Dunedin Rotary Triathlon

Sunday, May 16, 2021

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Race Day Schedule

**Dunedin Rotary Triathlon CANCELLED FOR 2020**


The health and well-being of our athletes and volunteers are of the utmost importance to us at the Dunedin Rotary Club.  With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 (athlete and volunteer health/concerns, restrictions on large groups/events, Honeymoon Island park closure, city resources, etc.), the Dunedin Rotary Triathlon, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 17, 2020 has been cancelled.  We have secured next year’s date, which is Sunday, May 16, 2021.

Those of you who are already registered, will be getting an email directly from DRC Sports via, with the option to defer your entry to 2021 or to get a refund of your race entry. 

We appreciate the support, dedication and passion of our athletes, volunteers and sponsors who have made the Dunedin Rotary Triathlon one of the best local races around!  We also apologize for any inconvenience that this change causes.  We thank you all so much for your understanding and for being patient with us during these uncertain times.  We look forward to racing with you again next year. 

The Dunedin Triathlon has been one of Florida's most desired and favorite sprint distance triathlons since its launch in 2004. The venue, Honeymoon Island State Park, has repeatedly been named one of the top beaches and travel destinations worldwide.

Sprint Triathlon:  Swim 0.25 Mile,  Bike 12 Mile,  Run 5K

Sprint Duathlon:  Run 5K,  Bike 12 Mile,  Run 5K

FRIDAY:  May 14, 2021
Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up
4:00PM - 6:00PM at Chainwheel Drive,  1770 Drew Street. Clearwater, FL 33755  Get Directions   727-441-2444
YOU MUST HAVE your picture ID at packet pick up.

SATURDAY:  May 15, 2021
Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up
12:00PM - 4:00PM at Lucky Lobster Co, 941 Huntley Ave. Dunedin, FL 34698   Get Directions   727-228-1222
YOU MUST HAVE your picture ID at packet pick up.

SUNDAY:  May 16, 2021  (Park Entry Fee Paid by Rotary Club!)
Day of Race Registration if available
5:30 AM Packet Pick-Up, Transition Opens, Bike Check-In
7:30AM - First Wave Start
10:00 AM - Awards Ceremony (time is approximate)


You must be onsite NO later than 6:30 a.m. as the Causeway will be closed by Law Enforcement.  Please give yourself PLENTY of time to get from your car to race central.  Once there, you will need to get body marked, then pick up your timing chip, get all your equipment into transition and be ready to attend the MANDATORY race director meeting at 7:15 a.m. 

Race Day Information

Race Policies:

COVID Procedures

Transfers & Refunds

USAT Wetsuits

USAT Rule Book


There is no fee to get into the park and on the island for the race. Park gates will be open at 5:30 am for athletes to enter.  Volunteers will be onsite to direct you to both parking and packet pickup.    


First wave will go into the water at 7:30 a.m.  Waves will go into water in three (3) minute intervals.  Exact wave times will be announced prior to the race.  No matter which wave you are assigned, EVERY ATHLETE should be prepared to be at the beach by 7:15 a.m. for race director meeting and to go in your assigned wave.


SWIM-Not required, but definitely a strong suggestion would be swim goggles or a mask. No artificial propulsion device, including but not limited to fins, gloves, paddles, or floating devices of any kind are allowed. Depending on the weather, there are some broken shells at the venue during the swim so you are allowed to wear water shoe on the swim. We will provide you with a swim cap that will correspond to the swim wave you are assigned to. You MUST wear your assigned Swim Cap.

 BIKE-You will need a bicycle and helmet. The race does not provide bikes for athletes but there are local bike shops that do rent bicycles by the day.  Please Google search or look up Tampa Bay bike shops and I'm sure you will quickly be led to a bike if you need to rent one.  USAT rules stipulate that you must wear a helmet and have it clipped in before you begin the bike portion of the race.  You will be disqualified if you do not.  We will provide you with numbers for your Helmet and Bike to use race day, they will be in your packet.

RUN-You will need a pair of running shoes.  We will provide you with your bib number and pins, which must be worn on the front of your person during the final run portion of the event and at the finish line.

TRANSITION-We recommend that you bring a towel to lay your items out in transition. Some folks like to bring a container of fresh water to rinse off their feet after the swim. Wear sunscreen, it's typically sunny and very hot, But please DO NOT APPLY sunscreen until AFTER you have been Body Marked. We will assign you a race number that you will find on a rack in transition.  You will need to have yourself body marked and wearing your timing chip to be allowed into transition.  ONLY participating athletes will be allowed in transition.

TIMING - All athletes will have your Disposable Timing Chip included in your Race Envelope. Simply remove the small tab at the end of the strap to reveal the adhesive. You will wear the chip on your left ankle.   Make sure to leave 2 fingers of space between the strap and your leg to avoid chaffing.  DO NOT REMOVE THE FOAM PIECES ON THE STRAP.  You will be timed in 5 areas of the race.  As a backup, we encourage athletes to shout out their number as they run pass a timing point, so the manual backup timers can get your number. 




