Sea Turtle Tri


The Sea Turtle Triathlon – Sunday, October 8, 2017 – Presented by Zarzaur Law is a youth triathlon event on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico in Pensacola Beach, Florida.  In its 8th year, the event features a full triathlon experience for athletes from 7 to 15 years old while friends and family cheer them on.  With a fully supported event on a closed course, safety and encouragement from volunteers complement the excitement of young competitors becoming triathletes.

Registration for the 2017 Sea Turtle Triathlon will open on July 1, 2017.  The event has a cap of 225 athletes and may sell out prior to race day.  Please plan accordingly.

click here to register online at Get Me Registered


Youth Triathlon Clinic – (Tentatively) Saturday August 26, 2017.  8:30 AM – Park East, Pensacola Beach, FL.  Tri Gulf Coast will host a USAT-Sanctioned Youth Triathlon Clinic on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  The clinic will be held at Park East, the site of the Sea Turtle Triathlon.  Athletes ages 7-15 will receive age-appropriate instruction and will participate in activities to build confidence and skills needed to have fun and have their best performance in a Youth Triathlon.  In its inaugural year, registration for the clinic will be limited to 50 participants.  Registration for the clinic is $10 and will open on July 1 (same time as Sea Turtle Triathlon).  Participants must be USAT Youth Annual Members.  For more information, look here.

 click here to register online at Get Me Registered


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Here are our most recent Facebook posts:

Check out this video of the Gulf Coast Tri Initiative - getting the youth in the community racing multisport. They will also be racing the STT this October. ...

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Happy Birthday to our loyal presenting sponsor Joe Zarzaur (Zarzaur Law P.A.). Hope it's a great day! ...

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The Sea Turtle Triathlon depends on our outstanding and generous volunteers.  We will be opening our volunteer registration site on July 1.

Thank You to Our 2017 Youth Multisport Series Sponsors!

Our Premier Sponsors: Running Wild and Zarzaur Law, PA

Our Major Sponsors:  Alpha-Omega Sports Performance – Subway

Our Series Sponsors:  

Three-Sixty, Inc.  – The Mark Lee Realty Team – Sidelines Sports Bar and Restaurant – Sandy Sansing Automotive – Infinity Bicycles – The Trek Store of Mobile and Pensacola  – Santa Rosa Island Triathlon – Bank of Pensacola – Stephen A. Pitre, Attorney at Law

Athlete participation has also been supported by the Gulf Coast Bike and Tri Initiative organized by the Gulf Coast Tri Team in association with Santa Rosa Island Triathlon and Anderson Subaru, with grant support from the USA Triathlon Foundation.

Video from 2015 Sea Turtle Youth Triathlon:



Event Info

Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 8:00 am, at Parking Lot G, 1.2 miles east of Portofino Island Resort on Pensacola Beach.

Race Age 7-9:
75 yd swim, 2 mile bike , 0.5 mile run

Race Age 10-15:
150 yd swim, 3 mile bike, 1.0 mile run

The event will be timed by Event Tech Timing. 

Athlete info

Please make sure to review the rules for the event on the USAT rules page.

The Sea Turtle Youth Triathlon welcomes paratriathletes and includes awards in a separate paratriathlete division.  We strive to remove any boundaries to participation. If you have any questions, please us at

As a USAT-sanctioned youth event, each participant will be required to be a USAT Youth Annual member.  We recommend that you purchase your USAT membership ($10) directly through the USAT website at and print out the temporary member card.  It is possible to join during our registration process, however.  All athletes will be required to present evidence of their USAT annual membership at Packet Pickup.

Age Groups and Awards

The athletes will be placed into age groups as determined by age on December 31 in the year of the event (i.e., the end of the calendar year).  Awards will be given for 1st through 3rd place (Male/Female) within each of the following age groups:

Short course:  Age 7 (Hatchlings), Age 8 (Hatchlings), Age 9 (Kemp’s Ridleys)

Long course: Age 10 (Kemp’s Ridleys), Age 11 (Loggerheads), Age 12 (Loggerheads), Age 13 (Leatherbacks), Age 14-15 (Leatherbacks)

Overall awards will be given for 1st place Male/Female on each course (Long/Short).  Awards for the Paratriathlon division will be 1st place Male/Female on each course.

Event timeline

Please note the following registration deadlines:

  • Early registration: July 1 – July 31  ($25)
  • Registration: August 1 – September 9 ($32)
  • Late Registration: September 10 – October 7 ($37)

Transition will open at 6:00 am on the morning of the event and will close at 7:45 am.  This is the time that will be allowed for bikes and run gear to be placed where needed so that it is accessible between the transition from swim to bike (T1) and from bike to run (T2).  During the event transition will be closed and only accessible to the athletes participating.  Volunteers will be present to assist athletes if necessary.

Access by car to the race area will be restricted after 7:45 AM due to road closures.  All participants and spectators will need to arrive at the race venue before 7:45 am.  Vehicles will not be able to leave until the conclusion of the event.

Long course waves (race age 7 to 9) will start at 8:00am.

Short course waves will begin after all long-course athletes have finished, nominally at 9:00 AM.

Assignment of age groups to specific waves will occur later in the summer.  Final instructions will be provided at packet pickup.

Course info


The transition area will be located approximately 1.2 miles east of Portofino Towers on Pensacola Beach.  Parking will be located just beyond the transition area in the next parking lot, Lot H.  No parking is permitted on the road or on the shoulder.  (Note:  sand is soft, you WILL get stuck if you pull off the road).  For a larger detail of the area please click on the picture.

Sea Turtle Triathlon Transition Area
Sea Turtle Triathlon Transition Area


The swim will be held in the Gulf of Mexico to the south of the transition area. The swim will be 75 yards for the Hatchlings (7-9) and 150 yards for the Kemp’s Ridleys (10-11), Loggerheads (12-13) & Leatherbacks (14-15). The swim consists of a short swim out, then parallel to the beach, and back in. The swim course layout may be modified to accommodate changing conditions on the beach.  For a larger detail of the area please click on the picture.

Short Course Swim Course
Short Course Swim – 75 yards
Long Course Swim – 150 yards


The bike portion of the event will leave the transition area and then head east along the closed road course. For the Hatchlings (7-9) the ride will be an out-and-back of 1 mile each way, and for the Kemp’s Ridleys, Loggerheads & Leatherbacks the ride will be an out-and-back of 1.5 miles each way. For a larger detail of the area please click on the picture.

2013 STT ShortCourseBike
Kemp’s Ridleys, Hatchlings & Paratriathletes Bike Course for the Sea Turtle Triathlon
2013 STT LongCourseBike
Leatherbacks & Loggerheads Bike Course for the Sea Turtle Triathlon


The run portion of the event will leave the transition area and head west along the road. An out-and-back course like the bike, the Hatchlings will run 1/4 of a mile each way and the Kemp’s Ridleys, Loggerheads & Leatherbacks will run 1/2 of a mile each way before crossing the finish line.  For a larger detail of the area please click on the picture.

2013 STT ShortCourseRun
Kemp’s Ridleys, Hatchlings & Paratriathletes Run Course for the Sea Turtle Triathlon
2013 STT LongCourseRun
Leatherbacks & Loggerheads Run Course for the Sea Turtle Triathlon




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