Friday, September 7, 2018

4-7pm Packet Pick-up and Expo at Linkside Center Exhibit Hall in Sandestin

Saturday, September 8, 2018

5:00am Body Marking & Transition Area Opens in The Beach House parking lot
5:30am Packet Pick-up
6:15am Transition area closes
6:30am Race Start on the Beach 1/2 mile west of The Beach House
10:30am Post Race Party: Beachside at the The Beach House Pool Deck



Prices do not include USAT fees. If you are not a USAT Annual Member a one day membership ($15) will be added to your race fee automatically on imATHLETE.com when you register for the race.

Before May 1, 2018
Individual – $110.00
Relay – $175.00

May 1 – August 31, 2018
Individual – $140.00
Relay – $200.00

September 1 – September 7, 2018
Individual – $155.00
Relay – $225.00

ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE- NO EXCEPTION. Sandestin Triathlon has a NO REFUND policy. However, we do offer a 50% discount that can be applied to future events for cancellations before August 17, 2018. A discount code will be produced by imATHLETE.com and the discount can be used to register for a future Sandestin event and will be valid for 12 months (until August 27, 2019).


On September 7, 2018, the expo and packet pick up will be at the Linkside Center Exhibit Hall from 4-7 pm. You may also pick up your packet on race day, September 8 starting at 5:30am. If you are a USAT Annual Member you must show your USAT card along with picture ID and or you will be required to purchase a one-day license. If you are a relay, you will have to have all members of your relay team with you to pick up your packet. You may NOT pick up someone else’s packet.


This is a USAT Sanctioned Event. All USAT rules will be in effect during the event. For further review of the rules, please visit www.usatriathlon.org. You must be a current USAT member to participate or you will be required to purchase a one-day license during online registration for $12. Protests of penalties assessed for rules infractions must be filed with the USAT Head Official within 60 minutes after the protesting individual finishes the race.


½ mile Swim in the Gulf of Mexico, 20-mile bike along the flat scenic coastline, and 4 mile-run beachside and bayside through beautiful Sandestin Resort.


Parking is available at The Market Shops at Sandestin. Turn onto the Beachside of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and take an immediate right before the guard shack.


There are three race numbers in your race packet that you are required to display during the event:

  • The adhesive bicycle frame number must be attached to your bike with the race number clearly visible from both sides of the bike. Lost bike numbers cannot be replaced!
  • The small adhesive helmet number must be worn on the front of your bike helmet.
  • The run number must be displayed during the run segment on the front of your body. Pin your run number to your shirt, swimsuit or race belt with the safety pins provided in your race packet.


Body marking will take place from 5:00-6:15am on Saturday near the transition area.  Do not apply body lotion or sunscreen until after you have been body marked.


The transition area will be open on race day from 5:00-6:15am only. Any athlete, including relay team members, who arrives after 6:15am will not have access to the transition area. Please be considerate to other racers when accessing the transition area after the race to reclaim your bicycle and gear.


You are required to pick up your timing chip during packet pick up. If you lose your chip, additional chips will be available on Saturday morning at the swim start for a charge of $30. DON’T LOSE YOUR CHIP. Each chip is encoded with your specific registration data so do not trade your chip with another athlete! The chip must be affixed to either ankle prior to the swim start and must be worn during the entire event. Athletes are responsible for crossing the timing mats at the end of each segment (e.g., swim finish) and for the safe return of the chip at the finish line. Relay team members must pass the chip to their teammate after completing their segment of the race.


The swim cap placed in your race packet must be worn during the swim. Do not trade your swim cap with another athlete, as the caps are color-coded to assist race management in organizing you at the swim start.


The swim starts on the beach, approximately 1/2 mile west of The Beach House restaurant. Participants should proceed to the swim no later than 6:15am. Be sure you start with other competitors wearing the same color swim cap and in your correct division.


Athletes will have 45 minutes to complete the swim portion of the race. Please note, the swim takes place in open water and conditions can vary from calm to rough. You should be prepared and able to independently complete the distance in the allotted time as you will not be allowed to continue the race if you do not make the cut off. Follow the buoys during the entire swim course. Keep all buoys on your left by swimming to the right of each buoy. Athletes who cut any portion of the swim course will be disqualified. For your safety, certified water safety personnel will be monitoring the swim course with kayaks and rescue craft.


For safety reasons, you will not be permitted to ride your bike in or out of the transition area. You must walk or run while in the transition area. Please watch out for other athletes as you move through transition and follow the instructions of race officials and volunteers.


Each athlete is required to wear an approved helmet during the bike segment. You must have your helmet securely fastened on your head before you mount and dismount your bike. Drafting and blocking (impeding the progress of passing cyclists) are not permitted during the race. USAT officials will monitor the bike course and strictly enforce these rules.


Water stations are located at the turnaround and throughout the run course. Each station will be stocked with water. You must complete the entire course.


The run course officially closes at 10:00am.  All participants still on the course at this time must be on the sidewalk.  Participants who continue on their own will assume all risks and must adhere to local traffic laws.


Please notify a race official and return your timing chip at the finish line if you drop out of the race.


Unsportsmanlike conduct or the verbal abuse of any race official or volunteer during the race or at any time during event weekend will result in your immediate disqualification.


Athletes who do not wear the timing chip during the entire event will not be scored. Please note that the clock at the finish line reflects the start time of the first swim wave.


Because Sandestin Triathlon is conducted within an urban environment, it is virtually impossible to keep the entire course closed to vehicular traffic. Be aware of your surroundings, obey the instructions of the traffic control officers and volunteers and be considerate of others during the competition.


The awards party begins as soon as you cross the finish line! Be sure to stick around for live music, fruit, food and beer. Awards Ceremony will follow the race on the The Beach House pool deck beginning at 10:30am. There are two beer tickets on your race bib contained in your packet. Please join us at the post race party at The Beach House pool deck and use these tickets to claim your complimentary beer to celebrate your accomplishment.


(1991) Jim LeFebvre, Fort Walton Beach, FL 1:14:27
(1992) Karen Copeland, Minneapolis, MN 1:26:45


We will host the race under most weather conditions: rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather (severe winds, lightning, heavy rain, etc), Acts of God, or unforeseen circumstances the Race Director reserves the right to delay, adjust or cancel the race for the safety of all participants, volunteers, and spectators. This protocol is in place according to USAT recommendations. The Race Director shall consult with local safety officials and USAT officials regarding this decision.

Every effort will be made to conduct the race; if the race is cancelled there will be no refunds. This position is consistent with the protocol of sharing the risks associated with the sport of triathlon. Each athlete must accept any such risk for their entry fee paid including other amenities paid for such as t-shirts, insurance and online administrative fees. All fees collected are used to develop and produce the event and a significant portion is donated to the event’s charity, the Sacred Heart Foundation.

In the event severe weather conditions or other circumstances alter the race start, the decision will be posted on the event website and communicated at the race venue via the PA announcing system.

In the event of unsafe swim conditions, the event will be changed to a duathlon. All racers will start according to their wave.


Stick around after the race and experience all the fun that Sandestin has to offer! You’ll find great restaurants, bars and lots of laughter and music as you dance the night away. Visit Sandestin at Night for more information.