The Portofino Tri Series Presented by Zarzaur Law


Posted by Coach John Murray

This year the Portofino Tri Series presented by Zarzaur Law ( will celebrate its seventh season. Team MPI has been partnered with the popular Pensacola Beach property, Portofino Island Resort, which offers a beautiful location for the races. Here's some spectacular footage of the race venue:



Originally named the Portofino Sunset Tri series, the races were exclusively held on Thursday evenings throughout the spring and summer. Traffic and safety concerns were the primary reasons for moving the races to Saturday mornings. There were some other modifications along the way, such as adding professional timing, but the triathlons still have the same relaxed and fun feel that make them so popular. Read an account of the race in Portofino Life Magazine

The “supersprint” course makes it more doable for the first-timers as well as making it an anaerobic sufferfest for our experienced racers. Athletes start the race in the Santa Rosa Sound for a 300-yard swim.

After a quick run from water’s edge to T-1, the triathletes switch to their bikes for a 7.5-mile ride on the beach roads. We enjoy lighter traffic at that time of day which suits both beginners as well as the athletes who want “drop the hammer”.

Once back on Portofino property, bikes are traded for running shoes and the last part of the race takes place on the running path for a 1.5 mile out-and-back run to the finish.

Over the years, we have seen hundreds of first-timers claim this race as their first. It is certainly a bragging point for us as we love to see people tackle a task that they felt was unimaginable just a few months before. We have also seen former pro triathletes, USAT All-Americans, and other accomplished and elite racers. Some have used it to qualify for USAT Age Group Nationals! One year we even had a triathlete celebrate her birthday with friends and family both on the race course and at the post-race shindig.

Team MPI would love to have you join us this year for one of our four races. Dates are:
May 20, June 24, and August 19. Our final race of the season will be the very popular Ladies Only race on September 23. Learn more and sign up for the Portofino Tri Series Presented by Zarzaur Law!

For more information contact Coach John Murray at

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