USAT Election Nomination – 4 Days left!

Interested in making a difference in the Triathlon sport!

Nominations are open for volunteers to serve as members of all 10 Regional Councils. The 10 Regional Council regions are:

•Florida Region, which includes Florida except for the Panhandle west of the Apalachicola River;

The terms for council members shall be staggered. Every two years, one half of the council seats shall come up for election. Council member terms are four years. Ballots shall specify the number of years of term remaining for each seat up for election. Winning candidates shall be seated in the order of number of votes received, with those gaining the highest number of votes filling seats with the longest terms.
Nominations for Regional Council Members. All persons meeting the following requirements shall be included on the ballot for the post of Council Member in the Region in which he or she resides:
  1. Incumbents. Any incumbent who is an annual USAT member in good standing of the region will be placed upon the ballot provided they submit the information required in paragraphs (2) (a), (b) and (c) below.
  2. Non-incumbents. An annual USA Triathlon member in good standing of the region who is also a citizen of the United States may submit a petition for his or her nomination to the Council in the region in which he or she resides. The petition will include the following:
  1.  The name, complete address, day and evening phone numbers, e-mail address, and annual membership number of the nominee.
  2.  A written description of the nominee and his or her platform; said description will not exceed 200 words.
  3. A passport-type photo of the nominee.

Candidate information must be received by August 31, 2015 and may be mailed or emailed to either address above.

Petitions may be mailed to:

USA Triathlon National Office 
5825 Delmonico Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
or emailed to
Please forward this to any USAT Florida member that is interested.

Hector L Torres

USAT Elite Coach, USAC Lv 2, USAS and USATF & MS 

USA Triathlon Florida Region Chair
Florida Paratriathlon Development Coordinator
617 Virginia Dr.
Orlando, FL 32801
P: 321-443-0073
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2015 USA Triathlon Youth National Championship Recap


August 3, 2015

Perfect weather and a beautiful venue greeted 50 Florida Region Youth Age Group athletes, 13 Youth Elite Athletes, and 7 Junior Elite athletes on the weekend of August 1-2 in West Chester, Ohio for USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championship. This was the 4th year that this championship has been hosted by the City of West Chester, and I continue to be impressed with the level of support they provide for the athletes.

The Florida Region was again represented by a handful of youth clubs including Triton Elite Multisport, KLR Landsharks, South Florida Lightning, along with a few others. In total the event saw nearly 1,000 athletes competing in the Elite races on Saturday, and the Team Relay and Age Group events on Sunday.

Congratulations to our Florida Region National Champions Braxton Legg (10 year old male division), Lawson Mcleod (11 year old male division), and Nicholas Raffinengo (12 year old male division). All three of these athletes have earned multiple national championship including Nicholas Raffinengo taking national championship honors the past four years, and Lawson McLeod earning national championship honors in 4 of the last 5 years. Braxton Legg was national champion in his 7 year old year!

In addition, the following Florida Region athletes earned podium positions: Turner Glenn (8 year old male division),Hannah Fowler (2nd place 12 year old female division), Mikayla Apicella (3rd place 12 year old female division), and Augusto Cohn (15 year old male division).

Although the championship only awards the top three athletes, I want to recognize the following top 5 finishers: Reese McClellan (4th place 8 year olds female division), Gianna Apicella (5th place 8 year female division), Phoenix Marsiglio (5th place 8 year old male division), Liam Maloney (5th place 9 year old male division), Taylor Stone (4th place 13 year old female division).

Both the 7-10 and 11-15 Age Group races were extremely competitive with lots and super-fast young athletes from across the country. As your RYDC, I am so impressed with how well our Florida athletes represent their region, and the level of coaching we continue to see across Florida and the nation.

Lastly, our Florida Region Elite athletes also represented quite nicely in extremely competitive draft legal races. In the Youth Elite division congratulations to our top finisher Anna Stock (12th place overall female), and Luis Ortiz (12th place overall male division). In the Junior Elite Division congratulations to Caroline Condon (37th place overall female division), and Graham Pimentel (9th place overall male division).

Full results can be viewed at






Jim Sheets, Regional Youth Development Coordinator


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USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame – Immediate Release!

The USA Triathlon Florida Region is proud to announce the implementation of the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame. Countless of times we have seen members in our region work hard within our sport and see the development in our region. Therefore, we want to recognize, honor and commemorate those individuals, groups and entities that have over the years demonstrated excellence in every aspect of multi-sport in the Florida Region and inspired others to elevate their performance, participation and involvement in multi-sport in the Florida Region.
These are the categories: 
  • Age-group athletes — men and women
  • Elite athletes — men and women
  • Unique Contributor
To learn more about these categories and how to appoint an individual, please visit the USA Triathlon Florida Region website at
  • Appointment process will begin August 20 – September 30, 2015.
  • Selection committee will decide October 15, 2015.
  • Hall of Fame winners will be announced on November 1, 2015
  • Hall of Fame luncheon will be held December 12, 2015.


