specific groups.
These groups include specific age groups, Premier or also known as Elite Amateur, Collegiate, First Responders, Clydesdale/Athena, Para Triathletes, and Relay Teams.
With the new Run course that designed runners had their work cut out for them. The International course distance consisted of a a 0.93 mile swim, 24.25 mile bike ride, rounding it off with a 6 mile run. The Classic course distance included a 0.5 mile swim, 20.7 mile bike ride, and finishing up with a 4 mile run.
Racers such as Christie Garcia says, “Preparing for the Triathlon requires mental and physical strength.” With the new course designed this year many racers felt apprehensive about what to expect but were excited to face the challenge.
The results were shared the same day at the conclusion of the race with the winners of the relay Red Panda in third with a time of 2:44:41 followed by the Raptors coming in second with a 2:39:06, and the team to take the first place was Hydrow with an outstanding time of 2:27:36. To see all the winners for each category and division check out athlinks.com.
To check out the excitement you can follow the hashtags #SoBeTri #LifeTimeTri #IfINeverTri and you can also check out the Athlinks app.