Registration link now open for Florida Region’s USA Triathlon Coaches Symposium

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A not to be missed event!

Register Here:

USA Triathlon Florida Region  Coaches Symposium is the industry leading opportunity for coaches to meet and network with peers across the region, engage with the USA Triathlon regional and national staff, speak one-on-one with the risk management team, and interact with regional trendsetters.

Become current on a host of issues and trends facing the multi-sport industry. Key topics include marketing, risk management, youth event execution and profitability challenges, Paratriathlon inclusion, safety and liability case studies that drive event management decision-making and our keynote speak Susan Daniels from the St. Anthony’s Triathlon.

CEU’s will be accredited towards coaches.

Save the date: December 10, 2016

Location: Rosen Inn 9000 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

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Florida athletes claim their “steak” in Omaha!


Hundreds of the Sunshine State’s top triathletes tested themselves against the best in country at this past weekend’s USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals. It included both an Olympic distance race on Saturday & a Sprint distance on Sunday. Some participants did them BOTH!!

USAT Florida Region is very proud of the performance of all the triathletes that represented our region and wants to recognize those would stood on the podium.

Linda Robb

Olympic Distance:

Linda Robb (Juno Beach, FL) – 2nd Place Overall Female Masters & 1st Place Female 50-54

Dan Connolly (Sun City Center, FL) – 1st Place Male 80-84

Marty Freeza (Jupiter, FL) – 6th Place Male 70-74

Kevin Simmons (Lake Mary, FL) – 3rd Place Male 65-69

Carol Hassell (West Palm Beach, FL) – 3rd Place Female 60-64

Steve Gallagher (Winter Park, FL) – 9th Place Male 60-64

Kerry Simmons (Lake Mary, FL) – 4th Place Female 50-54

John Macedo (St. Petersburg, FL) – 6th Place Male 50-54

Kyle Hooker (Jacksonville, FL) – 3rd Place Male 25-29

Armando Abaunza (Tallahassee, FL) – 3rd Place Male 20-24

Alma Campiani (Key Biscayne, FL) – 1st Place Female 16-19

Hazelyn Cates (Oviedo, FL) – 8th Place Female 16-19

Sprint Distance:

Kyle Hooker (Jacksonville, FL) – 2nd Place Overall Male & 2nd Place Male 25-29

Winston Allen (St. Augustine, FL) – 1st Place Male 85+

Willy Moolenaar (Indialantic, FL) – 5th Place Female 75-79

Lois Leon (Miami, FL) – 1st Place Female 70-74

Holly Alexander (Citrus Springs, FL) – 5th Place Female 65-69

Jim Sumara (Jacksonville, FL) – 4th Place Male 65-69

Kevin Simmons (Lake Mary, FL) – 5th Place Male 65-69

Carol Hassell (West Palm Beach, FL) – 2nd Place Female 60-64

Kerry Simmons (Lake Mary, FL) – 2nd Place Female 50-54

Andrew Swanson (Sarasota, FL) – 4th Place Male 50-54

Celia Dubey (Tarpon Springs, FL) – 3rd Place Female 40-44

Thomas Barton (Miami, FL) – 4th Place Male 25-29

Armando Abaunza (Tallahassee, FL) – 2nd Place Male 20-24


Full results for both races can be found HERE








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Florida Youth & Juniors “rock it” in Ohio!


August 3, 2016

USAT Florida Region

For Immediate Release by the USAT Florida Region Youth Committee:

What an incredibly amazing inspiring weekend!

Congratulations to all the athletes and teams that participated this past weekend at Voice of America Park in West Chester, Ohio for the Youth & Junior National Championship. Standing at the finish line watching these young triathletes was both amazing and humbling. These kids really gave all out stellar performances!

Representing 38 states, 81 USAT Youth & Elite teams with over 800 athletes arrived for a jam packed weekend of competition.

