Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort to host more than a thousand athletes and spectators this Saturday, August 20 for The Sandestin Triathlon

Aug 16, 2011, 10:00 ET from Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Record Number of Athletes Scheduled to Participate for this Special 25th Anniversary Event

DESTIN, FL, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - More than a thousand athletes and spectators will enjoy a tradition for one of the most scenic and celebrated Triathlons in the country.

The annual Sandestin Triathlon, at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is scheduled for this Saturday, August 20 and organizers expect a record number of athletes for this special 25th year.

The half-mile Gulf of Mexico swim, 20-mile bike ride along Scenic Highway 30-A, and the four-mile run through Sandestin's beach and bayside communities, kicks off at 6:30 a.m. on the sugar white sand beach in front of Sandestin's Finz Beachside Grille.

Each year since the event was established, the swim-bike-run race attracts more than 700 contenders from experienced to beginners. "This year's event organizers expect a sold out number of entries," said Shawna Meisner, race director.

"All types of athletes participate from first-timers to seasoned triathletes that have been competing more than 20 years," said Ms. Meisner.

The Sandestin Triathlon is a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event.  Athletes will compete to break the 1991 men's division course record of 1:14:27 set by James LeFebvre of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and the women's division record set in 1992 by Karen Copeland of Minneapolis, Minn. at 1:26:45.

An awards ceremony will follow the Triathlon at the Finz pool deck on the beach. In addition to recognizing the Triathlon winners, one contender will receive the Scott Christmas Award. After surviving a near-fatal plane accident, Scott Christmas went on to win the Sandestin Triathlon a year later in 1997. Each year, this award is presented to a participant who has faced similar experiences of bravery.

The Sandestin Triathlon is one of the area's best events for spectators, and is free to watch. For athletes, the triathlon requires registration and a fee to compete. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Last year for the 2010 Sandestin Triathlon, $20,000 was raised for Sacred Heart.

The Sandestin Triathlon is sponsored by Visit South Walton, Coca-Cola, Hammer Nutrition, Skin Sake, Multisport Performance Institute, and Yellow Pages. For more information visit

For people wanting to enjoy the convenience of staying on property where daily amenities and activities provide a memorable experience for all ages; special rates on accommodations are available, call (800) 622-7677 (mention promo code TRI11) or visit for details and other special deals.

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was named the #1 resort on Florida's Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,400 Destin vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in Destin hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrian village with shopping, dining and nightlife. Visit for complete details.

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