GCT Keeps Bringing the Athletes Back

Panama City Beach, FL---The 31st edition of the Gulf Coast Triathlon is set for Saturday in P.C. Beach.

The Boardwalk Beach Resort serving again as race headquarters, along with the start and finish lines.

A thousand triathletes set to compete, many of them competing for a second, third time or even more than that, says Race Director Shelley Bramblett.

"The athletes come back year after year because this community is so welcoming. The beautiful beaches, the volunteers, the restaurants, the accommodations. They're thrilled to come back here and have a great, fun weekend. It's not as serious as other races because it's home grown. You know we started a long time ago and when you make a fun environment people continue to come back," added Bramblett.

The race begins in waves according to age group, the first wave in the water at 6:15. The finish line closes at 4.