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Renaissance Man Triathlon
FLORENCE — After founding and directing the Renaissance Man Triathlon the past five years, Bradley and Jordyn Dean have turned the reins over to Team Magic, a professional multi-sport event company.
The new owners of the race are adding the event to its 15-plus professionally produced events across the Southeastern region, including races in Nashville and Chattanooga in Tennessee, and Birmingham, Montgomery and Gulf Shores.
The triathlon will be changing its date and name to the Renaissance City Triathlon, bringing the event’s name in line with other Team Magic events, such as the Music City Triathlon in Nashville.
The Shoals event will move from July to May, and a sprint distance race will be added.
The 2019 event will be May 18 at McFarland Park.
The additional sprint distance race will attract athletes and beginners who prefer shorter distances. The Olympic distance races will continue to provide the same scenic and challenging courses as in the past.
Participants in the full triathlon are required to swim for 1,500 meters, bike for 24.9 miles, and run 6.2 miles to complete the course.
The Renaissance Man Triathlon for the past two years has been the USAT Southeast Region Special Qualifier race. Proceeds from the race also went to charity organizations.
There will be a Bradley and Jordyn Legacy Award given at future Renaissance City Triathlon events.
“For the past 5 years we have seen the triathlon grow, bringing new people to our area from Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee and beyond,” said Suzie Shoemaker, the Florence Tourism director of Sport Tourism and Marketing.
“They come in a day or so early to drive the biking and run routes and enjoy our local restaurants and music venues. With the addition of the sprint course, we expect the number of participants to increase,” she said.