Chance of rain in forecast for Monday’s CapTex triathlon

Athletes make their way through the course at the LifeTime Tri CapTex in 2014. Ashley Landis/For American-Statesman


Local triathletes are hoping for dry skies Monday, race day for the Life Time Tri CapTex.

The triathlon, held in Austin each Memorial Day since 1991, is expected to draw about 2,000 amateur and youth triathletes this year. Last year’s race morphed into a duathlon, when organizers scratched the bike portion of the event due to rain and slick streets.

The latest weather forecast from KVUE calls for a 40 percent chance of scattered storms on Sunday and 50 percent chance of afternoon showers on Monday, with a low on race day of 69 and a high of 85.

Mark Rice waits during a rain delay for the start of the 2016 Life Time Tri CapTex. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


The race is staged at Vic Mathias Shores, and the international distance waves go off first, starting at 6:45 a.m. The sprint distance race starts at 8:15 a.m., followed by the super sprint at 9 a.m.

Athletes swim in Lady Bird Lake, bike up Congress Avenue to the Capitol and back south for a loop along Cesar Chavez Street, then run along Riverside Drive and Barton Springs Road.

Haven’t signed up yet? You still can. Registration is $165 for the international distance ($225 for relay) or $135 for the sprint distance ($185 for relay). The super sprint distance is full.

The best vantage point for spectators is within Vic Mathias Shores.

For more information, the latest updates or to register, go here.

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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