Four of our Florida Region teams placed in the top 15 of those 81 Teams, with three placing in the top 10!

  • Triton Elite Multisport 5th place
  • Kennedy Law Racing Landsharks 6th place
  • South Florida Lightning 10th place
  • Jr Hammerheads 13th place

Congratulations to all these athletes and coaches for their outstanding achievements!

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Triathlon is a team sport that recognizes individual performance, and we are proud of the Florida athletes that stood atop the podium for our Region:

  • Luke Rosser, Oakland FL – Male age 14 – 1st place
  • Nicholas Raffinengo, Boynton Beach FL – Male age 13 – 2nd place
  • Hannah Fowler, Boca Raton FL – Female age 13 – 2nd place
  • Lawson McLeod, Port St Lucie FL – Male age 12 – 1st place
  • Charlotte Joseph, Ponte Vedra FL – Female age 9 – 3rd place
  • Brook Glover, Tampa FL – Male age 8 – 3rd place
  • Colton Blankenfeld, Archer FL – Male age 7 – 1st place   

Congratulations go out the West Chester & USA Triathlon for hosting this event, all the parents, coaches, athletes and volunteers that made the weekend a huge success!

Your annual USAT membership provides programs that support the multisport lifestyle as a lifelong sport in a supportive community environment that encourages participation from a diverse group of individuals at all age levels. Beyond sanctioned races, this modest membership investment also supports USAT programs such as Youth Development, High School Programs, Emerging NCAA Collegiate Triathlon, and Para-triathlon, among others

Please check out the benefits here:

For more information about the USAT Florida Youth Programs, feel free to email or call Florida Region Youth Coordinator, Deb Peters at or 813-731-8767.     

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Florida Region – Club Championship Results!


August 1st, 2016

USAT Florida Region

For Immediate Release by the USAT Florida Region Club Committee:

Congratulations to all the athletes and clubs on a spectacular race yesterday at the Huntington’s Triathlon at the Larry and Penny Thompson Park in Miami, FL. The participation of clubs yesterday exceeded everyone’s expectations with over 240 athletes representing 19 USAT triathlon clubs competing. This raced served as the fourth and final race in the 2016 USAT Florida Region Club Championship Series.

Clubs were divided into 2 divisions for competition purposes, Division 1 encompassing clubs with 15 or more athletes racing and Division 2 including clubs with less than 15 athletes racing.

In division 1, Alien Endurance took the crown in 1st place with 48 athletes scoring 237 points, followed closely by Tri2One with 29 athletes scoring 212 points, with South Florida Hammerheads taking 3rd place with 24 athletes scoring 145 points. Congratulations to all the other clubs fielding 15 or more athletes including Boca Raton Triathletes (112 pts), Fort Lauderdale Triathletes (103 pts), Full Circle Coaching (94 pts), and Irun Rice Triathlon Club (91 pts).

In division 2, FIU Tri Club took the win with 14 athletes scoring 78 points in a very close competition where only 10 points separated the first 4 teams; Placing 2nd in division 2 was Team Trainer with 13 athletes scoring 77 points, with Stellar Triathlon Team in 3rd place with 8 athletes scoring 72 points. Congratulations to the nine other clubs competing in division 2 including Key West Tri Club (68 pts), Miami Triathlon Club (M3T) (47 pts), TRI4FIT (41 pts), Aminorop (32 pts), Central Florida Triathlon Club (20 pts), Wahoo Triathletes (13 pts), CSP Express (11 pts), TriGators (11 pts), and MERC (3 pts).

In the overall Series Results which includes points earned at all 4 of the Club Series Races in included in the USAT Florida Region Club Championship Series, the winners were as follows:


1st Place        Alien Endurance    474 pts

2nd Place       Tri2One                     435 pts

3rd Place        Stellar                        326 pts

Full results are attached to this release.

