Beaches Fine Arts Series hosts annual BFAST triathlons


The Beaches Fine Arts Series held its 31st annual BFAST triathlons July 8 in Ponte Vedra.

More than 400 athletes participated in the triathlons, which included a sprint distance race and an Olympic distance race. First, athletes completed the swimming portion of the race at Mickler’s Landing Beach, followed by a run along Ponte Vedra Boulevard. The last stretch of each triathlon sent athletes cycling through Nocatee and back to the finish line at Mickler’s.

Prizes for finishers included mugs and original artwork by Heather and Holly Blanton, and there was also a post-race party with food and beer provided by Taco Lu and Bold City Brewery. Proceeds from the event will go towards the free concerts and educational outreach programs of the Beaches Fine Arts Series.

“Beaches Fine Arts is immensely grateful to all of the numerous people in our community who help to keep our programs free to all people, supporting our mission: ‘To enrich our communities by sharing the transforming power of music and art, free to all,’” said Kathy Wallis, Beaches Fine Arts Series executive director.

“Our fundraisers are supported by many local businesses, including longtime supporters, Intrepid Capital Management and Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery, as well as Publix Supermarket Charities and Bird Legs, our official bike sponsor. Without the notable support of all of these great businesses and individuals, we would be unable to produce the fundraisers that support our programs.”