2017 Portofino Tri Series - Pensacola Beach, FL

MPI is proud to announce its 2017 PORTOFINO TRI SERIES

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Schedule for 2017:

  • Four Saturday Morning Races

  • Official Timing (including all splits) by Gulfsport Timing

  • Every race has a 2-person or 3-person Relay option


This is the seventh year of this series of triathlon races that will take place on four (4) Saturday mornings throughout the spring & summer at beautiful Portofino Island Resort on Pensacola Beach, FL. 

  • 4 Saturday Morning Races
  • Official Timing for all your splits
  • Relay option for every race

These races are "Super Sprint" triathlons, meaning they are shorter than a typical triathlon "Sprint" race.  They are also official USA Triathlon Sanctioned Events which means they are a qualifier for the USAT Age Group National Championships


The Portofino Tri Series is designed for all triathlon abilities - especially brand new athletes! There are no official awards and the max participants will be 70 athletes per event. There will be no "age" groups, and the swim start will consist of two wave starts: all males followed by all females three minutes afterwards. Wetsuits will only be permitted if water temp is 78o or colder. Splits provided by Gulfsport Timing!

Volunteer for two races, get FREE entry into a Portofino Tri Series race! Click here.



Athlete Information Packet


Course Distance for Triathlons

Swim: 300 yards
Bike:   7.5 miles
Run:   1.5 miles


Dates:  Saturdays at 7:00am Start

  • May 20, SATURDAY morning

  • June 24, SATURDAY Morning 

  • August  19, SATURDAY morning

  • September 23, SATURDAY Morning  ** "ENVIE" LADIES ONLY TRI**


Where: Portofino Island Resort

10 Portofino Drive, Pensacola Beach, Florida 32561

(Directions: After Pensacola Beach's Bob Sikes bridge, continue EAST ~4.5 miles to the cluster of 5 "high-rise" condos on the left.) 
**Parking:  parking is NOT allowed inside of Portofino.  Athletes and Volunteers from outside the Portofino Island Resort are not allowed to park on Portofino grounds.  Recommended parking areas are the public parking lot on Gulf side of Portofino and the gravel shoulder along beach road just past Portofino.  PLEASE review map here.


Ages of participants:  

All athletes must be 16+ yrs old*

*(Age categories are based by athlete age on Dec. 31, 2016)


Course Maps


Race Time Line:

Saturday 7:00am Starts 

5:30am - Checkin / Transition Opens
6:45 - Transition Closes
7:00 - Race Starts
8:30 - Race Finish (or when last athlete finishes)



Race Check-In Information and Procedures

  • Transition and race check-in will be adjacent to the Portofino Lifestyle Center depicted here.
  • Registered Athletes MUST present photo ID at check-in. 


Adverse Weather

  • The race will proceed independent of wind or rain, but lightning may cause possible delay or cancelation.  
  • Tropical weather systems will cancel the event.
  • We've Got You Covered! Team MPI and imATHLETE have partnered to make sure you are covered in case this event has to be canceled. That's right, if we are forced to cancel the event for specific reasons (weather, terrorism), you are guaranteed to be refunded your full registration fee. There's nothing you even need to do to opt in to this refund promise - just by registering for the event, you are covered. Isn't that cool? We thought so too. So register now!


REASONS to sign up!

  • It's an official USAT Sanctioned Event so it's a qualifier for the USAT Age Group National Championship
  • Participants will have access to USAT Certified Coaches during check-in and setup
  • Official Results with overall times will be posted next day
  • Each participant will receive swim cap and be eligible for great give-aways immediately after race
  • It's a GREAT opportunity to "try" a tri, hone your skills before an upcoming race, or enjoy a fun "race experience" during the week with friends.



Important Rules and Safety Information:


All athletes must understand that this is an OPEN COURSE which means athletes MUST obey all traffic laws during bike portion of event.  Failure to do so could be hazardous AND jeopardize the future of this event.  


The RUN COURSE will begin and finish in Portofino Island Resort, so please mind vehicle traffic both on road and in parking lots.


USAT Sanctioned Events require CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certified helmets to be fastened during entire bike portion of the event.  See official USAT rules here.


Please review the MOST COMMONLY VIOLATED USAT rules here.


For information regarding USAT member insurance coverage associated with this event, click here.


Race Registration

Entry Fees:

$45 for general entry
$60 for Relay Teams (for both 2 or 3 person)

* All participants MUST be a USAT member. Membership is $15 for each event or $50 for year


MAX participants/teams will be 70 per event!


RELAYS are available for EACH RACE


May 20th, Saturday (7:00am Start)


June 24th, Saturday (7:00am Start)


August 19th, Saturday (7:00am Start)


September 23rd, Saturday (7:00am Start)

** "Envie" Ladies Only Tri **




Volunteering is a great way to learn about triathlon for beginners and a way to give back to the sport for experienced triathletes.  If you volunteer for two (2) Portofino Tri Series races, you will get a FREE entry into a Portofino Tri Series race during the same year!


Here's how it works:  Register below to volunteer for two (2) Portofino Tri Series races.  Then register above for entry as a participant into a Portofino Sunset Tri race.  Once you have volunteered for two races, at packet pickup for the race you'll be racing in, Team MPI will give you a check for $45 on site (this does not include the imAhlete registration fee).

So, you MUST volunteer for two (2) Portofino Tri Series races BEFORE you receive a check for reimbursement of registration cost for yourself as a participant.

If interested in volunteering, you'll need to be available at Portofino Island Resort from 6:00pm to ~8:00pm on race day for THURSDAY races and 6:00am to ~ 8:30am for SATURDAY races.  You MUST register below (it is FREE):



All MPI Events are USAT Sanctioned


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