Monday, January 18, 2010

R O T A R Y   P I N E A P P L E    M A N   2 0 1 0   T R I A T H L O N

T W E N T Y - F I F T H     A N N I V E R S A R Y    R A C E   !
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Important Announcement !!!!!
The new Blogsite for the 2011 Race can now be found HERE .

Results for the race June 6, 2010!
To see the results on the Multirace,com website, click 'Results' in the black banner at the top of the page. Rotary Pineapple Man Triathlon will be on a list of events timed this year.

'Oveall place' list appears.  Use the 'Category' and 'View Type' to see age group places and more information.

Big Thanks...

To all those who were volunteers, racers and the friends and family who came to watch the spectacle that was 'The Rotary 25th Anniversary Pineapple Man!
This website will remain and be monitored. the end of the awards, I asked Don, "So how do you plan to top this next year?"  He looked at me and said..."How about a live webcam feed to computers worldwide?"  I shook my head and just said "WOW"!

                         Music Track: 'Pants' by Orbital
Note: Buffering may be slow depending on volume demand to host server

Music Track: 'Life's What You Make It' by Talk Talk

    Instructions and Information

       Entry Lists:   A-D  ,  E-J ,  K-M ,  N-R & Relays , S-Z

                      Invitation to Sponsor


                                                                                                                           Gold Sponsor


Pineapple Man 2010 Triathlon

Note: Use 'Watch Course Fly-by Video'
for auto link to Google Earth and fly over the neighborhood.
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G E N E R A L   L I N K S

A R E A   C L U B S  And   N E W S
Space Coast Triathletes                                     




Cycling Trivia

Question: Why do male cyclists shave their legs?
The answer comes from Dave Moulton, ex-frame builder and cycling historian. "Tradition", says Dave.

"I started racing in 1952 and that’s when I started shaving my legs. The European professional riders shaved their legs because they were riding the big stage races like the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia.
Stages were long back then, sometimes in excess of 180 miles. (289.6 km.) They needed some serious massage therapy at the end of each day in order to have the leg muscles supple and relaxed ready to go again the next morning. It is neither comfortable for the cyclist or the masseuse to be massaging hairy legs.

 I was no different from any other cyclist of the 1950s; we all wanted to emulate the great professional riders of that era. So we shaved our legs."

Earliest known results from the 2nd annual
Pineapple Man Triathlon May 3, 1986
.33 Mile Swim, 3 mile run, 10 mile Bike
No Age Groups, 67 entries (53 men- 14 women)
  Men Overall:                             Women Overall:
  1. Dave Underill                       1. Donna Keller
  2. Jim Pank                               2. Ruth Bielfield
  3. Tom Hoffman                       3. Nancy Pinholster
Dr. Dave Underill July 12, 2009
Photo: Rob Downey

Full Results:   1986  1990  1991  1998  2000  2001 
                                          2002  2003  2004    2005-2010

Official Race Photography provided by Mathew Winer


Bronze Sponsors

Copper Sponsors

Map Of Event Site
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                                                                                   Powered by
'Kyrie' by Mr. Mister, 1986 album: Welcome to the Real World
Kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison, kyrie

The wind blows hard against this mountain side, across the sea into my soul
It reaches into where I cannot hide, setting my feet upon the road
My heart is old, it holds my memories, my body burns a gemlike flame
Somewhere between the soul and soft machine, is where I find myself again

Kyrie eleison, down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison, through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison, where I'm going will you follow
Kyrie eleison, on a highway in the light

When I was young I thought of growing old, of what my life would mean to me
Would I have followed down my chosen road, or only wished what I could be


Kyrie Eleison: Greek meaning 'Lord Have Mercy'

                  Host Hotels

News Flash! We have a partial list of prizes being provided by sponsors.
                                  Running Zone:
1st Place Overall Male & Female - Free Pair of Shoes (up to $100)
2nd Place Overall Male & Female - $75 RZ Gift Certificate
3rd Place Over all Male & Female - $50 RZ Gift Certificate
Masters Winner Male & Female - $25 RZ Gift Certificate

                               XTERRA Wetsuits
2 Gift Cert. post race drawing VORTEX 3 Sleeveless Wetsuits

                          Port D’Hiver Bed & Breakfast
Gift Cert. post race drawing - One Night in the Windward Suite

                            Tuckaway Shores Resort
Gift cert post race drawing – weekend stay

                                      Planet Bike
                               Post race drawing
Protégé 5.0 Computers, Blinkys, Quick Stop locks

                                  Bob's Bicycles
 "Phat" Model "Sea Crest" cruiser bike
 2- Trek Co2 Air Rush Regulators ( Compact bike pump)
2 -Trek 8i wireless computers
2 - $20.00 gift cards

Florida Beer Company (formerly Indian River Brewery)
                                Post race beer

                               Rudy Project
          3 Bike helmets valued at $100+ per helmet
    Several pairs of sunglasses valued at $100+ per pair

                       More items will be added

New stuff!
In past years we have suffered ant bites and sunburn during the awards. This year will be different as we sit beneath a large tent with chairs provided.  Bleacher seating will be available at the finish line. How great is that?! Answer: Very!!

