We are very pleased to announce that Attorney Joe Zarzaur and the Zarzaur Law Firm are the Presenting Sponsor for the 20th Annual Santa Rosa Island Triathlon. We’ve known Joe (an ironman triathlete) for years and admired his work ethic, professionalism and tenacity at his craft. Joe is a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist and has the highest rating (AV) of attorneys in his field of practice. We will be updating this website with all the details of our relationship.
You can register NOW for this year’s race. Either click “2015 SRITRI Registration” under “Links” on the side of this page OR click the “Registration” tab at the top of this page.
ITU and Ironman World Champion Michellie Jones Has Won The SRITRI
The 2014 SRITRI results were posted at the conclusion of the race. Click the “Results” tab above for the link. Thanks to all our awesome athletes for racing the event and special thanks to our great volunteers and sponsors!
The Santa Rosa Island Triathlon is a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event and is governed by the USAT Competitive Rules. These rules mandate that all cyclists ride on the far right of all roads on the bicycle course. You MUST ride single-file and you must maintain a distance of 23 feet (or more) between you and other cyclists.
Passing must be accomplished quickly and can only be done on the left-hand side of the bicycle being passed. There can be no passing on the right of another cyclist. There can be no riding abreast. There can be no drafting. There are penalties for violations of these rules, but much more importantly, safety on the roads must be a priority. Have a great race and be safe!!
Every year we request manpower support from the Marine Corps Aviation Training Support Group (MATSG) at the Pensacola Naval Air Station for the events we put on in the Northwest Florida area. They always respond in force with energy and enthusiasm and help to make our events successful. Here is a picture of the fine young people who worked with us last year to make the 2012 SRITRI a tremendous success. Thanks very much Marines, we appreciate it!
The race was born after Joe Fernandez the guest speaker from Tampa, Fl., director of many races and editor of Florida Race Place magazine, spoke on the cutting edge of multi-sport events such as triathlon at a race director’s clinic sponsored by the Pensacola Runner’s Association and organized by Ann Knight. Dee Lucas, Promotions and Events person for the island, attended the clinic and approached Ann with the idea of sponsoring a Triathlon on the beach in the off season to promote tourism. With the support of her friend Janet Boylan, a date was selected and with much mentoring from Joe and his friend Fred Rzymek from South Florida the SRI-TRI was off and running!
SRI Tri First Year
Were you there in 1996? Remember how cold it was for the start and how shallow the water was! The packet pick-up was in the SRIA building and the swim was in the Santa Rosa Sound and went around the pier and finished between Circle K and Flounders. The transition area , no barricades, was in the parking lot at Circle K and the bike headed west into the Gulf Island’s National Seashore almost to Ft. Pickens and back, the run was in the neighborhood on the sound side of the Island and party was at the old flounder’s beach side!
First Year SRI Tri Success
Expecting about 250 participants, we had 479 registered by race morning. The management team consisted of Ann Knight, CFT Sommer Sports, Fred Sommer (still successful and race director of the TRI AMERICA series and his many other races in Clermont, Fl.) and his assistant Steve Meckfessel (now events coordinator for WTC).