Buckroe Beach Triathlon makes its mark

By Jordan Crawford | 6/18/2013, 10 a.m.
The Buckroe Beach Triathlon made exercising with family and friends fun.
Life's A Beach Triathlon participants race in five-mile "flat-tire" bike-run along Buckroe Beach boardwalk.

Running, crawling, biking, and swimming is what Buckroe Beach-goers were preoccupied with at the Life’s A Beach Triathlon. The athletic but fun event showed the enjoyment that can be experienced while getting outside and exercising with family and friends.

The race, which took place Saturday, involved its participants in a 200-yard swim in which they could use anything from boogie boards and water wings to masks and snorkels, a five-mile “flat-tire” bike ride and a two-mile beach run. Along the way were many obstacles, such as tubes to crawl through and hurdles to climb over.

The triathlon offered a laid-back feel as racers were encouraged to wear costumes and even decorate their bikes. An award was given to the best costume and bike decoration, and also to the “top slacker” from various age groups.

“It’s my goal to bring down the intimidation factor that most people feel when considering a triathlon,” said Life’s A Beach Triathlon Founder Kip Koelsch. “The Life’s A Beach Triathlon breaks that down with short distances, a user-friendly swim, no need for fancy bikes, fun obstacles, and a laid-back beach attitude.”

Endeavor Racing, LLC, a Florida-based producer of multisport and off-road adventures also founded by Koelsch, is the parent company of Life’s A Beach Triathlon. It also sponsors the Squiggy’s Revenge Adventure Race, Citrus Trail Marathon, and the River-N-Rapids 10K and Fun Run.

Life’s A Beach Triathlon donated a dollar for every registration to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. It strives to become part of the fabric of the community’s summer.