Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are many of the commonly asked questions related to the Great Floridian Triathlon. If you have a question that is not answered below, please email

Registration FAQs

Yes, you can downgrade or upgrade your entry within the Great Floridian Multisport Festival prior to race day.  You will not be allowed to switch races on race day. If you are upgrading, you may be required to pay the diference in entry fees.  If you are downgrading, the difference in entry fees cannot be refunded. Special entry promotions may require a minimal transfer fee in order to switch races. Please email to request a transfer to a different race within the GFT Multisport Festival. 

In accordance with USAT rules you must claim your own packet and show a valid ID and USAT membership at check-in.

If you are not racing, a friend can pick-up your race items minus your race bib.  

Yes! Registration volunteers will first remove your race bib, bike number and timing chip before handing over your packet.


Swim Course FAQs

The swim takes place in the pristine waters of Lake Minneola. The lake is a clean freshwater lake with a white sand bottom.

Wetsuit use is in accordance with USAT rules.  This means that if the water temperature is 78 or below, wetsuit use is allowed and it will not impact your placement in results or USAT rankings.  The GFT has been wetsuit legal in all but four of the past 28 years.

The official swim cutoff for swimmers in all events is 10:30am. 


Bike Course FAQs

Yes, please contact our Bike Shipping Page for more detailed information on bike shipping and assembly.

Yes, please email for a current list of bike providers.


Yes, three support teams will be on the bike course during the race. Another support station will be located near the bike special needs station at the venue.  All cyclists should be prepared to perform basic bike repair tasks like changing a flat tire on their own. 

All full distance particpants including Relay Teams and Aqua Bike participants must rack their bikes by 9:00pm on Friday. Overnight security will be provided. All other athletes can rack their bikes on Friday if they wish, but it is not required. The transition area officially closes at 9:00pm.


Run Course FAQs

No, USAT rules prohibit the use of headphones during a triathlon.

Run support officially ends at 1:00am.

The run course stations will be stocked with water, Coca Cola, Gatorade Endurance Formula, ice, salty snacks, cookies, bananas, and more. After dusk, stations will also have warm chicken broth available.


Miscellaneous FAQs

Waterfront Park has plenty to offer for the little ones! A brand new playground and splash pad are conviently located by the swim start area. Less than one mile away on the South Lake Trail is West Beach park. Another cute kid friendly playground area with bathrooms and picnic tables. 


GFT Email List


Feel free to contact us via email or phone.


The Great Floridian Triathlon is the people's race...where athletes always come first! Now in it's 32nd year, the GFT is the nation's longest running independent full distance triathlon!

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