As we start our planning process for Club Programs for 2017, we invite any and all comments and suggestions on ways to continue to develop our Florida Region Club Programs. We also would encourage all Clubs to keep their USAT registrations current and to remind their members of all the benefits of USAT annual membership including being eligible to score points in Club Championships.

Your club and annual USAT membership provides programs that support the multisport lifestyle as a lifelong sport in a supportive community environment that encourages participation from a diverse group of individuals at all age levels. Beyond sanctioned races, this modest membership investment also supports USAT programs such as Youth Development, High School Programs, Emerging NCAA Collegiate Triathlon, and Para-triathlon, among others.

Please check out the benefits here:

For more information about the USAT Florida Region Club Championship Series, feel free to email or call Club Program liaison Roger McVeigh at or 305-394-7555.


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2016 USAT Florida Region Hall of Fame Nomination



The  Florida Region is actively seeking nominations for the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame. Certain individuals and contributors over the years have demonstrated excellence in every aspect of multisport in the Florida Region. They have inspired others to elevate their performance, participation and involvement in multisport. Now is your chance to recognize them.

To nominate a male and female age-group athlete, a male and female elite athlete and an individual or entity that has made a unique contribution to multisport in the Florida Region, you should email Hector Torres, Florida Region Chair, at, and request a 2016 Florida Region Hall of Fame Nomination Form and the Criteria for Eligibility for Nomination.

We all know someone that has inspired us to become involved with the exciting world of multi-sport… someone who motivated us to do things we never dreamed were possible. Help to reward and honor those people with a nomination to the Florida Region’s Hall of Fame.

Don’t end up with a DNF because you forgot to nominate an age-group male and female, an elite athlete male and female, and a unique contributor that deserves to be considered for the Florida Region’s first annual Hall of Fame. They did their part—it’s time to do yours!

The Florida Region’s Annual Hall of Fame celebration will be held in Orlando on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Nominations open from July 30 – August 30, 2016
Committee meets: September 10, 2016
Announcement made on October 1, 2016
Hall of Fame Induction – December 10, 2016.
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Deb Peters appointed new USA Triathlon Florida Region youth coordinator!


Contact: Deb Peters


Telephone (cell): 813-731-8767

July 18, 2016




Orlando, FL – July 18, 2016: The USAT Florida Regional Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Deb Peters to the position of Florida Region Youth Coordinator.

Hector Torres, the USAT Florida Region President says, “We are excited about Deb taking on the position as the new Youth Coordinator. She will be educating and empowering youth and their families throughout the state about the benefits of a multi-sport lifestyle.”

Deb is eager to share her initiative towards youth programming for the Florida Region. “I am excited to have been appointed the new Florida Region Youth Coordinator.   When I started my fitness career, I knew I wanted to focus on family fitness, not knowing then that triathlon would be the way I would do that. I participated in my first triathlon at the age of 47 and was hooked. I quickly incorporated triathlons as part of my toolbox to help people get in shape. In 2014, I took my passion for the sport to the younger generation, and have been showing children how being active can be fun and exciting. Not only are these kids learning a sport that can last them a lifetime, they are learning some core life values.   Swim, bike, run are the basics of triathlon, but through the sport, commitment, discipline, adversity and dedication are also learned. The outcome is a confident, healthy child that will always remember crossing the finish line for the first time! I am passionately dedicated to growing youth triathlon in our Florida Region.”

At the end of July, Deb will be representing the Florida Region at the 2016 Youth Nationals in West Chester, Ohio. She will be on hand throughout the weekend and act as the liaison for the Florida athletes. Deb will be there to answer any questions and to help facilitate this amazing experience for all the Florida athletes and their families.

USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Deb Peters at USA Triathlon Florida Region at 813-731-8767 or at



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USAT – Florida: Regional Club Championship Series


July 13th, 2016, revised Club Standings
For Immediate Release by the USAT Florida Region Club Committee:

Congratulations to the Stellar Triathlon Club of Saint Augustine on 1st Place scoring 182 points in the third race of the USAT Florida Region Club Championship Series on Saturday, June 18th, 2016 at the Jacksonville Triathlon in beautiful Fernandina Beach, the first in a three-race series put on by DRC Sports. Stellar narrowly beat out the Hammerhead Triathlon Club of Jacksonville, a strong 2nd Place challenger and local area club with 159 points who was closely followed by Gulf Winds Triathletes of Tallahassee in 3rd Place with 132 points and the PRS Triathlon Club also of Jacksonville who scored 128 points taking 4th Place.

Stellar Tri

Congratulations are also due to the 5 other USAT registered triathlon clubs competing in this third Club Series Championship Race which included the G3 Gainesville Triathlon Club (96 pts), the Total Fitness Triathlon Club of Tarpon Springs (21 pts), the Lakeland Land Sharks (10 pts), TRI (9 pts), and the Seminole County Triathletes (7 pts). The race included 9 actively registered USAT Clubs who had a combined 103 athletes competing with another 4 Clubs and 23 athletes ineligible for scoring because of expired USAT Club or Annual Membership registrations.

Next up in the popular USAT Florida Region Club Championship Series is the Grand Finale, the Annual USAT Florida Region Club Championship being held at the Huntington’s Disease Triathlon in Miami, FL on July 31, 2016, for more information, please click

Clubs competing at Huntington’s in Miami in late July will be eligible for both individual race awards as well as the overall Club Series Region Championship which will combine points from all 4 races in the Series.

For more information about the USAT Florida Region Club Championship Series, feel free to email or call Club Program liaison Roger McVeigh at or 305-394-7555.



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Long Run / Endurance Intervals – Workout #3

For those of you training for long course you can integrate some race pace intervals into a longer run to get a little more out of that run without necessarily have to go as far.

90 min run: 15-20 min warm up, 4 x 10 min @ goal race pace for 1/2 marathon w/5 min recovery, remaining time is cool down.

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Paratriathlon Regional Championship


USAT Florida Region is proud to announce the 2016 Navy Seal Sprint Triathlon (honoring the “Men of Extortion 17”) will take place on Sunday, August 21st at Sand Key Park in Clearwater, Florida. The race has been designated as the official 2016 Paratriathlon Regional Championship and triathletes with a range of physical disabilities will be competing for Sunshine State bragging rights.

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All proceeds from the event will go to The Brian Bill Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt national non-profit charity dedicating to protecting and preserving the health and welfare of Navy Special Warfare Operators, families, veterans and Gold Star parents.

To register or for more information click on the website:

To learn more about the Florida Region’s Paratriathlon program:




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Florida Regional Championship Bidding has Opened!


Attention all Race Directors! Enclosed you will find the Regional Championship Bids for the Florida Region.. Please complete the form electronically. Open biding begins at July 5 – August 5, 2016. Decision making will take place on August 15, 2016. We will contact the Race Director by August 20, 2016.These are the list of races that we plan to hold in 2017:

  • Regional Olympic Distance (1500 m swim / 40k bike / 10k run)
  • Regional Long Course (1.2 mi swim / 56 mile bike / 13.1 mi run)d
  • Regional Aqua Bike (1.2 mi swim / 56 mile bike )
  • Regional Duathlon Standard (10k run / 40k bike / 5k run)
  • Regional Duathlon Sprint (5k run / 20k bike / 2.5k run)
  • Paratriathlon (.25 mi swim/ 12 mi bike / 3.1 mi run)
  • Youth (7-10-year-olds: 100m swim, 5k bike, and 1k run / 11-15-year-olds: 200m swim, 10k bike, 2k run)
  • Junior (.25 mi swim/ 12 mi bike / 3.1 mi run)

If you currently hold any of these races and is interesting in becoming a Regional Championship, please complete the following form:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Race Director Liaison, Linden Fenton at 

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