Nautica did its part last weekend to help the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The sixth annual Nautica South Beach Triathlon, which was held Sunday, raised $422,626 for the hospital. This is on top of more than $1 million raised over the previous five years.
The race drew several celebrity participants including James Marsden from “30 Rock,” Geoff Stults from “The Finder,” Josh Hopkins from “Cougar Town,” Parker Young from “Suburgatory,” Colin Egglesfield from “The Client List,” Greg Ellis from “Days of Our Lives,” Cristián de la Fuente from “Amor Bravío” and “E! News” host Jason Kennedy.
Ellis was the only celebrity entrant to take on all three legs in the classic-distance race, finishing the half-mile ocean swim, 19-mile bike and four-mile run in 1:40:35. Egglesfield’s “The Client List” team finished first in the celebrity coed division, followed by Monique Coleman’s “High School Musical” team.
The overall winners in the longer Olympic-distance race were pro male Ben Collins (1:46:54) and pro female Helle Frederiksen (1:57:53).
“Hart of Dixie” actress and Broadway singer Laura Bell Bundy helped open the day by singing the national anthem, and TV personality Samantha Harris was the official event host, handing out awards and presenting checks to the winners and St. Jude’s.