Experience Florida's premier endurance event and the oldest independent full distance triathlon in North America, the Great Floridian Triathlon at the new Victory Pointe venue in Clermont. Celebrating it's 29th year, the GFT features three distances, the Ultra Distance (140.6 mi), the 2/3rd Distance (87.3 mi), and the 1/3rd Distance (51.4 mi). In addition we also offer a Relay Option (2-3 People) for all Distances, an Aqua Bike for all Distances, a 15K Sunset Run, and a 2.4 mi Swim.
The Great Floridian Swim Course is a .8 mile triangular course. The 2.4 mile swimmers will swim 3 laps, the GFT 2/3 swimmers 2 laps, and the GFT 1/3 swimmers will swim one lap of the .8 mile course.
The 112 mile course is a three loop course. This year the first lap is 42 miles and laps 2 and 3 are each 35 miles. Each bike lap will travel up Sugarloaf Mountain. The GFT 1/3 Distance race will only complete the first 42 mile segment of the course. The 2/3 Distance race will complete the first two laps of the bike course for a total of 77 miles. Each lap of the bike has three support stations along the course. The 112 mile cyclists will also have a special needs station with support at the end of laps 1 & 2. Each support station will have water, gatorade, and bananas.
The GFT run course is a scenic out and back course on the South Lake Trail. The GFT 140.6 marathon course is a three lap course, while the GFT 2/3 will complete two laps of the course and GFT 1/3 Distance will only complete one lap of the course. The scenic course is completely on the South Lake Trail and is mostly flat. The course is very spectator friendly allowing spectators at Waterfront Park and Victory Pointe to cheer the 26.2 mile runners on six times before the finish. This year's finish line for all distances will be on Minneola Ave., adjacent to Suncreek Brewery in Downtown Clermont.
Support stations are located approximately every mile and are stocked with water, Gatorade, ice, cola, fruit, cookies, salty snacks, broth (after dark, and more. A run special needs station is located at the park and 26.2 mile runners have the ability to access it multiple times during the race.
VICTORY POINTE - 938 Victory Way - Clermont, FL 34711
Directions: Follow State Road 50 East in Clermont and turn right on 8th Street, drive one mile to Downtown Clermont, then turn left on Minnneola Ave. to the entrance to Victory Pointe. Clermont is located 20 minutes west of Orlando at the intersection of US HWY 27 and State Road 50.
Saturday, October 19, 2019. 7:30am Start!
Clermont Victory Pointe, Clermont, Florida. Clermont is centrally located just 22 miles west of Orlando at the junction of US 27 and SR 50. Major Orlando tourist attractions are only 30 minutes away and the ocean beaches are just an hour away. Orlando International Airport is 40 minutes southeast of Clermont.
Full 140.6 Distance:
A 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 marathon run.
GFT 2/3 Distance:
A 1.6 mile swim, 77 mile bike, and a 17.6 mile run.
GFT 1/3 Distance:
An .8 mile swim, 42 mile bike, and an 9 mile run.
Am Aqua Bike event is available for each of the three events listed above. With the Aqua Bike race, athletes only complete the swim and bike segments.
A relay team division is available for each of the three event distances.
GFT 140.6 Relay Challenge:
This special relay division allows you to have up to 9 people on your relay team. The GFT's three lap format creates nine event segments, three for the swim, three for the bike, and three for the run. You can have each team member complete one event segment, or have fewer members on your team and have them complete multiple segments.
Long Distance Duathlon:
A 3.1 mile run, 42 mile bike, and an 9 mile run.
GFT Sprint Distance:
An .25 mile swim, 7.8 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run.
*All courses and distances subject to change.
The swim takes place in the pristine waters of Lake Minneola. Lake Minneola is the third largest lake in the Clermont Chain of Lakes and has been designated "Outstanding Florida Waters" by the State of Florida.
The average water temperature for mid to late October is typically 76-78. The average depth of Lake Minneola is less than 20 feet so the water temperature can fluctuate greatly due to extreme weather conditions. If the air temps are above average the weeks preceding the race, then there is a great chance the water temperature could excede 78.
Wetsuit use is in accordance with USAT rules. In all but three of the past 27 years, the water temperature has been 78 or below, making the race "wetsuit legal".
The Great Floridian Bike Course takes place on the rural country roads of South Lake County. While most people assume all of Florida is flat, the GFT is in the hilly sand ridge section of Florida so you'll find gently rolling hills throughout the course. The course is often said to be challenging, especially by Florida standards, but with proper gearing you can breeze through the course.
The GFT run course is a scenic out and back course on the South Lake Trail.