It’s one of the shorter triathlons going. It’s also the only noncompetitive triathlon in the area.
For meet director Meredith Holden, it’s not about the length of the triathlon or the competitive nature of it. It’s about just getting out and exercising.
The Tri the Coast 2012, sponsored by Pre & Post on the Coast, takes place Sunday.
It starts with a 500-yard swim in the Colony Club swimming pool. That’s followed by a 9-mile bike ride on the Coastal Trail and Redondo Beach Road. It concludes with a 5-kilometer run on the Coastal Trail.
The first wave of participants get in the pool at 7 a.m.
While the original intent of the event was to raise funds for the Cabrillo Education Foundation, it’s also turning into a family fun event, though the participants have to be at least 18.
“We welcome people to bring their babies to the event,” Holden said.
Strollers and bike trailers are welcomed on the course.
Holden said the noncompetitive nature of the event is highlighted.
“People will either be out there to attempt their first triathlon or prepare for another triathlon,” Holden said. “People are happy without the timing.”
It’s the fourth year for the triathlon. Most of the sign-ups from past races are non-Coastside residents.
Holden, a Coastside resident, hopes more people from the coast sign up.
“It’s a causal, small event,” Holden said. “After doing the event, everyone feels good about themselves.”