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Clearwater Beach TriRock triathlon

Clearwater Beach TriRock Triathlon 2014

Clearwater Beach Hosts TriRock 2014

TriRock triathlon swimmingThe TriRock Triathlon returned to Clearwater Beach on Nov 9th this year, adding another great event to a beach community whose fame is on the rise. With awards such as best sunset and best beach town, just to name a few, Clearwater Beach is entering a larger spotlight both in the U.S. and abroad. The TriRock Triathlon occurred at the heart of the island, with Pier 60 as its central hub. Vendors and the race finish line were gathered together at Clearwater Beach Park, which is at the foot of the Pier. The roads were partially blocked off to allow bicyclists to pass, with motorist entrance to the beach from the south closed. Spectators turned out to watch the race in good numbers. After set up in the dark hours of the morning, the race started under an early morning overcast on the famous white sands of Clearwater Beach.

 

The TriRock Triathlon Event

Trirock cyclistThe Gulf of Mexico served for the swimming course, with water temperatures at approximately 70 degrees. The course was marked by bright, inflatable pyramids, with a long line of racers lined up for their turn to start. Spectators were able to get very good views of the swimming portion of the event from Pier 60, which offered over-the-water, elevated views.

Bikes were stationed at the main beach parking lot, right next to the pier, and the main road onto the beach became the bike course. With Clearwater, Florida having very little change in elevation, it might be expected that the bicyclist would have a flat course to ride, but not so, the bridge across Clearwater Harbor providing a man-made challenge. Running sign trirock triathlonAfter circling through the City of Clearwater and Belleair Beach, the cyclist headed back onto Clearwater Beach from the south, returning to the bicycle staging area at the beach parking lot.

The running portion of the event followed a similar course, utilizing the biking and hiking path that runs along the causeway. Runners circled back from the City of Clearwater, returning over the bridge a second time to head for the finish line at Clearwater Beach Park.

 

Another Great Clearwater Beach TriRock

Trirock finish lineThe sands of the beach, the Clearwater Beach Park, and the community businesses had plenty of activity. Clearwater Beach Park was the center of attention, including a live band playing next to the finish line. T shirts and other promotional items were on sale at the park, adding to the reasons to hover near the finish line. Two popular community restaurants near the finish line were the Starbucks inside the Hilton and the Duncan Donuts across the street, helping spectators warm up on a cool November morning (upper 60’s) at the beach. Racers were announced at the finish line with an event held shortly afterward for the winners. Follow this link to find information on race results. With the race adding a lively atmosphere to the beach, it is sure to return again for many more years. Be sure to mark your calendars for November at Clearwater Beach so that you can catch this great event next year.

 

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Clearwater Color Run

Clearwater Color Run 2014

Is the Clearwater Color Run a Race or a Party?

Clearwater Color RunAttendees to the Clearwater Color Run in January of 2014 were in for more than just a race. Long before the race began Coachman Park filled with racers in white shirts and their camera-toting companions. Tents dotted the field, selling T-shirts, drinks, and unique photo opportunities. An instructor on the Coachman Park stage led a large number of participants in a Zumba dance warm up. Once at the starting line, an MC standing on top of a tower next to the gates kept the crowd lively by throwing give-away items into the throng of runners. The atmosphere of the Clearwater Color run seemed more like a party than a race before the starting gun ever fired.

 

Clearwater Color Run Is Not Your Ordinary 5K

Clearwater Color RunThe Clearwater Color Run was a lot like other 5K races with one distinct difference; the racers get pelted with colored paint dust along the way. Standing at the first station we saw the racers doused with purple. The cloud plume was so thick we could barely see the people inside. Coming out the other side, the color-stained runners were smiling and laughing. When we moved to the 4.5 kilometer mark, the smiles were fewer, but the spirits of the runners were still high. Many of the participants gave us cheers as they ran by, headed down the last slope toward the finish line. By this time they had gone through all four color tossing stations and were completely covered with bright dust.

