Nautica South Beach Triathlon raises funds for St. Jude


Nautica Triathlon

As the sun rises, athletes race into the ocean to start the second annual
Nautica South Beach Triathlon. Photo courtesy of Richard Patterson.

 

More than 1,500 athletes joined celebrities in Miami Beach, Florida, on April 5 to participate in the second annual Nautica South Beach Triathlon benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More than $137,000 was raised through the Corporate Challenge.

Thirty Miami corporations rallied the support of their employees and formed fundraising teams as they vied to become the top corporate team in town. Compuquip Triathlon Team took home the Corporate Cup for their outstanding efforts in raising more than $18,700 for the children of St. Jude. 

Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams kicked off the event by singing the National Anthem. Then, participants from 11 different countries and 40 states gathered on South Beach before dawn and ran into the Atlantic for a half-mile ocean swim, followed by biking 19 miles over Miami Beach’s causeways with scenic views of the Intracoastal Waterway, downtown Miami and Miami Beach. The athletes concluded the event with a four-mile run alongside Miami Beach’s Art Deco District crossing the finish line back on the white sands of South Beach.

Celebrity competitors included tennis star Anna Kournikova, The Bachelor’s Andy Baldwin, Shark’s Sam Page, Dancing with the Stars’ Cristian de la Fuente, six-time Ironman Champion Dave Scott and Sarah Burke, US Freeskiing Open and Winter X Games gold medal skier. In addition, three stars from NBC’s The Biggest Loser —Michelle Aguilar, Jerry Lisenby and Ali Vincent—competed as “The Biggest Loser All Stars” in the celebrity division with each completing one leg of the race.

For more information on the Nautica South Beach Triathlon, please visit www.southbeachtri.com



May 2009