- From 01 Thu Dec 2016 to 03 Sat Dec 2016 December 1, 2016 December 3, 2016 Tranquility Bay
TRIKW Swim-Bike-Run in Paradise
A test of stamina, speed, endurance and discipline awaits athletes in the continental United States’ southernmost city during the Key West Triathlon, an annual challenge that draws competitors from around the U.S. and abroad.
Set for Saturday, Dec. 3, the warm-weather “TriKW” generally features a field of more than 850 entrants. Participants swim in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, bike along a portion of the Florida Keys’ scenic Overseas Highway and run on a fast, flat course beside the Atlantic.
The event includes multiple divisions designed to appeal to both veteran athletes and newcomers.
The Olympic-distance triathlon features a 1.5k swim, 40k bicycle ride and 10k run, while sprint-distance triathlon participants are to complete a .75k swim, 20k bicycle ride and 5k run. Two- or three-person relay teams can compete as well, with individual team members tackling different legs of the triathlon.
In addition, a sprint-distance duathlon is planned for individuals or two-person relay teams that features a 1-mile run, 20k bicycle ride and 5k run.
Alternatively, athletes can choose to compete in the new Aquabike category that consists of a 1.5k swim and 40k bike ride.
The weekend events kick off with a final race packet pickup set for noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Higgs Beach on Atlantic Avenue, headquarters for the challenge. A vendor expo and pre-race clinics are scheduled Friday as well.
Early arrivals in Key West can pick up their packets 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Pat Croce’s Charlie Mac’s, the event’s primary sponsor, located at 404 Southard St.
Saturday’s racing action is to begin at 7 a.m., with wave starts planned at preset intervals and the finish line at Higgs Beach.
Awards await the top three finishers in varying age groups for each competition, as well as the top three overall male and female finishers, top three male and female masters for racers age 40 and above, and winners in relay and other categories.
The Key West Triathlon is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.
Olympic-distance entry fees are $169 for a single athlete and $259 for a relay team. Entry fees for the sprint-distance triathlon and duathlon are $119 for an individual and $189 for a relay team. Aquabike entry is $169 per person.
Event information and registration: www.trikw.com