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News SymbolThank you
May 11, 2016

Thank you to all who made the 2016 such a great success

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Thank you to all the athletes and volunteers who made the 34th Annual Gulf Coast Triathlon such a great success! We couldn't have asked for better race conditions....the weather cooperated and was just what we ordered! We had a great day that capped a weekend of fun for everyone! Race day in 2017 is May 13 and we look forward to seeing all of you back at the Edgewater Beach Resort for our 35th annual race! less

News SymbolResults Link
May 7, 2016

2016 Results Link

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News Symbol USAT SE Region Long Distance Championship
February 5, 2016

Yes, this race is awesome!

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We've been designated as the USAtT SE Region Long Course Chmpionship Race. This must do race has yet another reason why you Must Do It! less

News Symbol It's race week
May 8, 2015

Here is some footage from the live TV program we did on NBC News Channel 7 yesterday morning

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News Symbol Race day tracking and live results
May 8, 2015

Click here for race day tracking and live results

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News Symbol New venue, new sponsors, fun for everyone
March 25, 2015

Something for everyone....

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Something for's a weekend of fun and racing that your friends and family can take part in!
Join us on the weekend of May 9, 2015 for the 33rd annual Gulf Coast Triathlon. We have added events for everyone. Not only do we have the longest running half Iron distance race in the southeast, we added a sprint distance race in 2014 and a 5K and Kid's Beach Olympics for 2015. It's an all day beach party and a great time for everyone! Enter now at

Don't forget our new location is the beautiful Edgewater Golf and Beach Resort You can see the resort in our youtube video announcing our partnership with the Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort and get a peek inside one of the condos

New for 2015:
-2nd annual sprint triathlon
-Kid's Beach Olympics
-5K run
-All day beach party on Saturday

Welcome HBO2 Fitness as our new Run Course Sponsor!

What Everyone is Looking For
Everyone is looking for the latest and greatest “Performance Enhancement Product”. Athletes are at the top of the list for wanting the competitive edge. Many of whom are willing to utilize illegal and/or experimental substances in hopes of unlocking some hidden potential that is believed impossible with good old fashioned hard work and healthy living. For those of us who realize that longevity in any sport does not come from a quick fix, but rather from the hard work and the small gains of the everyday struggle for perfection.
So for many athletes, the question remains… “Where and who do I turn to if I’m not interested in the quick fix?” Surprisingly there is one such tool that has been around for over 400 years-Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). Here are a few of the benefits HBOT treatments.
1.It is legal. The IOC (International Olympic Committee) and the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) do not list it as an illegal or banned substance or activity.
2.Enhanced recovery time from intense training, thus helping to prevent chronic overtraining injuries.
3.Faster recovery from acute injuries, leading to a quicker return back to a full training load.
4.Increased production of body stem cells.
5.Drastic decrease in swelling and inflammation in as little as one treatment.
6.Supercharges the body’s ability to rid itself of toxins and fight infection.
Triathlon Package-$2000 (significant discounts for groups larger than 6-Call for Pricing)
1.Prerace physical and hyperbaric Chamber Work up by qualified Hyperbaric Physician.
2.2 days of Hyperbaric Sessions prior to race day as an adjunct to Taper.
3.Post Race Vitamin and Electrolyte recovery via fluid IV followed by Hyperbaric Session.
4.Day After Hyperbaric Session.
Injury Package (Call For Pricing )-
1. Hyperbaric and Physical Therapy sessions depend upon injury type and severity.
For the athlete, your body is your business…Invest in It!

Stop by our booth at the GCT expo or our offices:

HBO2 Fitness
11501 Hutchison Blve Ste 109
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
Phone: 850-502-2015

Training Tip
Coach’s Note By Chuck Kemeny, LifeSport Coach
Benefits of Attending a Training Camp
March, 2015
Ever wonder if you could benefit from attending a triathlon training camp? There are many triathlon training camps offered throughout the year. Some camps are geared towards a specific race distance and/or race while others have a goal of improving general fitness, technique, and may offer a lecture component. Some camps are offered as a service at no charge to the athlete while others may charge upwards of $499 or more.

It is my opinion that all triathletes can benefit from attending a training camp regardless of their age, experience level, or speed. A training camp can offer an athlete a safe and fully supported environment to train as well as offer them a chance to train with/meet other athletes sharing similar goals. At our camps, we try to incorporate open water swims, cycling, running, tips/tricks, and an educational presentation/lecture component.

