Regency Towers Resort Announces Spectator Tips for Florida Ironman 2013 in Panama City Beach

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Follow these tips from PCB’s top-rated condo resort to get the most out of the Florida triathlon-watching experience.

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All three legs of the Ironman triathlon start and finish from the same beach-front location on Thomas Drive, just a few blocks down the beach from Florida Ironman 2013 accommodations available at Regency Towers Resort.

As they have every fall for the last 14 years, superbly fit triathletes from around the world will gather in Panama City Beach on Nov. 2. Their aim: To test the limits of their speed, strength and endurance against themselves and each other in the Florida Ironman 2013 race.

They will bring with them friends and family to cheer them on, and thousands more local and visiting spectators eager to witness this athletic spectacle. Those triathlon watchers will camp out on the sidelines of the Florida Ironman 2013 course so they can see all the action as it passes.

Regency Towers, a beach-front vacation condo resort located along the Panama City Beach Florida Ironman 2013 route, provides a perfect vantage point from which to attend the race. To help all spectators experience the full thrill of the race, Regency Towers offers these tips for triathlon spectating.

Plan ahead – The Florida Ironman 2013 starts early, just before 7 a.m., so make sure all supplies are packed and ready to go the night before the race. Also, have a viewing spot already picked out and plan to arrive early to beat the crowds. Get familiar with the course map to find the best viewing spots.

Gear up – Late fall mornings can be a little chilly, even in Panama City Beach, so bring a jacket to the Florida Ironman 2013 race. Also pack a hat, sunscreen, bottled water and snacks for later in the day. Binoculars will come in handy for the two-loop swim in the Gulf of Mexico, as will a camera for finishes. Wear a watch to help keep track of where the athletes are in the race, and take a small, brightly colored flag to catch the attention of specific athletes as they pass.

Stay informed – Get a copy of the start list and athlete numbers and bring a charged mobile device to track the progress of the Florida Ironman 2013 online. Ironman.com is expected to provide live coverage of the triathlon.

Respect the race – Be sure to stay out of the race lanes and avoid crowding the transition points. Only cross the course at designated points. Help keep the triathletes motivated by cheering them on with positive messages.

Set a rally point – Thousands of people are expected to attend Florida Ironman 2013 in Panama City Beach, so crowds will be large and spread out after the race. Make sure spectators and athletes know where to meet after the race to avoid confusion.

The two most viewable portions of the Florida Ironman 2013 is the 2.4-mile swim, which starts from the beach in the 9000 block of Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach, and the 26.2-mile run, which loops through local neighborhoods around Regency Towers on its way to St. Andrews State Parks.

The 112-mile bike portion takes places mainly away from the beach and is not particularly spectator friendly.

All three legs of the Ironman triathlon start and finish from the same beach-front location on Thomas Drive, just a few blocks down the beach from Florida Ironman 2013 accommodations available at Regency Towers Resort.

Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and find seats along the route of the Florida Ironman 2013 in Panama City Beach, or bring a bicycle to visit multiple points on the course.

About Regency Towers: Regency Towers is a full resort property offering year-round 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom Panama City Beach condos. The resorts sits on 540 feet of beachfront and provides spectacular Gulf views from many of its spacious vacation condos.

Each Panama City Beach condo at Regency Towers is completely and comfortably furnished and includes a fully equipped kitchen, along with washer and dryer units. The condos also have big-screen televisions and free cable and Internet service.

A “true resort,” Regency Towers has some of the best amenities available in PCB, including two Olympic-sized swimming pools, tennis courts, an indoor spa, a game room and a conference center with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment.

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