The Key West Triathlon has become one of the most famous triathlons in the physical fitness world, and is only growing larger in popularity every year. The last five years of this triathlon has changed a lot in order to sustain the amount of entries comfortably, and be able to raise money over the whole weekend. One of the best ways to enjoy a winter vacation is to take in the warm and sunny weather while doing something physical in paradise, and we believe that’s how the TRIKW came to gain so much popularity.
This race will be available for the first 1,200 entries, and the event sells out every year. In 2011, the race was changed from running on Sunday morning, to Saturday, in order for the racers to enjoy being in Key West after the races, and not have to rush out right afterward. This gives racers the chances to hang out and enjoy a snorkeling tour, a fishing charter. This race has become just as important in recent years to the economy in Key West, bring not only the 1,200 registered, but also their loved ones, spouses and children to help cheer them on through the race.
The Key West Triathlon has two separate courses to choose from: The Sprint Triathlon, and The Olympic Triathlon. The Sprint Triathlon has 0.75 km swim course in the Atlantic ocean from Higgs Beach, a 20 km cycling on US 1 on the beach side, and a 5 km run back and forth along Smather’s beach. The Olympic Triathlon course features a swim in the Atlantic Ocean for 1.5 km swim from Higgs Beach, a 40 km bike ride along US 1, and a 10 km run on Smather’s beach. Altogether, the Olympic Triathlon will measure in a 1500 meter swim, 24.9 mile bike ride, and a 6.2 mile run, and for the Sprint Triathlon, it is a 750 meter swim, 12.4 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run for the athletes.
The Key West Triathlon is a nationally recognized and is the last sanctioned triathlon to do of the year, that has been officially sanctioned by U.S.A. Triathlon. This is one of the many exciting things to in Key West, and one of the many Key West events to chose from to get involved with.