Cultivation Nation Triathlon a huge success

About 150 people —including a lot of visitors from other states in addition to Stone County residents — competed in the Cultivation Nation Triathlon at Flint Creek Water Park on Saturday.

“It was amazing,” Race Director Brandy Maulden said. “Everyone was so excited to be racing,” she said, considering the long drought of such events during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We followed our (safety) guidelines and just wanted everything to be available for all the athletes,” Maulden said. “Everyone enjoyed it and just had a great time. … We had about 150 racers. They came from all over. We had a guy from Austin, Texas come and race with us. We had people from Panama City, Hattiesburg, Alabama and Louisiana, all over.”

The event was hosted by the Stone County Economic Development Partnership and Stone County Chamber of Commerce. 

Participants had to swim 600 yards, bike 17 miles and run 3.1 miles.

“Flint Creek was just an amazing venue,” Maulden said. “The water looked like glass early in the morning. Everything was so scenic.”

McAlister’s Deli of Wiggins brought box lunches for all the participants, she said.

Other sponsors for the day’s events included Carpenter Pole & Piling, Flint Creek Physical Therapy, Memorial Stone County Medical Center, White’s Pharmacy, Butch Oustalet Ford, Tri Hard Sports of Ocean Springs and more.

The race was sanctioned by USA Triathlon, Maulden said.

Maulden said she’s looking forward to next year’s race.