Sea Turtle Triathlon
The Sea Turtle Triathlon presented by Running Wild is a youth triathlon event on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico in Pensacola Beach, Florida. In its fifth 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.
RACE INSTRUCTIONS. Click HERE for race instructions.
Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering at the event and being part of an amazing experience, please sign up here.
Register your young competitor today and let him or her join in on the fun everyone will be talking about! For a glimpse at the event, check out these two videos showing not only the event itself but also the touching moment at the finish that went viral across the internet after being picked up by CNN.
Videography by Lori Fry, posted with permission.
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 8:00 am, at Parking Lot G, 1.2 miles east of Portofino Island Resort on Pensacola Beach.
Race Age 7-10:
75 yd swim, 2 mile bike , 0.5 mile run
Race Age 11-15:
150 yd swim, 3 mile bike, 1.0 mile run
Event will be timed by Event Tech Timing.
Please make sure to review the rules for the event on the USAT rules page.
As a USAT event, each particpant will need to have an annual membership or purchase a 1-day membership. For those wishing to purchase a Youth Annual USAT membership, we recommend if you are registering after September 1 that you purchase your membership directly through the USAT website at and print out the temporary member card. USAT annual members will be required to present evidence of their USAT annual membership at Packet Pickup. If you wish to purchase a 1-day membership,you may do so at IMAthlete. We recommend that you bring a printed receipt of your registration to packet pickup (although this is not required).
The athletes will be placed into age groups between two divisions as determined by age on December 31, 2014.
Age 7-10 (Hatchlings: 7-8; Kemp’s Ridleys: 9-10)
Age 11-15 (Loggerheads: 11-12; Leatherbacks: 13-15)
Please note the following times for registration. Each set of dates will represent an increase in price for the event, so register as early as you can here.
- Early registration: July 1 – August 31, 2014 ($22)
- Registration: September 1 – September 21, 2014 ($27)
- Late Registration: September 22 – October 3, 2014 ($35)
The 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.
Waves will be starting at 8:00am and will be in the following order:
- 8:00 am Male Leatherbacks (13-15)
- 8:03 am Female Leatherbacks (13-15)
- 8:06 am Male Loggerheads (11-12)
- 8:09 am Female Loggerheads (11-12)
- 9:00 am Male Kemp’s Ridleys (9-10)
- 9:03 am Female Kemp’s Ridleys (9-10)
- 9:06 am Male Hatchlings (7-8)
- 9:09 am Female Hatchlings (7-8)
Please note that wave times and order are tentative and subject to change. Final instructions will be provided at packet pickup.
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.
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 & Kemp’s Ridleys, and 150 yards for the Loggerheads & Leatherbacks. The swim consists of a short swim out, then parallel to the beach, and back in. For a larger detail of the area please click on the picture.
The bike portion of the event will leave the transition area and then head east along the closed road course. For the Hatchlings & Kemp’s Ridleys the ride will be an out-and-back of 1 mile each way, and for the 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.
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 & Kemp’s Ridleys will run 1/4 of a mile each way and the 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.
A huge thanks to our sponsors for this event. If you are interested in sponsoring the event as well, please contact Jim Hagy (email@example.com).