Are you ready to race? Then race to CaptivaTri.org where slots for this year’s Galloway Captiva Triathlon are filling up at record pace.

The fourth annual event opened its online registration May 1, according to officials with Southwest Florida Events, the event organizer. To be held on Sept. 13-14, the Captiva Triathlon is a family, fun and fitness weekend at South Seas Island Resort centered around a children’s race on Saturday morning and a sprint-length race on Sunday morning.

“Each year we have sold out faster. We are less than a week from online registration opening and we are half filled. The athlete’s enthusiasm for this race is overwhelming,” stated Kate Gooderham, one of the race’s directors.

This year entries will be limited to 750 (720 individuals and 30 teams). A special wave for Elite Amateur participants, who will be seeded in the opening wave, will compete head-to-head with other top amateur triathletes for awards three deep by gender.”

There will be three children’s fun races on Sept. 13: the 6-8 year olds and the 9-10 year olds will each complete a 100-yard swim, 1.5-mile bike and 0.5-mile run, while the age 10-13 racers face a 200-yard swim, 3-mile bike and 1-mile run. The swim course will take place in waist-deep water along Captiva’s Gulf beach, and the course will be lined with adults and life guards. The bike course will be closed to all traffic, and the run course will be along the golf course overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. All children who finish will receive a medal.

Angie Ferguson, a well-known Elite Level 2 level triathlon coach, 19-time Ironman, and one of the race directors for the event, said, “It is such a thrill to be part of this event going into our fourth year. It gives our entire community a healthy focus while raising much needed funds in our area. It’s a win-win all around!”

The Sept. 14 adult race is a sprint length comprising a 0.25-mile swim, 10-mile bike and a 3.1-mile run. “It is the same incredible course that people loved last year,” said Gooderham.

Community Cooperative is the benefitting charity for the race, as it was the last three years. Last year’s race raised $20,000 for the local charity. A portion of the proceeds raised at the event will go towards supporting their School Pantry & Emergency Food Backpack, providing emergency food for more than 2,000 local children each school year. The program helps reduce child hunger and improves health and academic outcomes while providing support for Lee County children and families in need.

Southwest Florida Events Inc., a tax-exempt Florida not-for-profit corporation based in Fort Myers, is dedicated to combining fun, fitness and support for local charities through multisport events, For additional information, go to www.captivatri.org or find us on Facebook by searching for Captiva Tri.

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