Triathlon and “Tri-It-On” Sept. 9 at Gulf Shores Public Beach
“If you are not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.”
The Brett/Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon celebrates its 11th year on Alabama’s beaches on Saturday, Sept. 9, and local racers are passionate that others join in the fun.
Helena Smith, a native of Mobile, frequently participates in local and regional marathon and triathlons. Smith was encouraged by a coworker to participate in her first race, a half-marathon. After that race, she was hooked and signed up for her first marathon the next day. A self-proclaimed science nerd and former marine biologist, Smith now spends much of her time training, participating in group rides with her local cycling community and encouraging friends and family members to get out and get active through the Fleet Feet Sports No Boundaries mentorship program.
“If you are not having fun, you’re doing it wrong,” Smith said. “If you are too hard on yourself, it will just make life and training miserable.”
Locals and visitors are invited to participate in the long-course triathlon that will feature a 1.5K swim in the Gulf of Mexico, 40K bike ride through the Gulf State Park and 10K scenic run, or the “Tri-It-On” consisting of a 300-yard swim, 10-mile bike ride and 2-mile run. Pre- and post-race activities for both events will take place at The Hangout.
“Because of local supporters like Helena, as well as visitors that to return to the destination each year for this race, the Brett/Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon continues to grow,” said Beth Gendler, vice president of sales for the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission. “This race offers both veteran triathletes and beginners the ability to accomplish something so tremendous while also enjoying our beautiful beaches here in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.”
Register for the triathlon by Aug. 20 for $120 for individuals, $170 for two-person relays and $200 for three-person relays. “Tri-It-On” registrations received by Aug. 20 cost $70 for individuals, $90 for two-person relays and $105 for three-person relays. Prices will increase on Aug. 21. To register, please visit http://team-magic.com/events/67/contents/register.
There is also a heavy need for volunteers during this race. The Sports Commission Volunteer Incentive Program supports civic groups by contributing $40 per volunteer for each shift worked at designated sporting events. To learn about volunteering with the Sports Commission, contact Sarah Cooper at 251-947-4611 or SCooper@GulfShores.com.
For information on upcoming athletic events along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, visit GulfShores.com/Sports/Media-Room, or call 1-800-745-SAND.
Pictured: Athletes will be compete in the Brett/Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 in Gulf Shores.