Swim, Bike, Run, Wed: Couple to tie the knot at Alabama Coastal Triathlon

Paige Bentley and Billy Rollins
Billy Rollins and Paige Bentley of Daphne, Alabama get engaged at the finish line of the 2014 Brett/Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon. The couple will get married at the 2015 triathlon finish line at The Hangout on Saturday, Sept. 12. (Photo Credit: Paige Bentley)

By Ally Dorrough • Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – The Brett/Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon is set for Saturday, Sept. 12 with a 1.5K swim in the Gulf of Mexico, 40K bike ride, 10K scenic run and a special twist at the finish line – a wedding. Daphne, Alabama resident Billy Rollins proposed to longtime love Paige Bentley at the triathlon finish line in 2014, and the fit duo will tie the knot at the end of this year’s race.

“I was totally surprised that Billy proposed at the finish line,” Bentley recalls. “He had been planning it for months, and all of our friends and family knew. It was truly an amazing day!”

Bentley says their pastor will be waiting at finish line as they swim, bike and run their way to the altar.

Beth Gendler, vice president of sales for the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission, explains how sporting events along the Alabama Gulf Coast produce memories of a lifetime.

“Paige and Billy’s story is one of countless life-changing experiences people take home from team- and participation-based athletic events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach,” Gendler says. “The Alabama Coastal Triathlon and beginner sprint ‘Tri-It-On’ event give beach guests an opportunity to pair relaxation and fitness into one unforgettable vacation.”

The “Tri-It-On” event will feature a 300-yard swim, 10-mile bike ride and 2-mile run. Pre- and post-race activities for both events will take place at The Hangout in Gulf Shores.

Register by Aug. 23 for $120 for individuals, $170 for two-person relays and $200 for three-person relays. “Tri-It-On” registrations received by Aug. 23 cost $60 for individuals, $90 for two-person relays and $105 for three-person relays. Prices go up beginning Aug. 24.

For more information on registering for either race, visit Team-Magic.com/Events/50/Contents/Register, and Team-Magic.com/Events/50 for general event details. For information on upcoming athletic events along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, visitGulfShoresOrangeBeachSports.com, or call 1-800-745-SAND.