  Final list of entries reflecting cancellations and replacements, listed in alphabetical order.   Click

Final Age Groups: May 29, 9:00am. Click Here

 6 Waves at 5 minute intervals.

Wave 1 Blue caps  Field size 109   Male 10-39
Wave 2 Green caps  Field size 104   Male 40-49
Wave 3 Orange caps  Field size 102   Female 10-39
Wave 4 Yellow caps  Field size 97   Male 50+ & Male Fat Tire
Wave 5 White caps  Field size 100  Female 40+
Wave 6 Gold caps  Field size 89
Clyd 185 39, Clyd 185 40+
Clyd 200 39, Clyd 200 40+
Clyd 225 39, Clyd 225 40+
Athena, Female Fat Tire
Relay Coed, Relay Female
Relay Male

About Packet Pick-up

Packet pick up will be available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 3rd, 4th and 5th. We encourage you to take advantage of early pick up and avoid stress on race day.

Everyone is required to show a photo ID and proof of current USAT membership or you will be required to purchase a One Day License for $10 at the time of packet pick up.

No category changes will be accepted unless an error has been made in gender or age.

Relay Teams must check in with all participants present. Each team member will be required to show proof of current USAT membership or purchase a One Day License for $10.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY Packet Pick-up  will be at Running Zone 10:00 AM until 6:30 PM.  Running Zone is our local running store and USAT Certified Multi-Sport Retailer located at 3680 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida32935.

Running Zone will also be at the race site at RyckmanPark on Saturday starting at 10:00 am.
Running Zone is offering a 20% discount on all triathlon products on Thursday and Friday and at the race site on Saturday. Running Zone has a great selection of triathlon gear!

For more information, contact Running Zone at 321-751-8890.
Packet Pick-up Saturday & Sunday
SATURDAY PICK UP 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
SUNDAY PICK UP 5:00 AM until 6:30 AM at
Melbourne Beach Commuity Center
509 Ocean Avenue, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Notes of interest June 2nd:  The exit steps are being installed late afternoon/evening on Friday. is asking for volunteers to help set up the bike racks Saturday after 1:00pm.

Rajesh needs a new set of legs.
Rajesh Durbal was born with only one totally functional limb, his left arm. Despite this extrordinary disability, he has successfully raced several triathlons. His next event is Pineapple Man and beyond ... Kona. You can help him achieve his goal. Click this link to learn the story of an amazing athlete, Rajesh Durbal.

Hello Athletes:

 Before reading on I ask  you scroll above and activate the track for 'Kyrie'. 
Done? Good, now that you have sound ...

 I started this website encouraging those who could not race to offer openings for others on a wait list.
The website quickly became my passion, providing information with features I'd never seen combined into one source. I've lost track of the links but it is well beyond 100.

I've been involved with helping Melbourne Beach Rotary since 2005 as an 'athlete advisor'. That was the year the MB Rotary realized it needed  to provide it's own member-race director if the event was to continue.

Every year since 2005, I've added to the workload of race directors, first Larry Cody and now Don Riordan. They have asked for and accepted my suggestions and those of other athletes.  This year it was the new cancellation policy allowing many more athletes to join those who were able to register back in December-January.

Two years ago Don Riordan told me the MB Rotary was planning to 'pull out all stops' to make the 25th anniversary event the best ever. They have always told me the event was committed to  athletes and  Rotary  will certainly prove this once again in 2010. While providing for race expenses and amenities, there are many thousands of dollars generated for the primary reason of benefiting charitable causes. 

Fortunately we athletes have been blessed with two recent outstanding race directors, Larry and Don. However we should not fail to recognize volunteers from earlier years. Pineapple Man has a long history of people offering service simply because they had a passion for their sport , giving their effort back to something they loved. To those unknown heroes, I say 'thank you.' 

The Pineapple Man was my first triathlon in 2001 when I entered with a challenge from my brother Tom. I was 2nd to last in my AG that year but this was the beginning of a  change in my life.  Great success quickly followed my first race. I've always believed my history is proof that people may not find their potential ability until they try something new.

I think everyone knows this isn't about winners and losers and where you are on a results list at the end of a race.  It's more about how much you've done with what ever level of 'gift' you have been given.

There is so much more possible inside every one of us that we may never know until we take the unexpected path... as I did on June 3rd, 2001.
Rob Downey