Real Racine welcomes you to the 2017 edition of the Ironman 70.3 Racine triathlon - Sunday, July 16. Here is some useful weekend information and ideas for you, your friends and families.

Enjoy our beach!

You'll be spending time at North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St. This 50-acre city park is the state's first Blue Wave Beach designated by the National Clean Beaches Council. We are very proud that our beach was recently named a list of "The Best 50 Beaches in America" by the website The Kids Cove play area is at the south end of the beach near the transition site.

5k fun on Saturday

North Beach Park is the site of this year's Racine Friends and Family 5k presented by Ironman. It gets starts at 9 a.m. Saturday (July 15). The course for this untimed fun event loops past the Racine Yacht Club, through the nearby neighborhood and along the Lake Michigan Pathway. Registration through Thursday (July 13) is $20. Walk-up registration is $25 per person.

Make some noise!

Get your cheer on at the Real Racine Ironman Spirit Station! Look for the blue tent at the south end of the park on Sunday morning. We will be giving away 2,000 sets of bright blue pompons and inflatable thundersticks. There will also be markers and pre-printed cardboard so fans can create custom "go" signs to cheer on friends and family members along the race course.

Pick one up

Check out a terrific souvenir ornament celebrating Racine and the triathlon tradition. This colorful brass ornament (pictured above!) features a design based on Ironman 70.3 Racine triathlon photos that have appeared in the Real Racine Activities Guide. The ornament is a fundraiser for the annual Kiwanis Holiday Lights display at the Racine Zoo. They're available at $10 (cash preferred) at two Downtown Racine locations: Dover Flag & Map, 323 Main St., and the Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main St. While you're at the Heritage Museum, be sure to visit the Racine County Sports Hall of Fame - it's free!

Big fish here

The annual Salmon-A-Rama (SAR) fishing tournament opens this weekend from Pershing Park,  a short walk from Ironman Village at Festival Hall. Anglers from all over the country are trying their luck at thousands of dollars in cash prizes, including a $25,000 grand priaze for the largest overall fish caught in Lake Michigan. SAR kickoff night Friday (July 14) features an all-you-can-eat smelt fry for $12 adults; $10 kids and seniors served from 4 to 7 p.m. Stick around for live music from the Boys and Toys Band from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday (July 15) is Kids Day from 1 to 5 p.m. with clowns Cuddles and Billy Boy plus inflatables and kids games. A fish boil ($10 per person) is served from 4 to 7 p.m. Live country/rock from Koltrane from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

For the family

The Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., is an enjoyable destination within walking distance of North Beach. You'll see dozens of animals, including giraffes, lions, monkeys and birds. Admission is $8 adults; $7 seniors; $6 for children ages 15 and younger. The zoo is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The kids will also enjoy cooling off at the Laurel Clark Memorial Splash Pad located off Lake Avenue and Sixth Street near Festival Hall. Free/

Other choices 

Friday evening is the Lighthouse Brigade Band Championships. This event features marching bands from throughout the Midwest competing in various field show marching competitions. It starts at 7 p.m. at Horlick Field, 1648 N. Memorial Drive (a short drive from the lakefront). Admission is $10 adults; $9 for students and seniors. Apple Holler Farm, 5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Yorkville, is about 10 miles from Racine. The orchard and family activity center hosts Farm Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The event includes a puppet show for kids, orchard tours and sample of the farm's baked goods, sauces and other treats.