We are collection donations for the hosting Blue Springs Park, Marianna.
After more than 30 years of hosing this triathlon, Blue Springs Park in Marianna has sustained severe damage during Hurricane Micheal in October 2018 and was not be able to hold the race in 2019. BUT WE ARE BACK! The park has been renovated and they are to WELCOME YOU AGAIN!
The park management will: set up, man, and take down our swim course. Bring out, set up, and take down our bike racks. Set up bins to recycle our water bottles at the finish line. They also store the needed equipment for us all year long.
The Triathlon management will make a donation of $500 for their services and we hope athletes will open their hearts (and wallets) a little, too. Even $2.00 will be nice and appreciated! THANK YOU!
All donations will go directly to help maintain and improve the park.
Location and History: Blue Springs is located approximately five miles east of Marianna. The spring, which is listed First Magnitude Spring of Florida, supplies water to a 202 acre reservoir known as Merritt's Millpond, a nationally known fishing site. More than forty years ago, the Federal Government owned the Blue Springs site and operated an officer's club for members of Graham Air Force Base.
For approximately forty years, the primary spring and head water of the Millpond has been leased to Jackson County and managed as a recreation area with swimming, picnicking, and limited SCUBA training and exploration. Merritt's Millpond serves as one of Jackson County's most popular fishing and boating areas.
Scenery and Wildlife
A variety of natural wooded growth indigenous to the area can be seen at the site, including ferns, Cypress stands, Pines, Magnolias, and other hardwoods. Typical animals include those associated with hardwood forests, and certain bird species, such as Kingfisher, Rough-winged Swallow and Bank Swallow. Blue Spring's cave complex provides a home for two rare obligatory aquatic cave dwelling animals.: Georgia Blind Salamander and Doughterty Plain Cave Crayfish. Historically, this site has been used by the public for recreation and can be accessed via the water or a County paved road.
Enjoy your day at the Blue Springs Recreational Area!