Captiva Triathlon will debut on Sept. 17-18 at SSIR
Earlier this week, Southwest Florida Events Inc., announced that it will conduct the inaugural Captiva Triathlon on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18 on the grounds of South Seas Island Resort. The island’s first-ever triathlon, which is being billed as “a family, fun and fitness weekend,” will be centered around a children’s race on Saturday morning and an adult race on Sunday morning.
Angie Ferguson, a well known Elite Level 2 level triathlon coach and 15-time Ironman participant, is one of the three race directors for the event.
“I can’t imagine a more beautiful venue for this event,” said Ferguson. “The run around the South Seas golf course is worth the price of admission by itself. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a prettier run course.”
According to event promoters, there will be two children’s races:
• 6 to 9-year-olds will complete a 100-yard swim, 1.5-mile bike and a half-mile run
• 10 to 13-year-old racers face a 200-yard swim, 3-mile bike and 1 mile run
The swimming course will take place in waist-deep water with the course lined with adults and lifeguards. The biking course will be closed to all traffic. The running course will be along the golf course overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.
“If kids are looking for a project for the summer, we have a great one — preparing for the triathlon,” explained Ken Gooderham, another one of the race directors.
The adult race is a sprint length which is quarter-mile swim, 10-mile bike and a 3.1-mile run. Registration is limited to 500 participants.
“We’ve had a tremendous response for only having registration open for two weeks. We’ve had inquiries from around the state,” added Kate Gooderham, the third race director.
The charity to benefit from the event will be announced in July.
Southwest Florida Events Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation based in Fort Myers dedicated to combining fun, fitness and support for local charities through multisport events.
For additional information, go to www.gearedup.biz or find them on Facebook by searching for “Captiva Tri.”