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Course changes at this year’s Life Time Tri CapTex

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 14, 2014

Expect some changes at this year’s Life Time Tri CapTex on May 26.

Courses and transition areas for the Memorial Day race, now in its 24th year, have been moved due to construction at Auditorium Shores. (And if you haven’t registered, sign up soon. The race is capped at 3,100 athletes and organizers expect it to sell out early next week.)

Here are details on the course changes:

  • The swim course direction will be reversed. Athletes will head east, then U-turn and head west, U-turn again and return to the finish.
  • As a result of the direction switch, the swim start and finish have been switched, so that the exit is closer to the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue.
  • The transition area and finish venue are across the street at the Palmer Events Center North Circle Driveway. That means a much longer run from the swim finish to transition.
  • The bike course is essentially the same as previous years, with a minor modification to the start/finish.
  • The run course has been modified and makes more use of Butler Park.

The race draws triathletes of all skill levels, who choose from Olympic, sprint or super sprint distance courses. Athletes will swim in Lady Bird Lake, bike past the Texas Capitol and up to the University of Texas, and run through downtown. The race ends with a finisher’s festival at the Palmer Events Center.

Several elite athletes are registered for this year’s event, which features a $30,000 cash purse that will be divided among top finishers. Among them are 29-year-old Cameron Dye (Boulder, CO) and 42-year-old Greg Bennett (Boulder, CO), the overall male winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Life Time Tri series. In the women’s pro division, 33-year-old Sarah Haskins (St. Louis, MO), 32-year-old Helle Frederiksen (Denmark) and 30-year-old Alicia Kaye (Clermont, FL) are expected to contend. Kaye won the Austin race and overall series last year.

The community is invited to the Life Time Tri CapTex Health & Fitness Expo at the Palmer Events Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m May 25, the day before the race.

Race registration is still open at Cost is $140 to $220 (prices increase Thursday), depending on which distance you race. Athletes can choose to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.