Winter, with its short days, sleet-filled commutes and cacophony of coughs and sneezes, is an energy-sapping exercise in patience, but Oceana â€“ in addition to protecting sea turtles, sharks, corals and the like â€“ has just the right medicine to carry you into the Spring with health and vigorâ€¦triathlon training!
Just imagine: On April 1st, youâ€™re standing with your back to Ocean Drive, clenching soft Miami Beach sand between your toes, and waiting for the cue to plunge into the warm Atlantic to begin the Nautica South Beach Triathlon. Not bad, right?
Believe it or not, even with the race weekend seven weeks away, itâ€™s pretty easy for you to join the team, but youâ€™ll need to act quickly because Team Oceanaâ€™s ten race slots are filling up fast. Each race slot â€“ whether itâ€™s used for an individual or a relay team â€“ earns complimentary entry into the race, gear for the race and other VIP benefits, including a training guide from celebrity-personal trainer Joel Harper, courtesy of Nautica.
But whatâ€™s even better than these tangible benefits are the emotional rewards you get from competing in the race and raising funds ($1,000!) for Oceanaâ€™s conservation programs.
Itâ€™s a win-win, win, win, win, winâ€¦
So donâ€™t delay. Your chance to take advantage of this unique opportunity to physically challenge yourself and contribute to Oceanaâ€™s mission of protecting the worldâ€™s oceans ends with our signup deadline of February 21. Sign up today!
Last weekend was the Nautica Malibu Triathlon and I was there with Oceana to participate in our teamâ€™s race, which helped raise more than $6,000 for our work. We also added a few hundred signatures to our Stop the Drill petition, including several celebs.
Team Oceana ended its inaugural triathlon season last month in Malibu, but there's already plenty of buzz building up to 2010. For starters, we have two athletes from Southern California, Steven and Merrie Regalado, who want to complete the entire Nautica series next year. Steven and Merrie raced twice in the last month alone and will compete in an Ironman 70.3 in Austin this upcoming weekend - that's a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run!
For the 2010 Nautica New York City Triathlon, we already have two spots spoken for by a pair of ocean-loving volunteers from the 2009 event and OCYC Commodore Kristen Berry will likely want to head back to New York to conquer the Hudson again. For South Beach, we hope our two athletes from last spring return for next April's race, but they better bring some friends because we want to grow that team by 10-15 people. The rumors around here are that Oceana Executive Vice President Jim Simon may spend this winter conditioning so he can be one of those new team members in South Beach.