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The sprint-distance CB&I Tri The Woodlands Triathlon sells out every year, maxing out at 1300 athletes, and is well-supported, with more than 400 volunteers pitching in. Located in The Woodlands, Texas, about 20 minutes north of Houston, the East Texas race, to take place May 2 this year, is so popular thanks to its high production quality, says 2014 overall winner Lars Finanger. It’s owned and produced by The Woodlands Township, so “the prizes are very high end, and post-race food, beverage and party is second to none,” he says.
The course starts and ends at Northshore Park with a 500-meter swim in Lake Woodlands, a 15-mile bike throughout the area and ending with a 5K run along the Woodlands Waterway. The bike course in 2014 was shortened from 15 miles down to 10 due to road construction in town, but the course is back to its original format for 2015.
The race opens registration on Dec. 31 every year and sells out within a few days (the field is capped at 1300 due to the size of the transition area). The race draws beginner and experienced triathletes alike. “The Woodlands community is very active, and many local businesses encourage their employees to get out and try the event as their first triathlon,” Finanger says. It’s also “a nice prepper for those doing Ironman Texas a few weeks later.”
What: CB & I TRI – The Woodlands Triathlon
Where: The Woodlands, Texas
When: May 2, 2015
Distance: Sprint (500-meter swim, 15-mile bike, 5K run)
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