Come experience all that Austin has to offer! The Rookie Triathlon course begins with a short 300 meter loop swim in Decker Lake. The swim course is lined with trained lifeguards in kayaks to keep the event as safe as it is fun! Participants will make their way through transition to a 11.2 mile bike in a protected lane around the lake before returning for their transition to the run. Participants will then head onto a 2 mile run on smooth off-road paths through the park and back up the road path to the Finish Line Festival. From there participants join others and spectators for celebrating with food, drinks, vendors, and more! Those who are over 21 can visit the beer tent and cheers to their accomplishments.
This division was created to support those who are just getting into the sport, the "true rookies" if you will. To participate in this division this event must be your first or second triathlon. Those signed up as Rookies will start the swim together based on age group categories. The swim will be a time trial start with 2 people entering the water approximately every 4 seconds.
This division is for everyone who has done 2 or more triathlons. Do not worry you do not have to be competitive to participate in this division. Swim waves will be based upon age group categories. The swim will be a time trial start with 2 people entering the water approximately every 4 seconds.
The open division exists for those wishing to go head to head regardless of age group. This keeps the age groups friendly and allows for some seriously fast times and course records. This is the only division with a mass swim start.
Age groups are separated in 5 year increments. Your race age is based on your age on December 31st of this year. This is done so that you race at the same age for the entire season.
The minimum age to participate are as follows: Sprint Distance- 14yrs old, Quarter Distance- 16yrs old, Half Distance-18 yrs old.
Individual Age Groups Men and Women
19 & Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+
The minimum age to participate in this event is 12 years old.
Every participant that crosses the finish line is presented with a unique commemorative Rookie Tri Finisher Medal!
In each division, starting at 19 & under and going to 75+ in 5 year increments, the top 3 Males and top 3 Females in each age group will receive awards. Top 3 Overall & Female will be awarded independent of age group categories.
The finish line may signal the end of the race but it is just the beginning of the PARTY! The Finish Line Party is stocked with goodies, good music, and fun fun fun!
There will be bountiful refreshing drinks and yummy snacks for participants as well as a beer garden, flowing with beer from for participants over 21!
This event requires several road closures in the vicinity of Walter E. Long Park. Parking is available at Walter E Long Park beginning at 5:45 AM on race morning. All spectators should plan to arrive before 8 AM or they will not be able to park inside the park grounds. They will have to park on the side of Blue Bluff Rd. and walk at least 1/4 of mile to the park.
Spectators are welcome to cheer on their friends and family members. There are very few places that spectators will not be allowed, please do not challenge volunteers or jump fences. There are water monsters for water, so bring a refillable water bottle. Some of our partners will also be giving away free samples. Official race food and drink is for the athletes and volunteers only.
The Rookie Triathlon course begins with a short 300 meter loop swim in Decker Lake. The swim course is lined with trained lifeguards in kayaks to keep the event as safe as it is fun! The bike course loops around the lake in a protected dedicated lane. The run course takes place on a mix of road and smooth grass/mulch trails.
You deserve it!