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News Symbol Onsite Registration open Thursday and Friday
May 7, 2013

Onsite registration open Thursday 12-6 and Friday 12-9

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If you missed online registration, you can still register onsite on Thursday from 12-6 and Friday from 12-9. We do have slots available! See you then!

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News Symbol Lodging Specials for the Gulf Coast Triathlon
April 10, 2013

Royal American Beach Getaways and the Boardwalk Beach Resort (host site for the Gulf Coast Triathlon) are offering lodging specials at their many properties for the athletes of the Gulf Coast Triathlon.

Get more info on our lodging page at http://www.gulfcoasttriathlon.com/lodging.php



News Symbol The Gulf Coast Triathlon is his favorite race
May 23, 2012

Jeff Delaune explains why he chose the GCT as his favorite race

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http://www.nola.com/running/index.ssf/2012/05/gulf_coast_triathlon_always_a.html

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News Symbol Thank you for another great year!
May 14, 2012

The 30th annual Gulf Coast Triathlon was a huge success!

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Thank you to everyone who raced, supported, volunteered and sponsored this weekend. Being a not for profit event, the GCT gives back at least $20,000 evey year to local groups and organizations within Bay County and promotes youth sports and fitness. Without the sport of everyone involved, the Gulf Coast Triathlon would not be going strong some 30 years later and be able to be such a positive influence on our community. Thank you, thank you, thank you and we look forward to next year!!!!

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News Symbol Results Link
May 14, 2012

Results Link

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Link for the results for the 2012 Gulf Coast Triathlon. Congratulations to everyone who made it to the starting line! You are all champions for believing in yourselves enough to make it to the start and congratulations to those of you who finished!!

http://chiptimes.com/?TabId=65&EventID=584

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News Symbol USAT SE Long Course Regional Championship
January 9, 2012

The Gulf Coast Triathlon is named as the USAT SE Region Long Course Championship

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USAT Southeast is pleased to announce this year's Gulf Coast Triathlon as the Southeast Regional Long Course Triathlon Championship event. Age Groupers finishing in the Top 40% are eligible for qualification to the USAT Long Course Triathlon National Championship (Oklahoma City, OK, 9/22/2012).

• Qualifier status is determined by rounding to the nearest whole "racer". For example, if there are 23 people in your age group, the top 40% of that group is 9.20 people, so the top ten people will qualify.

• You will compete in your age group as of December 31, 2012.

• You will receive an official invitation if you qualify (by e-mail) if you provided an accurate e-mail address to the qualifying event. You do not have to wait for the invitation to register for the Championship.

Additional information on the USAT Long Course Triathlon National Championship are at this link:
http://www.usatriathlon.org/events/usat/2012/09/long-course-tri-national-championship.aspx

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News Symbol 2012 Gulf Coast Triathlon is open for registration!
November 9, 2011

Registration for the 30th annual Gulf Coast Triathlon is open for registration. You can enter at http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1990346 or the old school way by clicking on the "ENTRY" link. Early entry fee is good until December 31, 2011 so register now!



News Symbol Gulf Coast Triathlon Announces New Sponsorship with Freedom Sports
January 26, 2011

The run portion of the 2011 Gulf Coast Triathlon will now be known as the Freedom Sports Run Course.

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Gulf Coast Triathlon is excited to announce a new sponsorship with local Panama City Beach business Freedom Sports. In 2011, the 13.1 mile run portion of the Gulf Coast Triathlon will now be known as the Freedom Sports Run Course. Known as “your running specialty store,” Freedom Sports helps the active person prevent injury, stay healthy, and feel good while working out. The staff is trained to professionally fit any individual looking for the proper shoes. They are knowledgeable and experienced in the running and triathlon industry.