 

The Clearwater Color Run After Party

Clearwater Color Run after raceWhile there was no official after party for the Clearwater Color Run, the festivities at the finish line did just as well. The organizers held a contestant dance off on the stage while music blared and bubbles from large machines filled the air. At regular intervals the guys on stage called for a color toss, in which all those gathered nearby threw colored paint dust into the air. It was a great event for all ages, with lots of teens and kids of younger ages participating. The Clearwater Color Run was promoted as the happiest 5K on the planet, which it seemed to do a pretty good job of delivering.

 

 

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Spartan Race coming to Tampa Bay

2014 Special Ops Spartan Race Is Coming to Tampa Bay

Fun and Suffering for Racers at Tampa Bay Spartan Race

Spartan RacesI was recently introduced to the Spartan Race concept when I went digging to find out more about the upcoming Special Ops Spartan Sprint coming to Tampa Bay in February. You can watch the fun videos at the Spartan Races FAQ page. The 2014 Spartan Sprint will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, on February 15th. The videos make it look like a lot of fun. They also make it look really hard! Plenty of couch-bound folks consider 4 miles a challenge. The Spartan Race contestants do a whole lot more than just jog that distance. A gauntlet of challenging barriers are put on the course of this race. With brutal climbing and crawling obstacles, and plenty of mud and dirt, I suppose you would wear clothing for this race that you were prepared to throw away afterward. You will find me in the bleachers. However, if you think you have what it takes, then sign up for the Special Ops Spartan Race, and put yourself to the test.

 

Cash Prizes for Tampa Bay Special Ops Spartan Sprinters

Spartan Races Tampa BayCash prizes are awarded to the winners of the Special Ops Spartan Sprint.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 male and female winners of the elite heat, $2000, $1000, and $750, respectively, courtesy of Navy Federal Credit Union. However, simply the finishing the race is an accomplishment for many. Each participant who completes the race will receive a Special Ops Spartan Sprint Medal. While the weather in February cannot be predicted yet, the Spartan Races are not really weather dependent. Overcoming adversity is the whole idea. So rain or shine, cool or hot, you can expect a good show at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. If you enjoy unique sporting events, we will see you there. The Special Ops Spartan Sprint is free for spectators!

 

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TriRock Triathlon at Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach TriRock Triathlon 2013

TriRock Triathlon at Clearwater Beach

TriRock triathletes at Clearwater BeachThe TriRock Triathlon hit Clearwater Beach last week on Sunday November 10th. The normal routes north and south on Clearwater Beach were closed down and the streets filled with participants and spectators. The racers gathered in the dark hours of the morning with a good showing of spectators braving the early hours to get a view of the race. The spectators gathered on Pier 60, overlooking the swimming course, while the racers and their supporters formed a large crowd on the beach below. The sunrise was beautiful and, not long after, the starting gun sounded.

 

Clearwater Beach TriRock Triathlon Race Course

TriRock triathletes Clearwater BeachThe Gulf of Mexico was the scene for the swimming course, with large, orange course markers easy to see in the rising sun. The swimmers emerged to cheers and headed for the transition area. The bike route headed over the Clearwater Beach causeway and through the city of Clearwater, Florida. Bikers headed south to the next beach bridge at Belleair Beach where they headed back north again. The running portion of the race took the racers around South Beach of Clearwater Beach and back onto the causeway. The finish line waited for the racers on the lawn in front of Pier 60, where a female announcer in a tutu peeled off quips for the arriving racers.

 

Great Location for TriRock at Clearwater Beach

TriRock Clearwater Beach triathlete bicyclesFantastic weather graced the racers of the Clearwater Beach TriRock event. The weather was mild and fairly dry, providing some of the best exercise weather of the year for the hard working participants. Aside from the beautiful Gulf Shores of Clearwater Beach, the racers were treated to well-maintained Pier 60 area, Beach Walk and the beautiful beach causeway. The bicycle route looping south to the Belleaire Causeway was easy on the eyes as well. Spectator opportunities were endless, with the race course wide open and accessible. The Pier 60 staging area, with its MulitSport Expo, had plenty of space for both racers and spectators to gather at the end of the race.

 

TriRock triathlon Clearwater BeachTriRock Clearwater Beach Triathlon Winners

The Clearwater Beach TriRock triathlon had three divisions; Intermediate, Sprint, and Relay. You can see the winners for the Sprint here, the Intermediate race winners here, and the Relay team winners here.

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