Twenty-eight years ago members of the Melbourne Beach Rotary put together the first sprint triathlon on the Space Coast of Florida.
This event helped put Central Florida on the triathlon map.
What began as an innovative and fun idea for charitable fund raising has become a tradition in the oldest beachside town in Brevard County.
Hundreds of endurance athletes from all parts of the United States look forward to racing the scenic courses each year.
The event has consistently sold out over the last several years at the event limit of 750 entrants.
For over two decades, the Rotary Pineapple Man has allowed the Rotary Club of Melbourne Beach to make meaningful contributions to community and humanitarian projects at the local, national and international levels.
Race with history and enjoy the 500-year anniversary of Ponce de Leon's voyage to Florida.
Swim - 0.34 miles / Bike - 15.4 miles / Run - 3.4 miles
The 0.34 mile swim takes place in the Indian River Lagoon at the historic Melbourne Beach Pier next to Ryckman Park on Ocean Avenue.
Athletes will enter the water in waves, and from a standing start, swim the triangle course around the end of the pier.
Participants will then advance from the pier to the transition area in Ryckman Park.
The 15.4 mile bike course begins as participants exit the east end of the transition area and proceed through the neighboring residential area to a 5.5 mile long, straight, flat, and fast out and back segment south on A1A along ocean-side parks, nature preserves and the beach where Europeans first set foot on the place they would call "Florida".
Riders will u-turn (police supervised) at the southern end point, Indian Landings, and retrace the course north returning to the Ryckman Park transition area.
The 3.4 mile run begins with exiting the west end of the transition area to start the course which takes runners north beside the Indian River Lagoon and then loops through quiet, residential neighborhoods.
The finish is on Ocean Avenue, Melbourne Beach in front of the transition area and the historic Ryckman House.
Melbourne Beach, Florida is on Highway A1A - (east coast of Central Florida) Southeast of Orlando South of Cocoa Beach North of Vero Beach.
Take I-95 to 192 exit (Melbourne). Go East across Indian River to Hwy. A1A. Turn south and go several blocks to the next stop light where you will turn right, west on Ocean Avenue. The transition area will be in Ryckman Park next to the Indian River Lagoon just west of the Melbourne Beach Town Complex Community Center at 509 Ocean Avenue.