Please complete Nomination Forms and submit to Htorres

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Paratriathlon Regional Championship – Latest News!


Attention Paratriathletes!

Due to the lack of registrants for the Paratriathlon Regional Championship on the Jacksonville Triathlon Series #3 held on August 8, we are going to be postponing the championship till later this year. There weren’t enough paratriathletes to hold the championship. There won’t be a division during the race; however, the race will be held regardless.

Thank you and I hope to see more Paratriathletes on the next race.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the chair at Hector L Torres:


USA Triathlon Florida Region Board

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Meet our USAT Council Members!

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USAT Florida Region Youth Regional Championship

June 20, 2015Sebring, Florida

 Congratulations to the nearly 300 youth triathletes, ages 6-16, that competed on Saturday, June 20th in Sebring, Florida. The USA Triathlon Florida Region Youth Championship was once again held during the Heartland Triathlon weekend. Special thanks to the City of Sebring, the wonderful & super supportive volunteers, and race directors Cherie Starr and Patrick High for keeping our youth athletes safe while they competed for their Regional Championship.

The overall Champions in the 11-15 year old division in 2015 were Matthew Wohlwend (St. Petersburg), and Reagan Quilty (St. Petersburg). In the 7-10 year division, the overall Champions were Braxton Legg (Tampa), and Katherine McClellan (Redington Beach).

Congratulations to all the 7-10 year old age group Champions that included Ava Council & Colton Blankenfield (6 year olds), Connie Curti & Timothy Beeker (7 year olds), Gianna Apicella & Turner Glenn (8 year olds), Abigail Hite & Jack Matthews (9 year olds), and Katherine McClellan & Braxton Legg (10 year olds).

Congratulations to all the 11-15 year old age group Champions that included Ella Mickler & Lawson McLeod (11 year olds), Hannah Fowler & Nicholas Raffinengo (12 year olds), Megan Buchanan & Colin Wilson (13 year olds), Paige VanMiddlesworth & Josue Reyes (14 year olds), and Reagan Quilty & Matthew Wohlwend (15 year olds).

In the team competition, we had over twelve (12) teams from all over Florida compete for the large club and small club division championship. The top three (3) large club teams were Triton Elite Youth Multisport (1st), Kennedy Law Racing Landsharks (2nd), and Team Tri Power (3rd). The top three (3) small clubs were TEAM Tri Bike Run (1st), AAA Tri Team (2nd), and Junior Hammerheads (3rd). For the 2nd straight year, the overall top team honors went to Triton Elite Youth Multisport.

What a perfect day of racing, complete with new friendships made, and terrific sportsmanship demonstrated. As your Regional Youth Development Coordinator, I couldn’t be more proud of all the youth triathletes, top notch coaches, and lots of supportive parents, and families. Thank you all for a wonderful weekend, and on behalf of all of your USA Triathlon Region Council members, we look forward to seeing everyone in 2016!


Jim Sheets, Region Youth Development Coordinator  



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USA Triathlon Florida Region Swag Design Challenge


USA Triathlon Florida Region Swag Design Challenge

USAT Florida Region Swag Contest from Hector L Torres. Want to be the creator of the next USA Triathlon Florida Region swag? Want to see your design on a shirt, water bottle or other swag at the USAT Florida Region races and expos?   Your challenge is to create a design that illustrates what triathlon means to you. Three lucky winners will be selected and have their designs printed and featured on the USA Triathlon Florida Region website and swag. These are the rules you must follow:

  • In your design, what does triathlon mean to you?
  • USA Triathlon Florida Region logo must be included and not altered in any way shape or form.
  • Must include Florida in any shape or form. You can include the word Florida or the state shape.

Eligibility and requirements:

  • If you are under 18, you must ask for your parents’ or guardian’s permission before entering this contest. Parent or guardian must sign the application for the minor.
  • Must be a USA Triathlon Member
  • Must reside in Florida.

Deadline to enter: June 15, 2015 at 11:59a.m. EST. How to apply!

  1. All submissions must include 2 attachments:
    1. USAT Florida Region – shirt lay out
    2. USAT Swag Form2

Download the form and template below read and email it along with your submission to Ana Howard at

  1. All entry emails should have the subject line “T-shirt Contest – First Name, Last Name, USAT #.”
  2. Submit front t-shirt designs only. Do not place any designs on the sleeves.
  3. Attach submissions as high resolution (300dpi) PDF or JPEG files.
  4. All submissions must be under 8 MB.
  5. Please be prepared to submit the original drawing, Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop file in the case your artwork is chosen.
  6. Please do not attach additional material. No additional materials (videos or photos) will be accepted.
  7. Carefully read Terms & Qualifications.
  8. Questions? Contact:

Evaluation Criteria •The designs will be appraised by the USA Triathlon Florida Region council, based on originality and creativity. •USA Triathlon Florida Region council will narrow the entries down to the top designs. •The finalists’ designs will be posted on the USAT Florida Region website website for public viewing. •Winners will be announced on June 20, 2015. Terms & Qualifications •Limit only one submission per person. If you submit more than one, only your first submission in order of date and time will be considered. •USA Triathlon Florida Region logo must be included and not altered in any way shape or form. •No inappropriate references (drugs, alcohol, violence, profanity, sex, etc.) allowed. •Submit only original designs. These designs must not contain copyrighted material and they cannot have previously won any awards. •The winning designs will become property of USA Triathlon Florida Region.

