Jul 25

Madeira Beach Triathlon Provides The Ultimate Fitness Vacation

For the last 25 years, fitness enthusiasts have flocked to sunny Madeira Beach to compete in the annual Madeira Beach Mad Dogs Triathlon. This event, held in May of each year, brings novice through advanced triathletes, age 7 to 82, from all over the southeastern United States to compete for trophies and notoriety.

This year”s event will be held Friday, May 20th through Sunday, May 22nd, beginning with a 5k run at sunset Friday night, followed by mini races on Saturday and sprint triathlons on Sunday. Relay and novice events are also included. Races will take place at Archibald Park on Gulf Boulevard.

Travel accommodations are good and plenty throughout the area, and are perfect for families traveling to the area for the event. Madeira Beach does not have many hotels, rather it has many vacation rentals which actually work better for athletes. Madeira Beach vacation rentals typically come fully-furnished and include a full-sized refrigerator, stove-top oven, eating utensils, a dishwasher, and microwave.

This is ideal for athletes who rely on proper nourishment to get through their races. Many athletes don”t like to go out to eat in the days leading up to the race because ingesting foreign ingredients can affect their performance. Instead, they prefer to prepare home-cooked meals such as chicken, steak, pasta, and potatoes. The morning of the race, they prefer to cook their oatmeal with nuts, berries “” not eat McDonald”s hashbrowns.

Athletes competing in this race also need their rest due to the high-level of competition, so it”s important they get a good night”s sleep. This isn”t always possible at some of the larger hotels southward from Madeira Beach, such as St. Pete Beach, or further north at Clearwater Beach.

The great thing about competing in the Madeira Beach Triathlon and bringing the whole family, is that even for non-competitors, it makes for a great vacation. The area offers some of the best family-friendly attractions around, great restaurants (for after the race, of course), and there”s plenty of public transportation on the beach”s trolley service.

All race participants should book their accommodations early to ensure they can reserve a condo on Madeira Beach. It”s far more affordable than the area”s hotels, meaning you can stay longer and can savor the entire race experience!


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