The swim takes place along the middle Honeymoon Island beach. The swim is a triangle course starting and finishing on the beach. The depth of the water ranges from very shallow near the shore to 8-12 feet, depending on the tide. If you need to move inside the buoys to rest you may NOT make forward motion. You may only make forward motion once you have regained a position on the course. Please note before you head to swim start to count how many rows in or out your bike rack is positioned so you are not confused when you enter T1.


The first mile of the run course goes along the coastline on the hard asphalt of the parking lots along the west coast of the island. The second mile of the run takes you onto a hard packed trail near the beach and into the shady and remote trails of Osprey Trailhead. The final mile leads you out of Osprey and back onto the asphalt of the parking lot to the finish line. Please note before you head to run start to count how many rows in or out your bike rack is positioned so you are not confused when you enter T1.


Both Triathletes and Duathletes will enter Transition following their first evolution. Athletes are timed in transition by the RFID Chip timing device worn on their ankle. The time from swim end and T1 begins when the athlete crosses over the timing mat. Athletes may run in transition as they progress to their designated bike rack.


The bike course is a 6 mile loop over the Dunedin Causeway draw bridge and into and around Honeymoon Island. The lap is done twice for a total of 12 miles. Athletes will be counted as the complete the first lap to make sure everyone does the entire course. No radios or headsets are allowed on the bike course. Your bike helmet must be secured and fastened before you mount your bike at the mounting line. No athlete may ever ride their bike inside the transition area. HELMETS MUST BE WORN through the entire bike course. Without one you are a liability to the safety of the event. If you approach a no passing, dismount, or slow down area, do as you are told. These areas are set because we have very carefully gone over the course and take measures to keep you all safe.

PASSING ON THE BIKE When on the bike course, keep to the hard right. If you intend to pass, make sure you have room, and then move out, and call out in a loud voice, ON YOUR LEFT. Make your pass then move again to the hard right of the bike path. DO NOT PASS ON THE RIGHT.


T2– Entering the transition for the second time you must dismount your bike at the designated dismount line. Keep your helmet on and fastened until you are back at your bike rack. You must dock your bike in the same area designated to be in at race start. Change into your running shoes and secure your race number.

 5K RUN:

The first mile of the run course goes along the coastline on the hard asphalt of the parking lots along the west coast of the island. It's sunny, easy and GORGEOUS. The second mile of the run takes you onto a hard packed trail near the beach and into the shady and remote trails of Osprey Trailhead. The final mile leads you out of Osprey and back onto the asphalt of the parking lot to the finish line. It's a great run and we receive great accolades from the triathletes for this portion of the course.


(by April 4)
(by May 2)
Late Registration
(by May 12,)
Day of Race
(if available)
Sprint - Individual $70.00 $80.00 $90.00 $105.00
Sprint - Relay Team $140.00 $160.00 $180.00 $210.00

The non-USAT members must pay an additional entry fee of $15.00 for USAT One-Day License.


  • Age Groups 
  • Athena (Women 165+ lbs)
  • Clydesdale (Men 220+lbs)
  • Military/LEO/PSO 
  • Novice 
  • Relay Teams (Tri & Du)
  • Duathlon (Run-Bike-Run)
Get your super cool Dri-Fit event shirt at early packet pickup, which will be available on Friday evening and Saturday, as well as early race day morning. 
All proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Dunedin!

USAT Event

USAT athletes must provide a valid USAT# and present their USAT card & photo ID at registration. A $50 Annual license can be purchased at (For athletes under 17 years of age, price is $10 for an annual membership) Non-USAT licensed athletes must purchase the $15 one-day license. This is available during on-line registration.

The USAT Age rule requires that all participants race by birth year rather than their age on race day. This means your race age will be the same for all sanctioned events for an entire calendar year. The age group of a participant will be determined by age on Dec. 31 of the event year, not by age on race day. For example: If you turn 25 years old in July, you will race and be ranked in the 25-29 age group for the entire season.


Awards:Top Male and Female Overall Winners
Top Male and Female Overall Master (40+)
Top Male and Female Overall Grand Master (50+)
Top Male and Female Overall Mega Master (60+)
Top 3 Male and Female in 5 year Age Groups, Duathlon, and Special Categories
FINISHER MEDALS for every athlete that finishes the race!

Race Location

Honeymoon Island State Park

1 Causeway Blvd

Dunedin, FL 34698

Host Hotel

Holiday Inn Express-Dunedin

975 Broadway St Dunedin, FL 34698

Be sure to mention the accommodations are for the Dunedin Rotary Triathlon, to receive event pricing

Event Photographer


Contact Information

DRC Sports

(352) 637-2475