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The organizers of the “Tri the Gulf” (TTG) triathlon have had to face some turbulent events in recent years. In 2019, the event was canceled due to the effects of Hurricane Nestor. Last year’s race was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the long wait seems to finally come to an end. Competitors prepare to descend to Dauphin Island on Saturday October 16 to test their skills in this USA Triathlon sanctioned race.
“The Town of Dauphin Island is proud to host the Tri the Gulf Triathlon again this year,” Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier told Lagniappe. “These types of events generate positive exposure while showcasing a range of healthy outdoor activities that the Dauphin Island community has to offer. The city is proud to partner with the Mobile Bar Foundation for this family event.
The Isle Dauphine Golf Club complex, located at 100 Orleans Drive, will serve as a transition area for TTG. This is where the competitors will switch from one discipline to another.
The TTG is considered a “sprint” triathlon, which covers shorter distances than, for example, an Olympic triathlon or the famous Ironman championship. Due to the shorter distances, speed triathlons have become more and more popular and are ideal for beginners or novices. This was the case during the TTG race in 2018, when almost half the peloton was made up of novice triathletes for the first time.
For Dauphin Island, the course will consist of a 600 meter swim in Pelican Bay (the entrance to the gulf immediately adjacent to the Dauphin Island golf resort), a 16.7 mile bike ride on the island and the bridge. Dauphin Island, and finally a 3.1 km course. -mile of running along the adjacent streets, the pedestrian path of the island along the boulevard Bienville and the fairway of the golf club of Isle Dauphine.
The TTG is presented by the law firm Tobias, McCormick and Comer and is hosted by the Mobile Bar Foundation (the charitable arm of the Mobile Bar Association). Other key sponsors include Roberts Brothers Realty, Wind Creek Casinos, Infirmary Health Systems, and the Mobile Sports Authority.
This is the Mobile Bar Foundation’s largest fundraiser. It has generated over $ 330,000 in local charitable funding since the event’s inception in 2016.
“We are delighted that this event allows us to award grants to so many valuable organizations that will have a direct and positive impact on our community,” Bryan Comer, president of the Mobile Bar Foundation, told media.
Over the past year the event took place, in 2018 over $ 70,000 in grant funds were distributed to non-profit organizations. These agencies included Adoption Rocks, Assistance League Mobile, Child Advocacy Center, Dwell Mobile, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama, Ransom Ministries, Volunteer Guardian Program, Legal Services Alabama, and South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program.
The organizers also thanked all of its volunteers – including the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office Foundation, the Sheriff’s Flotilla, and the City of Orange Beach and City of Gulf Shores Lifeguards – in appreciation for their tireless work each year with the triathlon. ensuring the safety of all participants.
“Each year our volunteers help make the triathlon a success for participants,” Don Davis, race director of the triathlon, told media. “Their safety is paramount to us. In addition, the unique landscape offered by Dauphin Island makes it a memorable experience for our triathletes.
Davis can be found discussing the race and its fundraising activities in a video located at youtu.be/eujhpU9-L2E. Also featured are former competitors who talk about their experiences at TTG.
The sixth annual TTG was sold out on Monday, but you can still watch or volunteer for the event. All detailed information including route maps, how to volunteer, where to stay, how to train for future triathlons and more is available at trithegulf.org.
Youth soccer clinic set
The Palmer Williams Group and the AFC Mobile Professional Soccer Team will be hosting a free soccer clinic for young boys and girls ages 4-13 on Sunday, October 24. The event, which is sponsored by Target Corporation, will take place 1-3 pm at the Mobile Soccer Complex at 3701 Halls Mill Road.
AFC Mobile professional soccer players will teach kicking, passing and ball control. Organizers say that by the end of the clinic, participants will have learned new life skills such as teamwork and sportsmanship. They will also have the opportunity to make new friends and improve their sports skills for the playground or the league.
Registration begins at 12:30 pm A “meet and greet” event with AFC Mobile soccer coaches for parents and participants will follow camp. A T-shirt and a healthy snack will be provided.
“As the founder of the Palmer Williams Group, our mission is to provide unique opportunities for youth and disadvantaged communities,” said Sherman Williams Sr., a former University of Alabama and Dallas Cowboys star. . “Although I am a professional footballer, I understand the importance of exposing children to all types of sports.
“We are thrilled to have the chance to partner with AFC Mobile to provide the children of Mobile the opportunity to go out and learn football skills from professionals.”
Williams founded the association with his former Crimson Tide teammate David Palmer. The organization was established to provide youth development programs to help and guide disadvantaged youth to overcome interpersonal barriers, embrace family values, encourage education and avoid the pitfalls of life.
Those who wish to register to participate or volunteer can visit eventbrite.com/e/free-youth-soccer-clinic-tickets-174886739947.