Lee County will host the seventh annual Galloway Captiva Triathlon on Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10, at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island. The two-day event will feature competition for children and adult triathletes. A portion of the proceeds from race registrations will be donated to Community Cooperative and its Healthy School Pantry program. This program provides emergency food for more than 2,000 Lee County children each school year.
An estimated 850 triathletes are expected to compete in this year’s Galloway Captiva Triathlon. The event is anticipated to generate approximately 500 hotel room nights and $240,000 in direct visitor spending.
The children’s race will be held on Saturday. Ages 6-8 and ages 9-10 will take on a 100-yard swim, 1.5-mile bike ride, and half-mile run, with races beginning at 7:30 a.m. and 7:50 a.m., respectively. Ages 11-13 will compete in a 200-yard swim, three-mile bike ride, and one-mile run, beginning at 8:15 a.m.
On Sunday, adults will take on a sprint-length event, starting at 7:15 a.m. The race will feature a quarter-mile swim in the Gulf of Mexico off the northern end of the resort, a 10-mile bike ride along the paved island roads of Captiva and a 5K-run along the Gulf of Mexico, Redfish Pass and the South Seas golf course on a combination hard-sand and paver course.
The Galloway Captiva Triathlon is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event and is open to spectators. Captiva roads will be closed 6:45 to 8:45 a.m. each day for the race. To register for the event or for more information, visit www.captivatri.org.
About Lee County Sports Development
Lee County Sports Development was created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County. It is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing an economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships with Lee County Parks & Recreation and others, the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-533-5273 or visit www.leegov.com/sports.