“The GCT is excited to work with Freedom Sports in a formal capacity. For the past couple of years, we have worked side by side to provide the triathlon community with top-notch events and to promote health and wellness in the Bay County community. We hope this will be the start of a multi-year relationship between the best running specialty store in Bay County and the US’ oldest not-for-profit triathlon.” –Elizabeth Whitton, regional sponsorship coordinator for Gulf Coast Triathlon

Twice a year, Freedom Sports organizes the White Sand Triathlon. Considered an excellent warm-up to the GCT, White Sand is a sprint triathlon on Panama City Beach held each spring and fall. Registration for the 29th annual Gulf Coast Triathlon is still open. Please visit the entry section of the website for more information on how to register.

To learn more about Freedom Sports, visit their website http://www.freedomsportspanama.com or visit their Thomas Drive location in Panama City Beach.

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News Symbol GCT Donates $25,000 To Local Community Organizations
August 30, 2010

The organizers of the Gulf Coast Triathlon recently wrapped up the 28th edition of the race by donating more than $25,000 to the Bay County community. As a non-profit foundation, the GCT aims to support youth organizations promoting sport, fitness and healthy lifestyles.

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Over the last nine years, the GCT has donated more than $300,000 to the local community. In its 28th year, the GCT experienced a drop in participants but still fulfilled its charity obligations.

Please see the following links to press coverage our recent check presentation received:
http://www.panhandleparade.com/index.php/mbb/article/gulf_coast_triathlon_gives_back/mbb7725040/

http://www.wjhg.com/sports/headlines/99596349.html

For more information regarding our charitable works, please refer to the charity section on the website.

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News Symbol 2010 Results
May 11, 2010

The results from the 28th annual Gulf Coast Triathlon can be found in the RACE INFO -> Results menu above. Thank you to all participants, their families, the volunteers, and the Bay County community!



News Symbol GCT Keeps Eye On Oil
May 4, 2010

Full text of article in the Panama City News Herald

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PANAMA CITY BEACH — With the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico looming west of Panama City Beach, the Gulf Coast Triathlon dusted off its back-up plan Monday.

If the water is deemed unswimmable, the 1.2-mile swim will be cancelled and Saturday’s race will only include a 56-mile bike ride followed by a 13.1-mile run.

GCT Race Director Elizabeth Whitton said USA Triathlon, the sport’s governing body, approved the
GCT’s Foul Weather Plan while still considering it a sanctioned event.

Whitton said the GCT is monitoring the oil, which isn’t expected to reach land in Panama City Beach but could produce a slick and tar balls, according to Department of Environmental Protection officials. If a decision isn’t made during the week, Whitton will meet with local authorities Saturday and has until 5:30 a.m. to cancel the swim.

Whitton won’t reveal the entire contingency plan until later in the week, she said Monday.

“If the oil spill is an issue and we have more information Thursday or Friday, we can possibly make that determination then,” Whitton said. “We have a plan in place. It’s for a rough Gulf or the oil spill.”

The last time the GCT cancelled the swim was in the early 1990s because of rough surf.

Chuck Menke, USA Triathlon Director of Marketing and Communications, said his organization will defer to local officials to make a decision that best suits the GCT.

Maps and virtual models do not predict the oil will make its way to Panama City Beach but 17,000 feet of boom will be staged in Panama City, according to a state report Monday.

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News Symbol Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico
April 29, 2010

The GCT Committee is actively monitoring the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. If the spill threatens to affect the Florida Panhandle and the race, we will act accordingly.

We are looking forward to a great race!



News Symbol Changes to the Medical Tent
April 19, 2010

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Due to liability issues, medical providers are unable to provide intravenous fluids and tubing to Gulf Coast Triathlon. Therefore, the Gulf Coast Triathlon will NOT have IVs in the medical tent.

If an athlete needs an IV or other medical attention, he or she can go to the medical tent where one of the doctors in the tent will evaluate their condition. If an IV is needed, one of the EMTs stationed outside the tent will start the IV and prepare the athlete for transport to a local hospital. If an IV is started, that person is REQUIRED to be transported by ambulance to the hospital. The Gulf Coast Triathlon will NOT be responsible for the costs of treatment or transportation.

