Breezy Point Triathlon began in 1992 when individuals from the Ocean
View Triathlon Board of Directors approached the Tidewater Striders
concerning their takeover of the event. It was decided by the Tidewater
Striders that the support given in the past by the City of Norfolk may
not have been present since the event was no longer a fund-raiser for
the Juvenile Court of Norfolk. In the event that Norfolk did not support
the event, it could have potentially cost as much as $10,000 in city
services alone to put on the race. It was for this reason that the Norfolk
Naval Base was approached to serve as the venue for the event. With
the approval of the Commander of the Naval Base, the Breezy Point Triathlon
was born. Shortly thereafter, the race incorporated as a non-profit
our first year, we were hoping to draw 200-225 athletes. We were delighted
to actually draw 300 participants. The event has several advantages
that make it so popular among the athletes including the following:
is the first major local triathlon of the season so several athletes
use it as a measure of the success of their winter training programs.
course is one of the safest venues ever seen for a triathlon in Hampton
Roads due to the fact that it is held entirely within the confines
of the Naval Station Norfolk and is virtually devoid of traffic.
Breezy Point Triathlon is a very popular event among first-time triathletes
due to its manageable distances and relatively benign water conditions.
have a post-race party that allows all of our athletes and volunteers
to enjoy food, beverage and camaraderie. While this is also our awards
ceremony, a back-of-the-packer can rub shoulders along with our award
winners. We also have raffle give-aways for which all are eligible.
year's total prize purse will be close to $2500 which should produce
one of our strongest fields ever.
The Breezy Point Triathlon is now one of the largest multi-sport events
in southeastern Virginia/northeastern North Carolina.
Breezy Point Triathlon has drawn such high acclaim from USA Triathlon
over the years that the 1997 event was designated as the Mid-Atlantic
Regional Sprint Championship.
Breezy Point Triathlon was selected by the Hampton Roads Sports Commission
to host the event of Triathlon for the National Senior Olympics in
2006, the Breezy Point Triathlon was chosen as the Sprint Distance
event representing the Mid-Atlantic Region in the Inagural USA Triathlon
Grand Prix Series.
Over the years, many aspects of the event have changed. In 1995, we
began giving out prize money to the fastest overall male and female
finishers. This drastically increased the caliber of the top competitors
and the event became one of the most competitive races on the East Coast.
The prize money for the event has steadily increased over the years
and will again be close to $2500 this year.
While the prize money does attract some of the best triathletes, the
primary focus of the Breezy Point Triathlon has always been the average
triathlete -- whatever his or her reason is for competing. Today the
race continues to have a reputation as an event that is fun, safe and
enjoyable for all competitors. We have reached our field limit for the
last several years and fully expect that trend to continue. Our field
for the race includes numerous local athletes as well as many from Richmond
and northern Virginia. We were also visited by several out-of-state
athletes who are always helpful in promoting the event on a national
level by telling others in their area about the quality of the event.
Due largely to the word-of-mouth reputation of the event coupled with
the inherent safety of the course, the Breezy Point Triathlon earned
the distinction of being named the 1997 USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Regional
Sprint Championship and the 2003 Senior Olympic Triathlon Championship.
Over the last several years our field has included USAT-licensed professional
triathletes although they often can not beat some of our excellent local
We feel as though we have an event of which we can all be proud. The
yearly increases in participation indicate that we have found the correct
group of people to market the event to and that the event is one that
warrants their participation. We are constantly listening to the input
of the participants and some of these suggestions have resulted in more
awards being given to age group competitors as well as the addition
of Clydesdale and Athena Divisions in 2000. Also, based on suggestions
from our athletes, we began using the ChampionChip timing system for
our event in 2002 - thus making us the first multisport event in the
area to do so.
When the Breezy Point Triathlon was started, it was determined that
any proceeds realized by the event would be used to benefit a number
of local charities. Some of the charities include the Tidewater Striders,
the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society - Hampton Roads Chapter, the American
Diabetes Association, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Virginia
Beach Friends of the Juvenile Court, Operation Smile, Davis Corner Volunteer
Rescue Squad, the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, the Joint
Forces Staff College MWR as well as numerous others. Over the history
of the event, we have contributed over $80,000 to these and other local
and military charities.