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Letter to participants:


Thank you for registering for the Lake Tejas Duathlon and Triathlon!   If you are using a computer or phone for directions to get to Lake Tejas, I suggest you just type in the name of the town: Colmesneil.  There is only one light in town, turn East there (HWY 256) and go 2 miles.

The triathlon is next Saturday so now is the time to begin your final preparations.  Even though we have a late start at 9:30 am. (so we will not have the problem of finding stuff in the dark)  I advise packing the day before.   Go through your transitions with your gear ready to go in the car.  The following web site will help you know what to bring: 



Packet pick up and new registrations will be open from 7:45-8:45.

Transition Area Open:    8:00-9:05.

Mandatory race meeting at 9:10.

Race Start:  9:30

Awards Ceremony about 11:45

When you get to Lake Tejas you will be asked if you plan to stay until the race is over; this means until after the award ceremony.  If you plan to stay, then park in the participant parking.  Everyone will get a finishers medal.  If you do not want to hang around for the awards, then you will want to park in the visitor parking. 

After parking, go to the registration building, and bring your photo ID and USAT annual membership card if you have one.  Get marked in the registration building.   After you register you can easily walk back to the participant parking lot.  

For this year’s triathlon there will be chip timing.  Bring whatever nutrition and hydration you want to use.  We will have plenty of Gatorade and water for the run, but there will be no handouts on the bike route.  Bring your bike (any bike will be OK that is not a recumbent or kickbike) and bike helmet to the bike check in just outside the transition area.  Your bike should have the handlebar ends plugged.

Wetsuits will be permitted, I expect the water temp to be around 73 degrees.  We will have wetsuit strippers.   There will be no swim caps provided.

I will have a place you can wash your feet—but you will still have dirt from there to your bike.

Remember after you finish there will be a free lunch.  The UBA Disaster Relief Team will be cooking.  You can make a donation to them if you like.  You can take a shower and change clothes if you want.

The awards ceremony will begin about 11:45.  You must be present to get an award, unless you have a friend who will claim it for you.

Since this is the beginning of the tri season, I also advise putting new tires and tubes on your bike.  I have seen the heartbreak of those who had to drop out because a tire blew out.  Please also thank and be courteous to the volunteers who make this event possible.

Refer to the website for questions or late breaking news: www.laketejastriathlon.com

As far as the competition, the duathlon is wide open with no pre-race favorites.  In the triathlon, the men’s favorite is Rusty Stover the course record holder.  In the women’s division the course record holder, Katie Stibrich will not be racing so there are no favorites.

I anticipate that this will be a great event with good weather.  The event will not be cancelled even if it is raining.  It may be postponed if lightning is a problem.

I hope you enjoy the beauty of this area—including the wildflowers.  This should be the highlight of your weeks of training.  If this is your first triathlon, just focus on enjoying the experience and learning what you will need to work on. 

Swim: 600 yard open water lake swim.  This is a small lake, so no need to worry about rough water.  Bike: 13 miles on a circular course, mostly along farm to market roads with rolling hills. Run: 3.1 miles on a closed, dirt road, mostly flat.  The run will be 3 laps around the lake.

Click on this link for maps of the course:   http://goo.gl/maps/gj9tQ

See below for street directions of the bike route.

Run 1 mile (1 lap) around the lake on a closed dirt road.  Bike: 13 miles on a circular course, mostly along farm to market roads with rolling hills. Run: 3.1 miles on a closed, dirt road, mostly flat.  The run will be 3 laps around the lake.

Click on this link for maps of the course:  http://goo.gl/maps/gj9tQ

See below for street directions of the bike route:
From the exit at Lake Tejas, turn right on Hwy 256 and travel one mile. 
Turn left on Hwy 3065; travel 7 miles. 
Turn right on Hwy 69; travel 4 miles.
Turn right on Hwy 256; travel 1 mile.
Turn left into Lake Tejas.


Registration and packet pick up will open at 7:45 am.  The transition area will be open from 8 to 9:10 am.  There will be a mandatory race meeting at 9:10 am.

After you have your packet, proceed to the transition area.  At the registration area you will be bodymarked.  Your bike must have bar ends and will be inspected.  You must also have a helmet.


Wet suits will be allowed.  I expect the water temperature to around 71 degrees.  About half of the participants will wear a wet suit.  This is a small lake so it warms up quickly in the spring.   Wet suit strippers will be on hand.  Bring your own swim cap if you want one.


Water stations will be available at the transition area exit and at the midway point of the run.  So a station is available every 1/2 mile.  Gatorade will also be available.  Carry what you need for the bike portion-no water stations on the bike course.  Bring your own nutrition.  A medical team will be on hand throughout the day.


Lodging and RV hookups are available at Lake Tejas.  The address is Hwy. 256 E., Colmesneil TX  75938.  Contact them at this link:  http://www.laketejas.net/

The closest hotels are in Woodville.  Because of the late start, it will be easy to drive from Houston without spending the night.


Both the duathlon and triathlon will start at 9:30 am.   Chip timing.   Final results will be posted on this website.


This is a USAT sanctioned event, all rules apply and will be enforced.  The bicycle drafting penalty will be two minutes for each infraction.  Anyone riding a bicycle without a helmet will be disqualified.


The awards ceremony will begin about 11:45 am. 

Duathlon and Triathlon and 5K:  Every person who finishes will be awarded a finishers medal.  Medals will be given to the first and second place winners for each age group:  12-14;15-19;20-24;25-29;30-34;35-39;40-44;45-49;50-54;55-59;60 and up.

Overall winners will receive a plaque and other special awards.