Oct. 19, 2013
Who said Florida was flat? The Great Floridian, taking place annually in Clermont, Fla., is a climber’s dream. After a two-loop swim in the calm waters of Lake Minneola, athletes tackle over 6,000 feet of climbing over 112 miles, including a technical climb up Sugarloaf Mountain.
“Be prepared to leave your ego out on the course,” laughs 2012 finisher Richard Chackman, “Honestly, I enjoyed the struggle. I’m really proud to say I completed that bike course. That is one of my proudest moments in triathlon.”
Athletes are rewarded for their performance on the bike with a flat, spectator-friendly run and expansive finish line festival. The iron-distance race also offers relay and aquabike options.