Battle of the Bridges Triathlon Set For Sunday
By Space Coast Daily // September 25, 2014
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — One of the longest running triathlons in Brevard County, the Battle of the Bridges will take to the scenic riverside course this year on Sunday, Sept. 28.
The Battle of the Bridges Triathlon is perfect for the novice through the seasoned triathlete beginning at 7:15 a.m. from Pineapple Park in Eau Gallie.
This USA Triathlon sanctioned event promises heart pounding excitement from start to the finish.
“This year’s Battle of the Brides Triathlon will once again attract some of the best athletes in the region and some of our community’s most important charities will benefit from the event,” said Event Director Christine Lighthill of Viera Sports Medicine.
EARLY REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED
Event organizers recommend early registration as space is limited. Over the past three years registration has closed at least a week before the race and this year it is expected to close earlier. More than 600 people competed in the 2013 event and it is sure to sell out again this year.
“We are so pleased with the support from our community,” said Lighthill, who is also the CEO of Cape Coast Multi Sport, which is the organization that owns and operates the triathlon.
“From Squid Lips, to the City of Melbourne, to the County and Libraries, the community has been so helpful and generous. We are so grateful. Our sponsors are incredible and we could not do this without them. We work real hard to encourage a Shop Local-Buy Local philosophy.”
The vent sponsors include All Media Graphics, Running Zone, Viera Sports Medicine & Orthopedic, Inc., CenterRevolutions Cyclery, Health First Orthopedics, Space Coast Triathletes, University Imaging Center and SpaceCoastDaily.com.
“We really appreciate their support,” said Lighthill.
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT CANCER CARE CENTERS FOUNDATION
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cancer Care Centers Foundation of Brevard. Founded in 1993 by Dr. Silas Charles, the Cancer Care Centers Foundation was established to assist the many people within the community who have been touched by cancer.
As a non-profit organization that strives to provide comprehensive patient/family support services, community outreach and education, Cancer Care Centers Foundation was recognized as the Organization of the Year by Brevard for its efforts in assisting cancer patients and the community in coping with cancer.
Proceeds from the event will also benefit Artworks.
“It takes a great amount of volunteer support to run an event of this size, so anyone who would like to volunteer, please contact our office,” said Lighthill.
All participants must be members of USAT and will be required to present their USAT membership card at registration/packet pickup.
Race Location: Pineapple Park located at 1521 Pineapple Ave. Melbourne, FL 32935 (Next to Eau Gallie Library)
Race Start Time: 7:15 a.m. (Plan to arrive no later than 6:15 a.m.)
Packet Pick Up: Thursday, Sept. 25; Friday, Sept. 26; Saturday, Sept. 27; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Running Zone, 3696 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
NOTE: Photo ID required to pick up your packet – all participants must pick up their own race packets. Relay teams must check in together.
TRIATHLON – SPRINT
• Swim: .25 miles
• Bike: 15.9 miles
• Run: 3.1 miles
Registration fee $95
TRIATHLON – INTERNATIONAL/OLYMPIC
• Swim: 1.5 kilometers
• Bike: 43 kilometers
• Run: 10 kilometers
Registration fee $107
The Olympic Run portion of the triathlon will take the runners over and back across the beautiful Eau Gallie Causeway.
Following the run, the Olympic Swim starts at the Pier and takes the swimmers out around the buoys and back to the Pier.
The Olympic Bike portion of the Battle of the Bridges Triathlon takes the riders north from the Pier along Harbor City Boulevard, then east across the Pineda Causeway, back south along South Patrick Drive to Banana River Drive , back up north along Tropical Trail to the Pineda before heading south again and across the 518 back to the Pier finish line.
All athletes will start and finish at the Eau Gallie Pier area.
FOR INFORMATION: CLICK HERE, e-mail info@BattleoftheBridgestri.com or call 321-751-8890