'Keep Gulfport Weird' Mini Triathlon Lures 100 Participants

More than 100 triathletes took to the streets, beach and bay for the second annual "Keep Gulfport Weird" Mini Triathlon.

Dressed in ballet tutu's, capes and even shark fins, more than 100 people took part in the second annual "Keep Gulfport Weird" Mini Triathlon on Saturday.

Participants, friends and family gathered before sunrise to run a mile, bike three miles and swim a quarter mile.

Vice Mayor Sam Henderson spearheaded the first annual event last year to help link the Tangerine Greenway to Gulfport's Waterfront District. The event coincides with the annual Tangerine Blues Fest later in the evening. The first event lured about 65 participants, this year, more than 100 came out.

Guadalupe Gagnon earned the right to say he finished first in this year's mini triathlon. But, with no official time, Gagnon says he'll happily wear a watch next year.

Officials say the event is not a race but rather a family fun event for all ages.


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