TriRock Austin Triathlon set for Monday; Fisher aims for three-peat

Competitors in the 2014 TriRock Austin Triathlon make their way along Congress Avenue. This year's race is Monday. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Competitors in the 2014 TriRock Austin Triathlon make their way along Congress Avenue. This year’s race is Monday. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Here in Austin, we bookend our summers with downtown triathlons – one on Memorial Day and one on Labor Day.

A competitor shows off the medal he earned after competing in the 2013 TriRock Austin Triathlon. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
A competitor shows off the medal he earned after competing in the 2013 TriRock Austin Triathlon.
RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

This Monday, some 1,600 athletes will wrap up the summer at the TriRock Austin Triathlon. Among those expected to compete are Austin triathlete and former University of Texas swimmer Andrea Fisher, who won the women’s race the last two years.

They’ll all tackle a course that includes a swim in Lady Bird Lake, a bike ride up Congress to the Capitol and then west toward the old dog pound, and several twisty laps of a running course around Auditorium Shores.

They’ll rock out to music along the way, too. Bands will perform along the course and at the post-race part afterward.

The weather looks good so far, if you like it hot and dry. The forecast as of Wednesday calls for a low on Monday of 75 and a high of 97, with no chance of rain.

If you haven’t signed up, you still can. Online registration continues through midnight Thursday here.

Entry fee is $125 for a new Super Sprint (swim 350 meters, bike 6.2

Swimmers prepare to jump into Lady Bird Lake for the start of the 2013 TriRock Austin Triathlon. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Swimmers prepare to jump into Lady Bird Lake for the start of the 2013 TriRock Austin Triathlon.
RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

miles, run 3.1 miles); $155 for the Sprint (swim 700 meters, bike 12.4 mile, run 3.1 miles); $170 for the Olympic distance (swim 1500 meters, bike 24.8 miles, run 6.2 miles), or $170 for the Olympic Aquabike (swim 1,500 meters, bike 24.8 miles). If you’re not a USAT member, tack on a $12 one-day license fee.

An expo, where participants can pick up race packets, attend safety briefings and peruse exhibitor booths, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Road. The awards ceremony will begin at noon.

The first race waves will head out at 7 a.m. Monday. Organizers say exactly half of those signed up so far registered for the Olympic distance. Sixty-two percent of participants are men.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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