Navy Seal Olympic & Sprint Triathlon at Siesta Key Beach

navy-seal-olympicOn June 27th, MultiRace once again brings a triathlon toSiesta Key, the Navy SEAL Olympic & Sprint Triathlon (formerly Tri Siesta Key #1). MultiRace’s first event on Siesta took place in 2010, and they continue to use this venue because of its unbelievable beauty and also because they have such a great working relationship with the Sarasota County Parksand Recreation staff, as well as the staff at Siesta Key Park. The name change signifies a new partnership between MultiRace and the Brian Bill Foundation, a nonprofit public charity named after Brian Bill, one of the 22 Navy SEALs and 30 Americans who were killed on August 6th, 2011, when their Chinook helicopter was shot down in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. A portion of the proceeds from this race honoring Brian Bill will support “Brian’s House,” a retreat home for Navy SEAL families, wounded warriors, surviving spouses, children, and Gold Star Parents.

For those who don’t know, a triathlon is an endurance competition that consists of three stages: swimming, cycling, and running, all done in succession. The first modern triathlon occurred at Mission Bay in San Diego, California, on September 25th, 1974, with 46 people participating. Two members of the San Diego Track Club, Don Shanahan and Jack Johnstone, created and directed the swim, bike, and run event. Today, the triathlon is one of the most popular sports on the planet, more people every year taking on the incredible challenge it presents.

navy-seal-olympic-2As denoted in its name, the Navy SEAL Olympic & Sprint Triathlon will consist of two distances. The Olympic distance is comprised of a .93 mile Gulf swim, 25 mile bike, and 6.2 mile run while the Sprint distance is a .25 mile Gulf swim, 12.4 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. There is also a Duathlon Sprint distance flight. This consists of a 1 mile run, 10 mile bike, and a 3 mile run to finish. On Friday, June 26th (Day Before Race), at Ryder Bikes in Sarasota, there will be early packet pick-up and registration from 3 to 6pm, as well as a pre race clinic at 5. Eric Kahl, a USAT Level 1 Coach and Certified Personal Trainer, will be the featured instructor.

On Saturday the 27th (Race Day), Late Packet Pickup and Registration is from 5:30 to 6:30 am, and then beginning at 7 competitors will sprint from the table salt-colored white sand of Siesta Key Beach into the Gulf. Once the race is over, the award ceremonies start. The Duathlon Awards will be given out at 9:30, Sprint Awards at 10, and the Olympic Awards at 11. All finishers will receive a custom designed medal, as MultiRace believes that finishing a triathlon or duathlon of any distance is a great accomplishment and one to be extremely proud of. Additionally, awards are given to the top 3 finishers in all categories.

Endurance sports are true tests of mental toughness and intestinal fortitude, and the triathlon, as a combination of three endurance sports, is widely considered one of the greatest physical and mental tests a human can put himself or herself through. It is fitting, then, that such a test be done in honor of Brian Bill and the foundation established in his name. Competitors and attendees will be able to support the family of a fallen Navy SEAL by donating $100 for a Memorial Badge honoring their sacrifice. These donations will directly support “Brian’s House” and the Navy Special Warfare families.