In 2022, Florida will host over 125 triathlon events, with 85 of them sanctioned by USA Triathlon. With Florida’s warm, albeit humid and rainy, weather, these events take place throughout the year from the Space Coast Triathlon in January to the Key West Tri Conch Republic Triathlon in December.
Here are some of the best triathlons in Florida.
30th Annual Huntington’s Disease Triathlon in Miami, FL
The Huntington’s Disease Triathlon happens in February. 2022 marked the event’s 30th anniversary.
100% of the net profits from the event go to Huntington’s disease research. Huntington’s disease is not a brain injury. Instead, it is a hereditary degenerative brain disorder. The symptoms can strike at any age, but most frequently strikes patients in their 30s and 40s. Doctors can treat some of the symptoms of Huntington’s disease, but the disease itself has no cure.
This event took place at Larry and Penny Thompson Park, 12451 SW 184 Street, Miami, FL 33177 on Sunday, February 27, 2022.
The Las Olas/A1A Triathlon in Fort Lauderdale, FL
The Las Olas/A1A Triathlon happens in March. This event includes both sprint and international distances. The 2022 event happens on March 6, 2022, at the Las Olas Oceanside Park in Fort Lauderdale.
The event takes its name from the A1A highway, which hosts the run and bike portions of the event. This highway runs along the coast and is normally one of the city’s busiest tourist roads. The section of the highway used for the triathlon is closed to eliminate the risk of bicycle accidents.
Alpha Win Triathlon in Ocala, FL
The Alpha Win Triathlon happens in April. Participants can choose between sprint, Olympic, and 70.2 event distances. This year’s event happens on April 2 at Carney Island Park in Ocala.
During this event, competitors begin and end at Lake Wier. The running segment takes place inside the park. This minimizes the interaction with cars and the risk of pedestrian accidents. But the biking segment takes place on open roads. The organizers require that riders stop at all intersections and ride on the right shoulder for safety.
Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon in Tampa, FL
The Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon happens on April 9, 2022. This race is open to kids 14 years and younger. The racers are divided into two age groups — 6-10 and 11-14.
This event takes place inside the Adventure Island water park in Tampa Bay. The swimming segment takes place in the water park’s lazy river attraction.
The running portion takes place around a field next to the water attractions. By moving the running portion away from the water attractions, the organizers can reduce the risk of a slip & fall accident by kids participating in the race.
The bike segment takes place on a closed parking lot for the water park. This ensures the racers will not interact with any cars while running and biking.
Escape from Fort Desoto Triathlon in St. Petersburg, FL
The Escape from Fort Desoto Triathlon has run for over 35 years in St. Petersburg. This event offers a sprint distance only. It also offers duathlon and aqua-bike options for racers.
The event allows both individual and relay teams to participate. You can team up with one or two team members if you want to compete but have a weak event.
Triathlons in Florida
In 2022, Florida will host more triathlons than any other state. In the sprint distance alone, over 75 triathlon events will take place in Florida cities.
With 2022 shaping up as the year travel recovers, many athletes will head to Florida to test themselves against the rigor of a triathlon.