Alabama’s white sand beaches and turquoise waters will host hundreds of athletes for the annual Brett-Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon on Sept. 7 in Gulf Shores. This race serves as a qualifying event for the Best of the U.S. Amateur Championship, bringing together the top amateur triathletes from all 50 states. Each state has just one qualifier race from which the top three men and women – regardless of their age – qualify to represent their state at the national championship.
“The caliber of athletes that participate in this event year after year is incredible, and we’re thrilled to be home to a qualifying leg for the triathlon national championship,” said Beth Gendler, vice-president of sales for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission, which is hosting the event. “Thanks to the continued partnership with Brett-Robinson, race production company Team Magic, the Cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, The Hangout and Gulf State Park, we’re excited to welcome hundreds of triathletes and their families to our beautiful coastal community for this qualifier race”
The triathlon will include a 1.5k swim in the Gulf of Mexico, 40k bike ride and 10k run. Athletes may also register for the “Tri-It-On” triathlon, including a 300 yard swim, 10-mile bike ride and a two mile run. The Hangout in Gulf Shores will serve as the race headquarters and is the location of the start and finish lines.
Registration costs $140 for individuals and $225 for relay teams for the Brett-Robinson event and $80 for individuals and $140 for relay teams for the “Tri-It-On” race. To register online, go to www.team-magic.com/events/15.
Along with the grueling competition of this sporting event, athletes and their loved ones are encouraged to explore Alabama’s coastal restaurants, attractions and more throughout the weekend.
“With a family-oriented beach destination, we offer lots of activities for the athletes and their families to enjoy when they are not competing,” said Gendler. “We encourage these families to kick back and relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.”
Individuals who would like to be a part of the action but do not wish to compete are encouraged to become an event volunteer.
“This event would not be possible without the generosity of volunteers,” Gendler said. “Volunteering for the triathlon is a great way to get involved with the local community and to welcome guests to this wondrous place in which we have the privilege of living.”
To sign up as a volunteer, go to www.team-magic.com/volunteers/sign-up.
For more information on the triathlon or to sign up as a competitor or volunteer, go to www.team-magic.com, or contact the sports commission at 1-800-745-SAND. For lodging information, contact Brett-Robinson at 1-800-221-0258 or check out online specials at www.brett-robinson.com.