This early spring race is characterized by humid, windy conditions, though at this time of year, the scorching Texas heat is less of a factor. The surrounding area offers attractions for families, including the famous Moody Gardens with its pink, blue, and white glass pyramids housing a 10-story rainforest, and one of the world’s largest aquariums. If hot temperatures do make an appearance, the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is a popular option. Stay an extra day and walk along the The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, explore one of the many museums, take a fishing trip, or peruse the shops along the Strand historic district.
1.2-mile saltwater swim, in protected Offats Bayou.
The swim will begin at Moody Gardens’ beautiful white sand Palm Beach, and finish next to the majestic Colonel Paddlewheel boat. Average water temperature is 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
The flat, yet windy one loop, out-and-back course runs along the Gulf Coast of Texas. Athletes head out of Moody Gardens and bike along the Seawall and hug the Texas coastline, heading south to the end of Galveston Island. Next, athletes will cross over the San Luis Pass onto the mainland, through undeveloped coastline, before turning around and returning to Moody Gardens.
The run course takes athletes through Moody Gardens, along Offats Bayou and Palm Beach, before finishing near the Discovery Pyramid.