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Now in its third year, TriRock Clearwater is becoming a favorite among Floridians, thanks to its flat and fast course and fun finish-line festival on Pier 60. It’s a great way to cap off the triathlon season, with ideal weather conditions and a scenic venue. Race organizers are expecting 900 athletes to race this year across both the sprint and intermediate distances, and registration is open through Wed., Nov. 5. (Register using the discount code TRIATHLETE to save $20!)
The course starts from white-sand beaches and follows a single loop (for both distances) in the warm, calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The one-loop bike course is flat and fast along the coast as well as inland through some residential areas and over the causeway (the only real hill) back to Clearwater Beach. The run is flat, except for the causeway bridge, and finishes at Pier 60 Park. The finish-line festival features a beer garden, band, food and post-race massage. The course is also great for spectators—you can watch the swim from atop Pier 60, follow the athletes as they pass through transition then see them multiple times on the bike and run.
TriRock Clearwater is a must-race for locals because of its cool-weather timing, spectator-friendly course and beautiful white sands venue. Other perks include three-deep awards (beer mugs), participant tech tees and TYR drawstring bags, and the top 10 tri clubs based on number of registered participants have designated areas to relax in the finish line area pre- and post-race.
What: TriRock Clearwater
Where: Clearwater, Fla.
When: Nov. 9, 2014
Distance: Intermediate/Olympic (1500-meter swim, 24.6-mile bike, 6-mile run) and sprint (500-meter swim, 12.2-mile bike, 3-mile run)
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Note: The TriRock Triathlon Series is owned by Competitor Group, Inc., the same company that owns Triathlete magazine.