Beach Blast Triathlon Moves to Mexico Beach

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. - Port St. Joe's 13th Beach Blast Triathlon will host hundreds of participants at a new location next weekend.

It will be headquartered at the El Governor Motel in Mexico Beach instead of Veteran's Memorial Park of Beacon Hill.

The change comes after a Gulf County Commission meeting last week.

"It's a really great opportunity for the community to welcome all athletes from out of states; Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama. People come from all over," said Beach Blast Race Director Olga Cemore.

Mexico Beach Police Chief Anthony Kelly says the event is a go.

"We'll be helping them to and from the transition points, from the transition from the water to the bicycling, to the swimming, to the running," said Kelly.

Beacon Hill Park now known as Veteran's Memorial Park of Beacon Hill, has been home to Beach Blast since 2005.

However Gulf County commissioners said they wanted a certain area of the park where there's fresh sod restricted to participants.

"There was a mention of putting 300 bicycles," said Kelly.

Gulf County Commission Chair Ward Mcdaniel says the board also voted unanimously last Tuesday to work with Cemore any way they could.

"We have ample room. and I feel like we could have worked something out to all our satisfaction," said McDaniel.

Cemore believes Beach Blast's relocation to Mexico Beach could be permanent.

The triathlon will be September 9th starting at 7 a.m.

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