Austin, Texas

Walter E. Long Park


May 5, 2019

Start Time 8:00 AM

About The Rookie Triathlon

If doing a triathlon is on your bucket list, then this is the triathlon for you!

We wanted everyone to be able to experience the joy and awesome community that is triathlon, so in 2004 we created The Rookie Triathlon. This super sprint tri is a great beginner triathlon and is unique because of its separated Rookie (beginners) and Veterans (experience triathlete) waves. The course is beginner friendly but also great for those who are looking to speed on a short distance.

Online Registration

Time for the Time of Your Life!

Rookie Triathlon – 300 meter Swim 11 mile Bike 2 mile Run
Aquabike – 300 meter Swim 11 mile Bike
Relay- 2 to 3 Person Team complete the Rookie Triathlon



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. Those wishing to compete for Overall Champion should compete in this division.


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.


This beginner triathlon 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.


You can also select to compete in the Athena/Clydesdale, separated according to body weight instead of age group. The categories are Athena (Female 165 + lbs) or Clydesdale (Male 220 + lbs). Athena/Clydesdale is an option for registration and not required.

Event Details

Age Groups

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.

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.

Finisher Medals

Every participant that crosses the finish line is presented with a unique commemorative Rookie Tri Finisher Medal!


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. There are separate awards for Rookie, Veterans, Athena/Clydesdale and Open Divisions. Top 3 Overall Male & Female will be awarded in the Open division. Athena/Clydesdale will be Top 3 Male & Female, independent of age group. Aquabike, Relay, will be awarded Top 3 Overall, independent of age group.

2018 Finisher Medal

2018 Rookie Triathlon Finisher Medal - Beginner Triathlon Austin, Texas

Event Details


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.

Finisher Line Festival

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!


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.

Directions & Parking

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. Carpooling is strongly encouraged! All spectators should plan to arrive before 8 AM or they will not be able to park inside the park grounds. Those arriving late will have to park outside the course and walk in at least 1/4 of mile to the park. Click here for Google Maps.

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