Often times athletes hesitate to sign up for a camp because they intimidated or worried that they may not be good enough to attend. Our camps are set up in such a way that athletes build confidence in their
abilities, not tear them down. We do our best to divide the athletes into groups based on ability and assign group leaders. In doing so, we ensure that the athletes have a chance to bond with others with like
abilities and do not have to worry about getting dropped, lost, or left behind.

Whether you have attending a training camp in the past or not, now is the time to consider attending. LifeSport Coaching is partnering with Gulf Coast Triathlon to offer a free training camp April 17-19 in
preparation for the half iron distance Gulf Coast Triathlon race.

April 17th will be athlete check in, review of the training camp itinerary, and introductions of the coaches, volunteers, and the Gulf Coast Race Director.

April 18th will consist of riding the Gulf Coast bike course, an open water swim, a run form clinic, and an educational lecture component.

April 19th will consist of running the Gulf Coast run course.

The bike and run course will have aid stations set up to service the athletes. We will offer SAG support as well.

Still unsure on whether to attend the camp? Here is what other had to say about our Ironman training camp last fall:

Camp Comments ~
"Thanks to all coaches, volunteers and anyone else who helped put this together. Great training weekend. I learned so much and met so many great people. Everything was top notch!"

"Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who worked to make this weekend not only possible but run so smooth! My IMFL experience will be better because of all of you!"

"Chuck, thank you so much for a great weekend. I'm not going to lie - you really impressed my brother in law and I. Very well organized and such a great group. Even though I had a broken foot I was able to do the bike portion and had a great experience!"

"Chuck you are one deep well of knowledge. I have known a lot (really, a lot) of pro athletes and I am rarely as impressed as I was with you and you subject matter knowledge and maybe even more so with your personal presentation. Pointless flattery being of no use, I just wanted to tell you that in my humble opinion, you are the best"

"GREAT training camp!"

"I can't thank you enough for this awesome opportunity this weekend. It was absolutely fabulous - the bike itself was invaluable. All of the lectures were a wealth of information"

"Thank you for the great training weekend. I can't tell you how much better I feel after attending. I also feel totally reinvigorated and ready to take on these next six weeks. As you know, IM training can get
exhausting, so this inspiration came at a good time."

"Thank you for making an excellent camp. I did not know what to expect, and I must say that I was very, very pleased. I was pleased to meet the coaches and the other participants. Thanks for contributing
your time and energy. I appreciate the camp, and the volunteers. Great job! The SAG support was better than I've had on many of my organized rides and runs."

If you are interested in attending the April 17-19 training camp, email Chuck at . We hope to see you there!

Chuck Kemeny is a USAT Certified Coach and has over 10 years of coaching experience. He has trained athletes with goals ranging from completing their first race to qualifying for World Championships! Many
of his athletes have qualified for, and compete in, the World Championships for Olympic, 70.3, and Ironman distances. Not only is he a coach, he is also a former professional triathlete and current world
record holder for the Ultraman triathlon distance. If you are interested in working with Chuck, write . less

News Symbol 2015 GCT Training Camp
November 30, 2014

Free training camp for registered number of slots available so reserve your place now

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Join your Gulf Coast Triathlon Race Director and coaches from LifeSport Coaching April 17-19, 2015 for a FREE training camp to prepare athletes for the Gulf Coast Triathlon half Iron distance event.

The training camp will consist of an open water swim, riding the Gulf Coast half Iron distance bike course, running the Gulf Coast half Iron distance run course, tips/tricks from coaches, and a Q&A session with the GCT Race Director.

We will have SAG support and aid station support for the bike and run. It is also a phenomenal opportunity to socialize with other athletes who will be racing the Gulf Coast Triathlon half distance.

Go to to register, find out more information regarding the camp itinerary, and group discounted lodging.

You can get camp updates and communicate with fellow camp participants & coaches on the training camp Facebook event page: less

News Symbol Onsite Registration open Thursday and Friday
May 6, 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! less

News Symbol Lodging Specials for the Gulf Coast Triathlon
April 9, 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

News Symbol The Gulf Coast Triathlon is his favorite race
May 22, 2012

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

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News Symbol Thank you for another great year!
May 13, 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!!!! less

News Symbol Results Link
May 13, 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!! less

News Symbol USAT SE Long Course Regional Championship
January 8, 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.

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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 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 25, 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.

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News Symbol GCT Donates $25,000 To Local Community Organizations
August 29, 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:

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News Symbol 2010 Results
May 10, 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. less

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 18, 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.

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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.
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News Symbol USAT Bar End Plugs
April 30, 2007

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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
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

Specific questions may be addressed to Charlie Crawford, USAT
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