I love summers on Hilton Head Island because the long days and warm weather make it prime for swimming, biking, and running. If your idea of a fun vacation is to participate in one of our local triathlons – or, just spend some of your time training – Hilton Head has everything you need.
Each summer Go Tri Sports produces several triathlons for all ages of athletes. The summer triathlon season kicks off with the TD Bank KIDS Triathlon – scheduled for July 2 and July 30, 2016. This event is for kids ages 4 – 14 years – and is designed for fun. The swim, bike, and run portions of the race vary in distances according to the athlete’s age – and all the kids receive a medal at the end. No worries if you are not a strong swimmer because we staff the pool with lifeguards that are ready to guide you across the pool and help you along the way (and, all swimming aides are welcome – fins, kickboards,…). All bike are welcome – just remember that helmets are mandatory. The KIDS Triathlons are a blast for everyone and the best part is that it offers each kid a big dose of self-esteem. More information on the KIDS Triathlons may be found at www.gotrievents.com.
Next, we roll right into our very popular Beach Bum Triathlons – the Atlantic Community Bank BEACH BUM TRIATHLONS – scheduled for July 9 and August 6, 2016. This event is an Island favorite and offers a low-key and high energy environment for any level athlete to have a whole lotta fun. Indeed, many beginners use this race as their first attempt at triathlon since ethe race is entirely on the hard flat beach – there is no need for a fancy bike – you can ride a beach cruiser, mountain bike, or any old bike you can get your hands on. The Beach Bum Triathlons are open to individuals and teams – and, guarantee a fantastic time as you get wet, hot, and sandy on the Island’s beautiful coast. More information on the BEACH BUM Triathlons may be found at www.gotrievents.com.
If racing is not your thing, there is still plenty of opportunity to include triathlon training in your vacation. The Atlantic Ocean along Hilton Head is ideal for swimming. With its gently sloping shelf and little (if any) waves, the water is often clam and perfect for a swim. If you want something more programmed, then join the Hilton Head Masters Swim Club for a workout five mornings a week at the Island Recreation Center (Call for times #843-681-7273). Cycling on Hilton Head is easy and fun – and, perhaps the best way to experience the Island. For recreational cyclists, there are over 45 miles of leisure trails on the Island that go everywhere you want (stop in any local bike shop and get a map of the trail system). And, for the more serious rider, there are group rides from Go Tri Sports every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Running on the Island is awesome – flat and beautiful. Make sure to take advantage of the beach at low tide for miles of hard sand – and, the Sea Pines Forest Preserve and Pickney Island Nature Preserve for many miles of trail running through our unique Lowcountry landscape. Information on all the swim, bike, and run training options are available at www.gotrisports.com/training.