Escape to Miami Triathlon offers unique start

Participants in the Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon swim towards Margaret Pace Park on the first leg of the triathlon on Oct. 15, 2006.
Participants in the Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon swim towards Margaret Pace Park on the first leg of the triathlon on Oct. 15, 2006.
Joshua Prezant / Herald File Photo, 2006

Upcoming events

Sept. 28 (Miami Paddle Challenge at Matheson Hammocks Park): Paddlers can chose from 3-, 6- and 12-mile courses. For more information visit: facebook.com/miamipaddlechallenge.

Oct. 27 (Miami Ironman 70.3 at Bayfront Park): The half ironman takes participants across the city and into the south where the competitors will have to complete 70.3 miles from start to finish. For more info visit: www.ironmanmiami.com.

Nov. 9 (WeR1 Race 10K Relay on South Beach): This charity fundraising event will hold a Lifestyle and Health Sustainability Expo on race day. Additionally, you get to pick the charity for which you raise money. This event is held in conjunction with the Miami Dolphins Foundation, and a special ceremony will be held during halftime of the home game against the Chargers on Nov. 17.

Nov. 10 (Miami Man Triathlon at Zoo Miami/Larry Penny Thompson Park): Participants will get to run past monkeys, elephants and zebras in this triathlon that traverses the woods of the park and into the zoo. For more info visit: www.miamimantriathlon.com.

Feb. 2 (Miami Marathon and Half Marathon): Formerly the ING Marathon. Registration for the event is open. For more information visit: themiamimarathon.com

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The Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon, considered one of the premier events in the state, is scheduled for Sept. 29.

The Olympic course is a .9-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike and a 6.2-mile run. The Sprint distance is a .25-mile swim, 13-mile bike and 3.1-mile run.

The race is unique as participants are ferried to an island to begin the races.

In 2012, men’s winner Rodrigo Tavares Dos San, 32, of Curitiba, Brazil, finished the swim in 21 minutes 17 seconds. In the cycling leg, he clocked in at 1:00:4 and completed the run in 38:48 for a total time of 2:02:51.

The top female in 2012 was Isabel Olivas, 27, of Miami. She completed the course in 2:20:28.

The course starts off the shore of “Escape Island,” a small island in Biscayne Bay near Margaret Pace Park in downtown Miami.

From the island, the competitors complete the open-water swim to the park to begin the bike portion through Miami Beach, but it’s not a leisurely ride as participants will have to make eight different bridge crossings.

The last leg is a run through downtown Miami to Star Island and returning back to Pace Park.

This event has sold out the past four years, with approximately 1,700 slots open for participants.

Visit www.escapetomiamitriathlon.com for more information.


John Reback and Rachel Lee finished first in the men’s and women’s division, respectively, in the Labor Day Triathlon held in Coconut Creek on Sunday.

Reback, 43, of Jupiter, completed the .25-mile swim, 10-mile bike and three-mile run in 47 minutes 57 seconds.

Lee, 44, of Cape Coral finished in 54:34.

Double-arm-amputee Hector Picard finished in 1:08:34.


The Swim for Alligator Light in Islamorada is looking for paddlers who are comfortable and experienced enough to assist in an open-water paddle with possible choppy and/or rough conditions.

Kayaks and paddleboards are the preferred paddlecraft.

If interested, call 305-451-3018, or email: info@kayakfloridakeys.com.

For more information on the event: www.swimalligatorlight.com

If you would like you have your event showcased in the Miami Herald, please email Corey W. Campbell, at Campbell.corey@gmail.com.

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