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Life's a Beach Triathlon Coming to Erie

It's a very different sort of trathlon coming to Presque Isle this summer.
January 4, 2014 - The Erie Sports Commission (ESC) is pleased to announce that the Life’s a Beach Triathlon will be coming to Presque Isle State Park on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

The Life’s a Beach Triathlon, recently named one of the best new sports events in 2013 by SportsTravel magazine, is not your typical triathlon. The event features a 200-yard “Almost Anything Goes” swim where participants are allowed to use boogie boards, swim fins, mask and snorkels, water wings—almost anything to help them feel comfortable and enjoy the water. The bike is only five miles and is for fat tire bikes—beach cruisers and mountain bikes—as some courses may actually involve stretches of beach riding. The two-mile run is laid back and includes some of the Life’s A Beach Challenges—obstacles to break it up in a fun way.

Awards at the Life’s a Beach Tri are not only for the winners. Anyone who stumbles, fumbles, hulas, limbos or crawls across the finish will get a cool, themed award for their efforts. Top Slacker awards – those who enjoy the race the longest – in each age group and overall will also be presented.

The Life’s a Beach Triathlon is open to participants 9 years of age and over. Register today for only $57 per person at www.lifesabeachtriathlon.com. The event will also include a free run for kids under 9. Registration for the kids run will be held the day of the event.

“It’s my goal to bring down the intimidation factor most people feel when they look at doing a triathlon,” said race founder Kip Koelsch. “Life’s A Beach Triathlon breaks that down with short distances, a user-friendly swim, no need for fancy bikes, fun obstacles and a laid back beach attitude. This is triathlon for the masses.”

“We are excited to bring the Life’s A Beach Triathlon to Erie,” said ESC Executive Director Ron Sertz. “This event will be a fun alternative to your normal triathlon and a great opportunity for families and groups of friends to compete together in a great, healthy atmosphere.”


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