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Houston Texans Kids Triathlon

Sat April 13 - Sun April 14 Katy, TX 77494 US Directions

Race Course

We have created a live Race Site Map that includes important information about the race site and parking details. The live Race Site Map provides the most up-to-date information about the race site so please save the link for use on race morning. If you have location services enabled on your mobile device you should be able to see where you are in relation to the race site. 




The illustrated maps are created to give a graphical representation of the race site and courses. These take longer to update and may not be as accurate as the live Race Site Map linked above.




Both SHORT and LONG COURSE use the lazy river with the current turned off. Depth is 30"-40" throughout. SHORT COURSE participants swim counterclockwise around the lazy river to the exit point approximately 125-meters from the start. LONG COURSE participants swim clockwise around the lazy river to the exit which is approximately 225-meters away. Both start and finish in the same location but go different directions around the river.


The swim start will stage all athletes in the transition area and a line will be formed by race number and will be walked over to the swim start area by the race crew.

When registering, parents will select an option for their child's swimming ability that we will use to assign the athlete race numbers along with the child's age. For example, 10-year olds will be assigned number 1-100 with those selecting the "advanced swimming ability" as the lower numbers, "intermediate swimming ability" as the middle numbers, and "beginner swimming ability" as the higher numbers. 

This is a time trial start. This means your child's time starts when they cross the timing mat. 



The bike course is completely closed to vehicles utilizing two-thirds of the outer mall loop. Riders will have two wide smooth lanes on the way out, and the same on the way back. Riders are separated by a large cone line down one mile and back. SHORT COURSE participants will complete one out-and-back loop, LONG COURSE participants will complete two. All LONG COURSE participants will be directed to u-turn just before they get back to transition. All athletes should keep cones on their left at all times.


Transition will have clearly marked in and outs (swim in, bike in, bike out, mount, dismount, run out) distinguished by 20-foot flags. All bikes should be racked in transition by the seat (or kickstand) facing out the direction their number is facing. Check out the TRANSITION SETUP page for details. Every athlete has a specifically assigned spot in transition that matches their race number. All athletes must have their numbers on their bikes to enter it into transition. See RACE NUMBER PLACEMENT page for details. Other required numbers include the bike helmet number, run bib number, and temporary tattoos on the child's arms. One parent, wearing the provided wristband, is allowed to accompany their child pre-race into transition. When transition closing announcements are made all parents must clear transition. After that, the only people allowed in transition are athletes, volunteers, staff, and race officials. Bikes cannot be claimed until the last rider has finished and exited transition for the run. We will announce when transition is open to retrieve bikes. ALL BIKES & OTHER EQUIPMENT MUST BE REMOVED FROM TRANSITION BY THE TIME NOTED ON THE EVENT SCHEDULE. ANY BIKES/EQUIPMENT LEFT AFTER THAT TIME MAY BE MOVED TO ANOTHER UNPROTECTED LOCATION SO WE CAN SET UP FOR THE NEXT EVENT.



Athletes enter the run course from the back of transition and head straight down the parking lot in from of Typhoon Texas. Athletes will head south through the gravel parking lot turning onto Star Lane. The course will be well-marked and there will be flaggers at each turn in addition to course signage. Both SHORT and LONG COURSE will complete a series on out-and-backs on Star Ln before heading back towards the transition area in the parking lot. 


The finish line is marked with an inflatable and fencing leading in for about 1/10th of a mile next to the transition area. Once across the  finish line, athletes will turn in their ankle strap with timing chip and receive their medal. Water will also be available in the finish chute. All athletes will then be directed back into the transition area where they will wait at their transition spot until a parent/guardian, wearing a matching wristband, comes to claim them and gather their equipment.  There will be race staff and uniformed police officers at the entrance/exit for the transition area. NO PARENTS WILL BE ALLOWED IN TRANSITION UNTIL ALL ATHLETES HAVE BEGUN THEIR RUN. ONLY THE PARENT WEARING THE WRISTBAND MAY ENTER TRANSITION.


The post race area will have food, drink, music, seating, games, and other activities. Check out the HOUSTON TEXANS POST RACE PARTY page for details. The Awards Ceremony will take place inside the waterpark in the wavepool next to the main entrance. 



The Splash & Dash course will follow the same route at the SHORT COURSE minus the bike; a 125-meter swim, and will finish with a 1-mile run. The athlete will utilize the same start line, same transition, and same finish line as the triathlon. 

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