By Pete Williams
It’s amazing how an unusual start time can change the entire feel of a triathlon. The Nature Coast Twilight Triathlon, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Crystal River on Saturday, July 23, is one of the rare triathlons that does not get underway at the crack of dawn.
Most triathlons take place at dawn to facilitate road closures and avoid weekend crowds. But because the Twilight Triathlon takes place mostly away from traffic at Fort Island Gulf Beach Park, DRC Sports race organizers have the option of a PM race to go with their popular Crystal River Sprint Tri series.
We recently spoke with race director Chris Moling on the Fitness Buff Radio show and you can listen to that interview HERE.
Name of Race: Nature Coast Twilight Triathlon
History: Debuted in 2007, fifth annual
Format: One-quarter mile swim, 10-mile bike, 3-mile run
Amenities: Saturday night party on the beach with post-race music, refreshments, and awards.
Signature Features: Night-time triathlon. Bike lights are required for safety reasons. Reflective apparel or tape is necessary for the run as well.
Projected Turnout: Race is capped at 300 because of limited parking at Fort Island Gulf Beach Park
Cost: One of the more affordable triathlons at just $55 (for USAT members) through July 20 and $70 after (if available).