As always, the aid stations will be stocked with Gatorade, water, ClifBars and ClifShots, Coke and fruit. Please drink lots of fluids throughout the day and be careful in the sun and heat.

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News Symbol Athletes under the age of 18
December 19, 2008

Due to insurance considerations, we may be required to restrict participation for athletes under the age of 18. More info will follow.



News Symbol Passing of a fellow triathlete
May 20, 2008

Please join the Gulf Coast Triathlon Foundation in remembering a triathlete who passed away during the 2008 race. Please pray for his family and friends in their loss. Contribute to his son's survivors fund if you are able. And remember that life is a gift and try to live it to the fullest.

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PATRICK CLARK KANE Patrick C. Kane, age 37, of Roswell,
Ga. died May 10, 2008. Pat graduated from Novato High School in 1988,
and attended California State University, Sacramento, where he was a
member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, played Lacrosse, and graduated in
1992. Pat loved the outdoors and athletic activities. Pat's greatest
passion was spending time with his wife and two boys. Pat is survived by
his loving wife, Kristin Kane, Roswell, Ga; two sons, Colin Foster and
Andrew James Kane; parents, Jacquie and Dean Trivett, Markleeville, CA,
Steve and Cindy Kane, Sebastopol, CA.; mother and father in law, Richard
and Nancy Gaines, Novato, CA; brothers, Shawn and Natacha, Makena and
Ryan Kane, Rohnert Park, CA.; stepbrother, Jake Hamilton, Sebastopol,
CA.; sister in law, Amanda and Matt, and Monty Cooke, San Francisco,
CA.; brother in law, Alan and Rhonda, Tuesday, Rowen, Maggie, Gaines,
Novato, CA.; and a very large extended family. A memorial service will
be held Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 4 PM in the Sanctuary of Roswell
United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, Ga. 30075.
770-993-6218. Dr. Mike Long and Rev. Stacy Hansen officiating. In lieu
of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Andrew J.
Kane and/or Colin F. Kane Survivors Fund, Wachovia Bank Old Alabama
Financial Center GA9154, 1490 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Roswell, GA. 30076
770-650-4323. Roswell Funeral Home, 950 Mansell Rd. Roswell, Ga.
770-993-4811


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News Symbol USAT Bar End Plugs
April 30, 2007

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WARNING

ALL HANDLEBAR ENDS MUST BE SOLIDLY PLUGGED IN THE RACE. TAPE ALONE IS INSUFFICIENT.




YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE RACE IF YOUR BAR ENDS ARE
NOT SOLIDLY PLUGGED!

USAT Competitive Rules, 5.11i

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News Symbol USAT Approved Helmets
April 24, 2007

Notice to athletes regarding USAT approved helmets for competition

USA Triathlon requires that all participants use a US CPSC approved
bicycle helmet. The CPSC approval sticker is found inside the helmet.
As in the past, all professional athletes will have their helmets
inspected on race day and any helmet that does not contain the CPSC
approval sticker will not be allowed for use. All helmets purchased in
the United States are, by law, CPSC approved. Aero or Chrono style
helmets may be used but must be CPSC approved.

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Examples of approved aero or chrono helmets are:

Giro Advantage 2
LAS Chrono
Lazer Chrono 3
Limar Chrono 05
Louis Garneau Rocket
Louis Garneau Chrono
Rudy Project Syton Supercomp
Rudy Project Syton Open
Shain BK500
Spiuk Kronos

Examples of aero helmets that do NOT meet CPSC standards and are illegal
for use are:

Bell Meteor II
Briko Chrono
Casco Warp II
Catlike Chrono
Cratoni Chrono
KED Zeitfahren
Limar Superchrono
MET Pac III
Selev Chrono
Specialized chrono
Uvex Factory Pilot 2

A list of all helmets on the market and whether they are CPSC approved
may be found at http://www.bhsi.org/helmet07.htm

Specific questions may be addressed to Charlie Crawford, USAT
Commissioner of Officials.
Email charlie@usatriathlon.org Phone 334-332-9092

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