This year marks our 5th anniversary and we are already planning for the best race in our short history.
Last year we had nearly 2,000 registered athletes brave the waters of Galveston Bay.
A number of these athletes leaped from a paddlewheel boat (The Colonel) nearly a mile off shore and swam a grueling point-to-point swim to shore competing in the only south midwest qualifying race for the world renowned Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon.
With both sprint and Olympic distances offered, athletes have a choice between a unique boat start for the Olympic distance and a traditional, more beginner friendly, wave start clockwise loop swim for the sprint.
The bike is a flat partially windy out-and-back course on highway 146 with one lane and shoulder dedicated to cyclists.
The run course is a 1-loop (sprint) and 2-loop (Olympic) course through the heart of Kemah on flat roads in the historic neighborhoods and around the scenic Kemah Boardwalk.
With an amazing finish, high quality medal, free race photos, memorable post race with music, food, drink and friends not to mention some of the coolest awards in town, you don't want to miss this year's race
If you did the race last year then you know transition was under the Kemah Bridge. It was a good distance between swim exit, transition, finish and parking. This was a one time occurance due to overlapping events at the Kemah Boardwalk. This year we're back in Kemah with parking at the boardwalk, transition closer to the water and a run course highlighting Kemah and the attractions at the boardwalk. Whataver your experience with us in 2013, we hope you'll revist the Kemah Triathlon and join us for our 5th Anniversary on April 27, 2014.
In the coming months we will update the overview with one comprehensive course map for each race (adult tris, kids tri, 5k). Until then please explore the dropdown menu (above) and checkout each of the courses and what they have to offer.
This race is not for the faint of heart. Although very beginner friendly please keep in mind that If open water and/or salt water is not your thing than think twice before signing up. Keep in mind that swimming in the ocean can be smooth as glass or very choppy, it varies from year to year. A wetsuit will help with this. Wetsuits are used for warmth but another great benefit they offer is flotation. Most suits will keep a swimmer floating with little to no effort greatly increasing efficency and offering a much welcomed peace of mind. If you're up for the challenge the olympic time trial boat start is a ton of fun and something you'll remember the rest of your life. Typically the sprint swim is a bit harder than the olympic because of the directional changes (buoy turns), sun, and wave start factors. Either way both courses offer unique and rewarding challenges.
Althought the bike course is flat there can be a lot of wind at times presenting a challenge typically on the way out but rewarding you greatly on the way in. The run is simple yet enjoyable as runners get to take in the sites and sounds of both the City of Kemah and the attractions at the Kemah Boardwalk.
Kemah is truly one of the most unique venues in the United States and we are beyond exited that they've allowed us to move the race back to where it all began in the heart of the City of Kemah and the Kemah Boardwalk. Also, remember that this event is an Escape to Alcatraz Qualifier and part of the Escape To Series! Top age group winners in the olympic distance race will receive a qualification spot to one of the most sought after races in the world.
We hope that you'll join us this year for our 5th Year Anniversary. Registration kickoff is Novemeber 1st, 2013.