  • By submitting a design, you automatically grant USA Triathlon Florida Region, USA Triathlon a national sport federation, non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable license to use and publicly display the content.
  • By participating, you agree to release, discharge and hold harmless USA Triathlon Florida Region from any and all liability, loss, damage or injury resulting from participation in this contest.

Looking forward to the submissions. Sincerely,

Hector L Torres

USAT Elite Coach, USAC Lv 2, USAS and USATF & MS 

USA Triathlon Florida Region Chair
Florida Paratriathlon Development Coordinator
617 Virginia Dr.
Orlando, FL 32801
P: 321-443-0073
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Always put safety first


  1. Always put safety first: The highest priority should always be your child’s safety no matter what activity. A safe bike, a good pair of running shoes, and always wearing a helmet that fits is important. During training, supervision is another key factor. Using greenways, parking lots, or business park loops (areas apart from traffic) are a safe way to let your child learn to cycle.

Coach Jim Sheets, Regional Youth Developmental Coordinator


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St. Anthony’s Triathlon Weekend! Update Yourself

LongcourseClermont15-217Our Regional Championship is going to be held on the weekend of April 24 – 26, 2015 in St. Petersburg, FL in the St. Anthony’s Triathlon Olympic distance. Athletes from almost every state in the nation and many foreign countries will be on hand to compete in St. Anthony’s Triathlon, described by many as one of the year’s best multi-sport events in the United States.
The weekend will open at noon on Friday with athlete check-in at RegionalChampLogo_FloridaSt. Petersburg’s beautiful Straub Park. Several members of USA Triathlon’s Florida Region will be on hand all weekend to assist athletes with the check-in process, provide information about the races and answer questions about fun things to do in St. Petersburg. Also in Straub Park, the Sports & Fitness Expo will open from noon on Friday until 7 P.M. In addition, to several seminars on running and bicycling, if you’ve forgotten a piece of necessary gear or just want something new, there will be plenty of vendors on-site to provide you with that must-have piece of equipment.
1780861_10152319377316787_7637534555128559075_nFor the members of the Florida Region Council, Saturday will be another busy day. Not only will members again be assisting with the athlete check-in process, the region will also hold its annual meeting and a triathlon club summit. In addition, the Florida Regional Officials Coordinator will offer a three-hour official’s clinic for those that want to become certified USA Triathlon officials. To register for the officials clinic, contact
Saturday’s Meek & Mighty Triathlon will begin in the 50-meter pool at the North Shore Aquatic Complex. Featuring a time-trial pool swim, there will be two races offered, one for ages 7 – 10 and another for ages 11 and over. Following a bike race along St. Petersburg’s scenic open waterfront, a new run course this year will add to the excitement
Sunday features the weekend’s main event, the 32nd annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon. The race will serve as the Florida Region’s 2015 Regional Championship. As always, some of the best male and female elite athletes in the world will be competing for significant prize money.
USA Triathlon’s Florida Region is excited and proud to be an integral part of this longstanding event. See you there. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
IMG_8178Hector L Torres
USA Triathlon Florida Region Chair
Paratriathlon Florida Region Representative
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St. Anthony’s Official’s Clinic: April 25 & April 26

Become a USA Triathlon Official!

Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26

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Officials are of critical importance at USA Triathlon sanctioned events. Officials are responsible for the enforcement of USA Triathlon competitive rules and serve to ensure a level playing field for all competitors.

USAT-2397About the clinics.

There is no cost to attend a USA Triathlon Officials’ clinic. You must be a current member of USA Triathlon, weigh less than 215 pounds and be capable of riding as a passenger on a motorcycle for long periods of time. The Officials’ certification clinic consists of approximately four hours of classroom lecture and discussion on Saturday, April 25. As part of the clinic experience, on Sunday, April 26, you will join the officials’ team and work as a course marshal at the sanctioned event.


Each clinic has a limited number of spaces. For additional information email Tom Reilly, Regional Officials Coordinator at


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Upcoming Events
  • Miami Kids Triathlon Series September 6, 2015 FIU Biscayne Campus, Miami
  • Miami Kids Triathlon Series October 11, 2015 FIU Biscayne Campus, Miami

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